A “What If” Caromal Colour Question – Distressing Shiny White Cabinets

Christina writes –

Patty,

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!

Hi Christina,

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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-

Bronze and brown basecoat (old molding), chip creme, then Cobblestone over top

Bronze and brown basecoat (old molding), chip creme, then Cobblestone over top

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-

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Putty over Shiny White Cabinet

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-

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn over White Cabinet

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn over White Cabinet

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 –

CC Textured Basecoat Paprika over CC Textured Basecoat Chocolate

CC Textured Basecoat Paprika over CC Textured Basecoat Chocolate

or this –

CC Textured Basecoat Putty over CC Textured Basecoat Chocolate

CC Textured Basecoat Putty over CC Textured Basecoat Chocolate

I hope this helps. Let me know. Patty

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One response to “A “What If” Caromal Colour Question – Distressing Shiny White Cabinets

  1. Hi Patty,I am still shaking that I found you through Google!! Was checking if anyone had tried to paint/distress ” The Habersham way !!” And here I found you, wow…I have a real French Oak ‘Sideboard with Hutch’the top has been modified to accept a 46″TV. I want to paint it like the ” Habersham-Claude Monet Collection ” which is a off-creamy white distressed.I am totally new to this Caromal paint but I am very handy in re-finishing French furniture (with shellac/French polish)etc…
    My artistically-capabilities give me comfort to make this project happened. I love to much the challenge. Now the question is what colors should I get to make sample pieces that I then can choose from!!! I do have an arsenal of pigments & waxes, but would need the colors that will help me with the effect I am looking for and the amount of paint I need. Would love to send you a picture for you to evaluate, but I am new to this Blogging, it’s my first time ! ‘
    Thank you for your help, your finishes are absolutely Fantastically Fabulous….
    I am a 66 year young lady living on the beautiful Beach of NC and I refuse to retire!!!!

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