Monthly Archives: July 2012

My Pretty Thomasville Dresser Is Finally Painted Perfectly!

Oh this is going to be a long one, for this  dresser has quite a painty history…

It started as this,  a dresser is a dresser is a dresser, even if it IS a lovely Thomasville dresser, in excellent condition

In April I received a new CeCe Caldwell Color, Traverse City Cherry, a really pretty red, and decided to use it on this piece

My thought was to treat the front panels differently, that by doing so I could take this piece to new uses rather than

just a dresser…

I posted about this first Traverse City Cherry makeover here  , in a nutshell it went like this

Nope. not quite right…

Much better.   It is topcoated with their Ce Ce Caldwell Aging Wax Dark, which gives it that perfect rich red…

It was complete, and got many a compliments, but after I lived with it awhile it started to bother me – something just wasn’t right…

I thought, maybe too much red,  so I redid the top, to match the front panels, but that didn’t do it.    It needed a new color,  another new one I’d just gotten it – Cinco Bayou Moss.  My inspiration was that sample piece of wood propped in front,  Cinco Bayou Moss over Vermont Slate, wiped back and aged with the dark wax

I took off all the crystal ball knobs and brought back the original Thomasville hardware, then painted over the red with Cinco Bayou –

Here, I’m impatiently applying the Dark Aging Wax –  I want to see the results and the rest of the piece is not even finished!  Look how much that wax riches the color –

I loved the Cinco but I wasn’t loving it over the red  as much as over the black (like my sample).     I also decided it needed some bling and introduced 3 crystal knobs which had brass backs – the brass matched the original hardware perfectly

but then I didn’t like the handles with it – they seemed to blah… (does this sound like a Dr. Seuss book?)    I got out my Swarovski crystals and glued some onto the handles, trying to balance them with the pretty center knobs

I was liking that better, but now, even though I loved the color, it was just blending in too much and…. well,

it wasn’t quite doing it for me..

You thought I was fooling,  the sides REALLY weren’t done, nor was the right foot, and I was trying to figure out the final finish!

A client suggested dressing up its feet –  I LOVED this idea, and did them AND the corners, in a metallic blend to match the textured panels

of course I had to add another crystal 🙂    I was really starting to like this

Feet deserve bling too …

I liked it,  alot…  but what I really wished was that the red had been black…  Instead,  I grabbed my black glaze and gave the piece a quick brush on/wipe off

YES!!!

Do you see the bottom band is still unglazed?  See the difference?  It needed black, I knew it!   The funny is,  I was in the store by myself when I was brushing on the glaze, and I actually was out loud verbal in my excitement when I saw the result

It is absolutely perfect now, my new favorite piece, as they all end up becoming…

Perfectly painted.  Perfectly custom.  Perfectly one of a kind.  Quite handsome.

And available, for a short time…  that is, until someone swoops him up.

ARE YOU READY TO GET your paint on?

Visit us in our retail showroom where you will find various finish goods available for purchase, as well as all the products you’d need to do this yourself

Fabulous Finishes Retail Studio  49972 Van Dyke, Shelby Mi 48317

Our online store  will cover all your needs – the best DIY paints on the market  –  CeCe Caldwell,  Caromal Colours, Textureline,   waxes, topcoats, powder pigments,  metallic paints, glazes…   in a variety of container sizes including samplers!  We offer rollers, brushes,  even custom sample wood squares created just how you request.

Check us out,   click on the  store button below

A Caromal Candy Apple And Peppercorn Table, By May…

A table makeover –

May writes,

I owe you photos from my Caromal’d table I did earlier in the summer. I am SO pleased with the finish and the durability.

The only think that is a bit annoying is that people have no idea that I did it, I guess they assume it is a factory finish.

Because I am vain, I have to tell them I did the finish. I’m quite proud.   Thanks for your blog and access to such wonderful products…

L O V E  ! ! !

May used

  1. Caromal Colours Textured basecoat Candy Apple layer 1
  2. Caromal Colours  Chipping Creme  layer 2
  3. Caromal Colours Peppercorn  layer 3
  4. Sand to distress
  5. topcoat.

Another happy customer, May is now in the process of using the Ce Ce Caldwell paints, another GREAT easy to use paint.  If you haven’t used any of these paints, it’s time to change that!

ARE YOU READY TO GET your paint on?

Our online store  will cover all your needs – the best DIY paints on the market  –  CeCe Caldwell,  Caromal Colours, Textureline,   waxes, topcoats, powder pigments,  metallic paints, glazes…   in a variety of container sizes including samplers!  We offer rollers, brushes,  even custom sample wood squares created just how you request.

Check us out,   click on the  store button below

Using Powder Pigments in Wax To Get An Array Of Finish Color Options…

My two all time favorite lines of furniture/cabinet friendly paints – by that I mean no sanding, no stripping, no priming –  are Caromal Colours paints

and Ce Ce Caldwell Chalk and Clay paints

When I topcoat these finishes I have a variety of choices – typically I’ll use the Minwax Wipe-on poly for my  Caromal textured basecoat paint finishes (more durablity)

or a wax topcoat for a furniture finish – Liberon is nice

or cross lines and use Ce Ce Caldwell’s Clear Wax, which can be tinted (bingo – reason for this post)

Ce Ce Caldwell offers great topcoat options – a Satin Finish (cut with up to 50% water) brushed on will give you an instant satin sheen and maximum durability.  I brush it on with my chip brush

  They also offer 2 waxes – a CLEAR wax and an AGING wax.   The CLEAR wax is my favorite – it glides on super easy (I apply with my chip brush),  you wipe off the excess, wait a couple hours for it to dry, and buff it to a  nice furniture sheen with a cloth, even paper towel

The aging wax comes in a light and dark

and will change your original paint color to a richer version – here we have Traverse City Cherry and Dark Wax

The Aging Waxes are lovely, I especially like the Dark,  but they do take quite a bit longer to dry.  And, they only offer you two colors of aging.

An option?   Start with Ce Ce’s Clear Wax and use it for all your finishing needs…   How?

Tint it!

with powder pigments 🙂

Powder pigments are mineral oxides  that are UV stable and easy to use.

Twelve available colors,  we sell them in 4 ounce pots  (packed by weight) ($9.95) and  16 ounce containers (packed by weight) ($19.95).  The best thing about these pigments?  A little goes a long way –  a smaller container can get you multiple, multiple furniture pieces.   A 4 ounce size container would be enough for a full kitchen and then some.   The 16 ounce containers would appeal to full time finishers that will store and use for future projects.

We also offer a Sampler Kit, a 4 ounce samplers of all 12 powder pigments, for $89.95 – a great investment for the finisher that wants limitless options in finish colors-

So how’s it work?   This display, below defines all 12 pigment colors, finger swatch across the top

then down the side is listed 4 colors – Ce Ce Simply White,  Ce  Ce Vintage White,  Ce Ce Texas Praire and Ce Ce Georga Clay, which are painted in bands across he whole board

each column is represented by CeCe Clear Wax, tinted to one of the 12 colors,  brushed on each color and wiped off.  You can click on each picture to blow it up full screen, that will allow you to see how each color changes with each tint

The process is pretty simple –  mix equal parts denatured alcohol (can use vodka too) with equal pigment, to make a thicker paste, then fold it into  your Ce Ce Clear WAx

When you have it mixed up, fold it into your wax and mix good.   You can make your wax as strong or subtle as you choose –   just test your color and add slowly until you’re where

There is my Gray pigment, mixed into my Natural Finish –

You can test your color on a sample before you being,  I  add pigment slowly until I get the strength I want.  Below is a sideboard I finished – this shows Pittsburgh Gray and Vintage White. I am brushing  Gray Clear Wax over top.  Brush it on, wipe it off

Don’t be surprised if you find a mystery present in your online or store order –  we will be including,with shipments that order Ce Ce’s Clear wax,  a sampling of a Powder Pigment color and Recipe Card.   How fun is that?

Happy Painting!

ARE YOU READY TO GET your paint on?

Our online store  will cover all your needs – the best DIY paints on the market  –  CeCe Caldwell,  Caromal Colours, Textureline,   waxes, topcoats, powder pigments,  metallic paints, glazes…   in a variety of container sizes including samplers!  We offer rollers, brushes,  even custom sample wood squares created just how you request.

Check us out,   click on the  store button below

We are linking up to Funky Junk Interiors  Saturday Night Special!  If you want more creative tips, head her way – her blog is fabulous!

and Tatertots and Jello, a DIY decorating and crafts blog

I LOVE MY CLIENTS! This one left the sweetest voicemail…

Feedback is always a good thing, and with what I do I can honestly say 99% of the feedback I get is from happy customers who are pleased with their results after using the paints we promote.

This is an actual voice mail I received last week,  I couldn’t share it until I could figure out how to remove her phone number at the end…

She and her husband contacted me on the phone (they don’t do internet) and we conversed several times about  a Caromal barn worn finish option for their table.    They ordered samples,  then ordered product, then left the most darling voice

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