Monthly Archives: July 2013

Some Before And After Painted Furniture Shares – Fabulous Finishes Workshops

As busy as our weeks can get, the best part of each is our Paint A Piece Workshops. It’s a weekly recharge for me, seeing what others can do with our paints in their hands.

An unfinished storage cabinet,  to be installed in a new mudroom

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She created a Caromal  Colours Barnworn finish using Textured Basecoat Chocolate, Chipping Creme, Textured Basecoat Parchment – DSC_3270

The picture above, which shows the brown and creme is the true colors.  The 2 final photos below for some reason caught bad lighting and come off purple….

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I am creating a very similar finish in my laundry room right now, I’ll be sharing that progress later.   I say all the time, I love the textured finishes, not for everywhere or everyone, but I think they’re a perfect fit for high use areas (entry/mudrooms)  and add an  instant old/worn/comfortable feel.

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An oak bench before…

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Transforming with CeCe Chalk and Clay based paints – Vermont Slate over CeCe Mississippi Mud…..

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Happy customer, happy store!   (isn’t she adorable? 🙂  )

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Before-

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Gads, sorry I forgot, but I think this was CeCe Caldwell Vermont Slate –

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Topped with CeCe Caldwell Satin Finish,  a great sealer for ease and durablity-

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Drawers to an old dresser-

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Matching some bedding for the cottage –  CeCe Nantucket Spray over American Paint Company Coral Reef.   Sealed with CeCe Satin Finish-

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Before-

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Refinished to a soft antiqued metallic silver finish

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Before-

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Another Caromal Colours Barnworn finish –

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This one  Textured Basecoat Paprika over Textured Basecoat Peppercorn –

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LOVE!

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Before, upside down.  This one was too big and required an up charge.  Since then we discourage drop tables, even if its within 24 inches,  reason being the under table also needs to be finished as it can be seen – the result, too much surface to be covered and too hard to dry all at once –

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A Barnworn Finish using Textured Basecoat Chocolate over Textured Basecoat Mustard

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Before-

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After –  CeCe Simply White over CeCe Smoky Mountain Gray, stenciled and then a Beautiful Antiquing Glaze over top –

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Before – this decorative piece, little did we know, was a MAJOR BLEEDER!

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Plan was to do CeCe Caldwell Vintage White over CeCe Texas Prairie,  but as soon as the Texas Prairie brushed on it was turning pink. Not just spots, the  WHOLE LAYER OF PAINT!   Worst piece I’ve ever seen, bleed wise…..

So, we did an about face and chose a more colorful finish-  CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise over that Texas Prairie, with Beautiful Antiquing Glaze over top

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A pretty stencil added to the doors –

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CeCe Caldwell Blue Montana Sky with Simply White Stencil

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American Paint Company Momma’s Lipstick over APC Navaho White –

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A granddaughter’s name hand scribed, sealed with CeCe Caldwell Satin Finish

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A cool, old window,  refinished using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Hazelnut as the base and CeCe Caldwell Vintage White over top –

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn brushed on first coat,  then  a Stencil using Textured Basecoat Putty,   then American Paint Navaho White brushed on over that.  Sand back and seal  with CeCe Satin Finish-

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Happy Customers, happy store!

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Lights, camera, action!

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American Paint Company Freedom Road with American Paint Topcoat Finish

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Great chair!

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Two metallic finishes,  one smooth one textured –

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Caromal  Colours Reclaim Mocha, then a Silver Blend Metallic, and Caromal Toner to warm it up-

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This one similiar, except its applied over Caromal’s textured brown – Chocolate, not the smoother Reclaim Mocha –  and then sanded through the metallic, to pop the texture, before Toning –

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I  ❤ ‘d this project – the table just screamed for SOMETHING on those peaks….  the lovely owner was originally planning on black- American Paint Company Lincoln’s Hat , but I nudged her into popping the peaks so she agreed and chose Navajo White for those  – sweeeeeeet!    I had a leftover piece of decorative trim, and go figure, it had EIGHT black and cream tassels hanging  –  JUST enough to dress up her table 🙂

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She chose NOT to seal the table, instead she took her time and carefully finessed the finish –  had she Topcoated it the black would have come back to life –  remember, the chalk paints dry lighter –

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CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise  over Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, sealed with Satin Finish –

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A similar –  Cece Simply White over Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, sanded back and sealed.    The stencil was actually Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat tinted with a little CeCe Santa Fe Turquoise – the textured paint is thicker and works great for creating thicker, dimensional stencils – this one was layed IN BETWEEN the 2 coats of paint, so when she sanded back the Simply White the turquoise stencil popped through –

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A new knob and sealed with Satin Finish

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Cool texture…  I’ll be taping another video this week – it will involve this  kind of finish – and glazing too!

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This Week’s Painting Progress, A Chest, A Chair, Some Balls…

Oh, and pillows!   Stenciled these and added bling…

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Finished an old dressing table,  using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn as the base,  then a metallic bronze over top, then a black glaze

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A couple bling elements, added for sparkle….

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Textured-looking to make you want to touch it, but smooth enough to use without feeling like things will tip over

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A mirror, based out in bronze with APC Lincoln’s Hat over top.  Sanded back.  Didn’t like.  Took a mix of APC Desert Cactus and Wild Horses (a warmer brown) and painted that on.  Sanded back and sealed with APC Vintage Dark Wax

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A chair, first coat  American Paint Desert Cactus, second Coat, CeCe Caldwell Nantucket Spray,   sanded and sealed with American Paint Vintage Dark Wax

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sanded back to reveal the brown of the original chair finish

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Seat recovered, a pretty trim glued on…

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And a pretty little accent table, refinished using American Paint Company paints – you can see more photos on that piece   here

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Chair fabric painted with CeCe Caldwell Pittsburgh Gray and Simply White, sealed with Satin Finish

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A Liberty Chest, Done the American Paint Way…

I started with a small, wood accent chest – kindof a honey oak – I can’t find a before picture…

It’s first coat of paint was American Paint Co’s Liberty, a soft pale light green.  the intent was to use the NEW APC color – Born on the Forth of July – a dark, midnight blue, over it.

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APC Liberty, coat 1

  Before the blue was applied, I decided to add a dimensional stencil –  maybe a green bronze would be cool – and lay it INBETWEEN the 2 colors of paint…

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so I took the Caromal Colours textured basecoat Bayberry (for its thickness) and added a little metallic bronze to it, to make the color richer…

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Ready to stencil…

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I grabbed an allover stencil design and went to work  stenciling the front.  I originally thought I’d only detail the inner door panels,  but I liked the idea of going over EVERYTHING and creating an allover –  unexpected right?

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Doing so, however, forced me to have to stencil into cracks and gaps, and that was irritating… I held it and squished the thick paint into the stencil pattern best I could –  key here is

DO NOT EXPECT PERFECT.

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When I got the front done I LOVED it.  The color was such a compliment with the Liberty,  I no longer wanted to use the dark blue….

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I was seeing linen… faded… strie…. maybe thin hairs of turquoise….

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I came back a few days later with a clear head.  Born on the Fourth of July was still toying with me…   so I got it out, thinned it with water (big time) and dragged it, both ways, with a dry brush to create a linen effect in blue.

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APC’s Born on the Forth of July is such a dark blue, but when you add water it warms up to a pretty ocean blue…

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I got out the Liberty, added water to a little, and dragged that one too…

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The sides and top I gave a quick 2nd coat of Liberty to,  crackling some areas with elmer’s glue

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The next day I sanded to get a nice smooth feel, then sealed it using American Paint Co’s Vintage Dark Wax.  This wax is sweet – brushes on effortlessly over  the raw chalk/clay painted surface, and wipes back clean and even

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Scrubbing on – I use the waxes sparingly – push it around, until there’s no more to push…

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that’s ALL the same brush of wax – look how far I moved it…

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then dip back for more…

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I only dip the tips….

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Scrub it on…

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On ready to wipe –

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Brushing out the sides

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Ready to wipe…

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Have enough clean rags handy – and fold them over, changing sides as you wipe off the wax –

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Excess wiped off… wait a few hours then buff to a lovely sheen

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Done.

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I painted the back with a wash of the blue, and used a rubber stamp I have to ‘sign’ it 🙂  DSC_4580

and added a jewel!

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Of course  had to add a few crystals to the pull and fleurettes too…

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Pretty young thing… I like it with the chair I recently finished –

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Yes, We Painted That Tile You Just Walked In On… Shout Out To Chalk/Clay Paint Lovers…

When I moved into our new location in February I asked the landlord if I could paint the tiled front entry

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He didn’t care what I did  (he probably thought I was nuts to paint it).   If money grew on trees, I’d have ripped the tile AND carpet out, replacing it with wood,  but HELLO,  that was not in the budget 🙂

At the last store I had painted the bathroom laminate floor and it held up awesome.  I used my go-to paint for questionable surfaces – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats.  It’s the most versatile paint I’ve ever used –  like painting with whippy peanut butter.

Last month I was bouncing all over the place, and in the middle of everything I looked at the floor and decided,  Time to Paint!

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Tape
  • Whizz roller and tray
  • 2 1/2 inch  Chip brushes
  • Layer 1&2 – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn
  • Layer 3 – American Paint Company Freedom Road and Smoke Signal
  • Sandpaper
  • Stencil
  • American Paint Company Navajo White (for stenciling)
  • American Paint Company Topcoat Finish
  • Minwax Wipe-on Poly Satin Finish

I taped off 1/2 the 6×5 entry – the other 1/2 I’d paint later, that way people could still enter and exit the store –

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I cleaned the tile up with Simple Green and some liquid dish soap, then grabbed the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

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for some reason I took a photo of the time, too –  maybe to keep track of how long it took –

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Roll the first coat out, with a textured type roller – whizz,  low nap – whatever you’d like to call it-

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Just rollin, rollin, rollin….

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Rolled out one coat, which covered pretty darn good, but I wanted to be SURE I had a good base so I dried it w/the blowdryer (it dries quick anyway) and then gave it another quick roll-

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Drying…

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That took a little over 1/2 hour…

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When that dried I switched to one of my chalk/clay paint lines  –  American Paint Company – and grabbed color Freedom Road, a dark charcoal gray.  Using a cheapy chip brush (we sell those too, in all sizes)  I scrubbed the paint onto one tile

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Can’t forget the time, right?

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Also grabbed American Paint Co’s color Smoke Signal, a lighter gray – I wanted to do a check pattern –

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I focused on brushed the tiles, and staying off the grout, just for consistency…

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Wonder what time it is…

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Love how the chalk/clay paints look when their drying – so Monet like…

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Almost there…

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When the paint dried, which didn’t take long at all (especially with a blow dry present) I grabbed some 150 sand paper and started sanding the tiles –

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Sanding quickly knocks off the very topmost surface of the chalk/clay paint, AND more importantly reaches  down to that yummy black texture and reveals it – I think if you click on this photo below you’ll be able to see what I’m talking about-

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When the sanding was complete I grabbed a stencil – one of my big ones (and big price) –  I wanted to dress the tiles up but wanted it to be super quick and easy, the big stencil allowed me to cover a large area.

Fat stencil brush,  some American Paint color Navajo White (a soft white) and some peanut butter and apples for energy – I got busy

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One section at a time, until its all covered –

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Once everything was dry I rolled on a  coat of American Paint Co Topcoat Finish

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When I use the chalk/clay paints and want a nice, hard,  sealed surface I like to use either the Topcoat Finish by APC or the Satin Finish by CeCe Caldwell. Both are brush or roll on and when it dries you’re done.

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The Topcoat Finish reminds of  a milky water – its super easy to roll out, even to brush out, and I don’t feel the need to add water to thin it.   It dries with more matte than the Satin Finish does –  and it dries quick.

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That first coat over the raw paint is important to me – the paints are so absorbent I don’t like using  topcoats like poly’s over them – at  least not until I FIRST seal it up following their system  aka) Topcoat Finish.   If you try both you’ll see what I’m talking about – using topcoats like poly  over the RAW  chalk/clay paints will want to soak in and disappear – APC’s Topcoat Finish not only soaks in but also stays on top when it’s applied, then dries matte.

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Because this is our entry floor I wanted extra protection, so once I got the ‘initial’ coat of sealer aka Topcoat Finish on, and once dry, I used Minwax’s Wipe on Poly (satin oil version) – and wiped on 2 coats of that.  That also allowed the final finish more sheen –

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Want to hear a funny?   I think more customers than not don’t even realize the floor when they enter!

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So how’s it holding up?  Fabulous of course…   if you getting into painting, and dig the chalk /clay paints, then you GOTTA get your hands on some Caromal Textured Basecoat paint and start playing.

This is a great combo finish for tile, for counters, backsplashes, damaged sections of furniture… it’s a great finish for a whole piece of furniture!

Here are 20 samples that we created using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats as the first layer and American Paint Company chalk/clay paint colors over top

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We’ve done the same with our CeCe Caldwell Chalk/Clay paints as well.  The possibilities are limitless, try it!

If you’re a chalk/clay paint retailer, and are interested in adding these fabulous paints to your line up,  give me a shout (you can find my contact info on my contact page) – there is no required minimums to get started!

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

American Paint Company  /Chalk/Clay/Mineral paints/finishes

CeCe Caldwell Clay/Chalk/Clay/Mineral paints/finishes

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Fabulous Finishes Retail Studio

51350 Van Dyke Rd,  Shelby Twp MI 48316

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