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Using Caromal Colours Chipping Creme… Primitive Barnworn Look

Kristie emailed me about Caromal Colours finishes, and using their Chipping Creme between two colors of their Textured Basecoat paints.

I have a question- do you have to use the chipping creme over the entire piece or can you use it where you would like the most distressing to occur (handles, etc)?

She wants to use these paints on her light oak kitchen cabinets and the primitive country look is her goal.

You can check this post out  – Painting Primitively Rustic – where I explain the play by play using Caromal’s paints and the purpose of Chipping  Creme.

I replied,

 You can  ‘place’ the chipping crème to save time/money  but REMEMBER where you put it (because you’ll not see it once its covered)  and if you do it in a number of spots be careful NOT to have it end up looking forced, or unnatural…

An example of this is my old cabinets, where I started with TB (textured basecoat) Chocolate as my first layer, then brushed chipping creme only on the edges of the cabinets, then brushed TB Cobblestone over everything. When it dried I sanded to reveal the brown underneath, but I focused ONLY on the edges –  I didn’t want it too textural or primitive looking.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Cobblestone over Chocolate, with Toner

If your goal is to create an allover barnworn look,  quite primitive, quite distressed,  like these

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Textured Basecoat Peppercorn over Mustard, with Toner

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Textured Basecoat Parchment over Chocolate, with Toner

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Textured Basecoat Bayberry over Candle Apple, with Toner

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Textured Basecoat Mustard over Peppercorn, with Toner

then I HIGHLY recommend using the Chipping Creme over your WHOLE first coat of paint, as  it is intended – this way when it comes time to sand,  your ‘reveal’ will be unplanned and nautral looking.   Let the Chipping Creme do the work.

You can get a similiar look by STARTING with a layer of the Caromal Textured Basecoat paint, but instead of using chipping creme before applying their next color you can go over that first layer of texture with one of our chalk/clay/mineral paints.   These do NOT require a layer of chipping creme as a barrier.

Like this chair – the first layer was TB Chocolate and the second layer was CeCe Caldwell Simply White

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CeCe Caldwell Simply White over Caromal Chocolate TB

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CeCe Caldwell Simply White over Caromal Chocolate TB

Love it – that’s the finish I want for my kitchen table/chairs…

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CeCe Caldwell Simply White over Caromal Chocolate TB

If you are looking to  re-create a similar finish yourself, we stock and ship the full line of Caromal Colours  paints and finishes.   Find those here –  our online store carries amazing DIY paints – Caromal Colours, and the chalk/clay/mineral paints of CeCe Caldwell and American Paint Company.        If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below

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Happy Customers Painted Furniture Shares….

I’m always mentioning in emails, and to customers at checkout :

Please take pictures of your project, including the BEFORE.

You will be amazed at the transformation when you compare the before to the after,  and we love it when you share those with us 🙂

Here are some recent emails:

After finishing my chair in your class, I purchased the materials to complete my table, chairs, and bench.

photo 1photo 2Although the picture doesn’t show it clearly, the table and chairs were terribly scratched and worn. Thanks to you, I have a “new” table and chairs! I am so happy with the finished product especially because I love the piece but was embarrassed by how bad it looked.

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Thank you for giving me the confidence and instruction to do it. I have sent friends and family into your store and everyone is excited to begin their own projects.

Sincerely   Katie Z

Love it Katie!  A crisp classic look.  Katie used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Mustard with a Coffee Glaze.  You can find her workshop wares here.

Shelly sent me a boatloat of transformations –

vintage white vermont slate

CeCe Vintage White over CeCe Vermont Slate

destin gulf

CeCe Caldwell Destin Gulf

destin gulf green and vintage ivory

CeCe Destin Gulf and Vintage White

emerald isle

CeCe Emerald Isle

emreald isle

CeCe Emerald Isle

reclaim pits gray

Reclaim Offwhite and CeCe Caldwell Pittsburgh Gray

v slate with decopaged map

CeCe Vintage White with decoupaged map

Shelly’s got her paint groove on!

And Kathy McMillan wasn’t resting on her laurels either!

Well I have to tell you I worked on this bathroom for just a week, here and there.  My husband loves his new bathroom and I loved doing the finish.

My inspiration piece

My inspiration colors for bathroom 5-2013

the bathroom before

bathroom BEFORE

Took out the old vanity and added beadboard

Took out the old vanity 5-2013

I had some Caromal  Reclaim Buttercreme and the Reclaim Antiquing Glaze…

Added some rope trim to top and quarter round in corners

After two light coats of Reclaim Buttercreme

After 2 light coats caramol colours buttercream

I chip brushed American Paint Company (I love this paint!)  Nation Forest (green) in  the grooves and wiped it back with a wet and dry cloth-

chip brushed APC Nation Forest in grooves and wiped back with wet and dry clothesI was trying to brush in some of the CeCe Beckley Coal and it dripped… I wiped it with a cloth in a circular motion and boom there was a ‘knot’ in my ‘fence’ … I was trying to make the bead board look like the fence in the inspiration border piece.  After the glaze it has a very rich look to it.

First coat of Caramal Colours antiquing glaze and wiped down with dry ..and wet cloth

I put the Minwax Wipe-on Poly on it so we could clean it…

  A bathroom fit for a man!

Dave wants blues and greens to look 'beachy'

   YouCanDoAnything

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Putting A Painted Finish on This Carved Fireplace Mantel…

First off,  do you ever wonder the proper spelling of mantel?  Mantle? Mantel? I see it used both ways,  like gray and grey…

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Mantel vs. mantle

Mantle is primarily a noun referring to (1) a loose, sleeveless coat or cloak, (2) something that covers, (3) the layer of the Earth between the crust and the core, and (4) the cerebral cortex.

Mantel is easy; it refers to the ornamental shelf above a fireplace. It has no other definitions in today’s English.

Mantel it is.   This mantel sat in my back workroom for awhile, and each week during one of our paint workshops someone would comment on it…  certainly an eye catcher, even in its present form, but I had plans for it.

One day, as I walked past it (as I’ve done a million times),  I stopped and decided NOW was the time to dress it up with paint.

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I rarely have an ‘exact’ finish in mind when I start projects, more like I have an IDEA of where I want to go with something-   in this case I wanted a lighter, worn, vintage feel…

I grabbed CeCe Caldwell Seattle Mist, and American Paint Company’s Plymouth Rock.   Both are all natural, zero voc, chalk/clay/mineral based paints that I offer in my store, though alike, unique in their own ways.  DSC_2378

I like having a broader selection of colors to choose from, and APC’s Plymouth Rock is becoming one of my go to colors as it offers a sheerness, not SO opaque as the other neutrals AND is an off white that is void of creamy yellows, instead offering a pinch of grey…

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I took these colors and brushed them on at the same time

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The Seattle Mist went on first, and then I’d brush the Plymouth Rock over most of that…

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Now this is where I lose track of taking play-by-plays to show my progress, and instead get POSSESSED by the need to get the finish how I IMAGINED it in my head.

(this is how I imagined it)

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My plan was to light sand and wet wipe the detail, then apply an aging wax  and call it done.  But when I started one side of it, it wasn’t wow’ing me.  I changed direction and put a quick (American Paint Co) Topcoat Finish on it to seal the paint  – I love this topcoat for quick and easy sealing,  it is like water in a can, super easy to brush out with no MOA’s and dries fast.  After that I used more paint, and tinted glazes and more paint cracked with glue  – until I got to this

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I couldn’t wait to get it out on the floor, against the dark plastered walls…

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Even if I had captured play by play photos, it would not be a finish easily replicated.  That’s the beauty of these paints – you might not create MY perfect but you will capture YOUR perfect!

That is the success of the DIY paints like CeCe Caldwell, American Paint CompanyCaromal Colours –  you can apply these paints over your existing piece without sanding or stripping,  and you can KEEP applying and layering until it looks exactly how you want it.

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Sharing The Paintin Groove…

Must be the weather – I am finding myself ALL over the place – what I wouldn’t give to have better focus.   I feel like I’ve got 20 projects brewing all at once – I’ll literally walk away from something midstream and find myself at the next table starting something else…

What do we have for you?   Let’s start with one that actually has a start to finish –  this little guy started out a yellow wood,   brushed on one coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate

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then got out the American Paint Company color Plymouth Rock-

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and brushed it completely over the chocolate

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then force dried it

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After a light sanding (150 grit) I stenciled each shelf with APC Freedom Road then sealed with the APC Topcoat Finish

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Quick, easy, and unique…

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American Paint Plymouth Rock over Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate

Try it,  you’ll love it!

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Tin stars –

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats Candy Apple, Parchment, Blueberry with Toner

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CeCe Caldwell California Sun Yellow over Caromal Textured Basecoat Wisteria

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CeCe Caldwell Pittsburgh Gray over Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

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American Paint Company Surfboard over Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

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American Paint Company Coral Reef over Caromal Textured Basecoat Wisteria

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Perfect splash of color…

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American Paint Company Dawn’s Early Light over Saddle, sealed with APC’s Vintage Dark Wax

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Sold the same day we hung it on the wall 🙂

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This was a brown resin base to start,  I used some CeCe Spring Hill Green, Carolina Sun Yellow and Vintage White

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finished it off with Liberon Medium Oak Wax – does a nice job of dirtying up the color…

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CeCe Spring Hill Green, Carolina Sun Yellow and Vintage White, Liberon Medium Oak Wax

This was an old white metal cart, we painted a coat of Caromal Textured Basecoat Pumpkin on it

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then dry brushed CeCe Santa Fe Turquoise

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Dirtied (I mean sealed) it with Liberon Wax

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Fresh.

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American Paint Company Bordello and American Paint Company Spacious Skies

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Sealed with American Paint’s Topcoat Finish, one coat brushed on,  then used Caromal Colours Toner – brush it on, softly wipe it off – great aging tool

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A little bit of APC Home Turf  on the stem, and Home Plate on the stigma of what was a gold leafed candy dish

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Love accessories – used CeCe Vintage White, CeCe Pittsburgh Gray and the pedals CeCe Carolina Sun Yellow

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CeCe Vintage White, CeCe Pittsburgh Gray and the pedals CeCe Carolina Sun Yellow

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This perfect old bench needed some CeCe Vintage White to perk it up…

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We’ll wrap with this guy,  our duck buddy, painted CeCe Simply White,  a copper leafed beak (available from Caromal Colours)

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and some CeCe Memphis Blue, CeCe Chesaeake Blue, and American Paint Amber Waves of Grain

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CeCe Simply White, a copper leafed beak (available from Caromal Colours) , CeCe Memphis, Chesapeake Blue and American Paint’s Amber Waves of Grain

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