Have you ever tried salt paint? It’s a super easy way to get that thick, crackled look of things aged by the wear of salt water and time to look like they came straight out of an old beach cottage. Besides being absolutely gorgeous, it’s easy to do with any type of paint by adding just a couple of things you might already have (or can pick up at the craft store for super cheap!) Since I love a good, unique paint finish (like my Shabby Farmhouse Style), I thought I’d share this easy technique you can do, too!
How to Make Your Own Salt Paint Recipe
I’ve been surprisingly into creating videos lately, and this one is no exception – so there’s a complete video to show you how I did it step by step. But I did want to give you a few quick tips.
- Mix your salt paint in a non-reactive dish (I use old glass bowls)
- Don’t mix more than you need. While you can put it in an air-tight container to keep for a few days, it won’t be as good as freshly mixed paint.
- Use cheap chip brushes to apply the salt paint. All those brush strokes along with the rough texture it creates only enhances the overall finish. You WANT to be messy – gloopy – and very thick. As it dries, this is what makes the texture amazing after sanding.
Salt Paint Recipe
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- 3 tablespoons plaster of Paris
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons paint (I used acrylic)
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt (you need kosher for the texture – plain table salt will not give you the same result.)
Now that I’ve told you how to make it – here’s a step by step video to show you exactly how I made it, paint it and also finish it.
Want to see more of that yummy beach cottage paint finish?!?
Soon I’ll share how to make this sign – but that’s for another day 🙂