How blessed am I? Mightily!
I am amazed at these last six months - opening a retail store to share the paint products that I love, Caromal Colours DIY paints, the realization that there really IS potential in showing homeowners, on a personal level, just what CAN be done with paint – provided you have the RIGHT paints in hand.
I’ve been a believer from day one in the Caromal products – and I will continue to be their biggest cheerleader – for these paints can do things no other paints can do. But today I get to be giddy about another awesome endeavor – CeCe Caldwell paints!
So, Why? What ? Where? When? Huh?
I am realizing that I really really love empowering others, and I feel our good Lord has blessed me with a creative pair of hands. It’s a great feeling I get when I demo, share, instruct, and see homeowners confident to transform their own space. I am on to a good thing!
Thus my interest in CeCe Caldwell paints. These paints fall into the Paint Made Easy category – no stripping, sanding or priming necessary – just clean your surface and start painting – so a perfect compliment to the Caromal line -
But these paints are much different. For starters? The colors - CeCe offers a current palette of 21 yummylicious colors
and 13 more colors debuting next month – including Michigan Pine and Traverse City Cherry ! I love that this paint line names its colors after US destinations.
CeCe paints are Eco-Friendly, natural chalk clay paints – a mineral based paint made up of chalk and clay in a water base – NO volatile organic compounds, these paints are non-toxic and have no odor. I beg to differ – i think they smell like earth :)
The paint contains NO acrylic co-polymers, solvents, formaldehyde, ammonia, ethylene glycol or toxic heavy metals. The minerals are clay, porcelain clay and chalk blended into a water based solution. The paint is packaged in recycled plastic containers. In other words - pretty darn safe!
From an artisan side, what I really love? These paints brush out with ease, ( I used a simple cheapy chip brush) and cover really well – one quart will get you 150-200 sf depending on application – thats huge!
It’s easier to get a more even furniture finish, you can brush color over color without a chipping creme. and simply sand back or wet wipe back your finish to reveal your under color
And for fun, it’s super easy to get a consistent crackle
Because these paints are all natural, they need some protection- CeCe offers a Clear Wax, made from insect and plant sources-
It brushes or wipes on like butter, and when dry you can easily burnish it to a sheen using a scotch bright, or rag or even paper towel. This clear wax can be easily tinted with universal tints, and next month they are debuting a pre-tinted brown wax.
I can’t WAIT to get dirty with these paints – I have just the pieces waiting for some CeCe -
My skid of every color arrives hopefully in the next two weeks. At that time I’ll turn on my online shopping mart which will offer all the CeCe paint colors in quart, 4 and 8 ounce samplers, as well as the waxes, topcoats, color charts and custom 3″ wood samplers.
These were photos I took earlier this week, when I visited Bungalow 47 – the mid-west distributor for CeCe-
I’ll be able to get a sticker like this for my window!
You won’t find two nicer women – owners Jill and Chantelle - they were awesome!
they were so cool they sent me home with little samplers of most of the colors-
which allowed me to start working on these, 5×7 frames to portray each color of the palette
My plan is to hang each frame off a tack - maybe 1/2 finished in a tinted wax, 1/2 untinted….