Monthly Archives: June 2013

More Transformations From Recent Workshops, Paint Plus Pizazz!

I am smack in the middle of another life change – the moving truck came Monday and took all our stuff to our new house.   A new chapter…

But I feel like my life is one big circus – ever feel that way?

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So as crazy as life seems,  I am able to escape into my little painted world for the day,  and tonight too, because this week’s workshop is tonight 🙂

Here are some shares from a few previous workshops

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Refinishing the top 1/2 using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Mustard

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sanded back and glazed with Tea Stain

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CeCe Smokey Mountain Blue

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with Cece Seattle Mist Drawer

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and antiqued up the knob using CeCe Simply White, Glaze and a Swarovski crystal

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CeCe Kentucky Mint over Simply White

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Kissimmee Orange stencil on drawer side

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Beautiful Antiquing Glaze over the sanded chalk/clay paint…

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Husband and wife painting duplicate chairs Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment

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sanded, then Caromal Tea Glaze brushed on, wiped off

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a vintage high chair

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also finished with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment, with Tea Glaze

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CeCe Vintage White over CeCe Pittsburgh Gray

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CeCe Vintage White over CeCe Cinco Bayou Moss

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate on top – a great way to create a wood like finish

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Before, a metal stand

American Paint Company Fireworks Red

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left white porcelain top alone,   sealed the chalk/clay paint with APC Topcoat Finish

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An amazing color, love it every time we use it…

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Basecoating with Caromal Colours Reclaim Mocha

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A metallic silver blend applied,  opted out of a toning glaze – so pretty!

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APC Amber Waves of Grain, or CeCe California Gold (forgot which it was!!) with CeCe Simply White  or APC Navajo White on the reverse…

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New crystal knob finishes it off – isn’t this the prettiest table?

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Before

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Hazelnut over Parchment, chipping creme in middle, sanded and Toner brushed on, wiped off

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can’t get that texture any other way!

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Before – look closely this is a slab of marble that sits atop a chest. She is tired of the green. Because of the surface I suggested she use Caromal Textured Basecoat as the first coat

Over the textured basecoat Putty she used American Paint Company Smoke Signal,  then stenciled with Vermont Slate –  love it!

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This attendee is a painter herself, and planned on hand painting this flamingo on her piece, so she wanted the background to look like water. She first started with a brushed on layer of Caromal Colours Cobblestone, to add some dimension to her top, then brushed that with CeCe Caldwell Blue Montana Sky –

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Updated the knobs, and painted the base American Paint Company Coral Reef

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would love to see this finished…

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Cece Smokey Mountain Gray over CeCe Simply White,  sanded back, then some unique stenciling on top using several chalk/clay paint colors and a few crystals 🙂

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and can’t forget the new knob, that was the cherry on top!

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APC Smoke Signal over APC Home Plate, sanded back, and stenciled…

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn as the base, then a metallic gold blend brushed over top – hard to see the metallic but pretty in person

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Basecoated with Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, then chipping creme, then Textured Basecoat Mustard –  sanded and Toner brushed on, wiped off

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CeCe Dover White over CeCe Cinco Bayou Moss, sanded back and sealed with Satin Finish –

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A Teenage Turquoise Touch To A White Vintage Vanity

I painted this

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awhile back to this

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I regretfully either didn’t take photos of the ‘during’ or misplaced them,   so only before and after…

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I first took a stencil and used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Putty (a greyish color)  to create a raised design on the 4 drawer fronts.  When it dried I painted the whole vanity white using CeCe Caldwell Chalk/Clay paint (color Simply White) .

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The chair was a layer of Caromal Textured Basecoat Chocolate AND some Putty brushed on,  then when dry brushed over with the Simply White, then sanded, then sealed.   LOVED this chair finish when I created it, my inspiration for the  table/chairs that I recently completed for our new home

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When the white dried I sanded, which revealed that lovely raised pattern –  then updated those retro handles using Caromal Reclaim Mocha as the base then a metallic silver blend over top. As usual,  a few Swarovski added 🙂

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Fast forward –  the chair sold, the vanity has not.

My sixteen year old daughter just finished school and is going to work the summer with me –  it will be good for her,  she loves what I do and actually has a very good eye!  Plus, every teenager needs a funding source, right?

One day we discussed our soon to be  house move, and how she really could use a place to get ready (aka primp) in the morning.

I gifted her with the white vanity 🙂  (didn’t really cost me anything, right?)

She added a little personal touch to make it her own –

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A  brush of  her present FAVORITE color –  American Paint Company SURFBOARD,  over the drawers and pulls,  then sanded back again…

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Sweet Sixteen Bling…

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and then I gave her an extra chair I had and she painted that Surfboard as well –

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Bling on the back 🙂

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she redid the seat too, and added trimmings…

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Sealed with APC Topcoat Finish…

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then more jewels for Jules!

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some trim…

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Just right!

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Even better, sign up for one of our weekly workshops –  we had one today and saw some GREAT finishes happen before our eyes, like this adorable table found at this mornings GARAGE SALE  for $10 !!!  Solid oak, she painted it APC Lincoln’s Hat and APC Home Plate  (she wanted to topcoat at home so the colors arent true) –   do you recognize the trimmings added to her table?  Those were from Julia’s leftover chair trim 🙂

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Random Painted Things – Are You Inspired?

Off the camera, shared in a post, then on to the storage stick!

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American Paint Spacious Skies, stencil in purples and gold, with APC dark wax.  Added beaded gold trim.

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A happy customer brought in these wares that she prettied up, with various CeCe Caldwell and American Paint Company chalk/clay paints

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American Paint Plymouth Rock (lovin this color – it shadows fab) over American Paint Desert Cactus – stenciled using APC Firecracker Red, CeCe Vermont Slate and APC Navajo White

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Lorene used Caromal Colours textured basecoats  Bayberry and Parchment with Toner  on these old oak tables  ScreenHunter_18 Jun. 06 12.54ScreenHunter_20 Jun. 06 12.55ScreenHunter_19 Jun. 06 12.55

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment over Chocolate, with Toner

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Home Plate over Dollar Bill, cracked with glue, topped with Liberon Medium Oak

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Parchment over Chocolate, Toned

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Caromal Mustard over Parchment, with Toner

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old oldy moldy chair – drybrushed with APC Surfboard, and a teeny bit of CeCe Omaha Ochre

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Mustard over Chocolate, with Toner

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Stenciled seat using Toner

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Gold Frames originally…. used elmers glue then black chalk/clay paint – can use APC Lincoln’s Hat or CeCe Beckley Coal – both lucious – watched it crack as it dreid, then sealed with Topcoat Finish.

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Mirror was based in Chocolate textured basecoat, then covered in bronze metallic, then dry brushed with CeCe Santa Fe Turquoise. Sanded back and Liberon Wax’d with Medium Oak.

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Originally a black frame with bronze highlight. I added elmers glue and some APC Surfboard, let it crack over the black, then sealed it with Liberon Medium Oak. Swapped out the cardboard and put a cutting of an old wall finish sample 🙂

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Love these colors this time of year – these were with CeCe Santa Fe Turquoise, the left one painted more solid, the right (bird) just dry brushed…

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… and tried crackling the chalk/clay paints on a lamp shade and – it worked! Added a stencil and topped it with one our new magnet blings.

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APC Freedom Road, Shining Seas, Fireworks Red, Navajo White

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Used CeCe Pittsburgh Gray on the base, then jazzed it up with stencils and various chalk and clay paints by CeCe and American Paint.

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Hoping it will be a perfect fit in some child’s play room, a vintage Remington Rand piece, found in schools and libraries.

and for  a fun ending,  these child chairs –   APC First Lady and APC Denim Blue

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I added strips with APC Navajo White ,  then took a flat wax that I have and bladed that through a crown stencil, then sprinkled with glitter.  The glitter will stick nicely in that flat wax.   Still needed something so I added a skirting of a beaded trim –    LOVE!

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We offered customization – adding your child’s initials –  the pink one sold

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the gentleman is still in the house…

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His sides were painted with a metallic silver

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I hope I’ve inspired you to want to go paint something of your own!  Honest,  YOU CAN DO THIS!   You can use these paints, it’s not rocket science.   We send simple instructions with all our online orders –  what’s stopping you?

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Just do it!  Let that little kid inside of you out again,   you’ll thank me later – honest!

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My Romantic, Just-Blingy, Just-Right Painted Table And Chairs..

We moved awhile back – closed the ‘big house on a hill’ chapter.   This last year we’ve been eagerly awaiting the completion of what will be

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Our NEW nest has a smaller kitchen nook.

TRANSLATE:  the previous table and chairs won’t fit.

I went on a search for the perfect set –  round, 40-42 inches,  4 chairs, fabric seats,  something with character, maybe even romantic?   I’ve been around softer, lighter, warm finishes the last couple years and I want to incorporate that feeling into our new space.

This is the nook area

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The light will swap out to this

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and two pendant lights will hang over the island

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So you get the feel, right?

My connection hooked me up with lovely vintage chairs, of which I only needed four…

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but I was having a hard time finding a small, well made, round table.

Then, one day while at work,  this caught my eye (the table and chairs bottom right)

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A solid wood ROUND table!   Forty two inches to be exact.  This was the table back when I was finishing it the first time –   that finish was Caromal Peppercorn over Cobblestone

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A pretty enough table,   not too heavy, not too rustic… except for the finish I had on it.  The finish didn’t stop me,  I knew I could paint over that, right?

Just like that…

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the table was mine.   A complete set,  now time for the finish!

I got out the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate, and a little Putty and brushed one one coat

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Four done…

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Then a thin coat of American Paint Navajo White –  I used some water now and then to move it around quicker

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Now I can see where the impatience sets in – no photos on sanding,  not much until the chair is done AND the bling is secured!

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Once the white dried I mostly sanded, a little bit wet wiped, and then sealed with a coat of APC Topcoat Finish.

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As soon as the Topcoat dried I glued, using E6000, a really pretty glitzy embellishment –DSC_3875

Michelle recovered my seats and glued on the prettiest trim that was like the icing on the cake

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Now the table –    I sanded the top a little, to knock down the heavy texture that I’d created the first time

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and then I did like the chairs – brushed on a coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate and a little bit of Putty,  and over that a thin coat of American Paint Company Navajo White-

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then sanded to reveal my texture

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and then decided I DIDNT want an all white table.  I wanted a dark top.  Pooh….

I got out the APC Saddle, cut some with water, and brushed the table top.

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This will give me a nice start for my wood grain – some lighter and darker areas, it all adds to the depth of the final finish

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Usually I seal my paint before moving onto my stains, but this time I grabbed a new glaze we’re carrying – Beautiful Glaze – created purposefully for use over absorbant paints like chalk and clay paint – without having to first seal the surface.   I used a combination of the premixed antiquing color (a pretty brown) and the mahogany, one of the tint colors available – DSC_3804

I sanded one more time, to pop a little texture from beneath…

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then brushed on the glaze

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and softly wiped it back

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 When that was good and dry I used some of my stains and extenders and wood graining brushes left from when I had my faux finishing biz ,  topcoated with a poly, and got to thisDSC_3809

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I LOVE it,  and our old foyer rug is a perfect fit, both in size and design!

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Thank you Lord ,  you have blessed me with the ability to follow a hunch with a paintbrush in hand, and without thinking arrive at the finish line where I stand humbled…  I realize,  and I thank you for this gift!    Whooo hooooo!

We close Tuesday.  A place we can make our own – can’t tell you how excited I am, and I can’t wait to place this table and chairs in my new space!

If you’re in the Detroit area,  visit our paint studio – we fully stock

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One Stop Shopping

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Fabulous Finishes Retail Studio

51350 Van Dyke Rd,  Shelby Twp MI 48316

or find us online

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