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?
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
- then, refine your chipping using 80-120 grit sandpaper to achieve desired effect.
For durability or exterior use, topcoat.
Another Caromal Textured Basecoat , Chipping Creme, Caromal Textured Basecoat -
This rocker started with a cleaner (no smooshing) brushed on layer of Peppercorn (black) Textured Basecoat
then a brushed on layer of Chipping Creme
then a brushed on layer of Textured Basecoat Paprika (barn red)-
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)
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
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
and add something more my style – that’s better!
Then I started on the cabinets and built-in. I brushed on one coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate -
The counter was plywood and I had plans to finish that too. I rolled the Caromal Textured Basecoat Chocolate on to build some texture
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-
Painting the basecoat over the brand new cabinets -
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!
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
When the Navajo dried I started to sand the finish, you can use 100-150 grit – to reveal that Chocolate brown underneath…
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
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…
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 -
Repurposing (aka reusing) my old laundry knobs -
I needed a cushion for the bench seat, but didn’t want to spend for a custom fit
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 -
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 -
It worked perfectly for this project –
Another Caromal Texture/APC Chalk Clay was this desk -
One coat brushed on Textured Basecoat Parchment (creme)
Followed by one coat APC Cannonball (black)
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?”
I brushed those on, wet into wet, and bladed them about, to create an organic feel
I added some ‘veins’ , using Krylon’s Webbing – both gold and white – veins shot out of a can :) (practice on something first!)
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.
To seal the rest of the piece I used a mix of APC Dark Wax and APC Clear Wax + APC Black Mica -
Scrubbed it on with a brush
even 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.
The wax will still add an antiquing to the paint finish, and some of that wax glow, it just won’t be as intense
Brushed it on everything, then wiped off with dry cloth
After it dried I buffed with the drill brush
Added some new hardware and voila-
Easy peasy cheesy squeezy -
Another desk – this one first coat Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Candy Apple
Once dry I brushed a coat of American Paint Born on the Fourth of July – a really must-have color blue-
Once dry I sanded the whole piece – here you can see the difference of a sanded drawer and unsanded drawer
Then 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.
Wax on, wipe off excess, let dry.
Before I wax the top, I topcoat with APC’s Topcoat Finish – which will add durability – then I waxed it
We had the perfect chair to match with it -
Used some Born on the Fourth of July on the chair seat, and sealed with Topcoat
Ready for a new home -
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.
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 -
Easy peasy cheesy squeezy :)
Time to get those brushes busy!
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