Intro to Saltwash

When I discovered Salt Wash, I knew immediately it would become a game changer. I loved the idea of being able to add a unique texture or layering effect by simply mixing a few tablespoons of powder to my base coat of paint.


Saltwash powder can be added to any paint of your choice; however, we are fortunate to be Annie Sloan Stockists, so whenever possible, we use Chalk Paint.


To get started on a Saltwash project, select an item to work on. While the instructions say not to worry about rust or dust, I can not help myself, I always take my Home Depot HDX Wipes and clean off dirt etc. so there is no chance anything will show up in my final finish.


To create the texture, start by mixing the Saltwash with your paint. You can use a paint stirrer, or anything you have handy, just blend the Saltwash powder into your paint until it is the consistency similar to frosting. Adding the Saltwash to the paint creates a thick texture which barely falls off the stir stick or spoon.



Begin applying the Saltwash/Paint mixture with a paint or chip brush to your project. The best technique is to dab or glob the paint onto the surface, leaving thick tall peaks. As you apply the Saltwash mixture, play with the texture. Depending on the look you're trying to obtain, varying the technique can change the final appearance.To accomplish a smoother finish, we recommend lightly brushing over the peaks halfway through the drying process. If you are looking for a more textured or rustic finish, let the mixture dry as applied.


Wait until the coat of Saltwash dries completely, approximately one hour depending on the paint type and thickness of your application. Now is the opportunity to add one or more colors to the project. Apply paint over the textured surface. After your topcoat dries, sand back your project using any grit from 60 to 220 depending on the distress level you would like. The more you distress, the more chippy, weathered, or smooth your project will appear. Wear a mask when sanding back Saltwash, it generates a lot of dust.

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 Finally, wipe off all dust from the project and apply the sealer. Remember to use the correct sealer depending on interior or exterior use. We use Annie Sloan Clear or Colored Waxes or lacquer for unique effects. When projects will be for exterior use or come in contact with water, marine grade varnish and poly’s are the way to go.


In April, we participated in the Ryobi Challenge, and finished our Outdoor Oasis with Saltwash. There are many different surfaces you can use Saltwash on around the house. Think of the possibilities: planters and pots, gardening cans, wine bottles for deck decorations, frames, ceramic bottles, vases, candlestick holders, cocktail tables, wine racks, benches, baskets, or crates! Warning: once you start using Saltwash, you will find it addicting.