One Very Weathered Wet Shabby Coat Of Caromal Colours Paint…

Finally posting the HOW TO  on this cabinet door finish –

I used my favorite textured paints – Caromal Colours    –  those DIY paints that stick to nearly any surface without having to prime or strip first.   Even better?  It’s tried and proven durability.   When your finish  is dry give it the fingernail scratch test – go ahead, scratch HARD –  this paint finish won’t budge.  My kind of durability –  long lasting and strong enough to hold up to my teenagers!

This was fun a project for me – taking the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat’s and painting them together, wet on wet… experimenting.

I started with Parchment (cream)  and and mixed in a little dot of Chocolate (brown)

and used some Putty (grey/beige) and Wisteria (white)

I dipped my chip brush in the Putty, then dipped it into a tiny bowl of water (it helps the thicker paint glide on thinner)

Good enough.  Now Chocolate

brush it where you like –  there is no right or wrong way…

Now we’re at this,  pretty ugly I know….

Brush on the  Parchment/Chocolate mix

Drag it here and there…

a little bright white – Wisteria

drag your brush to move it around and soften

a little more Chocolate dragged in

didn’t use very much paint, but it’s just one door….

I know, still not pretty …


Impatiently, I blow dry.  Notice I have the colors I used finger swabbed on a foam plate for future reference.

Oops, I smudged the wet paint  as it was drying-

Do not fear, happy finger is here-

Yes, it’s really that simple…

Paint is dry, time to lightly sand so the finish feels yummy.  I want to REALLY sand and distress this baby so I pull out the palm sander and dig in –

Sanding is done…. I’m a little uncertain about sanding so deeply – I thought some raw wood would look cool but thinking I made the wrong call this time…

Oh well,  I’ll tone it and then decide if I like….

grab a rag and wipe it off –

Dontcha wish your toner was hot like mine,  Dontcha!  (compliments of Pussycat Dolls 🙂  )

Loving the shabbiness, but not liking that sanded away mark….

So I get out more paint and cover it up-

and then brushed some more toner over that when it was dry

I love how this paint looks so authentically old and weathered –  you’d never guess it was one layer of paint, blended wet-

The finishing touch was a stencil I had from Wallovers, called Organica… I pulled the Caromal Toner back out and used that through the stencil-


I haven’t top coated it so the final finish is matte.   If satin is your preference, wipe on some Min-wax wipe on poly (Home Depot $8) and you’ll be all set!

Are  you unfamiliar with the Caromal Colour brand of paints?

Start here –   distressing paints

For Caromal Colour makeovers

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