Monthly Archives: October 2011

Using Caromal Colours Can Save You A Bunch Of Money – Kitchen Cabinet Redos…

Robin is in the process of ordering wood sample finishes…  she mentioned in her last email

P.S. if any customers would like to “quantify” what they are saving, I contacted a local painter who does Distressing for cabinets and the quote was anywhere from $3200 – $4500 for my project!! (I’m sure totally worth it, because Time is money, but…. that is why do-it-yourself rocks!!!)

I asked her (and will update this when she tells me) how many cabinet doors she had.   As a professional finisher myself,  when I give an estimate on a kitchen I start with a ballpark $50- 60 /door.   Take this kitchen

Thats 14

plus 15 1/2

plus 6

plus 4 , but I forgot to do the big side panel by the fridge, so add 3 for that

plus 8

equals 50 1/2  so say 51 doors.   x 50 (and 60)   = $2550 – $3060   and then materials.

Material wise, I’d estimate

TEXTURED BASECOAT:    approx $300

8-9 quarts of Textured Basecoat       2 gallons  109 each = $218

3 16 oz Toners                                           3 toners 18.50 each = $55.50

RECLAIM approx $300

6-7 quarts of Reclaim                        2 gallons    124.95 each =  $250

1 quart of Reclaim Antiquing Glaze         $39.95

You can do the math yourself –    if you tackle your own kitchen you are looking at the cost for materials – in this case $300.  You are your own laborer.  Advantages?  Cost savings.  Can work at your own speed – kick it out in a couple days,  or drag it out for two months…. who cares if your kitchen is ‘in progress’?  You take pride, having transformed your kitchen with your own hands.    Disadvantages?   Takes time.   You mess your manicure up.

For Do It Yourselfing, I prefer the Caromal Colour refinishing paints for cabinets and vanities.  I’ve worked with these paints for 2 1/2 years now and the quality finish is second to none.  It does what claims –  bonds to nearly any prefinished surface (bonds to raw too) with no prep of sanding/stripping/priming – the only requirement is that your surfaces and clean and grease/wax free.   It is durable paint, the finish won’t budge unless you go at it with a screw driver –  that offers ease of mind that you won’t be looking at a chipping disaster in 6 months.  Best of all?  It doesn’t require a rocket scientist degree to apply.

However,   not everyone is into doing things themselves.  If you have money in the budget, and don’t like to DIY, then hire a contractor.    Make certain you hire a reputable one – no one wants to spend $3000+  for a kitchen redo and end up with a subpar finish.  With that said,  realize there are many factors that work into a contractors price – consults, travel time, overhead, behind the scenes prepwork…      A $50-60 per door labor price isn’t a gouge.

For more information about the Caromal Colours textured basecoat  and Caromal Colours Toner ,  head here   distressing paints

For Caromal Colour makeovers

To order sample colors


Head to my store   SHOP.FABFINISHER.COM   for all of your Caromal needs  – including perfect 8 ounce samplers of the Textured Basecoats – a great way to experiment with color combinations!


You Know, It’s Sunday… Faith.

In the new house a week –  this is the most perfect touch –

Can’t really do anything permanent to these walls, so vinyl lettering is  a great option.

Aspen Traditions Condo Cabinets – New, Modern, Black using Reclaim Paint

John and Marty have been in the process of renovating their awesome condo in Breckenridge, Colorado.  I was honored to be able to offer my insight on the Reclaim line of Caromal paint, which they chose to use in their kitchen renovation

The Reclaim cabinet paint ended up exceeding our expectations. It was super easy to apply and looks amazing, we love the black that the licorice color provides. It also seems to very durable after we sealed with polyurethane. A huge than you to Patty Henning who reps for Caromal Colours, her advice and help guided us to a very successful outcome.
We picked out a beautiful leaf glass for the front of some of our cabinets that ties in with our “Aspen Traditions” theme, Commercial Art Glass in Denver has a wide variety of glass in a many styles – it was hard to pick our favorite. They also will help router your cabinet doors and install the new glass fronts.
We had our carpenter install crown molding on the cabinets that we painted to match the cabinets.
Once we get the new hinges, and updated bin pulls on the drawers along with the stainless knobs on the doors, the cabinets should be good as new.
You can read all about their condo renovation at the blogsite  Aspen Traditions.

Dressing Up Skeleton Bones With Caromal Leaf…

Couldn’t leave these bad boys alone…

I grabbed a couple of the skinnier ones ((ba hahahahhah!))

and brushed them with Caromal’s  Sticky Size

added some Gold, Silver and Copper Leaf, and antiqued their blingy boney butts with Caromal Colours Toner

Hangin out –  on those branches I gilded a few weeks ago

If you’ve never gilded before it’s pretty cool  – a great way to add a little bling – especially around the holidays when decorations abound….

L O V E   these girls!!!

For more information on simple gilding head here.


  If you live in the Metro Detroit area, come visit Caromal Colours ONLY Retail Store!  Fabulous Finishes, 49972 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp 48317


Head to my store   SHOP.FABFINISHER.COM   for all of your Caromal needs  – including perfect 8 ounce samplers of the Textured Basecoats – a great way to experiment with color combinations!