Monthly Archives: April 2013

Our Latest DIY Paint Workshop Before And Afters – Paint Was Flying!

I wanted to share our latest weekly workshop results – I’m behind a couple weeks so we’ll blend them all in one.

Before

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After Р  oak doors to a larger hutch, finished with CeCe Carolina Sun Yellow, stencil in Pittsburgh Gray

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Mother-daughter night – the daughter made her own chair with CeCe Nantucket Spray over CeCe Emerald Green –

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Another chair, using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Mustard, with Coffee Glaze

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Several sets of drawers this class – both were refinished with our custom silver finish –

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more drawers ūüôā

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Mom used CeCe Nantucket Spray over Traverse City Cherry, and stenciled in the Pitts Gray

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And this fun one was just that – she wanted to practice stenciling!

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and this gal needed her grouping of frames finished

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Before

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After, Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, chipping creme, Textured Basecoat Wisteria

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CeCe Traverse City Cherry, Vermont Slate Stencils

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After, same combo as above – Caromal Colours textured basecoat Peppercorn, chipping creme, then textured basecoat Wisteria

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Stenciled with black and white

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CeCe Caldwell Destin Gulf

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After, CeCe Kississimmee Orange

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stenciled with CeCe Virginia Chestnut and some shading

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A REALLY old purple mirror, before –

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Caromal Colours textured basecoat peppercorn

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bronzing agent

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some Caromal Toner and voila!

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Beautiful!

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Before stacking tables

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After, using CeCe Caldwell Johnston Daffodil  (Vermont Slate stencil)

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Before,¬† chair with great history…

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American Paint Company Coral Reef

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and the awesome American Paint Company  Topcoat Finish.

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment, being applied to old bleached out oak cabinets

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CeCe Springhill Green over Vintage White

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Before…

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CeCe Santa Fe Turquoise over CeCe Simply White

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Before, this cute little vintage cabinet that somehow I didn’t capture from the front

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a soft silver metallic finish,¬† the top will be getting a different finish –

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and new knobs –¬† so darn pretty!

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Before, just starting American Paint Company Firecracker Red – this color was amazing and nearly covered in one, over white no less!

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Firecracker Red and American Paint Topcoat finish

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CeCe Santa Fe Turquoise and American Paint Topcoat Finish

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there will be twelve of these chairs Рso we came up with the idea of numbering them, 1-12.    (she purchased the set of number stencils to take home)

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After, a soft silver finish

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CeCe Santa Fe Turquoise over CeCe Vermont Slate

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Perfectly Tommy Bahama!

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American Paint Company Arrival, Where Do I Begin?

I’m¬† on overload, so much to share, and I can only do one post at a time!

I could start with the Drexel bedroom suite that I just completed for a dear client

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or the transformation of this street side dresser, that I turned into our American Paint Company display

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or an in depth look at the colors…

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Then again, I’ve got fabulous recent workshop creations to share …

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and this little shelving unit combining Caromal Colours textured basecoats and American Paint Company’s Plymouth Rock

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or transforming this plaster piece using APC paints and Liberon Wax…

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or the process of transforming this decorative table

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to this

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or this fireplace using Ce Ce Caldwell AND American Paint Company colors…

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or this little guy, another damaged top, and her makeover using APC Surfboard, Mamma’s Lipstick and the Vintage Dark Wax

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No, I think we need to start with  American Paint Company Colors and how it compares to our other clay/chalk/mineral paints

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Check back for my post, later today, where I’ll take you through the new colors of American Paint, and my experience thus far

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As a side note, I have a happy and a sad to share –¬† on a good note, this week my hubster and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. He surprised me with the most thoughtful necklace ,¬† my logo

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I¬† can’t believe I’ve been married 20 years…¬† I feel old now!

On a sad,¬† the next I found myself home from work, only to find my favorite furry buddy – Bruno – very sick and in distress.¬† He’s been battling kidney/crystals issues for a number of years now, and two months ago he had a pretty bad bout that landed him in the vet hospital for a stay. ¬†¬† He wasn’t 100% when he came home, but he seemed to be getting better daily – so I wasn’t expecting him in such a state.

It’s a horrible feeling – staring at your sick pet knowing that the outcome this time is not going to be favorable.¬†¬† ¬† They put him out of his misery, and it broke our hearts.¬† His brother, Sebastian remains – I wonder how bad it will be for him. I feel guilty because I wish he was Bruno.

The best Ocicat ever,  Bruno, I  will miss you terribly

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Mariann’s Fabulous Bed/Dresser Transformation in CeCe Vintage White

Hate me, I know… tonight I sit clearing emails two weeks old… I know, that’s reDUNKculous…¬† but know this –

I DO answer…¬† I dont move a message out of my email until I address it- the problem is, sometimes things get in the way which delays my response to general questions.¬†¬† Mariann sent me this email,¬† the ones I love getting-

Hi Patty,

Wanted to share the transformation of an old pair of twin beds and a dresser I bought on Craigslist. Unfortunately, i didn’t take a before of the dresser, but the finish matched the beds

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What a cool bed-

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I took the two twin headboards, and converted them into a daybed. I used CeCe Caldwell  Vintage White to cover the old red stain

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I also upholstered the bed panels and the side rails. Finally finished the bed mattress cover today. Only took me five months to complete

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Seriously?¬† You upholstered it?¬† That is SWEET!!!!!¬† Look how perfect that is Mariann –

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We could sell this all day if we had them… great choice

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Don’t think I could make a living at this at my pace!¬† Love these paints, they are so easy to use!

Thanks for all your advice and photos. So inspiring!  Mariann

You made that look so easy Mariann¬† –¬† the reality is, it really is!¬† Love your painted wares, and have to add,¬† killled it on the upholstering…

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First Peaks At The American Paint Co Clay/Chalk/Mineral Base Paint

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Yes,¬† our newest line of¬† EASY TO USE Clay/Chalk/Mineral base paint has arrived!¬†¬†¬† We couldn’t wait to break out the colors and dip our fingers and toes in it, but first we had to sort and count boxes – fun right?¬† Nope….¬†¬† especially when we didn’t get everything we thought we would.¬†¬† But, I’m not complaining – this is the first shipment out to all the distributors/retailers across the USA –¬† we had to be nice and share with others ūüôā¬†¬† We’ll be fully stocked next order so if your colors sells out,¬† don’t fret!

In the mean time,  our first line of business was to paint out all the sample boards that show each and every color and their finishes.   For some colors we used a sampler (leaving the quarts for customers)

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and for others we cracked up quarts…¬†¬† (this firecracker red is HOT!)

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Freedom Road,   one coat, a gray deeper than CeCe Pittsburgh Gray

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One coat of¬† Heaven’s Light, a light yellow, and First Lady, a light pink

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So it’s the clay/chalk/mineral paint minus some secret additions that changes it to¬†CeCe’s version. I figured it would just be thicker right?¬†¬† WRONG!¬† I didn’t find it ‘thicker’ – but what I did notice right away was,¬† it was a paint that WANTS you to brush it out,¬† all the way out… like keep going, move that same brush of paint more, because it is covering where you went, and still has more to share before dipping back to the paint can.

Spacious Skies –¬†¬† first coat,¬† its on noticeably thinner than how I brush out my first coat of CeCe –¬† but the coverage is very good for how little paint there is¬†¬†¬† DSC_2131

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This is going over our sample frames that mount on the wall displays – the middle is glass, frames are like cheapy plastic

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first coat drying

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I plucked out a dresser to use for the store display.   It was a garbage find and most of the drawer runners were beat up, so I gutted the front and will spruce that up later.     Shelves on top will house the APC Sampler jars.

APC¬† Blue Jeans…

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no clue where I’m going with this… but I do know, ¬† APC Firecracker Red is luscious!

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I know,¬†¬† Fleur De Lis stencils are French not American right? ¬† Need to turn those into stars….¬†¬† the ¬†base was Lincoln’s Hat (black) ¬†then the red and blue dragged over it, wet into wet.¬† Remember,¬† work in progress right?

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American Paint Colors¬† Shining Seas¬†dragged over the ¬†Blue Jeans to create a washy stried looking stripe… ¬†Fireworks Red and Navajo White on the front

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a real watered version of each dripped down the side…

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This morning I walked in to color boards that were nice and dry

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First I tackled the cabinet, changing Fleur’s into Stars…

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the side stars are dimensional, out of a plaster we sell,   the ones on top are APC Navajo White

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Not sure if you can see the detail (maybe click on the picture) but this dried finish is lovely, not even sanded yet….

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I’ll share the final when he’s complete

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I took one of our sample boards – Surfboard – and lightly sanded it.¬† I noticed, on this step, that it didn’t need much sanding since the final coat was thinner than what I am used to 0

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I taped the board in sections and broke out the topcoat finishes

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American Paint Topcoat finish brushed on, top left.¬†¬† VERY easy to brush on, didn’t have to thin it to like it.¬† It comes in quart cans only, no sample sizes, and says you can apply with a brush or rag –¬† I’m a brush girl but I’ll have to try that rag on method.

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then the APC Clear Wax, I brushed/scrubbed this one on

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and wiped excess off

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Some Vintage Wax –¬†¬† American Paint Company offers two colors – a Light Aging Wax and a Dark Aging Wax –DSC_2166

Inside –

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these are cool waxes – I thought it would be a hard wax that had to be stirred/mixed up, and its not – its quite whippy!¬†¬† Can says apply with a rag – I’m cool with that

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Oh good gracious mercy,¬† this is yummy-licious ūüôā¬† NO barrier coats needed people….

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very soft, very subtle ,¬† very easy to manage….

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The dark

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same experience…

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Didn’t use much at all

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a hint remains in the crooks/crannies

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When it dried I gave the wax ones a buff-

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The Vintage Waxes can be used directly over the painted surface – sealing and offer a subtle antiquing.¬† The topcoat finish offers more durability with a little sheen –

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Back to work – we’ve got ALOT of work to do!

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