Painting, Wet On Wet, With Caromal Colours…

I got an email from a fellow craftier, asking about the wood finish in this bathroom

(Photo: House of Turquoise)

… I wanted to show you this Rustic Bath and see what you think. Some cool pics on this blog if you have not seen it. Any thoughts on the distressed blues and greens would be HUGE!

I would love to do the bead board in my bath in something like it..

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a room in the house with those big wide planks of distressed wood embracing the walls?  I’d have to get rid of the photo of great great great grandpa though 🙂

That particular day I had all kinds of emails to respond to, posts to create –  and what did I do instead?

played with paint…

I figured I’d need these colors of Caromal Textured Basecoats – my favorite paints that require no priming or sanding or stripping beforehand –

and a little squirt of blue tint –  this one is a Golden Fluid Acrylic in Pthalo Blue (can find the Golden Fluid Acrylic’s at Michael’s)

you don’t need but a drop of tint –  I take a swab of Bayberry and Colonial Blue onto the foam plate and finger mix the two, then add a drop of tint to the Colonial Blue

here’s the first  palette I created, getting a feel for how the Phthalo Blue changed up my colors –

  • top spot is Wisteria with BARELY a touch of blue tint
  • on left a mix of Bayberry and Colonial Blue with a drop of tint added to it
  • middle, a mix of Bayberry and Colonial Blue
  • right, a Wisteria with a drop of blue tint

I took an old piece of stained trim and chip brushed on straight Colonial Blue

then took a mix of Bayberry and Colonial Blue and brushed/smooshed that here and there

Next I added a drop of Phthalo Blue to my plate

and smeared in only the Colonial Blue for a brighter blue-

and added that here and there –

Remember, this is all wet on wet – all done at the same time.  Painting this first layer of mixed colors took me maybe a minute or so?

The important thing to remember is, there are no rules – there is no right or wrong – you can”t really mess it up!  I brushed, I smooshed, I lightly dragged – with no real plan in mind…..    Working on a small piece like this is a perfect way to get a feel for how I’d want to layer my color, say if I was planning on finishing an armoire or plank boards –

I needed a pop of light, so I used the Wisteria with just a hint of tint –

and dragged that on… when all was said and done, I’d wished I’d added more light –

then I let it dry.

I took my palm sander  to it, to rough up some edges – the sanding also knocks down some higher texture and creates awesome dimension –

I angled the nose in good to really get some gouging going on –

ooh – I even like this , could have just left it dull and raw for one look

but I have a personal love affair with the Toner, and it was needed to get a look close to Chris’s photo, so on went the Toner

a quick brush on,  and then a quick wipe off

even another look, dark and dirty – but no,  I want more off

swish swish swish

closer up, love how that toner bites into those raw spots

Love the dimensional texture – does that not look like layers of previous life?

Can you see a piece of furniture done this way?   I think I may have to try this when I refinish my old dining room set – want to do it in blacks and browns and some putty…

It’s not a perfect match, but what it IS is the way to get to this in one layer of paint-

(Photo: House of Turquoise)

Wasn’t that fun?   I did this that way too,  just different Caromal Colour colors, and will be posting the play by play next

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7 responses to “Painting, Wet On Wet, With Caromal Colours…

  1. Wow! It looks great, Patty. That inspiration picture is so cool. I cant wait to play with my new paints. 🙂 This has made me even more excited!

  2. Patty you never cease to Amaze! Your Talent Shines!

    Every visit to your blog, you offer Incredible Ideas with tools, tips and more. I love how you show in photo, the before “during” and during – to then not one, but many results. This is what I call true artistry. Not everyone wants the same finish .. with or without toner etc.. . it truly is a difference. I so love the Peacock Persian Blue you created. That is Beautiful. I am over the drab colors I want to see some POP ~ You created it here in stages from true to faded. Thank You !

    • thanks K! those are my favorite types of posts to create, the play by plays, always think the more detail the better, but they take time to put together – wish I had more time in a day!

  3. I just came across this and I love it! I would really like to try this technique on a larger piece of furniture…a kitchen island. How would I go about creating this look on something large, as I have read that you painted all of the colors while they were wet? Thanks so much! Looking forward to beginning this project very soon.

    • Hi Angela,

      which are you talking, the blue or the beige? I’m assuming the beige, since the photos of the how to arent included above. Head here to see that cabinet door, play by play – I used Putty, dragged in some Antique Parchment and a tiny bit of Chocolate. Then let dry, sand with mouse, brush on toner, wipe off, then apply stencil over top.

      If I was working this type finish on a larger piece – like your island, i’d take it a section at a time. I’d start with your base first – pull drawers out, open doors (or remove them if you like removing things) – paint out your front frame – I’d probably use mostly Putty, since you dont see much of the base behind doors/drawers. Then I’d do the doors and drawers – I’d work each door, door by door, just like I did this door (in post I linked) then I’d do drawers same way. THEN I’d do the side /back panels – thay way you’ll see what you have as your going – and have a feel for how the final island will look – the ‘color’ wont be right, as the sanding and TONER really changes and warms up the finish, but you’ll still get the idea. You might, at that point, decide to have less interest (blending) on the main flat panels – or you might do them equally grungy and distressed – you’ll know once you see it and do it… HAVE FUN!!!!!

  4. Thank you so very much! I should have clarified…I was thinking the blue-turquoise would be pretty on the island….BUT I now have an idea for my cabinets in another room with the technique and link that you gave me. I appreciate it so very much!

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