Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Flowery Chest Gets A Paint Finish – CeCe Smoky Mountain Gray…

The only before of this chest I painted is  peering out from behind a brown credenza

My original intent was to paint it with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment and softly glaze it.  I need a good example of that on the showroom floor – my last piece sold.    But once the 2 layers of parchment were dry

I wasn’t sure about my choice…  the detailing on the front drawer made me feel like the piece should be more dainty, not just textured parchment

before I even wiped the glaze off the first drawer I knew  I wasn’t going to be happy with my choice

so I wiped it off and changed direction

CeCe Smoky Mountain Gray,  over a little bit of elmers glue here and there, to give me a randomly placed crackling

I love this old hardware but the gold doesn’t work for me –   painted hardware is the bomb!

never sure what direction I’m going until I get there…  I wanted to pull a softness in with this lovely color of blue gray (Smoky Mountain) so I accented it with CeCe Dover White

I LOVE the feet painted Dover – it totally changes the look of this piece don’t you think?

and I changed out the top drawer knobs to crystal balls

I did add a few  Swarovski in the grooved flowers, just a few 🙂

Love how the stencil turned out – it is a large stencil called Traditional Medallion – I got it from Andreae Design Stencils years ago – it that whole image is one stencil, I just layed it on the edge so each corner of it would it both surfaces of the chest.   I used the CeCe Dover White for the stencil to tie in the shading I did on the front

Love love love!   I got ahold of the owner of that stencil line (they are in the midst of revamping their company/offerings) and she said it was $89 and she is checking inventory to see if they have any left.  Its a pattern where you use it 2 times , back to back, to create a medallion design

Can I keep posting pictures of this?  I am so pleased with how it turned out –   you can see the slight crackle effect,  so subtle, just enough…

and see that bit of strie coming through the Smoky Mountain? Thats the textured parchment – even though its brushed on smooth it has the ability to add just a little somethin somethin underneath…   LOVE combo’ing these 2 lines of paint…  and that dressy little shoe,  so dainty!

These paints make it easy to create… just grab some chip brushes, a few colors, a little water, and have at it!

To complete my transformation I sealed my finish with CeCe’s Satin Finish

Check that silver chest out in the background,  same chest different finish!  That one I did a silver finish on – I love them both…

Hurricane Sandy is hitting the states…   we have crazy winds right now in Detroit,  I can’t IMAGINE what the east coast is experiencing.  Stay safe!

Happy Painting!

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You Know, It’s Sunday…

Photo credit: Firepile

Great Paint Finishes Combo’ing Caromal Colours AND CeCe Caldwell…

I represent both the Caromal Colours and CeCe Caldwell Chalk and Clay Paints and am often asked,

What paint is your favorite?

I don’t have a favorite – I love them both.  One is more textural, can hide more flaws, and can create one heck of a primitive chunky monkey finish, while the other is more refined, offers a delicious color palette, and manipulates effortlessly.

What happens when you put both together?   I should say   “Oh, it’s awful,  a yukky look – don’t waste your time.”,  and keep the lovely finishes to myself…

…but you know me,  that’s not how I roll

I brushed one thicker layer of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Putty on this chair, along with some Textured Basecoat Chocolate – both at the same time- then let it dry

Next came  a thin brushed on layer of CeCe Caldwell Simply White.   When that dried I  sanded some of the white to reveal the under texture color then sealed it using the Cece Clear Wax.  I love that the  clear wax doesn’t yellow, perfect over white –


Can I lick the screen?

Isn’t that scrumptious?

Another chair, same finish

A shelf, again same combo –  can you tell I love it?

Think of the combinations – 13 Caromal textured paints,  36 CeCe Caldwell jewels…

this shelf 1st coat dragged Caromal Peppercorn and Chocolate,  2nd coat CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat – topped with Liberon Wax

Oh Yah!

Here’s another piece –  I started with Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn,  just on the top

I let it dry then brushed on one coat of CeCe Vintage White and CeCe Sedona Red, alternately, through a checker stencil

When dry I lightly sanded and revealed some black texture to give it an aged effect

then I finished painting and sealed it with Clear Wax

It’s like a Dr. Seuss world – there is SO much you can do with paint!   No sanding, no stripping – start with a clean piece and let the painting begin.

One of my busy painty customers, Erin, shared this beautiful piece she painted-

Hi Patty,

I just finished this china cabinet done in CeCe Vermont Slate grey and CeCe Clear Wax!  I basecoated in Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

Have a great day!  Painting is my therapy…love all your great teaching!

Lovely attention to detail, Erin you are a master!

Caromal Textured basecoats come in quarts and gallons.   I even carry the 8 ounce sampler pots, one sampler, using this 1st coat texture finish, could do a whole piece of furniture!

Happy Painting!

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A Tiered French Provencial Table Transformed With Paint…

Once again, a project started without a good BEFORE photo.  The table was medium brown –  this photo shows the second coat, Ce Ce Caldwell Vintage White, going over the first coat Ce Ce Caldwell Mesa Sunset

I loved the design of this table, feminine and functional, I especially liked how the tops were not perfectly round

These little spindles were not all that fun to paint, especially the insides of them…  but they will be noticed in the end

 After the first layer (Mesa Sunset) dried, I stenciled a medallion design on the top using black texturebase, a thick plaster made by Textureline (can find that in my online store).  I thought it would look cool buried under the Vintage White and distressed back revealing parts of it.   This picture below shows it covered with one coat Vintage White-

When the Vintage White dried I sanded the flat surfaces (I like to do that) and wet wiped edges to reveal the pretty Mesa color.    (I apologize for no play by play photos).

When I’d distressed to my liking, I got out the CeCe Clear Wax, tinted it with black pigment (can find those in my online store), brushed it on and wiped off the excess.  This not only sealed my painted surface but also gave it an aged effect

I love the CeCe Clear Wax – it is so easy to apply,   dries pretty quick so you can buff it to a nice sheen, and tints easy.     By tinting that wax black I sealed AND aged all in one step!

When the tabletop dried I found it to be too stark, the black on creme, so I pulled out Liberon Medium Oak Wax and gave it a quick rub


Love how its so aged looking,  a hint of black  and a hint of brown…  it really compliments the Mesa orange

Like that?   I forgot to mention, after that black plaster dried, I put the stencil back on it and through it brushed some Elmers Glue,  THEN I covered the whole top with Vintage White.   When the white dried over the stencil it lightly cracked – I think if you click on the photo you’ll be able to see it

You know what I find funny, looking back on these photos?  That I totally completed the top of the table before I even went on to the rest 🙂

A pretty finish

Told you you’d notice those spindles 🙂

It found it’s way into a new home last week – yay!

It’s a perfect month to be playing with paint!

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