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Workshop Results – These Painted Transformations…

No better way to get you excited about starting one of your own projects, then to see what others are doing with our paints –

Before,  part of a larger vanity  (and background before, an open nightstand)

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After,  Navajo White over Smoke Signal

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Ce Ce Caldwell Simply White over Seattle Mist

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After:  American Paint Co Blue Jeans over Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Wisteria

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After: Ce Ce Caldwell Kentucky Mint, with Beautiful Antiquing Glaze

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After: Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment with Glaze and a stencil in APC Purple Mountain Majesty

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After:   American Paint Plymouth Rock over American Paint Freedom Road

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We added swarovski’s to each drawer pull,  make the whole thing complete!

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After:    Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Putty over Chocolate,  with Toner

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No before,  loose drawers to a larger dresser at home,   After, our metallic silver finish

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After:  Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment, with Toner

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and stenciled in Toner

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Ce Ce Caldwell Smoky Mountain Gray

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After,  our silver metallic finish

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After,  American Paint Navajo White over American Paint Purple Mountain Majesty

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Before, an oak globe stand

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After, Caromal Colours Putty with Toner

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Before, Gold Mirror frame

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After,  American Paint Surfboard over Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate.   We used Caromal’s Reclaim paint (custom tinted to match her surfboard) to stencil on the mirror – Reclaim has a built in sealer, so once cured will be wipeable –

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Before –

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After,  CeCe Mesa Sunset over Caromal Textured Basecoat Chocolate

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Before,  an oak table (for his granddaughter)

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After:  CeCe Portland Rose over CeCe Simply White on the top,  bottom is just the Simply White.  Top stenciled with the white as well –

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Now you can see it!   An allover lace stencil pattern – was adorable 🙂

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Ce Ce Spring Hill Green over Ce Ce Traverse City Cherry,  stenciled with  Santa Fe Turquoise

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After:  Caromal Colours Textured basecoat Parchment over TB Chocolate (chipping creme in middle)  and Toner.

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Stenciled in bronze to compliment the knobs

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After, Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Pumpkin over TB Peppercorn (chipping creme in middle) with Toner

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Before,  drawers to a chest

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After:   American Paint Co Lincoln’s Hat with Topcoat, knobs blinged out…

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Are you looking to add new life to a tired piece, or have a larger project that you’d like to start here (bring a few drawers), or a vanity or bank of cabinets you’d like to refinish (bring a few doors) ?

If you’re in the Detroit area it’s easy – we are too!   If you don’t mind a road trip, you are more than welcome to join us as well 🙂   We can offer  you suggestions on where to stay and the best way to get here.

Give us a call and sign up for one of our ongoing weekly workshops.

We offer you-

  • a studio to settle into for the evening (or Saturday afternoon)
  • all the tools and products necessary to create the finish of your choice
  • a wide variety of product lines and finishes to choose from – chalk and clay paints, textured paints, metallics,  stenciling, crystals, knobs
  • We’re here to guide you along the way- I have a faux finishing background with ten years of creating and application and professional training –  you’re in GREAT hands!

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A Waterfall Vanity Painted and Painted and….Finally A Home

This waterfall vanity had been around awhile, I finished it at the old store, using CeCe Caldwell’s chalk and clay paint – Simply White

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On the drawer panels I stenciled a damask design in using Caromal’s thicker textured basecoat paint – the color was Putty – a color I love to use under the white chalk/clays…

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To do this you’d stencil FIRST – the Caromal paints stick to any and every surface, so it can go right over your  old piece of furniture – then when it dries paint over it with your chalk/clay paint.  Wait for that to dry then sand the surface and voila, the pattern appears – like those books we had as kids where you’d scratch the coin over something to see your design!

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I did the same thing to the chair, and gave the hardware a metallic facelift and a few sparkles.  I don’t particularly care for the retro look of them, but its more trouble to try to find replacements that will fit so I used what I had

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It sat,  waiting for the perfect customer…   buy me, buy me, buy me!

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Sadly,  no one did and it moved with us to our new store in February.

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Around this same time we were planning ANOTHER move – this time, the place we call home –  we were finally going to have our OWN nest again!

My daughter was the most excited.   At sixteen years old-  it was more important to her than I realized – she wanted to define her own space.  She couldn’t WAIT to paint her walls turquoise…    She needed a vanity of some sort, something more grown up where she could sit and get ready each day…..

Guess what she grabbed?

Yup, she claimed the vanity – and proceeded to make it her own.

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She  used American Paint chalk and clay paint Surfboard, and brushed over the drawer fronts…

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brushed over the hardware …

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added more bling

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prettied up the drawers…

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She took an old chair from my backroom and painted that Surfboard too, embellished it,  even changed the fabric and glued on trimmings…

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Didn’t she do an awesome job?

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Fit for a princess 🙂

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I love that she loves to create…  and shes really good at it!

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She is finally home

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This post has a special place in my heart… when what I knew as our ‘life’ seemingly fell apart a few years ago, one of the hardest things I had to deal with was the guilt I felt in having to uproot my kids from what they always knew as HOME.  Yes, we moved to a temporary nice place, but it was never our HOME.  We were together, we were grateful,  but it wasn’t the same.

My daughter, this week, had to write a paper for English about a turning point in your life.  She left a copy in my room.  It broke my heart to reread her version of our life event –  but I loved this part near the end:

…I am actually thankful in a way for having to go through this mess because it taught me a lot of things. In life there is no way to avoid so called ‘turning points’, whether good or bad you just have to push yourself by…

God blessed us this June, with a new place to call OUR OWN. It was a joy to pretty up my daughter’s room.   The vanity, and my family, have a place to call home!!

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Danish Style 60’s Chest Goes For The Gold…

I recently acquired this chest,  Danish style,  with clean, simple lines

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Heavy. Solid. Clean.  Square.  Modern.    Not what I’m used to.   The owner, passing it  on to me, said she thought I could make something out of it….

See the sideboard behind it?  That’s more my style, when I’m creating decorative paint finishes –  pretty details to draw out…   this piece reminded me of a TV from the  Jetson’s  cartoon I watched as a kid….

I decided to gold leaf it.  When I look through design magazines it never fails – I can almost always find a gilded finish on something.   I favor silver finishes,  so for that reason I chose gold,   change things up a bit, right?

I cleaned the piece and basecoated with Reclaim Licorice, a primer/base/sealer from Caromal Colours.

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I applied a gilding size,  and when it was set applied the gold schabin leaf

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When I use leaf I always apply in a broken method.  I don’t have the patience or steady enough hand to lay leaf squares in a grid,  so this works better for me, and I love the look you can achieve from it

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Always messy, no sense cleaning up until its all done.  These legs are bothering me – I’m not quite sure, at this point, what I’ll do with them –

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When  I got the front leafed, I sat back and stared at the results…  it was pretty, but THERE.  I knew I wasn’t going like the WHOLE piece leafed, it was going to be too much.   Maybe because in my eye it would STILL be a big, modern looking square shape , just gold now instead of wood.

I got out a stencil  –  Gabriel’s Gate, by Wallover Stencils.  The plan was to create an allover stencil in black, and then take the top black – a textured plaster hide –

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Starting the stencil –

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Stencil done,  top drying…

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I bladed the texture black plaster through cheesecloth then pulled to reveal the design,   I have a you tube video showing how to achieve this finish , you can find it here

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Usually I’ll do this  and then paint it metallic and stain it,  but here I wanted a jet black top – the chest came with a custom cut slab of glass for the top,  so the black texture underneath would be eye catching…

When the top dried, I used an acryllic satin wax tinted with black mica, and bladed that over the top to finish it off.    I  sprinkled a tiny bit of fine gold glitter powder over it, to add just a mere shimmer

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When I moved it to the showroom I still wasn’t right with it…. loved the top, loved the front, but the rest was too gold and gleeny…. and the legs were bugging me.    I wanted them to just  fade away.   Painting black wasn’t an option – too basic….

Instead I used a custom mixed black wax to seal the sides and legs, changing the gold leaf  to a blackened bronze, and left the drawer fronts to be the focal point.  Hard to photo, you can still tell that the whole piece is leafed,  just parts of it are blackened, which go well with the black top and black stencil –

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To finish it off, I added various sizes of clear swarovski crystals to the stenciled elements

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It is for sale,  I just have to figure out WHERE to hang the price tag from!

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Not paint, but sometimes it’s nice to change things up.    Now on to the next project!

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Waxing, Dark Waxing, Tinted Waxing, Over Chalk/Clay Paints…

My favorite Antiquing Wax  is American Paint Company’s Vintage Dark Antiquing Wax– it’s just like the Clear Waxes I love (both APC and CeCe Caldwell have  luscious, all natural clear waxes) – except their Vintage Dark version is tinted.  I use it when I want to add a subtle aging effect to my  painted finish.  It seals and ages all in one step,  glides on easy, dries fast, and buffs to a nice sheen.

This was that chest I posted about, painted with APC’s Liberty,  the dark wax used directly over the raw paint,  here I’m wiping the excess wax off

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that’s pretty good control going over a color as fair as Liberty –  to me it looks   naturally antiqued   (you can find a complete post on this piece here)

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See the chair to the right? It was painted with CeCe Caldwell Nantucket Spray – it’s a light blueish greenish color, even lighter than APC’s Liberty-

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Here it is,  sealed with APC’s Vintage Dark Wax –

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It definitely changes the color – no longer that light Nantucket Spray, it’s got a natural age to it –

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Some tinted waxes are too strong over the absorbent chalk/clay paints and darken the paint color too much, biting in fast and then not moving around easily.  Those waxes are better combo’d  with a clear barrier wax first.

Liberon Black Bison Wax is a paste wax -,  a blend of paraffin, microcrystalline and carnauba, blended together with mineral spirits.  It isn’t all green and natural, like the CeCe and American Paint products, but at least its toluene free and is considered non-toxic

Liberon Bison Wax Medium Oak 500 ml

The Liberon wax works great over the Caromal Colours paints that we carry,  and Ill occasionally  use it over our medium to dark color  chalk/clay paints when a more intense aged effect is desired.
It’s when I want to ‘dirty’ up the color.  It will have a stronger effect than the APC Dark,  it dries SUPER fast and polishes up to a really nice sheen.
I used it to seal and age this Cece Caldwell Michigan Pine hutch
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I could have aged this with the Cece Dark Aging Cream, its easy enough to control over the dark colors and the Michigan Pine is dark, but it takes a really long time to dry,  and I  find it doesn’t buff to as nice a sheen as their Clear Wax version.
Instead, using the Liberon Medium Oak Wax,  I scrubbed it on quick, wiped the excess off, and by time  I was done with the piece it was already drying enough to buff.  It polished to this sheen with a simple cotton rag, I can’t imagine what it would have done with the buffing drill brush!
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Here is CeCe Caldwell’s Smoky Mountain Gray, one of my favorite colors, combo’d with CeCe’s Simply White on the drawers, all sealed with Topcoat Finish –
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A smoky blue gray

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This is ALSO CeCe Caldwell Smoky Mountain Gray,  crackled with glue over a black base-

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I used the Liberon Medium Oak wax to seal it –
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Doesn’t look smoky or blue or gray anymore…
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I love the color this combo makes – it changes it to almost a earthly, antiqued blue green color…   I get asked about it alot at the store…
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If you like your finishes to be as perfect as possible, clean and even looking , then you’re probably better off sticking to the easy to use tinted waxes – American Paint ‘s Dark wax is like the clear with tint in it.   Or if you only have  CeCe Caldwell or APC’s Clear Wax,  try tinting your own  colored wax – it’s easy to do with  powder  pigments. We carry the pigments in a variety of colors
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in as little as 1 ounce pots (trust me, a little goes a long way),  perfect for mixing your own  ‘Brown Oxide  wax’
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I like doing this because it not only allows me choices in my final wax color, but I can also control how weak or strong I want my colored wax to be.  I’ll mix up my color waxes tinted enough to be a subtle antiquing over my chalk/clay paint finish.  Then when I want to add a punch of depth to detail, or a small piece, I’ll scoop some of that out and add a little more brown oxide pigment – its easy!
But, if you like to go out on a limb once and awhile,  and like the look of a richly aged painted finish – then try Liberon.    I use 2 colors,  the Medium Oak and/or the Walnut –  both are medium brown waxes with the oak being a wee bit warmer.  They are lovely with colors like Michigan Pine and National Forest, Pittsburgh Gray and Freedrom Road, and even adds a nice warmth to the darkest of our chalk/clay paints- Beckley Coal and Lincoln’s Hat.
I should note,  the Liberon we sell comes in a big can – I’d call it pint size.  I don’t make as much profit off this one as I do on the other product lines I sell  – so I don’t want you to think I’m pushing it to make money – it’s just one more tool that I  grab when I need it, and for certain looks,  it’s the perfect performer.
Remember though,  Liberon wax is  NOT  ZERO VOC, so if you like the CeCe Caldwell and American Paint lines because of the green and natural factor, then you won’t want to spoil that with a non green wax.           Happy Finishing!

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