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I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Unicorn SPiT? It’s a water-based, nontoxic, vibrant colored gel stain and glaze that smells yummy and OMW this stuff is awesome. Just look at those colors – 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 colors.
I covered one side of all the cut bits with GripSeal and on the other side, I only used stain around the outer edges. I wanted to keep as much raw wood as possible free for the Unicorn SPiT.
Once the stain was dry (about 10 minutes) I could start playing with my SPiT, whoop, whoop.
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 colors 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 colors, 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 Unicorn SPiT. So pretty, it adds dimension and finishes it off so nicely.
Here’s another view. The pallet bits are the same vibrant, gorgeous color as the paint in the bottles of Unicorn SPiT. We’ve even put Unicorn SPiT on fabric and those colors are just as beautiful.
Once everything had been stained I could put the little cupboard together..
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. Someone told me that unicorns 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. We did something similar when we made our ammo box cupboard.
Three layers of protective matt polyurethane and my little cupboard was finally ready.
The original creator of Unicorn SPiT actually liked our technique so much she gave it a name 😀 That makes me soooo proud. Can you see me doing the happy dance? It’s now officially known as the Seawater Technique.
Although Unicorn SPiT was originally used to stain wood, you can paint it on fabric and glass too. We used the same colors to create a verre eglomise mirror and I love how that turned out. If you haven’t played with it yet, hope you’ll give it a try one day.
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 and it’s available on Amazon too. Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us fund our SPiTting habit 😉