Salt Wash Paint Technique: Sea Glass Inspired Home Decor

Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of salt-washed rum! 

Would you like some sand, sun, and sea glass making waves in your home decor? 

Real beach babies will do anything to blend all things coastal into their home decor. Even the smallest touch of sea glass-inspired decor can rock our world!

I’m going to walk you through two DIY home decor projects that are so beachy you’ll smell the sea in the air! If watching video tutorials is your thing, check out the video below and come back to these instructions for all the details.



Here’s What Floated in With The Tide! Sea Glass Vases + Mirror Frame


What You'll Need for These Projects:

Saltwash Kit (comes with mixing containers)

Rethunk Junk Paint “French Country”

Rethunk Junk Paint “Robins Egg”

Rethunk Junk Paint “Oyster”

Rethunk Junk Paint “Linen”

2 Spray Bottles

Soft dry cloth

Paintbrush

Paint stir sticks

Mason Jars (or other interesting glass bottles)

Framed Mirror

Large Bucket



STEP 1: PREP SALT WASH + GLASS JARS

 for me to introduce you to my current obsession with Salt Wash. It’s a paint additive that creates chippy, faded, weathered, textured, and smooth project surfaces. All at the same time. (min 0:41)

Salt wash creates sea glass decor from something that’s never even been to the sea. We start the project by adding 6-8 oz of water to the salt wash container with the measurement markings. 


Pro Tip: salt wash is water-soluble and will wash out of the container as long as you don’t let it dry.

Next, grab one of the spray bottles and make sure the nozzle is adjusted to “spray” and not “stream.” We’ll be adding our mixed salt wash/paint in the spray bottle as one of the application techniques I’ll be showing you.

Now add 3 scoops of salt wash into the water (one scoop at a time) and gradually mix the powder in being careful of creating a “powder cloud.” (2:18) The mixture needs to be well blended. 

You also need to prep your glass jars or bottles. Wash and dry them thoroughly, and then spray them with prep and wipe them clean. (3:17)


STEP 2: MIXING PAINT INTO SALT WASH

When the salt wash is mixed with the water, it will have a slightly greenish color. I mixed in one flat teaspoon of Rethunk Junk Paint in French Country because to get the sea glass look, you only need to add a little paint. You can also blend in the Rethunk Junk Robins Egg.


Once the mixture is the color you want, pour it into the spray bottle If you have any residue in the bottom of the mixing container, stop before you pour it into the bottle, to avoid clogs in the nozzle.

Place the first jar into a medium-sized bucket. Spraying the paint and salt wash is messy and the sides of the bucket will contain it as you spray. (4:23) That way the spray will go down inside the bucket. Pull the jar up in order to finish covering any spots at the bottom.

Don’t be surprised if grit from the salt wash clogs the nozzle of the sprayer - it can happen. You can try to rinse the nozzle out, but after experiencing that, I switched to the paintbrush method of applying the salt wash. (5:27)


STEP 3: BONUS TEXTURE TECHNIQUE 

Get even more texture on your jars by sprinkling some salt wash powder onto a piece of cardstock (or cardboard) and lightly roll the jar in it. (6:30) This will give you a heavier texture on the jar and you can sand that back a bit.

You can also pick up pinches of the powder and sprinkle it over the surface of the jar to get a lighter texture coating. Once the texture is as you like it, grab your paintbrush and apply another layer of the paint to the jar. 


STEP 4: FINISHING TOUCHES

The thin paint and salt wash mixture will dry fairly translucent - just like sea glass. With mason jars, you can finish it by taking the lid off and tying some jute around the rim, for a perfect sea glass vase! Or paint the lid as well and use the sea glass jar purely as a pop of beach color in your home decor.


Sea Glass Inspired Mirror

In the video tutorial, I’m finishing up (6:38) an acrylic framed mirror that I’ve already prepped. I first painted the frame black, then applied the salt wash. I did a lot of texture with the mirror. I also waited too long to sand it back to the texture I was looking for - so heads up - don’t let it dry before you take that step if you want to play with your project's texturized look. 


STEP 5: PAINT WASH + RUB OFF

I’m finishing the frame by whitewashing it with Rethunk Junk Paint in Oyster. My first step is to take the 2nd spray bottle and fill it with water to spray the mirror frame. (7:11) This will help create a wash instead of a heavy covering of paint. 

Brush on the Oyster paint around the entire frame. (7:59) Then dampen a cloth (8:34) and wash over the Oyster to seat the paint into the texture. This will soften up what’s already there. Turn your rag frequently as you go around the frame. 

If the rag gets stiff or dry, spritz it with the water bottle to keep it damp as you go around the frame. Go back over the frame with Oyster on your brush where you want to soften it, because this is where your creativity takes the wheel.

I’m leaving my mirror frame as it is, but you might want to add some embellishment with IOD Moulds and Air-Dry clay. I can think of so many projects to enhance by adding texture with Salt Wash. Even a painted furniture piece gets taken to the next level with the added depth of Salt Wash texture.

What are you going to make? I’m dying to hear!

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