I have been collecting Unicorn Spit since moving to the new house and I finally found the perfect project to try all 5 colors: A copper textured Unicorn Spit table. I decided to attempt recreating a look I saw from Courtney Lummus. She did a stain press with Unicorn Spit on a copper painted, textured table. I have no textured surfaces to work with so I picked up paint texture sand. I mixed the sand with a water-based primer to add texture to the surface of a small end table before painting.
Unicorn Spit is a non-toxic, jasmine scented paint, gel stain, and glaze (all in one) which can be painted on or diluted with water for a glaze/gel effect. Apply the Unicorn Spit with brushes, bare hands or blend with plastic drop cloths. For a custom effect, you can easily blend colors together. Oil based sealer (or resin) must be used to finish the project. Water based sealers will re-activate the paint, as a result changing the final look; possibly ruining your design.
I tested out the process on a piece of unfinished wood before painting the table. 3/4 of the piece was covered with Unicorn Spit but when I went to blend & added water it took up the whole surface area. I recommend using a moderate amount of Unicorn Spit and covering maybe 1/3 of the surface so plenty of copper can shine through.
Copper Textured Unicorn Spit Table
- Homax Sand Paint Texture
- Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Base Primer
- Artist’s Loft Metallic Acrylic Paint in Copper
- Unicorn Spit Gel Stain & Glaze in: White Ning, Zia Teal, Pixie Punk Pink, Purple Hill Majesty, and Blue Thunder (Amazon)
- Plastic Drop Cloth, cut to size
- Water (in a spray bottle)
- Hydrogen Peroxide (in a spray bottle)
- Extra-Small Sponge Stippler (aka stenciling sponge)
- Krylon ColorMaster Paint & Primer in Gloss Purple
- Rustoleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover Clear Gloss Spray Paint
- Clean the surface of the table
- Apply primer mixed with sand texture (I mixed 12 oz of primer with 1 Tbsp of sand texture) to the top and let dry completely. I painted on the primer & sand with a sponge brush, also dabbing small puddles onto the top for maximum texture!
- Apply one coat of copper paint and let dry completely.
- Drop & pour the Unicorn Spit onto the table in random designs.
- Spray some water to the top of the table, cover with plastic & spray the top of the plastic with water to make it easier to move the Unicorn Spit around and blend.
- Remove the drop cloth and spray a little water to the surface to reduce the lines left from the drop cloth if necessary. After blending, heavily spray the table with hydrogen peroxide. Do not blend the peroxide. Just let it dry. The peroxide will move the Unicorn Spit away from the textured copper areas slowly.
- The copper paint was not visible enough for my liking after a day of drying. I sprayed some water, added a little paint with an extra-small sponge stippler and sprayed peroxide again. I let the table dry an additional day. **The Spit dries to a matte finish but the colors and depth of the project re-emerge once sealant is applied.
- Krylon ColorMaster Paint & Primer in Gloss Purple was applied to the legs.
- I sealed the entire table with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover Clear Gloss Spray.
I am loving this Copper Textured Unicorn Spit Table because of the beautiful contrast between the blended colors and the metallic copper tones! Unicorn Spit is easy to use, pleasantly scented, and designed specifically for ease of use for those with mobility issues. If you are unhappy with your design, reactivate the Unicorn Spit with water, move it around, and add more color before sealing. Take your time on a project like this–it is worth letting your layers of paint dry for a beautiful finished look!
Unicorn Spit is such a versatile product! You can thin it with water for a stained look, blend it with water for a glaze effect, or paint it straight on for bold, opaque color. I have already used the Spit again on some dresser drawers and I am itching to find a second hand table to cover the whole top with Unicorn Spit!