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Ten Projects, Day Eight – Eight Ways To Portray RECLAIM Paint

… and I was doing so good!     I got through 7 straight days of my “10 PROJECTS 10 DAYS”   sharing and blew it Monday night, when I left post 8 hanging in limbo…

How about I say,  Ten Projects in Twelve Days?    :)

This post clears several folders of pictures I have saved pertaining to Caromal Colour’s RECLAIM Paint.   Not familiar with RECLAIM?

RECLAIM® Is beyond paint.  It is the only product (that we know of) that was specifically engineered to work on your cabinets, furniture and accessories with no sanding, stripping or priming whatever the surface is. It has more pigment for better coverage, uses the newest nano-particle technology, has 3-4 times as many contact points for better adhesion, and contains very fine colorant to avoid fading and allow UV stability (i.e. it won’t fade in the sun!).  Regular paints do not come close to the performance, versatility or durability of our products.
 
Q: What surfaces will RECLAIM® adhere to?
A: RECLAIM will bond to almost any clean, dry, and grease free household surface without sanding stripping or priming!  These surfaces include wood (raw or painted in oil, latex, polyurethane, varnish, epoxy, whatever), metal, formica, laminate, plastic, linoleum, masonry, tile, and even glass…
 
Q: What are the best tools to use?
A: We like to keep it simple for RECLAIM.  First use a natural bristle or high-quality “chip” brush and “mush” or stipple into crevices or areas that can’t be rolled such as table legs.  Avoid regular brush strokes with RECLAIM.  For all flat areas, simply roll on RECLAIM.  Our favorite roller is a high quality all purpose fabric roller (the fluffier, the better).  Don’t put any pressure on the roller and be haphazard with your application.  There is no need to be methodical or go in one direction.  RECLAIM is designed to make even the most novice of painters successful in application.
 
Q: If I don’t have to sand, strip, or prime, how do I prep the surface?
A: Be sure your surface is clean, dry, and grease free.  Products like Liquid Gold, Pledge and Murphy’s Oil Soap leave a greasy residue that should be removed for the best bonding on surfaces.
 
Q: What should I clean the surface with?
A: We recommend any harsh household cleaner like Spic and Span, Fantastic, or Mr. Clean that removes grease.  One of our favorites is Simple Green.  We use it at full strength with a scrubbie for best results.  If you suspect your surface has a waxy substance on it, vinegar is terrific for removing wax.
 
Q: How long does it take to dry?
A: Dry time for each coat is 2-4 hours on average but allow for increased drying time in humid conditions.
 
Q: Should I topcoat RECLAIM?
A: RECLAIM® provides a protective coat within its formula. If you’re worried about wear and tear or protecting a heavily used surface, like a floor or a daily used table, wait 3-5 days and apply 1-3 coats of our RECLAIM® Multi-Purpose Sealer. This will give added durability and weather resistance to any indoor/outdoor project. For surfaces like counters, topcoating with this  sealer is a must.

That’s a good start, now let’s clear some photo files!   Recently, RECLAIM added 4 new colors to the lineup -

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RECLAIM Linen, Nantucket, Poppy, Pewter

1)  NEW RECLAIM COLOR  -

LINENreclaim paint, linen, nantucket, poppy, pewter, new colors, no sanding stripping priming, sealer built in, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, shop in store, shop online, shop.fabfinisher@com, coupon code PattyH, workshops available, paint your own

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Reclaim Linen, propped between Reclaim Off White and Reclaim Pebble

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Reclaim Linen and Reclaim Pebble

2NEW RECLAIM COLOR  – 

NANTUCKreclaim paint, linen, nantucket, poppy, pewter, new colors, no sanding stripping priming, sealer built in, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, shop in store, shop online, shop.fabfinisher@com, coupon code PattyH, workshops available, paint your own

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3 NEW RECLAIM COLOR  – 

POPPYreclaim paint, linen, nantucket, poppy, pewter, new colors, no sanding stripping priming, sealer built in, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, shop in store, shop online, shop.fabfinisher@com, coupon code PattyH, workshops available, paint your own

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Poppy with a glaze reminds me of wood tones…

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A great visual showing how a simple mixing of 2 colors can create even more fabulous options – the top 1/2 is Reclaim Poppy mixed with Reclaim Licorice, the bottom 1/2 is Reclaim Poppy mixed with Reclaim Mocha. Glazing, optional, but will knock your socks off!

4NEW RECLAIM COLOR  – 

PEWTER

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Q: How can I achieve other colors of RECLAIM®? A: The best way to achieve other colors of RECLAIM is to intermix our existing colors. This maintains all the integrity and properties of RECLAIM. It’s simple… get a small disposable cup and try it with small amounts of RECLAIM in approximate proportions. For example in a paper cup with a plastic spoon, mix approx 1 part (or one spoonful) of Pewter with 1 part (Or another spoonful) of Off White to make a softer gray color.

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5)  A Chest,  Reclaim Licorice and Pewter Wax

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Reclaim Licorice -

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Works great rolled on, especially on larger surfaces – we roll it thin…

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you can brush it too, just be cautious of your brush marks -

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The licorice black is amazing – covers like tar

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Old hardware, cleaned

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Based with Reclaim Licorice

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Brushed with a coat of Sticky Size. Sticky Size is an adhesive size used to attach Gilding Leaf and Foils.   You can see the hardware looks milky when the size is applied. The size will dry clear and very tacky (approx 15 mins) .

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I pulled out Caromal Colours Chocolate Textured Basecoat –  I have many favorites in products, etc,  but if I had to pick one……..  

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I brushed a coat on the top of the chest to add a little texture, great for hiding imperfections

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I added a few more colors into the top, lightly sanded it, and then glazed it with a combination of glazes

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Beautiful Toffee Glaze, Black Glaze, Caromal Creme Glaze mixed with Pewter Mica

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Using 220 grit paper, I lightly sand the edges to reveal some ‘wear’ -

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I Silver Leafed the hardware (sorry, failed to snap photos!) and checked  out how they looked against the black -

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I pounded in these ‘crystal jewel’ tacks that I had, two on each drawer panel

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To give the piece an added shimmer, I used a rag and buffed a pewter wax  (American Paint Company Clear Wax mixed with Pewter Mica) over the whole piece -

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Simple.  Easy Peasy.  Classic.

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6) A Vintage Pair for a Client – Reclaim Versailles with Coffee Glaze and Stencil

These pictures aren’t that clear,  for a complete photo play by play of this finish, check out my post Creating A European Feel .

I used Reclaim Versailles,  glazed with Caromal’s Coffee Glaze, and stenciled with  Caromal’s Earth Stencil Creme for this client’s two pieces – one of my favorite finishes,  a soft, subtle color -

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Before Glaze. Silver leaf’d the front legs :)

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7)  A Reclaim Cabinet,  Wiped

This is my inspiration – a door panel that I played around on one afternoon.  I base coated it with Reclaim Poppy and let dry.  Then, I brushed on Reclaim Licorice (black) and immediately wiped it back with a slightly moist rag.

It was the coolest thing, and I loved the results.  I wanted to try it on an actual piece -

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I decided on this smaller, accent cabinet,   a perfect learning piece.

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Anyone that enjoys playing with paints should try this method –  I think there are great finishes to be had from it.

But note: fiddling can get you in trouble.  When you apply the paint this way (thinly, and wiping it back to even thinner) it will start drying on you, which will make the ‘wiping back’ more challenging.   When I painted this cabinet there were several sections I had to redo , practice will make perfect, right?

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That’s why you must test and play and test and play – get a hang of how it feels.  If you botch up a panel, you can brush that same color BACK over the section you don’t like (must be done right then)  and it will pretty much re-activate the paint from the previous layer you just botched, and you can again wipe back, to get a more even finish.

All in all I was very pleased with how it turned out, you’d never know by looking at it that it was brushed on and wiped back – it looks like wood grain!

A finish I’ll be experimenting more with when I find some time.

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I applied more licorice over the top to add contrast

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Yes, Reclaim is typically rolled on, for that quick and easy, even application. But it can also be used more artistically -

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and last but not least

8)   A Peek At Where It Started

From earlier this year when the creators invited their Retailers and Reps to their digs in PA-

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They introduced their new sealer in the Reclaim line – waterbased, low voc, non-yellowing sealer good indoors and out

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An inspirational door, first coat Reclaim Mocha brushed on and wiped off with damp rag, second coat Reclaim Sage brushed on and wiped off with a damp rag, dry, light sand, then apply Toner to add that aged effect.

When it dries, it’s done – it not only adheres without priming/sanding/stripping but remember, it also has a sealer built in :)

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Inspiring others -

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Reclaim, again, brushed on and wiped back , over a base coat of their Textured Basecoat paint – simple, effective, and resulting in an authentic looking weathered door panel -

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I believe in the product lines I carry – if I didn’t, it would be impossible to promote them.  Caromal Colours has a special place in my heart, not only have their products proven fantabulous  (six years strong),  but the people behind the scenes are genuine, and trustworthy,  necessary for a successful marriage -

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Here’s more on RECLAIM -

Q: Is RECLAIM® safe to use while I’m pregnant, on a child’s crib or around my children and pets?
A: Yes, RECLAIM is low VOC, non-toxic, and has no odor.  Therefore, it is safe for all of these circumstances.  We do recommend that you keep these products out of reach of children, and that you practice safe work habits and good common sense while using them.
 
Q: How long do I have to let it cure?
A: RECLAIM® will be sensitive to chipping until it has undergone an initial cure period of 2-3 days. Allow to cure for 30 days before routinely washing with soap.
 
Q: Why is RECLAIM® slightly textured?
A: It is slightly textured so you will not get roller marks no matter how much of a beginner you are. The texture also allows for versatility, hides imperfections and is easy to maintain (won’t show fingerprints).
 
Q: What if I want it to look more like regular paint?
A: Just roll on a thinner layer.
 
Q: Can RECLAIM® be applied with a sprayer?
A: YES. RECLAIM works with both 2.4 nozzle HVLP (High volume, low pressure) and airless systems
 
Q: Can I tint RECLAIM® to achieve my ideal shade?
A: Yes.  For each quart of RECLAIM, you can tint with up to 4oz of universal water based tints. We only recommend that seasoned pros and brave newbies go this route.  Tinter beware! RECLAIM takes no responsibility if your tinted shade turns out incorrectly. But remember, RECLAIM colors are designed to be the “perfect” neutral palette; stick with those when possible.
 
Q: What if I want a glossy finish?
A: No problem, just wait 3-5 days after RECLAIMing, and apply your favorite high quality polyurethane in the sheen of your choice. (Please test this on a small area and be sure you like the sheen when it dries before doing an entire project). We also recommend our RECLAIM® Multi-purpose Sealer which will leave a satin sheen.
 
Q: What if I’m RECLAIMing a bumpy surface that has been painted one (or five) too many times?
A: RECLAIM is slightly a textured finish and will conceal minor imperfections in your surface.  However, if you want a smooth finish, you’ll have to sand down the bumpy surface as much as possible.
 
Q: How often does Chipping/Peeling happen and how can it be prevented?
A: On the rare occasion that chipping or peeling may occur, the cause is from a bad surface. No Sanding, Stripping, or Priming is required. However, the surface must be CLEAN, DRY, GREASE, OIL and WAX FREE.  Scrub the surface thoroughly with a good de-greasing cleaning product. We love Simple Green or TSP for heavy duty grease. Rinse the surface. Allow surface to dry completely (overnight is best) before applying RECLAIM.  Keep in mind that some “cleaning”/polishing products may leave behind waxy residues, which must be removed to ensure good bonding. Washing the surface with white vinegar will remove a wax buildup. Scrubbing with a de-greasing cleaning product after washing with white vinegar is still recommended.
 
Q: What do I do if I didn’t prep well and my finish is chipping?
A: If possible lightly sand the chipped area with 220 to 400 grit sandpaper and touch it up with more RECLAIM.  Then, let RECLAIM fully cure.  The bonding power of RECLAIM occurs as all the moisture evaporates.  As with all paint products, the full curing process takes several weeks.  A newly RECLAIMed surface may be lightly used within hours of receiving its last coat, but RECLAIM will reach its full bonding strength, durability, and hardness after approximately 30 days.  During the initial curing period, try to keep your RECLAIM surface as dry as possible. To protect a finish on a surface that did not get properly prepped, apply our RECLAIM ® Multi-Purpose Sealer.
 

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Flashback – Where I First Started Creating….

Clearing out my media discs, trying to sort and organize – I came across these photos

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Oh my goodness…

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I am getting antsy looking at these-   SO congested!

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At the same time, I REMEMBER….

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I started my finishing business, Fabulous Finishes,  as a mom of a first and second grader.  My husband was supportive –  he let me,  multiple times,  leave home and skip across states to take week long finishing courses,  where upon I’d return home to my  STUDIO-

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My studio was in our basement – a very cool basement but I’d say 95% finished…..   I had no where to set up except in this corner of our furnace room -

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Can you believe, I had all this crazy stuff within feet of the furnace?   That plywood board, below, was where I’d clamp my sample boards, and devise new finishes for potential clients…

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Often, my daughter would sit on the floor and create art with her paints…

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And now I come to work here…

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Crazy.

God is really amazing….

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If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit-

we’ve got a great variety of paints to fit your EVERY need!

new summer hours

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We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods  –  if this describes you,  please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process.   Our customers from afar are just as important as our local customers –  when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

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Texture Texture, Texture Smooth, Options For Painting Cabinets and Furniture…

Folders and folders of photo projects to share….   What should I post next?   Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats or Reclaim paints?  American Paint Company’s Chalk Clay Mineral paint projects?   Metallics?

Any time I’m away more than a few days from posting my mind scatters in all directions, wanting to share everything at once.

Instead,  how about I share some combos?

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – Mustard over Peppercorn, with Toner

Caromal Colours  Textured Basecoats - Mustard over Peppercorn,  with Toner

When color #1 dries you’ll want to brush on a coat of their Chipping Creme -

Chipping Creme is a product designed to work between separate layers of Textured Basecoat, like peanut butter between two slices of bread. This material creates a poor bonding layer between your Textured Basecoats, allowing you to remove the upper layer of Textured Basecoat in decorative patches, exposing the first or background color layer. The result is a chipped or worn-off “old world” paint finish look. Chipping Creme can be brushed or rolled on your surface.

Great for around hinges, door pulls, table legs….

1. Apply textured basecoat thick or thin… allow to dry

2. Apply a healthy coat of Chipping Creme over entire surface… allow to dry

3. Apply textured Basecoat of another color

4. As soon as this is dry, chip away using the side of a key or a small flat scraper if you want a heavier chunky reveal , like this

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- then,  refine your chipping using 80-120 grit sandpaper to achieve desired effect.

For durability or exterior use, topcoat.

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Another Caromal Textured Basecoat , Chipping Creme, Caromal Textured Basecoat -

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This rocker started with a cleaner (no smooshing) brushed on layer of Peppercorn (black)  Textured Basecoat

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then a brushed on layer of Chipping Creme

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then a brushed on layer of Textured Basecoat Paprika (barn red)-

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When it dried, I went to town with my mouse sander, revealing back the black base, even chewing into the original wood finish.  If I wanted heavier chipping/pitting I would first scrape at my finish with something sharper like a flat blade, or screwdriver,  then I’d finish it off by sanding.

I added a stencil with the Peppercorn, creating a raised design, and highlighted it with American Paint Company Waistcoat (pea green)

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To finish it off I waxed it with Liberon Bison Walnut Wax – its an easy wax to use with the Caromal paints – it antiqued that Paprika color nicely, dried fast, and buffed to a nice sheen

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More layering – this time I START with Caromal’s Textured Basecoat but top it with one of my all natural chalk clay paints by American Paint Company-

This was my laundry room project when we moved last year –  I had our contractor turn a closet into a more functional space,  and we added a kitty box hole.   First things first,  had to get rid of that boob light

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and add something more my style – that’s better!

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Then I started on the cabinets and built-in.  I brushed on one coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate -

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The counter was plywood and I had plans to finish that too.   I rolled the Caromal Textured Basecoat Chocolate on to build some texture

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then I brushed on some American Paint Surfboard, Liberty and a little Dessert Cactus, and troweled it tight over the Chocolate Texture.  When it dried I sanded it good, then later added an epoxy-

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Painting the basecoat over the brand new cabinets -

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When the Chocolate Textured base dried I brushed on one coat of American Paint’s Navajo White.

I DID NOT BRUSH ON CHIPPING CREME IN BETWEEN.   The chipping creme is used ONLY between Caromal Colours type paints as they have strong bonding power and can bond too much to each other.  The chalk clay paints are easy to reveal back, with sandpaper or a wet rag even,  until you topcoat them.

I tried my hand at backsplash tile too – looks cool but still haven’t grouted it yet, and it’s been 9 months!

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I brushed the Navajo White on thinner,  and only one coat.  I had a little bowl of water handy to dip my brush into every so often – the little bit of water helped me move the paint across the textured brown

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When the Navajo dried I started to sand the finish,  you can use 100-150 grit – to reveal that Chocolate brown underneath…

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On the front of the wash tub, I had applied a stencil using a mix of Neutral Texturebase and tinted it with a little bit of APC Surfboard –  the Texturebase is like a thicker plaster and creates awesome raised stencil elements.  The APC Navajo White  went on over that,  and when dry, everything got sanded

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The sanding reveals some of the buried stencil as well.   I added my old knobs, not for function, since its a fake panel,  figured they could hold towels…

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After the sanding, I wiped off the dust with a dry rag, and proceeded to seal everything up using American Paint company Topcoat Finish.  I applied 2 coats.   Here its wet -

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Repurposing (aka  reusing) my old laundry knobs -

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I needed a cushion for the bench seat, but didn’t want to spend for a custom fit

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so I found an outdoor lounge chair pad,  stenciled it with a mix of APC Topcaot and APC Surfboard,  and glued on some trim I had -

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Love my counter,  several years ago I went out of state to get trained and certified to install Aurastone/Granicrete – an epoxy countertop finishing system.

I never used it like I thought I would (big ideas to  refinish every client’s formica counters into beautiful works of art) because the process is very time and detail oriented, there is a larger margin for error (like a fly landing in the wet epoxy), and most importantly, the products are NOT cheap.

I love creating with the products, though, and still use them, mostly for furniture tops -

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Another Caromal Texture/APC Chalk Clay was this desk -

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One coat brushed on Textured Basecoat Parchment (creme)

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Followed by one coat APC Cannonball (black)

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I forgot I  did anything different on the top, and going through my pictures I saw this picture below and thought   ” ?? What’s that Textured Chocolate and  Textured Parchment and Beautiful Embellishing Creme Brazillian out for?”

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I brushed those on, wet into wet, and  bladed them about, to create an organic feel

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I added some ‘veins’ , using   Krylon’s Webbing – both  gold and white –  veins shot out of a can :)   (practice on something first!)

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Since it was a desk/vanity top I wanted to make sure the finish would be durable, so  I sealed the top with APC Topcoat Finish and let it dry.

DSC_1150To seal the rest of the piece I used a mix of APC Dark Wax and APC Clear Wax + APC Black Mica -

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DSC_1154even over the Topcoated top – thats the nice thing about APC’s Topcoat Finish,  it can seal up the chalk clay based paints with ease (like brushing on water) , and when dry will be more durable than wax alone.  You CAN wax over it too, but you CANT do the reverse.  Don’t wax first, THEN try to Topcoat – doesn’t work.

DSC_1158The wax will still add an antiquing to the paint finish, and some of that wax glow,  it just won’t be as intense

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Brushed it on everything, then wiped off with dry cloth

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After it dried I buffed with the drill brush

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Added some new hardware and voila-

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Easy peasy cheesy squeezy -

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Another desk – this one first coat Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Candy Apple

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Once dry  I brushed a coat of American Paint Born on the Fourth of July – a really  must-have color blue-

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DSC_2230Once dry I sanded the whole piece –  here you can see the difference of a sanded drawer and unsanded drawer

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DSC_2244Then I sealed, antiquing the piece at the same time, using American Paint’s Dark Wax –   again, not pushing product – I’ve used many,  but their waxes are simply THE BEST.

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DSC_2243Before I wax the top, I topcoat with APC’s Topcoat Finish – which will add durability –  then I waxed it

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Used some Born on the Fourth of July on the chair seat, and sealed with Topcoat

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Oops, one more – perfect for last because it is both a Texture OVER a Texture  AND  a smooth over a texture -

Thomasville mirror (super heavy) –   previously painted Textured Basecoat Peppercorn (black), then a stencil using the thick plaster stuff Texturebase  (neutral).  Dry,  Chipping Creme,  dry,  Textured Basecoat Chocolate, dry and sand.

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I got bored with it,  so I brushed over the whole thing with American Paint Company Plymouth Rock,  a pretty light sheer neutral pale gray,  let it dry, then sanded, and Topcoated -

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Love

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Easy peasy cheesy squeezy :)

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Time to get those brushes busy!

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My Indigo Painted Mirror – Caromal Colours Quick And Easy Peasy!

Often, when I find dressers or chests, they come with a mirror.  Sometimes I’ll finish them as a set, other times I’ll only paint the dresser.

See the mirror below, on the left?

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I painted it to match it’s accompanying dresser, using Reclaim Pebble over  Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika

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The chest sold, but the mirror didn’t float anyone’s boat.

Out of the blue (the INDIGO BLUE) I decided to repaint it.  I basecoated it Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Blueberry

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I brushed on a coat over the whole mirror, and let it dry.   What I like about Caromal’s  Textured Basecoat is that it stays put.   What do I mean?  The goal is to paint a top color, white, and then sand back to reveal the blue.  I  WANT to see the blue,  but I DONT want to see that Pebble or Paprika color peeking through the top color white.    With the textured basecoats, when I sand through my top color and get to ‘it’, the blue,  I’ll have a  little bit of time before I sand through the blue and get to the original color – aka Pebble.

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Over this dried Blueberry  I brushed on a thinner coat of Caromal’s sister paint, Reclaim in Bright White.   Reclaim is generally used  as a roll on paint to apply in an all over even coating, that dries back to a more even finish AND has it’s own sealer built in,  but you can get artsy fartsy with it too.

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Now pay attention –   the general rule  with Caromal Colours paints is,    if you layer several colors of Caromal paint – like textured basecoat over textured basecoat,  or Reclaim over Textured Basecoat,  then you’ll want to use their Chipping  Creme in between those colors.  Think  OREO COOKIE.   Caromal paint color #1,  then creme in the middle, then Caromal paint color #2 on the other side.

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Chipping Creme helps prevent the bonding of color one onto color two.  Remember, Caromal’s paints are different than the popular chalk type paints  on the market – those paints can be layered and sanded off each other effortlessly – or even wiped off each other with a wet rag –  but Caromal’s paints are created to STAY put when they dry WITHOUT relying on a sealer or topcoat.

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Now, if you notice above,  I did NOT apply a layer of Chipping Creme between my Textured Basecoat Blueberry and Reclaim Bright White…..     ?????

Ok, this is off the record,  and PAY ATTENTION because this is one of those things where you try to cheat the system, and sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t….      

if you brush this Caromal Reclaim paint directly over Caromal’s Textured Basecoat,  without that Chipping Creme slip coat,  you CAN get the Reclaim to sand off the Textured Basecoat below, easy enough,   BUT you need to do it AS SOON AS IT DRIES…

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I used a blow dryer,   dried my white and then whipped out my 150 grit sand paper and gave it a whooosh whoooosh sanding -

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It worked awesomely great,  AND even better,  barely any dust kicked up when I sanded-  that’s because the Reclaim’s  got that sealer built in,  it’s not a chalky porous kind of paint

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Even better still,   when I got to the look/color I desired, I was done –  no need to seal – the Reclaim, having the sealer in it, leaves a satin sheen – now sanding it will scuff it up some, but used this way (on the mirror) it doesn’t look scuffed up at all -

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Now remember,  if you layer their colors, and ARENT going to be watching it dry so you can sand, then make sure you use the Chipping Creme in between.

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LOVE!

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