A Caromal Colour Armoire Makeover – Distressed Pumpkin And Peppercorn…

The interest started back in May-

Hi Patty,

I JUST found you blog and OMG!! Love your finishes!!  Lots of questions but the first one is this:

Is there help for my furniture?   The armoire belonged to my momma and poor girl is in real sad shape.  What on earth do I do with her?  I cannot part with her –  what would be the process for these pieces?

Keep in mind that I have NEVER done this before…  Can you please direct me?   Thanks!!  Yolanda

I replied-

Thanks  for pictures – they help so much in seeing what we are talking about.   You have  a few scratches and bruises on some of  those pieces – but NONE of that matters –  the Caromal Colours Textured basecoats will cover ALL of that.    If you are looking for  a  latex paint looking finish – that is,  smooth and clean and looks like it was sprayed out of a can, then this ISNT for you.  The TB’s (textured basecoats) will NOT give you that.  The TBs are much thicker,  like melted peanut butter –  they give UUMMPH to your finished piece –  and you can apply it however you wish – thicker, thinner –  so you can hide areas that might be a problem.

Just make sure your pieces are cleaned up (warm mild soapy rag)  let dry, and you’ll be good to go.  No sanding,  no priming, no stripping required.

Your armoire will be HEAVEN when its done!  Did you see the one my friend did recently?  She got it off Craigs list for a steal and used chocolate TB –    https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/a-caromal-colour-christmas-armoire/

Your hardest part will be deciding colors – single color or layered…     here are good visuals on the colors  closer up      https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/category/caromal-colours/caromal-colour-order-samples/ and from there you can even order palm sized wood samples if you still cant decide.

For further information, in depth with detailed step by steps,  how to’s,  pictures galore,   check out the links I  gave you below, that will really help show you HOW the CC Textured basecoats work,  how to apply them,  and WHAT the finished look looks like –  most of the examples have been applied over wood-

Here  is a link to ALL the ‘how to’  posts I’ve made in regard to  Caromal product s-     https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/category/caromal-colours/caromal-colour-how-tos/ you just keep scrolling and you can read them in order.

Here is a link to ‘what if’  posts regarding Caromal product s-  https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/category/caromal-colours/caromal-colour-what-if/

Here is a link to  ”makeover” posts –  before and afters so you can see whats done with them    https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/category/caromal-colours/caromal-colour-makeover/

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Fast forward to November-

Hi Patty,

I went ahead and ordered the barnworn finish for my armoire.  I decided to do the pumpkin as the bottom layer and the peppercorn over  top.
I am using the pumpkin as the basecoat  – do I need to use the toner?  Didn’t know if toner will work over the dark.  If not I have plenty of more projects that I can use it on.

Will send pics soon, I wil be putting the peppercorn on today then chipping away.  I sure hope I can make this beautiful.

Here is one pic with just the pumpkin on, what do you think?  As you can see I did not lay in on thick, I left some of the original brown showing…

THAT is going to be beautiful when its done.  You could even toner it now and scuff it a little and it would look so cool- like what you see in old France….   I’d leave it thinner /thicker – like you did – that’s perfect.  Then get the chipping on everywhere.   Then coat with peppercorn and sand.    I think you’ll see you need the toner –  even on the solid peppercorn I use it –  because after you sand its going to be dulllish and blah… the toner brings it back to life,  and it also gives it a richer tone.   You also will have that pumpkin coming through when you sand and the toner will age that up…

and, the final reveal-

Well, here she is!  What do you think?

On this piece I had to do a lot of prep because it had a lot of wood on the top piece that was lifting and a few pieces on the sides.  So instead of taking all of that off I used wood filler and sanded it a bit to make it even.

Then I slopped on the Pumpkin Textured Basecoat, let it dry, put the  Caromal Colours Chipping Cream on and let that dry then put the Peppercorn Textured Basecoat, let it dry and roughed it up around the edges.  I was a little nervous because it looked so dull and like asphalt!

After I put the Caromal Colour Toner on I could see that she was starting to come back to life!  I then added satin poly.  Originally I thought I wanted a lot more Pumpkin to show through but then my husband and I decided to just let the Pumpkin come through around the edges and various other places but just a bit.

I have a friend who’s husband is willing to come over and paint the flowers back onto the front for me… what do you think?   It was hard to get out of that mind set about slopping the CC colors on, I tended to want to go with the grain.  I kept reminding myself to smoosh, squash and put on haphazardly.  It worked!  I love it.  Thanks Patty!!

Yes, you cant worry about how it looks in progress – especially after sanding because it really dulls out – your description is a good one –  and the toner warms it right back up!   You’ll find whether you smoosh it on, or just brush and pull in same direction fro smoother look,  it all leads to a kicked back very lovely REAL look –  I love their products….

I also told her I’d demo a stencil in Pumpkin over Peppercorn, so she could see what that would look like – maybe something she’d opt for on the door, if she can’t get her friend back over to repaint-

I started with Peppercorn Textured basecoat –

I used a Caromal Colour Sticky Stencil,  re-usable stencils that have a built in sticky adhesive backing, and scraped in Pumpkin Textured Basecoat-

Pull the stencil-

Then another-

Brush on the Caromal Colours Toner, and wipe off-


If you  picked the right pattern, it would be lovely-

Nice work Yolanda!


Caromal Colours are not carried in big stores.  There are a handful of small country/ home furnishing stores through the US that may carry a limited selection,  but if you purchase in a store that owner will receive credit not me.    If this post was informative and helpful in your ‘how-to’ searches, a simple, but huge, way to thank me  is this:   if you decide to use these products,   use my code, PattyH in the coupon code area. This code is needed in order for me to receive credit for the order,  if you forget to use it I lose. You don’t pay more by using my code – and if you order online you won’t pay tax (outside PA).

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