Caromal Colour Paints Take A Honey Oak Cabinet To Grey Blue…

It’s easy to mix Caromal Colour Textured Basecoats to create new colors –  here I took the Textured Basecoat Parchment

antique parchment

and added just a little dollop of Textured Basecoat Colonial Blue

I like to mix on foam plates, then I keep the plate for color reference.  The Textured Basecoat  paints dry to the same color they are wet  –

You can apply these paints any which way you choose – heavy stippling and mushing, or thinner brush strokes – all a matter of personal choice.  I’m choosing a thinner brushed application –

My goal in layer one?  Cover the door 100%.  I can move my brush any which way to get it on, but I always give the paint one final up/down pull so that its all going the same way (except the top and bottom edges pull left and right)

don’t worry, it’s not supposed to look good at this point …

The other 1/2 of the door I used a slightly lighter mix of blue, and  I dragged some Parchment into the wet  mix of blue –

Why add in a drag of Parchment you ask?

I don’t know – felt like it I guess… experimenting… sometimes thats how the coolest things are uncovered!   This is wet dragging into wet –

When dry,  brush on one last coat.   This second layer is easier – takes less paint, takes less time – you’re basically scrubbing the paint into areas that didn’t fully cover on the first pass, then always giving one final brush pull up and down, to  keep your application in one direction –

During this final layer I like to dip my brush tips into water, shake the drips off, then brush back into the door – it helps keep that paint moving and almost melts it right into place –

This goes pretty quick,  no need to fiddle or overthink it… just get er done!

Don’t be afraid to apply a little pressure on your brush – push it into those shallow grooves good –

then make sure to lightly pull up/down over it to keep it all moving in the same direction –

Second coat done.

Let dry again.

I never seem to get these sample door edges good!

The Textured Basecoats need a light sanding –  220 grit is perfect.  For one, it helps get rid of any application marks you dont like ( heavy brush strokes, or oops blobs),  second, it gives the finish a smoother feel – almost powdery and chalk like, especially if you apply it in a heavier textured manner,  and lastly, its the moment you can dig in and distress your piece if that is what you desire.  For that, though, I prefer a heavier sand paper like 100-150 grit.

Even the 220 will distress your edges, but it’s daintier and takes longer –

Big boy for the flat surfaces – way quicker

The Toner is a water-based antiquing type product

you simply brush on

then wipe off with an old rag.  The less you wipe off the richer your finish, the more you wipe off the softer your finish…

Notice how the Toner warms up that color compared to the untoned 1/2 above it

I’ll dress this up using one of Caromal Colours own Sticky Stencils Floral Scroll (11″ x 26″)

Their stencils are pretty cool – substantial thickness (not wafer thin), they come with a sticky back side and a special  paper to store the stencil on when you’re done with it.  The sticky back allows you to head right to your surface and STICK down – no adhesive sprays.  Reuse as many times as you like, simply soapy water clean up,  hang to dry, then stick on its backing paper for storage until reuse.

Here I stuck down part of the stencil

stenciling with the Toner.   Caromal sells Stencil Cremes that are lovely to stencil with but I like applying with the Toner as well – its soft

back on its backing paper

ooooh,  looking nice!    For the other half,  instead of Toner I am going to brush on the Coffee Glaze

Just as easy, brush on wipe off

Coffee Glaze wiped off

Lets try another of their stencils – again using Toner, I stenciled the Caromal Colours Sticky Stencil Cherry Blossom,   (16″ x 22″ )

They compliment each other nicely –  the top is Coffee Glaze, bottom is Toner.  The glazes will bite into the paints less than the Toner , but still remain in the cracks and crevices.    You’ll notice a color change  – the Coffee Glaze is browner (cooler) than the Toner-

What a difference from that old Honey Oak finish eh?

And best thing, no priming or stripping beforehand – just make sure your surface is clean and dry –

And another best thing?  No easy scratch-off-with-fingernail stuff –  this finish is durable when it dries.   Durable on its own –

This door and many of my others will be traveling down to the IDAL Convention in  Hampton, Virginia this week  – I’ll be joining Carol Kemery, owner and creator of Caromal Colours  at the EXPO – come visit us and SEE what I’ve been yammering about for over two years –  these paints rock!    For creative minds, the possibilities are endless…

Try it. 

Compare it. 

You’ll love it! 

and for those that are looking for a way to compliment their business,  tapping into the present market need of

reusing, reclaiming, restoring , green,  projects on a dime, clients on a budget, updating the most affordable way

you’ll find real opportunity with Caromal Colours.  Hope to see you this week!

For more information about the Caromal Colours textured basecoats,  head here   distressing paints

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2 responses to “Caromal Colour Paints Take A Honey Oak Cabinet To Grey Blue…

  1. I don’t know…I just cannot imagine myself doing anything like that, Patty! I do hope you have a great deal of success at the Expo!

    • yes you could! it’s easy – really, can’t mess these paints up – can mix them, tint them, or use them straight outta the jar…. and stencils are like playin with toys 🙂

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