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A Hutch Transformed With CeCe Caldwell Smoky Mountain Gray…

Back when I was a kid,  we took a trip to the Smoky Mountains… there is a photo similar to this one, except we’re posing in front of the fence like tourons…

and you thought I was pulling your  leg :)   That’s me in the middle smiling at my brother

Little did I know, years later I’d be painting a piece of furniture in a color named Smoky Mountain Gray

I started with this lovely gem – such a pretty piece  to paint, and in excellent condition

The drawers were lined with Detroit Newspapers from 1979.  Good for the future owner because the inside drawers are like new

My inspiration?   a picture frame finish that I created for my mom

I started with a base of Reclaim Licorice black

added glue in areas, as I went along, and painted over it all with the CeCe Caldwell Smoky Mountain

This paint is easy to brush out, thick but creamy and levels out just enough so you’re not left with heavy brushy marks…  and it goes far.  One coat covered this piece and I only used not even 1/3 of the can

After a very light sand I aged and sealed it with a Liberon Medium Oak Wax

and for an extra custom punch, I gave the top an animal hide texture in a warm silver metallic

My new buddy John, owner at Profaux, told me to sell it for no less than $1500…

and he said I should sign it.  After all,  it’s one of a kind.  Custom…

I haven’t signed it.  Yet.

For Sale  $899

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A Workshop Week… Textureline Finishes ROCK!

Last week I visited the Plaster Center & Minneapolis Institute of Fine Finishes and instructed a 2 day workshop on Easy Cabinet and Furniture Finishes

I loved his studio!  An old building, up a couple floors, in the city of Minneapolis… old plank floors, windows with natural light, high exposed ceilings, tons of room…. an artist’s dream….

It was a fun two days

with cool finishes created

Like those stencils?  I’m finally carrying stencils now, designed right here in Metro Detroit!

Drew Beninati, artist and owner, is the guy that is the colorant genius for Textureline products.   Textureline makes everything  from glazes and pigments to plasters and stone finishes.    Did you know I carry Textureline products as well?   :)

At the end of our class we played around a bit with some new Moire Metallic Plaster colors.  I created this

That was last week.

This past week Drew flew here, to teach a two day workshop on troweled plaster finishes at my studio.  I  buzzed around all week getting everything in order. The back drop is troweled grey Sedonna plaster

Textureline sample finishes decorate the wall

I dressed  up this wall with two finishes

a sweet metallic textured finish on top, and a troweled Moire plaster on the bottom -  both finishes will be taught in an upcoming 3 hour workshop

I got to meet John and Greg from ProFaux out of Akron, Ohio.   I learned so much from John,  and Greg blew me away with his creativity

It was a pleasure hosting Drew -  he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, and offers a finish-packed  2 day workshop

I’ve got some great stuff in the works -   next week I’ll be adding some new products for purchase, both online and in store.  Look for powder pigments and metallic waxes  in 4 ounce samplers AND as a sample kit.  Additionally, I’ll be stocking several more topcoats that will be useful with cabinet and furniture finishes- a flat wax and satin wax, both applied with a damp sponge – as easy as a wipe-on poly, but more durable.

Look for our summer workshop schedule this week – adding some new sessions,  CeCe Chalk Paint Techniques,  Animal Hide Texture Top Finish,  and a  Simple Wall Finishes Workshop.

Come check us out

Fabulous Finishes Studio 

A Specialty Paints Retailer

49972 Van Dyke Rd

Shelby Township, Mi 48317

888-819-1490

Tuesday, Thursday  10am – 530pm

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 430pm

shop.fabfinisher.com

CeCe Caldwell Seattle Mist

CeCe Caldwell Chalk & Clay Paint

- why it’s our paint of choice for creating beautiful finishes:

  • 100% naturally green, people & earth friendly, and made right here in the USA…
  • ZERO Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), non-toxic.  The minerals are clay, porcelain clay, and chalk blended into a water-base solution.  No odor (though I say it smells like earth!)
  • It has a creamy consistency when painting and flows out effortlessly, drying to a pretty smooth finish.  You can achieve a baby fine surface with minimal sanding
  • The paint is self-priming, superior adhesion means that most surfaces don’t require a prep coat of primer prior to painting. One or two coats generally give complete coverage and the paint goes a long way!
  • You can use a single color, or layer multiple colors, and a simple wipe back with wet cloth will reveal the beauty beneath
  • CeCe offers a yummy Clear Wax for sealing up the surface, and a Satin Finish when you desire even more durability

This is 2 coats Seattle Mist,  over a 5×7 photo frame (glass and all).

I brush on the yummy Clear Wax – notice how it brings the color back

The clear wax has NO odor, is non-streaking & made from insect & plant sources. It is non-petroleum based, natural wax. In addition to being better for you, your family & the environment, it goes on smoothly without any drag or streaking.  simply brush it on, wipe off the excess, and a few hours later you can buff it to a lovely sheen.

(click on the images to blow them up)

A comparison…

#1 Vermont Slate, #2 Seattle Mist, #3 Pittsburgh Gray, #4 Young Kansas Wheat, #5 Hershey Brown

CeCe Caldwell’s paints

100% naturally green,

in the color of your choice

CeCe paints are sold in quarts and 4 ounce samplers.   Visit our store for all your product needs :)

CeCe Caldwell Vermont Slate

CeCe Caldwell Chalk & Clay Paint

- why it’s our paint of choice for creating beautiful finishes:

  • 100% naturally green, people & earth friendly, and made right here in the USA…
  • ZERO Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), non-toxic.  The minerals are clay, porcelain clay, and chalk blended into a water-base solution.  No odor (though I say it smells like earth!)
  • It has a creamy consistency when painting and flows out effortlessly, drying to a pretty smooth finish.  You can achieve a baby fine surface with minimal sanding
  • The paint is self-priming, superior adhesion means that most surfaces don’t require a prep coat of primer prior to painting. One or two coats generally give complete coverage and the paint goes a long way!
  • You can use a single color, or layer multiple colors, and a simple wipe back with wet cloth will reveal the beauty beneath
  • CeCe offers a yummy Clear Wax for sealing up the surface, and a Satin Finish when you desire even more durability

This is 2 coats Vermont Slate,  over a 5×7 photo frame (glass and all).

OMG, the toes~   I’m so sorry!

Yes, this is another one that I’d previously applied the aging waxes to, that’s Aging Light Wax on top, and Aging Dark Wax on the bottom

I changed my mind, painted BACK over that aging wax, and did straight Vermont Slate with Clear Wax….

 I brush on the yummy Clear Wax – notice how it brings the color back

The clear wax has NO odor, is non-streaking & made from insect & plant sources. It is non-petroleum based, natural wax. In addition to being better for you, your family & the environment, it goes on smoothly without any drag or streaking.  simply brush it on, wipe off the excess, and a few hours later you can buff it to a lovely sheen.

A comparison…

#1 Vermont Slate, #2 Seattle Mist, #3 Pittsburgh Gray, #4 Young Kansas Wheat, #5 Hershey Brown

CeCe Caldwell’s paints

100% naturally green,

in the color of your choice

CeCe paints are sold in quarts and 4 ounce samplers.   Visit our store for all your product needs :)