Vintage Desk Painted With CeCe Caldwell Vermont Slate and Virginia Chestnut

I have so many photos trapped on my camera, photos of things I’ve painted that I want to share…  but I don’t  because I didn’t do a good job photoing the start to finish play by play.  The photos  remain on my SD card, and the card grows.

That – the growing SD card – makes someone like me very anxious, and out of sorts…   it’s like when I used to get the newspaper delivered to the house. My morning paper would arrive,  and if I didn’t have time to read?  It would land in a pile… a pile that represented SOMETHING ELSE TO GET TO.

The pile grew… and grew… and then became unmanageable –  how could I read through ten days of papers, and WHY would I want to read something that’s a week old?   If I tossed them,  I just might miss something important.  In the end?  I cancelled my subscription to the paper – I couldn’t handle the pressure!

It’s like that with my pictures, I can’t just delete them.    So here’s the deal –  you will be seeing a number of posts in the weeks to come that are not my typical 20 photo play by play posts, but still hopefully show a BEFORE, and then show a few after.    If I have a chance during the painting process to snap a bunch of photos,  I do.  But sometimes I’m just really pressed for time, and I jump in and forget to grab the camera.

Here we go!

The Before:

I acquired this piece at an estate sale – it had no pulls so I screwed some on temporarily so I could maneuver the drawers…

I mixed CeCe Caldwell Virginia Chestnut  (2 parts) with some CeCe Caldwell Springhill Green  (1 part) to make an earthy brown,  and painted 2 coats on the top.  The base was two coats CeCe Caldwell Vermont Slate.  I added a stencil in CeCe Cinco Bayou Moss and CeCe Sedona Red –   here it’s freshly dried and lightly sanded  (sanding is not required but I like to sand my finishes before I topcoat them)

I brushed CeCe Caldwell’s Satin Finish on the top, a great topcoat that seals and offers the most durability – perfect for this desk top,  and CeCe Caldwell Clear wax on the base – here you can see where the wax has been applied, its darker (topcoating brings the paint color back to life) –

I liked it,  but I didn’t love it…

The Vermont Slate is not black black – it is a slate black – sometimes I see blue, sometimes I see steel-gray,  it’s slate looking 🙂    I love the color but I wasn’t loving combo’d with my brown top…  I wanted the whole thing darker and richer

I pulled out my bag of tricks (products that I have in my workroom for my faux finishing business)  and grabbed a black stain. I use both water based (love faux effects stain and seals) and oil based  but realize anything oil stinks terribly.

I used multiple brushes, brushed it on, wiped and feathered it off – I would highly  recommend playing around and practicing on sample pieces first if you choose to try these stains over the paints  –

A safer way you could try to get a dimensional black highlight over your paint finish  would be to seal your finish first, with the CeCe Satin Finish, then use a black glaze over top – brushing it on and lightly brushing/wiping it off.  I stock a black glaze by Textureline – the color is Licorice –


You like?  

It’s in our studio, for purchase 🙂

Or, maybe you have your own piece and would like to paint it like this?   Our  online store carries all the CeCe products required to complete this finish  –  for this project you’d want CeCe Caldwell Vermont Slate,  Virginia Chestnut, some Spring Hill Green, and the Satin Finish for durability.    and of course if you’re local to Metro Detroit stop by and we’ll hook you right up at our retail store on Van Dyke Rd in Shelby Township.

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3 responses to “Vintage Desk Painted With CeCe Caldwell Vermont Slate and Virginia Chestnut

  1. Cindy Giacalone

    Love your story about the newspaper. I know the feeling. Also, LOVE your re-do. It’s a beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How did you get the different color variations in the top?

    • I don’t have a 1,2 how to do that I follow, I just work it as I go – layer, and layer, and layer.. until I like how it looks – I typically use more than one color stain, mixed with an extender, or highly concentrated tinted glazes, and work in graining effects using various brushes. the more layers you apply the more authentic it looks.

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