Christina writes –
You have inspired me to re-do my ugly white, shiny, builder grade bathroom cabinets! I am also getting excited about the possibilities for my laundry room cabinets, and my fireplace mantle! I have ordered the color samples from Caromal Colours and I am anxiously waiting for them. But, I have a question.
I noticed that on your bathroom cabinets you used two different base colors, then sanded, and then used toner — versus one basecoat, sanding and then toner. Is the two basecoasts of two different colors the way to go with these kind of cabinets? I guess I am wondering if I put on one basecoat, and then try to sand what will I get?? Shiny white cabinet? If I sand hard enough, will I even “hit” wood under there?? Just wondering if this is the reason you chose to go with two different basecoat colors — want to make sure I know what to order when the time comes!
Thanks for all of your help and inspiration!
I chose to use 2 colors on my masterbath cabinets because I wanted them to be a green (Cobblestone) with brown (Chocolate) distressing showing through where I sanded back. My original cabs were oak painted cream w/ some glaze on them. My choice of color was based on a sample I’d done that I liked-
If you are starting with shiny white and use a textured basecoat, it will cover your shiny white. A good example is this cabinet door that is shiny white and refinished using Caromal Colour Textured Basecoat Putty and then toned-However, if you are going to want a distressed look, then yes, sanding back will reveal the white underneath. This could give nice look, like this Textured Basecoat Peppercorn over a white cabinet, then sanded back-
If you do not want white revealed, then you could try to first sand back your edges – see if you can get through the shiny white. If you can get to raw wood, sand the edges where you plan on distressing, THEN start applying your Textured Basecoat. This way, when you sand to distress you will reveal that raw edge instead of shiny white. Once your basecoat is applied, you will lightly ‘finish sand’ and then when you brush the Toner on (like an antiquing/glazing/staining) it will warm up that raw wood nicely.
Else, you could do like I did and use 2 colors with a Caromal Colours Chipping Creme in between. In doing this, sanding will reveal color number 1, like this –
or this –
I hope this helps. Let me know. Patty
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