I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Unicorn SPiT? It’s a water based, non toxic, vibrant coloured gel stain and glaze that smells yummy and OMW this stuff is awesome. Just look at those colours – WOW!!!
I ordered mine online and it arrived last weekend and I couldn’t wait to try it. Lucky for me we have lots of pallets lying around…….. LOTS!!!!
I got hubby to tear some apart for me while I drew a quick sketch of a small bathroom cupboard that could hold spare toilet rolls.
After all the bits had been cut, we sanded the pallets until they were free of splinters. Now I was finally ready to start SPiTting 😎
I used GripSeal to stain and seal the pallets. GripSeal is a water based wood stain and sealer that’s available locally in South Africa but any water based wood stain should work (it must be water based so that the Unicorn SPiT will stick). Oil based sealers will create a protective layer that Unicorn SPiT won’t be able to penetrate and you’ll lose out on all those beautiful colours. I covered one side of all the cut bits with GripSeal and on the other side I only used GripSeal around the outer edges. I wanted to keep as much raw wood as possible free for the Unicorn SPiT.
Once the GripSeal was dry (about 10 minutes) I could start playing with my SPiT, whoop, whoop.
Here’s how I played with my Unicorn SPiT
I gave the pallets a light spitz of water and added Dragon’s Belly on the outside, followed by Navajo Jewel and then Blue Thunder. Don’t you just love those names???
Using my fingers I smudged the colours from left to right following the grain of the wood then I added a few drops of the Zia Teal in the middle of all my smudgingness.
My Zia Teal is so much more intense than the other colours, so I tried to use it where I wanted to emphasize certain bits of the wood. I used steel wool to scrape over all the Unicorn SPiT, once again going in the same direction as the wood.
The steel wool pushed the Unicorn SPiT deeper into some areas and lifted it off other areas and gave the whole piece a distressed look.
Once the SPiT was dry, I dry brushed on some more GripSeal to make everything pop and add additional contrast.
My hands look like I might have some dragon blood in me but I smell divine 🙂 Here’s a close up after the GripSeal has been dry brushed over the SPiT. So pretty, it adds dimension and finishes it off so nicely.
Here’s another view. The pallet bits are the same vibrant, gorgeous colour as the paint in the bottles of Unicorn SPiT.
Once everything had been stained I could put the little cupboard together..
Making the cupboard
The thing I love about pallets is that they are bent and damaged. They have their own character. The middle piece in the pic below had been attacked by bugs and I could never reproduce what Mother Nature did so beautifully with her creepy crawlies.
To put the cupboard together I used 1″x 1″ and made a box frame out of the pallets.
I attached the door and then changed my mind about the door handle. I heard somewhere that unicorn’s aren’t too keen about man made materials so I decided to use a branch instead of the silver handle shown above. I just used the box that the Unicorn SPiT came in to figure out what angle to cut the brand and then screwed it into the door.
Three layers of protective matt polyurethane and my little cupboard was finally ready.
Now there’s a little Unicorn SPiT in our loo and I cannot wait to get my hands dirty again.
P.S. I’m not being paid to say all these things about Unicorn SPiT, it’s just so magical I had to share it with you all.