Monthly Archives: February 2013

Old Coffee Table On Dainty Wheels Goes CeCe Texas Prairie

The before

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The top was a little worn so I used the textured plaster to create a hide/leather effect

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It’s a black texturebase through cheesecloth, then a silver metallic blend brushed on, and finished with a liberon brown wax to age the cracks

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For the table base I used my CeCe Caldwell Texas Prairie, a pretty,  lighter neutral with a hint of green to it

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It’s a color I like to dirty down with tinted waxes or glaze, toners etc…  This sample below is Texas Prairie over Virginia Chestnut, the left side has some Light Aging Creme over it and the right side has some Dark Aging Creme.  The strip in the middle is the TP on it’s own, unsealed…

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I gave it a good soapy rag clean, then started brushing my first coat of CeCe Caldwell Texas Prairie.

Sometimes, because I post so much about these paints I love and represent, I forget to mention WHY they are so preferred… Did you catch the last part how I cleaned the table with a soapy rag,  and then began painting?

You heard right,  no sanding, no stripping off the old finish,  no priming (unless you end up with a less common bleed through of tannins) –   JUST BRUSH IT ON!

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I could have painted the dainty wheels too, as it adheres to metal, but I left those alone,  a reminder of it’s age…

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With many of CeCe’s 35+  colors, the first coat covers really nice.  I know some of my customers one coat colors that cover well.  I’m a fiddler though,  I like to apply two coats regardless of how well my first coat covered.  The second coat is quick and easy, using paint and some water, kindof like a wash coat.

This is the Texas Prairie, 2 coats, and light sanded (and a little wet wiping) to reveal the table’s original finish

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Now we can get dirty 🙂   I used both the Aging Creme Dark AND the Aging Creme Light –  no ratio, no measuring, just dipped each brush and got scrubbing…

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Here’s what I tell my customers regarding the Aging Creme (previously named Aging Wax) –     IF IF  IF  you choose to use it directly over unsealed CeCe paint, then expect it to bite in and age where it may age, when you wipe the excess expect some areas darker than the rest.  Kind of like my skin as I’m getting older,   age spots/patches  popping up that make no sense –  I can’t do much about them, right?

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I do occasionally use the Aging Cremes right over my unsealed CeCe – like I did with this table. I was okay with some areas looking darker than others,  remember my goal was dirty right?

One tip, if you DO use Aging Creme as your one and only sealing agent,  when you scrub on and wipe off, if an area is darker than you’d like,  take a little CeCe Clear Wax and scrub it into the darker area,  it will help lift the aging.   Make sure you do that right away,  not hours later.

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The clear wax dries pretty quick, you can buff to a nice sheen in 3-4 hours.  The Aging Cremes are a different animal – they take alot longer to dry (unless they are used over a sealed surface)

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General rule is,  for better control, seal your surface first before applying the aging cremes

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We carry everything you need to do the textured hide finish yourself  –  you can find my video step by step  HERE

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You can find this piece available for purchase in our studio showroom located at

Fabulous Finishes Studio  51350 Van Dyke Rd   Shelby Twp, MI 48316

We offer weekly hands-on workshops  in our 3000 sf studio.  Bring your own piece and repurpose it, choosing from endless fabulous finish options.  We’ve got one tomorrow at 11am,  full house,  can’t wait to see what everyone creates…

Workshops fill fast so pick your date and call to sign up –deposit required.  Head here for dates and contact info.

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Our  online store carries all the CeCe and Caromal products required to complete this paint finish.  If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

You Know It’s Sunday, A Beautiful Day…

 

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This One’s For Julia – A CeCe Turquoise Blend…

I inherited this adorable side table, originally painted black…   decided it would be the perfect piece to turn JULIA  DSC_1116

Last week, when my daughter Julia was working at the store, she concocted her ‘future bedroom’ color – a blend of CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise and Nantucket Spray

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First coat, get it on…

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The table had a little drawer with a pull.   I had the perfect knob in mind, and used it to determine the rest of the piece…

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Went deeper on the drawer front with Destin Gulf Green, adding a little California Gold around the edge…  and it’s got a pretty little silver stencil inside the drawer

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An extra row of bling  (she’ll like that!)

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Sealed with CeCe Wax,  a quick and easy scrub on, wipe excess off.  Perfect.

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While photographing something came to me – this piece needs its FEET dressed up, nothing crazy,  just a little somethin  somethin

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I’ll share an update when I get those feet fixed 🙂

FEET:

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Thought about painting the feet Cali Gold but wanted to keep it more she-she, so out came the silver leaf.   I think my next video I’ll pick a smaller piece with feet we can gild, and you can see how easy it is to add this extra touch –

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Now she’s perfect!

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You can find this piece available for purchase in our studio showroom located at

Fabulous Finishes Studio  51350 Van Dyke Rd   Shelby Twp, MI 48316

We offer weekly hands-on workshops  in our 3000 sf studio.  Bring your own piece and repurpose it, choosing from endless fabulous finish options.  We’ve got one tomorrow at 11am,  full house,  can’t wait to see what everyone creates…

Workshops fill fast so pick your date and call to sign up –deposit required.  Head here for dates and contact info.

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Our  online store carries all the CeCe and Caromal products required to complete this paint finish.  If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

Vintage Cupboard Shabby Distressed With Caromal Colors Textured Basecoats

I love these cupboards… one of my favorite things to paint

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This one was funny,  I was in the middle of packing up boxes, preparing for the final week before our store move, and I dropped everything (you can see around me) and just started painting!

I wanted this cupboard to have a finish similar to this one I did a few years ago

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I started with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Colonial Blue – one layer brushed on, let dry.

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I stenciled the front using Textured Basecoat Wisteria – love stenciling with the TB’s because they leave behind a thicker relief-like stencil.

I decided while the Wisteria (white) stencil was drying that I wanted to use the Wisteria as the top color, not  the Parchment (creamy) as I’d originally planned.  If I did that, though, my raised stencil would get lost.   So I let the stencil dry then stenciled back over the white with a blackened bronze metallic.

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When it dried I brushed on a coat of Caromal’s Chipping Creme (over the whole piece), and let it dry.

Last coat, brush on Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Wisteria.  When it dried I sanded to reveal the blue undercolor

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A few Swarovski’s to dress up the crown…

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And it moved, officially, with us, on February 1st, to our new store location

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This painted cupboard is still available for purchase-  you can find it in our studio showroom located at Fabulous Finishes Studio  51350 Van Dyke Rd   Shelby Twp, MI 48316

We offer weekly hands-on workshops  in our 3000 sf studio.  Bring your own piece and repurpose it, choosing from endless fabulous finish options…

Workshops fill fast so pick your date and call to sign up –deposit required.  Head here for dates and contact info.

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Our  online store is fully stocked with CeCe Caldwell and Caromal products.  If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.