I was trolling the internet for new painting techniques and I came across a product I absolutely fell in love with. It is Unicorn Spit gel glaze and stain in one. It is so easy to use and has amazingly different and fun results every time you use it.
I decided to use Unicorn Spit on an end table for my inaugural piece. It was an older piece that had good bones but many scrapes and bumps. To be honest I figured since the side table was so badly beat up I had nothing to loose by trying the Unicorn Spit on this particular piece.
I wanted to complete the top of the table first before I dove into the body. I really wanted the top and drawer to stand out. I think I adequately accomplished that.
I started by painting the table top in Velvet Finishes furniture paint in the color of Rococo. ( I will review Velvet Finishes in another blog post.) It took three coats to cover the top of the side table. I was able to paint pretty quickly because the Velvet Finishes dried very quickly between coats. HINT: (Between coats, cover your paint brush without washing it, in aluminum foil and put it in the refrigerator. This will keep it moist until the next coat of paint needs to be added.) The paint dried completely and it was time to apply our Unicorn Spit. Oh, the joy! I couldn’t wait.
Now came the fun part. I was going to use this piece in my bedroom next to a red chair and I wanted to use muted colors. I ended up using Weathered Daydream, Squirrel and Tucson. The application process was the best part, aside from the finished product itself.
Using the product was like finger painting for adults. Here’s the application process I used.
I took a squirt bottle I bought at Lowe’s and filled it with water. I completely sprayed down the table top. Once the top was adequately wet it was time to apply the Spit. I wanted to go for something easy so I didn’t pick a pattern per se. I just randomly squirt out each color on the table top in no order what so ever. The bottles come in a squirt bottle form so it made it very easy to apply the product.
After the product was on the table top it was time to spray more water over this really cool gel glaze. The water is what activates this product. (It’s so easy to use that if you don’t like the way your piece is coming out then just spray some water and wipe away the product and start over.) Just to be clear. I first sprayed the table top with water before I applied the product, applied the product, then applied more water over the gel stain. I know lots of water usage going on here.
Now comes the adult finger painting part. Manipulate the paint with your fingers until you have the pattern you like. You can add as many or as few colors as you like. I used just three colors for my project. I literally used my fingers to manipulate the paint around the table. I was happy with my pattern after only a few minutes so I was ready for the next step.
Make sure to spray a little more water on top of your gel stain if it looks like it’s drying out. Next, take a piece of plastic(I bought drop cloth painters plastic at Lowes.) You are going to carefully place the plastic over the top of your piece all at one time. Recruit help for this part if you have a big piece. The air will suck out from the bottom of the plastic as you lay it down. Please be careful to not get any air bubbles. Carefully patting down the air bubble or lifting the plastic slightly will take care of the problem.
After the plastic is in place, spray more water over the plastic. This makes it easier for you to slide whatever tool you are going to use over it. I used a sanding block without the sandpaper on it. I lightly patted down over my plastic. The paint spreads and makes a wild pattern depending on what technique you use. (I used a random pattern technique.)
Time to lift our plastic off the top of the table. This needs to be done in one motion. I grabbed all four corners and pulled in an upward motion until the plastic was lifted off the top.
Now you can sit back and admire your newly transformed piece. All there is left to do at this point is let the top dry. You can use a hairdryer to get it to dry faster, but I just let it dry naturally.
After the top was dry, I used tung oil to protect the piece from wear and tear. I applied the oil by pouring a little on a paper plate. I used a sponge brush and going in one direction applied the oil. I let the tung oil curate overnight. It dried to a clear hard coating thus protecting the table top.
I used Valspar Antiquing Glaze in the color of Moose Mousse for the body of the side table. It is a glaze that can be used over an old varnish. It took about three coats to obtain the deep color I wanted. It was easy to use and a bonus soap and water clean up. I didn’t need any protective coating on the body.
The last remaining element to this project was the drawer. I decided to use Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk chalk paint on the drawer. It took two coats and no prep work. I used a antiquing brown wax over the Emperor’s Silk to deepen the color.I lightly dipped my wax brush into the dark wax and with a delicate hand applied the wax using a vertical motion. I went over the dark wax with my brush several times. I put a clear coat of wax on first to protect the drawer as well as to make it easier to apply the dark wax. (Always use a clear wax before using any colored wax for easy application.)
I waited until the next morning to add the hardware. There you have it. Amazing Unicorn Spit side table! This beautiful side table is now sitting in my bedroom next to it’s mate, the red chair!