Monthly Archives: September 2012

Loving Sigrid’s Response To Painting Her Cabinets – “It Was Easy”!

Love sharing posts like these – real customers that share how their painting experience went.  This one is even better because Sigrid used a little of both of the DIY paints I carry – Caromal Colours AND CeCe Caldwell!     Whoo Hoo,  are you ready?

First of all, I am a complete groupie. I get excited every time you post a new piece so I can see “what was done this time.”  I refinished my first piece of furniture this weekend – my kids bathroom cabinet. The bathroom needed some color and “pop” after I painted the walls, so I decided to have fun with your paints and techniques.

I included a before photo – it’s actually a different bathroom same furniture and knobs – plain ole oak cabinets.

What I did:

  • Caromal Colours textured basecoat:  Chocolate – I put it on fairly thick, no sanding
  • 2nd coat; CeCe Caldwell Mesa Sunset – thin on base, thick on drawers (laziness) – it only took a sample size to complete
  • I selectively sanded the corners of the drawers and sanded the crap out of the mirror
  • I didn’t have toner and was too impatient to wait and order it, so I used shoe polish and scratch cover-up stain to darken where I sanded to add dimension. It worked although I’m sure the toner would have been easier to apply.

It looked chalky after it dried. I thought – yuck!   But, then I applied the CeCe Clear Wax with a rag and BAM!!

The colors came back to life and I had a marvelous finished looking piece of furniture. Changing the hardware was a great complement to the color of the cabinets.

 All I can say is “I’m thrilled”. “It was easy”. “Watch out kitchen cabinets here I come.”  Keep the ideas coming. I’m soaking them up!    Sigrid

Oh my gosh, I’m thrilled too and now want to do that color combo somewhere!  I’ve used that Mesa Sunset UNDER a creamy color and it was lovely – a perfect selection for you kid’s bathroom.  

What I love?  I love that these paints aren’t just easy, they create really pretty finishes – I think that’s why we are all so giddy after we’re done – it’s like YAY!  YAY!  I really really love it!

We went house shopping yesterday,  getting our feet wet…   visited several model homes – which of course was the WRONG thing to do, so many lovely options – at an ADDED price bump of course!   We  saw other homes that would need updating.    With options like this, it makes looking at the older homes way easier – I KNOW I can work some charm on any old cabinet or built in…

So can you!  If you’re interested in getting your paint on,  head to our online store,  shop.fabfinisher.com   where you will find a full selection of CeCe Caldwell Chalk and Clay Paints,  Caromal Colours Country Living Paints, Caromal Colours Reclaim  Beyond Paint,  and fun extras like pigments and metallics, brushes and rollers and soon to arrive  Euro Design STENCILS!

What a perfect party to link on to  –

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Finally, We Video’d Our Reptile Hide Technique!

Everytime I use this finish I love it

I’d consider it user friendly enough.  Each time you do it,  the better you’ll get at it.

Not just for top surfaces, I use it where ever I please – drawer fronts

chair seats

even under epoxy!

It requires some cheesecloth – and not trying to salesman you into buying from me but several times I’ve had clients inform me that the cheesecloth they find and attempt to use does NOT work the same as the cheese we use in studio.  I think the basic stuff pulls too much of the plaster off.  We sell the cheesecloth in 4 piece packs ($5) and 10 piece packs ($10) – it is almost 2 x 3 in length when fully opened

It requires a thicker plaster medium, that you can scrape through the cheesecloth – I like to use a tetxturebase  for laying the texture, it comes in black and neutral

Once that texture is dry I like to coat it with various metallic blends, depending on the color I’m going for.  Most often I use a silver blend, but sometimes bronzy blends are pretty too (the bronze is in picture above under the epoxy).

I usually top my metallic off with a tinted wax by Liberon – medium oak and walnut both work equally well.  It works perfectly, reaching into the cracks and crevices to make it look and feel old and authentic.

If you love this finish as much as  I do, and would like to see it in action and try it yourself,  you can head to my youtube video –  How To Create A Textured Reptile Hide Finish. 

Of course once you watch the video you’ll WANT the finish 🙂

Our  online store carries all the products required to complete this finish, and of course if you’re local to Metro Detroit stop by and we’ll hook you right up.

ARE YOU READY TO GET your paint on?

When online ordering, using coupon code PattyH in the coupon code area saves you money off shipping, and you pay no tax (outside PA).

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

A Client Distresses Her Desk With Candy Apple, Peppercorn and Parchment…

I forgot to take photos before, it was an old wooden desk but the owner already painted the body with Caromal Colours  candy apple red textured basecoat

A pretty cool piece, it had a pull out drawer with a built in ink tray

The  base also got some black (peppercorn) here and there, then the top was painted textured basecoat parchment

When the red and black were dry a layer of chipping creme was brushed on.  When that dried, one last layer of a  custom grey (peppercorn and parchment)

After it was sanded back, a glaze was applied, and then a script stencil using toner

she even stenciled a little script on the knobs 🙂

 All in a day’s time!

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

To order sample colors

ARE YOU READY TO GET CAROMAL’d?

When online ordering, using coupon code PattyH in the coupon code area saves you money off shipping, and you pay no tax (outside PA).

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

Paint Made Easy – It’s A Great Thing!

How easy?

Easy enough to attend a 3 hour workshop, carrying in something like this

and leave with something like this

Not only paint made easy, but paint made fun!

Traffic is increasing every day  – people that visit with great paint projects in mind (furniture,  cabinets..)  but lacking confidence and know how to move forward.    It’s thrilling seeing the excitement when they realize they really CAN re purpose their items themselves, and it’s nothing but fun watching them painting their piece at one of our workshops and talking about how it really is easy!

What a great way to learn… a piece of furniture that wasn’t working any more…. figuring out how to give it new life…

 These aren’t paints that take years to get the hang of, these are paints easy enough to use the first time and create something awfully amazing!

The painting is easy, the hardest part will be choosing the color and design – but we’re here to help you with that…

Our showroom offers all sorts of eye candy to help you decide…

Any look/style  we’ve got you covered – from rustic, primitive, country, barnworn,  textured…

to shabby chic, European, vintage, refined, Habersham…

Have a bigger piece?  Attend one of  our all day workshops and tackle it in 6 hours!

CeCe Caldwell Alaskan Tundra with Clear Wax…  and we highlighted the hardware with a champagne metallic –

You can find our current workshop schedule on our workshop page or grab a group of friends and call to set up your own date/time.

If you aren’t local and can’t find any workshops near you, don’t fear – these paints are so easy you can pick up a brush and do it yourself – we include simple instructions with every online paint order.    Read through some of our blog posts, hopefully they will inspire you with color and design ideas.

Head to our online store,  shop.fabfinisher.com   where you will find a full selection of CeCe Caldwell Chalk and Clay Paints,  Caromal Colours Country Living Paints, Caromal Colours Reclaim  Beyond Paint,  and fun extras like pigments and metallics, brushes and rollers and soon to arriving  Euro Design STENCILS!