Monthly Archives: August 2013

Another Video How To: Painting A Chair With Texture and Chalk And Clay Paint

Yay, I got another video done!

This one demonstrates  Caromal Colour’s  textured basecoat paint as the first layer – a paint perfect for adding interesting texture in your paint finish –  and I topped it with American Paint Company’s Fireworks Red,  a chalk and clay based paint that flows out like butter –

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This 2 step layering is one of my favorite finishes  –  there are are endless combinations you can create

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It’s a great finish for hiding imperfections in a piece –  if your surface is banged up a little and you don’t feel like repairing before you start your project, you can work in this kind of finish and the texture will help mask the flaws –

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Caromal’s textured basecoats have amazing adhesion – they are my go to paint for surfaces like laminate counter tops, brass fireplace surrounds, hardware, ceramic and marble tile –

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You can smash /pounce/stipple/moosh that Textured Basecoat on, creating really crazy effects , like this

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or here we stippled the Textured Basecoat pumpkin color over this metal cart, and it created a cool hammered iron type texture.  Over that we dry brushed Santa Fe Turquoise chalk/clay paint and then glazed it

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The Wisteria (white) textured basecoat, applied in swirls, created cool texture under this Carolina Sun Yellow chalk/clay paint star

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Most often, I’ll just brush on the texture in a normal brush stroke – my favorite colors are Chocolate (brown) and Putty (greyish beige)  – they add a perfect pop of ‘somethin somethin’  under my paint finishes.

I used the Chocolate TB under  Navajo White chalk/clay paint for my kitchen set

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Softly weathered, gives it a reclaimed look –

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I often point out our front desk finish to customers – the finish wouldn’t have had the same effect had I not used the Textured Basecoat Chocolate underneath –

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See that little bit of brown texture peeping through?

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This new chair video also demo’s embedding a stencil , like I did in the above desk-  where I bury it IN BETWEEN my paint coats – it’s easy to do but sometimes people have a hard time visualizing WHEN and HOW…..

Here’s another embedded stencil –

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Lastly,  the chair video ends using a GLAZE over the dried/sealed chair –  I love glazes,  they can add just the perfect antiquing to a finish, and you can control how much depth  you want .

Unlike tinted waxes that are applied and the excess wiped off,  with a glaze If I want an area heavier, I can leave more on. It dries.  Excess wax doesn’t – it just remains forever tacky.    If I want the glaze soft and subtle I  simply wipe more back .

DONT use glaze OVER a waxed finish.  The two don’t mix together (to use a glaze over a waxed finish you’d want to sand your surface first).

On the desk finish you can see I ended with a Toner glaze – gave it that authentic age look

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So check it out –   hope you enjoy it!

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Check Out THIS Painted Fridge And Sink! The Caromal Way…

I got this note today:

Hey Patty, This Is Emily. Debbie from NY’s daughter who made the moroccan kitchen….

(I posted about Debbie’s kitchen cabinet transformation not too long ago – you can read about that here)

I am in the process of redoing the fridge with your products so thought you would love to see! (still not done).

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I also did the sink using this product (Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat)   and its holding up amazing!

The sink was sealed with dead flat varnish but over 7 coats of it. It is extremly durable!

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Just know, i run my own business as an interior artist so i will be using this for clients for now on – great product!

How BOMB is that?    I told her I loved her fearlessness …   She used the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – those paints I talk about alot… In fact, I’ve got a new video I’ll be posting tomorrow on this little chair –

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it’s a hybrid – part Caromal Tetxured Basecoat, part American Paint Company.  Look for the you tube video link tomorrow.

Thank you so much Emily, for sharing your artistic touches – that kitchen couldnt have a more perfect sink and fridge!

UPDATE:  Emily forwarded me her online portfolio link where you can see more detailed photos of her work – she is amazing!   www.flikr.com/muralpainternyc/sets

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How Cool Is This Painted Armoire – His & His…

One of my local customers came in to get paint for her second paint project –

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An armoire previously painted,   she wanted to gift the piece to her son, but white wasn’t gonna cut it…..

She chose  CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk and Clay paint Vermont Slate (slate blue/black) over Spring Hill Green (limey green).

Here’s the first layer – Spring Hill Green-

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over that went the Vermont Slate –

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When it was dry, she sanded and wet wiped to smooth out and refine to her liking, then stenciled using CeCe Vintage White

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She sealed it using a dark tinted wax, which added a nice element of age

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I just love her use of stencils – she had me special order these   (got them from Maison de Stencil)…  how original  is this?                                                                                     4

 Oh did  I mention she took a workshop too?

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Mirrors, Mirrors, Painted Pretty Mirrors…

If I had my way I’d have mirrors hanging all over my house…

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Not because I want to look at myself,  all that would do is remind me how tired I look.     No, I like mirrors for their frames

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their shapes

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and that they have a presence on a wall that doesn’t bore me after awhile like a picture of a bird or a landscape.

This pair of mirrors (stacked in the back) were part of a Thomasville bedroom suite I acquired at an estate sale

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When I acquire sets like this I typically break them up,  ie) I don’t paint the whole suite the same.   The mirrors are usually the first thing I’ll grab to refinish –  can’t have too many mirrors on the store floor.

On this set, I started with a brushed layer of Caromal Colours Peppercorn,  a black thicker paint.  When that dried I stenciled the design using a stone-like plaster – nice and thick, perfect for creating relief –

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When the stencil dried I brushed over the whole thing with a mix of  American Paint Wild Horses (a red brown) and Desert Cactus (a green gold brown) .  It’s one of my favorite paint mixes – creating a warm brown brown.  When that dried I sanded to smooth and reveal the undercolors – some black, alot of stone stencil, then sealed with American Topcoat Finish

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I did both mirrors the same way , and moved them onto the showroom floor.   The next day I came in, took one look at one of the mirrors and thought

‘That’s not right’

Next thing I was dragging the mirrors to the back  and brushed a new color on. Sometimes the finish you created isn’t what you envisioned in your head – it happens to us all.  Nothing more paint can’t fix, right?

I got out the Plymouth Rock color by American Paint, and brushed a coat of that over everything.    Plymouth Rock is kindof sheer – I love this color, it’s like a grey white…   when it dried I sanded back, to reveal ALL that stuff going on underneath

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This time I sealed it with American’s Vintage Clear Wax, and fluffed in some of CeCe Caldwell’s Aging Dust – to add an extra aged effect in the crevices

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When it dried I buffed it with a soft cloth –

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Now I like it better

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Looks years worn….

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This mirror also had a pair

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and was part of THIS suite, also acquired from an estate sale

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LOVED this find… still have that gorgeous chest waiting to paint, and a few weeks ago completed that triple dresser (still need to share that project)

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I must have something for  painted -brown-finish  mirrors, eh?  I just realized  I took this one in the same direction as the other one above, only this time I was satisfied with the color

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Again, I used a mix of the American Wild Horses and Desert Cactus to get a warmer brown, and brushed it over a layer of American Paint Lincoln’s Hat (black) –

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Sanded back to smooth and reveal, then sealed with the Clear Wax.  I embellished the mirrors detail with Swarovski crystals AND this really pretty, sparkly  jewel magnet

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The second mirror only got as far as the basecoat – American Paint’s black Lincoln’s Hat.  It sat in the back room unfinished…..

Last week I decided to GET IT DONE.     I didn’t feel BROWN anymore.   I wanted something light, and airy….   so I grabbed CeCe Caldwell’s Nantucket Spray, one of my favorite colors –

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It’s a light light shade of a blue green.  So light it doesn’t lock you into either color.   Every time someone uses it in our workshops I tell myself ‘use that color again’ , so I did!

I painted the Nantucket Spray over the black Lincoln’s Hat and let it dry.   Then I  grabbed an alllover damask stencil and proceeded to stencil using Caromal Colours Reclaim Bright White

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Arrrgh,  are you frustrated that I am jumping around with different products?  I don’t mean to confuse you 🙂     I love my chalk and clay paints and am fortunate enough to have two fabulous lines – American Paint Company AND CeCe Caldwell –  at my fingertips – so I grab from both, depending on the color I desire.

For the stenciling I grabbed Caromal’s Reclaim paint because it not only adheres to pretty much ANY surface, but also has a BUILT IN SEALER.  Yup, you read that right – when it dries and cures it is self sealed.  That means I can use it to stencil right over my mirror, and when it dries I won’t have to worry about wiping it off when it comes time to clean the mirror –  Brilliant!

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This time the idea that was in my head came out just right.  An allover soft white on a light and dreamy base color.    Here and there are pops of black, to add some glam…

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and the jewel queen comes through (I must have been a sparkle fairy in a different lifetime) with a few more sprinklings of Swarovski in the design, and a pretty jewel

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LOVE!

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Hope this inspires you to get your OWN paint on!

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

 

Fabulous Finishes Retail Studio

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Shelby Twp, Mi 48316