Cottage Paint Is Here To Stay, Recent Pieces and Colors

I introduced Cottage Paint earlier this year (you can read all the details in this post  Kicking It Up With Cottage Paint) when we rolled out 20 custom colors, tinted specifically for our Studio –

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It’s an easy paint to recommend –  it has amazing flow, stays open longer, allowing newbies to learn and fiddle as they go,  and I see great success, not only from our workshop attendees that use Cottage Paint and love it, but also from our customers who’ve tried it and come back excited to share their results.

Cottage Paint Custom Color Lead. with Dark Wax.

Cottage Paint Custom Color Lead. with Dark Wax.

Another huge win for Cottage Paints?  It is formulated off a color base system and able to tint  to 1000’s of shades in paint stores.  No way?  Yes way, and Fabulous Finishes will have the ability to tint that special color for you, as well as offer all their other colors, in the next month or so.

To celebrate, let me share a few of the pieces I’ve created with Cottage Paint –

This  was one heavy little buffet server –

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I brushed a first coat of our Cottage Paint custom brown color, Truffle and was amazed at how opaquely well it covered in one lean pass.

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LEAN is the key word,   I like to lay my paint on LEAN.  It dries nicer, looks more professional,  and shows less application marks.    I still used a second thin wash coat, but boy the final finish was lovely…

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When the paint was dry I used a 400 grit paper on the flat areas, quick and easy, to give it a burnish, and then wiped down the paint finish with a damp rag.  Wiping gets dust off, and even knocks out small imperfections in your paint.   It you wipe with some uummph you’ll even distress/reveal back your under finish.

Lastly, I brushed on our Black Glaze and softly wiped it back with a dry cloth.

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I painting the original hardware, and then added a silver bronze metallic finish to it, and used that same metallic to dry brush several detail areas on the piece.

I added a couple new blingy knobs (right up my alley) –

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The black glaze was so rich and lovely ….

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I  silver leafed the top and drop down sides – the contrast worked well with this rich Truffle color –

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You can watch our first DIY TV Episode, where I demo the steps of applying leaf, if you’re interested in doing a top like this.   We sell all the gilding products you’d need as well –  we’ve got you covered!

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I stained the drawer and inside, and added an ever so slight stencil inside the drawer

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What started as a Brady Bunch buffet,  cleaned up pretty darn nice, don’t you think?  :)

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What to do with this oak chest?

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Well, originally I sanded the top to salvage the wood, and painted the base with a coat of American Paint Gunpowder

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After the Gunpowder dried, I decided to go lighter with the piece –  I had enough darker pieces for sale on the floor …

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I decided to crackle  Cottage Paint over the Gunpowder basecoat, using Cottage Paint’s Easy Crackle, and  paint color Ash (another of our special tint colors).

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Produces a cracked, aged finish. Apply coat of crackle over Cottage Paint with a brush. A slightly thicker application of crackle will produce larger cracks.A slightly thinner application of crackle will produce smaller cracks. Allow to dry. Quickly apply Cottage Paint over crackle and watch it crack as it dries (about 1 hour). A slightly thicker application of paint will produce larger cracks. A slightly thinner application of paint will produce smaller cracks Do not over brush the surface while it is drying.

I wasn’t sure if it would work over the unsealed APC chalk/clay paint base, but it worked fine.  My Ash color Cottage Paint cracked nicely over the APC Gunpowder

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I added new hardware, and stained the top and inside the drawers –

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and added a soft all over stencil using Caromal Colours Stencil Creme Snowberry White

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A solid, well made little chest, very deserving of a pretty finish

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Here’s  another fun little jewel –  playing with some of the Cottage Colors we’d custom mixed –  the far right board is a pale muted pink – we named it Angora Pink –

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I brushed on a first coat,  then stenciled a raised harlequin design using a   black textured plaster

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When that dried, I brushed the Angora Pink again to cover the whole piece. When it dried, I sanded back the top to reveal the black design

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I added another light and airy stencil over the top, using Caromal Colours Stencil Creme Snowberry,  and used some of that to highlight the trim.  When it was good and dry I buffed the piece with our wax drill buffing brush – it brings the Cottage Paint up to a lovely burnished sheen real quick…

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You don’t have to have the handy drill buffing brush –   a soft cloth, or even a plastic bag will pop some sheen

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In this photo below it is next to a chair painted with Botanical Peony and Lavender

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This drop table was used as the how-to demonstration for our DIY Shelby TV Episode 8 where I demonstrate all over stenciling and color washing

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I painted the base with a coat of  Gorgeous Grey, and then applied a wash of color over it, using watered down Grey Linen.   The top was painted Grey Linen with Gorgeous Grey for an allover stencil design.

Both colors are custom tints (remember I mentioned that Cottage Paint can be tinted to almost any color in a paint deck?)   so you won’t find them in the lineup of premixed Cottage Paint colors, but they are available as color options in our store

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Look how lovely that finish polished up, just from buffing….  no wax on that puppy

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Shades of Grey are so popular right now – I hope they stay around forever as a neutral

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This last piece traveled over from my first store… I acquired it in Royal Oak…

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Heavy,  solid,  very very long drawers…. and a definite Asian flavor.  I found inspiration in this Cottage Paint sample door I’d created –  the bottom half,  Bold Black cracked over Killer Kakhi, polished with some of our Brass Wax  (APC Clear Wax mixed with Brass Mica)

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First coat Kakhi.   But the top?    The top swoops out, like a roof line in Asian architecture

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I have nothing against Asian architecture, it’s just that even I painted it pink with purple polka dots, all my eye would still see is a Chinese rooftop.   I decid the top needs to start with texture, so I brush/smoosh/stipple/blade/knock down  a black Textured Plaster.   When dry,  I lightly sand to knock down the picky niblets

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Over the texture I use a variety of metallic paste waxes and paints, until I like the color

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I top that with a tinted black acrylic wax to give it depth, and  Liberon Walnut wax to antique and polish it up.

I cleaned and used the existing hardware, quite unique

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I brushed the paint so lean, that the piece did not require much sanding to refine the finish.  I wet wiped the whole piece  to reveal a few Kakhi edges before scrubbing on the Brass Wax.   Waxing Cottage Paint with an all natural wax like APC’s is amazing – it is effortless.  Simply lightly brush it on, or wipe it on, and buff the excess off.  The Brass Mica stayed behind, giving the black a shimmering presence

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I added just a hint of crackling on the upper side panels, and topped it off with a metallic bronze light stencil design, to tie in the top.   A few Swarovskis  for an extra shimmer

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I was thrilled with how this piece came together

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The drawers are near four feet wide, and in perfect solid wood condition.  We  restained them, inside out

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Even the back got a painted wash treatment, jazzed with a stencil design

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My pieces may cause some to have sticker shock, but refinishing a piece of furniture, for me, isn’t just schlepping a color on the outside and calling it ‘shabby’ or ‘custom painted’.   My pieces will be refined, inside and out, with attention given to even small detail…

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Hopefully this will inspire you to venture out and try Cottage Paint  on one of your next DIY projects!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit area,  come visit!

We offer a number of fun Workshops, and a great varied selection of easy to use DIY friendly paints and finishes.

   Live too far?  No worries –  check out our awesome ONLINE STORE

    Pretty near everything in store is offered online – including a varied selection of  Swarovski crystals that I love to embellish my pieces with.

Happy Painting!

Catching Up, and a Pink Chalk/Clay Painted Child Rocker

Goodness, where does one start when they’ve been away too long and there’s too much to talk about?  Do I share workshop wares?  What customers are doing?  Shop happenings?   Or all the project files, piling up with dust on them?

It  doesn’t help, abandoning ship for almost a month…  There was prom

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and graduation from High School – it took my full attention, the 45 minutes before the ceremony started, to watch the jumbo-tron so I could catch her picture…

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The last of High School soccer wrapped, a disappointing end, but thankfully for us we will still be able to watch her continue on at the collegiate level

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All day orientations, family birthdays, Father’s Day,  and great news,  my hubby accepted a position with a different company and started his new journey a couple weeks ago.

Our son is home from college for the summer, I’ve been busy trying to get him familiar with our new web stuff, so he can do some work for us with  link corrections.  Our new shopping cart is up and running, but anytime you switch to new, you end up with old links that dead end when you click on them.   We have to work on redirecting  all of those dead links to live links, otherwise no one will be able to find us!   If you hit a dead link,  please be patient and know that we are working on it.

There will be another round of changes in the next week…. it’s the last phase, and time to move this blog over and merge it with our main store website.   I was told today by our web man that I will need to hold back on blogging while WordPress boxes up the life of my blog and zips it up in a traveling suitcase.  It will then make the move over to our new site, and unzip itself, setting up once again – the end goal being life continues on, and  you not noticing much change.   We’ve probably got a day or two before WordPress starts, so I need to get a few posts UP before they do.  No sure how long it will take them to transition my site – might be a couple days, maybe a week….

In the mean time, I need to  get a few posts together ASAP, and posted, before Word press starts to pack it up…

I’m sharing this cute little rocker that I painted pink a while back –  a PINK post in honor of my daughter growing up –  from child rocker to college dorm!

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The pink is American Paint Company’s Powder Room, one first coat painted on the whole rocker.

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Then the second coat was a mere wash of Powder Room, but also some American Paint Company Uncle Sam, their brightest white, watered down and brushed lightly over the top.

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When everything was dry I gave it a light sanding, and then brushed on a coating of American Paint’s Topcoat Finish.   Topcoat Finish is APC’s alternative to wax, and offers harder protection for your painted finish – perfect for tots.

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Lastly,  I used one of our Monahan Aged Papers,  ripped it into manageable sizes, and applied them to the back rails of the chair using Caromal’s Reclaim Sealer as my bonding agent –

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Sweet, simple rocker.    It didn’t take long to find a new home  :)

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If you haven’t tried our the Aged Papers you must give them a go –  we’ve got over 200 papers available to chose from!   If you check out the site, we find it easiest to sort the papers by name – have fun looking!

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American Paint Freedom Road Grey Gray – Waxed Black and Brown

Freedom Road is one of our top sellers –

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American Paint Company‘s medium grey gray

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A lovely color on it’s own, very Restoration Hardware

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Applying APC’s Vintage Clear Wax, tinted with  black pigment (aka make-your-own-black-wax) will intensify the color as you can see on this small nightstand I finished

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I layered Freedom Road over APC Waistcoat, and then sanded back to refine the finish.  Because the original piece was haphazardly painted white, it took little to no effort to reveal peeks of white through the colored paint.  So far, the drawer and side trim have been black waxed.

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Over the top I only applied a coat of Freedom Road. When it dried I applied a quick watered down brush coat of Reclaim Sealer, just to seal up the paint. Once dry, I brushed another liberal coat of Reclaim Sealer mixed with water, positioned my Aged Botanical Paper over it, then proceeded to adhere it to the furniture top.  To see this exact process you can watch my DIY Episode 5 found on our free videos page apc_freedom_road_waistcoat_black_wax_botanical_paper4

You can see the piece, tucked in the corner below –

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Applying American Paint’s Vintage Dark Wax, a pre-tinted brown, will change the whole look and feel of Freedom Road.

This vintage radio cabinet started with a layer of APC Home Plate –

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Once dry I applied the APC Freedom Road, and sanded back (once dry) to reveal some of the Home Plate and original finish. To seal it up I used APC’s all natural, very easy to use, Vintage Dark Wax  – scrubbed it on with a brush and softly wiped the excess back

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Would you have expected this color?

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The dark wax will take the grey to an kakhi/olive/green tone.  No grey no more!

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The top I took in a little different direction. First, I brushed a coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate

when that dried I brushed a thin coat of APC Home Plate, sanded it to reveal the Chocolate texture, topcoated it with APC Topcoat Finish,  a more durable topcoat alternative to wax, and then gave it a wash with a black and brown glaze –

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I painted the inside Home Plate as well, and tucked a stencil on the back for fun

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The back got a fun wash of APC Waistcoat and a little Freedom Road.... no topcoating on the back –

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But quite a different spin on grey.    I prefer using my powdered pigments and/or mica’s either mixed into a Clear Wax or into a Clear Glaze.  I’m not a fan of tinting my topcoat…

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We’ve got a great selection of  almost a dozen Powder Pigments, and a dozen more Mica Powders to choose from.  If you like to paint and create, these are a must have.  A little goes a long way, and once mixed still hold a decent shelf life.

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Happy painting!

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Shelby DIY Episode 10 – Painting Metal and Glass Outdoor Furniture

Hope you enjoy this one !

Happy painting!

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