Lorna, At Primitive Peddler, Caromal’s Her Chairs…

This makeover started back in June.   Lorna commented on one of my Caromal posts-

Hi Patty,
I have been looking at several projects on your site and it just seems too good to be true. To look that good and be that easy!! I have tried for several years to get the look of layers of old paint, using crackle medium and several coats of paint but never got the look I was after.

I am wanting to redo my dining table and chairs, it is now red legs and stained top and the chairs are red with stained seats. I want to go with black with red underneath. I don’t want a build-up of paint on these, just a very distressed look without looking like layers of paint. I assume this can be achieved by using less basecoat or more sanding?

It currently has a water base varnish so I would just need to lightly sand or just clean well?
I came across a you tube video with the owner of the company doing a kitchen makeover and she used Simple Green to clean the cabinets? Would this be sufficient?

Thanks so much, I have gotten lots of ideas and info already!!


I eased Lorna’s mind – no sanding was required, just start with a clean wax free surface.    Simply Green is great – so is Spic N Span…

Lorna detailed her project on her blog – you can read all about it here .

… I left the seat stained on the four chairs and painted all of the two extra chairs, the stain was chipped on the seats and I did not want to strip them. I used the Caromal Colours paint, that stuff is awesome!!   Here are the chairs afterward –

Love Those —  thanks for sharing, Lorna!

more about the Reclaim line of paints, head here.

For Caromal Colour makeovers

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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!

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