Monthly Archives: March 2013

You Know It’s Sunday, The Most Important One…

You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

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Blessing and honor and glory and power
To Him who sits on the throne
Blessing and honor and glory and power
Forever to our God alone


You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

Happy Easter Peeps!


Made by Phyllis Mayes of Silver Spring, Maryland, the art-themed diorama “Creating a Masterpeeps”


Let’s Get This Workshop Started!

Up early,  rolling into a busy weekend –  we’ve got a full house workshop today at the store,  Easter celebration tomorow, and then another full house workshop Monday evening!

I thought I’d get everyone started with some pictures  from our last couple of workshops –

The before of several oak cabinet doors, and an accent table –


Caromal textured basecoats – Parchment over Colonial Blue –



More Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat – color Cobblestone, with Toner – she rocked these doors, and ever since has been working on her cabinets at home!


Before,  a tired decorative box…


Sweet!  A pretty silver metallic blend, highlighted with Toner, stencils and some swarovski bling!


The crackle you see is from the old finish, but how perfect is that added touch?




After, CeCe Caldwell Dover White over Cinco Bayou Moss….


Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn over Putty, sanded back and Toned –

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The color was so pretty in person – CeCe Nantucket Spray, stenciled with gold and New Orleans Purple,  distressed then aged with light aging creme

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CeCe Vintage White over Vermont Slate

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Same color combo,   same style table!

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CeCe Destin Gulf Green


Metallic silver blend with Toner,  stenciled with Textured Basecoat Chocolate

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CeCe Destin Gulf over Caromal Textured Basecoat Chocolate,  stenciled with CeCe California Gold and Kentucky Mint-



More oak cabinet doors – this time using Caromal Textured Basecoat Hazelnut, with Coffee Glaze.  Awesome!

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Last but not least,  Caromal Textured Basecoats Parchment over Chocolate, with Toner.  Stenciled with some bronze and black –




Great transformations,  off to shower so we can create some more!

Our  online store carries all the CeCe products required to complete these finishes, and of course if you’re local to Metro Detroit stop by and we’ll hook you right up at our  retail studio on Van Dyke Rd in Shelby Township.

Even better,  give us a call and sign up for one of our 4 hour workshops – you bring a small piece to refinish (or a few cabinet doors if that’s what your looking to do), pick one of the hundreds of finish samples that are on display (or create your own combo) , and we’ll help you do the rest.  Go home with what will feel like a brand new piece!    Workshops are scheduled weekly ($100) , and fill fast so pick your date and call to sign up – $50 deposit required.  Head here for dates and contact info.


ARE YOU READY TO GET your paint on?

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

Our New Stencil Display And A Painted Mannequin!

We needed a better way to showcase our stencil offerings – I acquired a large wall hanging full of glass window panes – the salon several doors down was going to toss it and called us first!

It’s super heavy – we propped it against the wall and attached twine  and tacks and used clothes pins to hang the stencil designs on DSC_1808

It is so much easier to see the design elements now.   We moved the door of pulls/knobs and crystals beside it, now both are very visable.   (love that vintage white cabinet that Kathy painted!)



Easter break is here –  my daughter Julia is excited to work the store this week and came in today with her friend to play with paint. The repainted Miss Mannequin


Isn’t she beautiful?   They used Reclaim Licorice, one coat,  then metallic silver and gold for the stencils…   add a  pretty handmade necklace, some trimmings and crystals, and you get this!


The black is rich but the stencils MAKE the finish – random, no rhyme or reason, varying sizes, varying colors…  it works perfectly!


This was her first makeover – a coat of CeCe Caldwell Portland Rose, then an allover damask in Simply White…


She was perfect for displaying Jewel Kade jewelry  (for more info  )


Kathy has another display for her jewelry,  so it was time for a career change  for Ms. Manne…


The beauty (and fun) with these paints?  If  she sticks around awhile and we get tired of looking at her,  we can choose another color combo and paint right over her!


Like nearly everything in the showroom, this glamor gal  is available for purchase.

If you aren’t looking for finished goods, but would love to re-create a similar finish yourself,  you can do that too – we stock and ship the full line of Caromal Reclaim paints and finishes,  metallics, CeCe Caldwell clay/chalk/mineral paints and American Paint Company (due in store first of April) clay/chalk/mineral paints.

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

Paint Delays, Mail Misfortunes, And Sick Cats…

Can it get any more discombobulated?    Uggggggh!


We need paint, bad!  This whole month we’ve been struggling, trying to keep track of partial and backordered orders of Caromal Colours products – mostly Reclaim, but some Textured Basecoat colors too ,like the red’s and blues and chocolate…     It makes for an accounting nightmare…


We have been doing our best to keep track of each and every order, sending out updates when we receive them from the manufacturer, but this just sucks.   It would almost be easier to turn everything off until stock is back, but the problem with that is,  placed orders are guaranteed paint when it becomes available – so we’re trudging along…


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We are told Reclaim should be stocked within the week, and then the focus will be on  the Textured Basecoats.   AMEN!!!!!!!    Life is so much easier when we are stocked full of paints!

While we’re talking about frusturations –


this last week we revised our email and quick books accounting to accommodate multiple computers,  for a more efficient operation.  I made an attempt to update it myself and had it blow up in my face, so I  UNDID what I did, and called in Techworx , a local company that specializes in updating business systems.  I never realized how much I rely on my mail communication – at one point my outlook mailbox was overrun by my google, and it was showing thousands of emails –


Nice, huh? Not…..  Numerous phone calls later to Aaron over at Techworx, and we were back in business.

Have we said yet, all we want to do is paint?   Still working on this bedroom suite for a client …   She is being very patient (thank you!)  while I work to complete the bed, dresser, mirror and two nightstands, previously black, now CeCe Vintage White (cut with some Simply White)…   I can’t wait to show you the final photos -I’m working on antique silver’ing the accent trim on this, and it is going to be perfect!


and for some original fun, I added mercury glass knobs (drilled holes) on the tops of each bed post…


Also about PAINT –

In the next week or so we’ll be introducing you to this line of  clay/chalk/mineral paint –


Oh lordie, WHY you ask?  I’ve always been an ‘options’ girl – I think it comes from my 8 years in faux finishing-  great products that fit different needs.    I love my CeCe Caldwell paints,  I love my Caromal paints – and I love what American Paint has to offer…    We’ll see 20 new colors including


And already-tinted-with-pigment light and dark wax –   perfect!

Recently – I had this old coffee table that I turned checkerboard, using Caromal Textured Basecoats and Toner…


I painted a chess set box that I acquired – not the pieces, those are ceramic – just the box, and displayed it with the table


Who needs a casual game table for their family room?


This serving tray got a weathered metallic silver finish, not as refined as our usual metallics which go over a base coat of Caromal Reclaim Mocha –   this is metallic over A CeCe paint, Seattle Mist to be specific.  After the paint dries,  apply the Dark Aging Creme to dirty it up




A new round of signs –




I love the wood signs – any time I hear chuckling in the store I know it’s someone reading and relating to a sign


And we’ll wrap with cat issues…


Our Ocicat Bruno is pretty sick – two nights in a row we had him at the vet hospital – thought our 90 lb brute dog might have stomped (accidentally)  his leg, but it ended up being a UTI, and kidney infection.  He wasn’t stepped on, he was just frail from not eating and drinking for who knows how long… last night we left him at the hospital so they could make him better.  Not looking forward to that vet bill, but hopefully he gets better quick!

Makeover photos tomorrow!