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A Vintage Vanity Gussied Up – APC Momma’s Lipstick and Surfboard

This vanity had a messed up top – the finish was all bumpy pitted.  I had a vision for this piece, and it included a smooth top, not rutty, so I started by giving my top a little buzz from the mouse sander…

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My vision wasn’t all mine – I was painting this piece for a dear friend and she let me know that her favorite colors were

American Paint’s Surfboard

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and American Paint Momma’s Lipstick

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First the Surfboard

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then some APC Momma’s Lipstick and Navajo White

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The ‘feet’ caught my eye  –  I decided to gold leaf them

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I liked these knobs, with the backs, but the finish was wrong…

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so I  took them apart and highlighted them with a gold embellishing creme

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First layer brushed thin,  second coat applied as a ‘wash’  – goes quick, not much paint used, but makes a big difference in evening out your finish –

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Woops, forgot the mirror – need to do that too-

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Sanded to refine – and vacuum out to clean it all up –

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I decided to seal it with APC’s retired ‘Light Vintage Wax’ – it is a very subtle wax , perfect for this finish –

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Scrub/brush it on

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and wipe it off, with a dry  cloth…

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Yes, that simple –  brush it on, move it around to insure every surface is covered

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then wipe it off.  Don’t try to leave excess wax on, thinking the darker will create a richer effect –  it will only leave you with a forever tacky finish.  If you want a darker effect use APC’s darker wax –

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The APC Light Wax again.   You can see how sheer this wax was –

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FABULOUS over light colors like this Surfboard, or the whites –

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But over anything of color you had a hard time seeing it –

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Wax on – wipe off

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Softly wipe – remove the excess wax

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Your painted surface should be ready to buff to a pretty sheen in about 3-4 hours

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Make sure you have a few dry rags so you aren’t  using the same saturated rag

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 I painted the mirror  APC Navajo White , and drybrushed the highlights with APC Momma’s Lipstick-

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I added a little pop block of stencil to each side – both randomly placed –

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I gold leafed the spindles to the chair, to tie it together with the ‘feet’ –

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A few Swarovski crystals finished it off – it was the perfect fit for my friend 🙂

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Have you tried American Paint Company?  Their chalk/clay/mineral based, all natural paints, are pretty cool!  They offer an awesome palette of colors, and a great line up of finishes, including THE perfect clear wax, and even more perfect alternative , Topcoat Finish.   Our store in Metro Detroit is stocked full of paints and samplers.  We also ship online  – today we shipped a quart of Parchment textured basecoat to Australia!

Be sure to like our blog – we’ve got some great posts coming up, including details on our new Cabinet Workshop,

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a Countertop Workshop  (I’m so geeked)

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Yes, YOU can do this!   (AND, it’s durable!)

A sneak peek at a few things I just completed –

taking this chest (originally oak)

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Basecoat Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Wisteria

to this-

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Wisteria, Reclaim Versailles.

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Wisteria, Reclaim Versailles.

This mirror I refinished-

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and this little guy

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats and Reclaim – A Must Have In Your DIY Paints Box

Good timing for this post – I’ve been working with Caromal Colours, a DIY paints/finishes company out of east PA, for five years now.    This Friday I’m flying out to visit for a few days, to celebrate how far this husband and wife team have come, and to get pumped up with all the new things they have planned for our future in the DIY paints department.  (did I hear a countertop paint?)

I recently looked back at this last year in our new store location –  tossing ideas around with my crew …..  What needs help?   What could we do better?

One thing that came up was updating our Caromal Colours cabinet door display

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Many of these door samples were created when our first store opened,  2 1/2 years ago

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Over the year we’ve educated a lot of homeowners on products we trust for cabinet and furniture finishes.   VISUALS –  the more we can SHOW what our paints can do,  the more options we can provide,  the easier our job will be.

Visually seeing finish options on a door    +  our good instruction on how easy these paints are to use = a future cabinet/furniture painting customer!

We went to work, redoing the doors –

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and got things done!

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Caromal offers two lines of paint – their Artisan Collection of  Textured Basecoats and their Reclaim Beyond Paint .

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THE BASICS

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THE COLORS

TEXTURED BASECOATS

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Wisteria Textured Basecoat

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Parchment Textured Basecoat

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Putty Textured Basecoat

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Hazelnut Textured Basecoat

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Mustard Textured Basecoat

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Cobblestone Textured Basecoat

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Bayberry Textured Basecoat

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Colonial Blue Textured Basecoat

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Blueberry Textured Basecoat

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Candy Apple Textured Basecoat

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Paprika Textured Basecoat

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Pumpkin Textured Basecoat

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Chocolate Textured Basecoat

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Peppercorn Textured Basecoat

THOSE SAME COLORS ON DOORS:

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This door demonstrates the textured basecoats rolled on using a whiz roller.  Two coats were rolled on,  when dry light sand,  then brush on glaze/toner and wipe with cloth.

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If you notice, the bottom half of this door was also whiz rolled on.

THE COLORS

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Bright White Reclaim

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Off White Reclaim

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Buttercreme Reclaim

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Linen Reclaim

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Pebble Reclaim

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Versailles Reclaim

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Nantucket  Reclaim

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Sage Reclaim

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Pewter Reclaim

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Poppy Reclaim

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Mocha Reclaim

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Licorice Reclaim

THOSE SAME COLORS ON DOORS:

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A lot of cool options, right?   Let’s review-

Both paints bond to almost any surface with no stripping , priming sanding…. just start with clean and wax free.

The textured basecoats can be brushed, rolled, smooshed, thinned – however you’d like.   Reclaim prefers to be rolled  – that paint has the sealer built in so sanding out your brush marks will scuff up your sealer. Of course, brush where you can’t roll.

Once dry,  the textured basecoats will need to be sanded some (or more if you are very particular about application marks) – the sanding makes your painted surface look and FEEL way better – with that said,  sanding is NOT required if you are happy with how your painted piece looks.   The Reclaim paint needs no sanding – remember it has that built in sealer – however, if you want to distress your edges then go right ahead and get that sand paper out.    I generally grab 150-180 grit  for the texture paints and 220 grit for the Reclaim.

If you want a glazed / antique finish,  you can glaze right over the Textured Basecoats,  but the Reclaim needs to dry for a few days (I  tell my customers 4-5 days) before you can glaze it.   (Don’t cheat either,  glazing it too early will leave you with an uneven finish as the glaze will make the dried paint sticky).  (ask me how I know 🙂 )

You got this far, now what?   Your Textured Basecoat paint is dry, sanded, glazed –  looks great but very matte as it is unsealed.   Your painted finish  is durable and won’t go anywhere.  If you like matte, and you aren’t going to eat, drink or dance on it, then you’re done.    If you want to protect it, give it a coat of your favorite sealer.   Your Reclaim finish is dry, glazed, and good to go!  Remember, your sealer is already built in.  If you want added durability, give it a coat of your favorite sealer.

And both offer –   no smell, and water clean up.   (did I mention easy?)

 I get asked –

Which-do-you-prefer

(Sorry, couldn’t resist – was searching for the perfect image on choosing, and ….. well… this was perfect, right? 🙂 )

That’s not fair asking me that – I’m a finisher by trade, an arsty fartsy type that loves to dabble and experiment and push the limits.   The textured basecoats I hold close to my heart…  why?  It is in a league all its own – the most versatile paint I’ve found.   It’s consistency is like whippy peanut butter – you can brush it, stipple it, smoosh it – each application gives a unique look.

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I can layer it with it’s own paints (and chipping creme) and create serious barnworn, primitive finishes

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textured basecoat peppercorn over putty

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Parchment textured basecoat over Colonial Blue (chipping creme)

You can paint one color, and drag another color (or two) over it, while still wet, and end up with this

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Textured basecoat Bayberry and Colonial Blue over Chocolate, with Toner

or this

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Textured basecoat Putty, Colonial Blue and Wisteria, Molasses Glaze.

You can use the textured basecoat as your first layer, and then a chalk/clay/mineral based paint over top

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American Paint Company Limoge over Textured Basecoat Peppercorn.

I can stencil with it, and create really cool effects

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Chocolate textured basecoat

You can use it as your first coat, and layer it with the Reclaim line for cool effects

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Reclaim Off White over textured basecoat Chocolate, glazed.

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Reclaim Poppy over Textured Basecoat Cobblestone

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Brick, tile, countertops –  , it works over most anything.  One thing I really like about it is, I can blow dry it, and move on to the next layer.  I’m not saying this is the way to use them,  I’m just admitting that I can push these paints all kinds of ways, and the finish always ends up pretty cool and still durable!

The Reclaim paint, on the other hand, is the paint you need to follow the rules with.  Don’t cheat and paint over a dirty surface.  Don’t assume your existing piece, that you just acquired from the local thrift store,  has no wax build up on it.  Don’t try to blow dry and then glaze.   Don’t try to scrape it with your finger nail the next day thinking it will already have bonded.

When do I grab Reclaim? When I have a lot of surface to paint (think cabinets).  When I want the fastest application I can get.  When I’m going for one color, or a glazed color finish.

It works great over the  Textured Basecoats –    if you sand/reveal within  hours of drying,  you won’t need that chipping creme barrier

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If you haven’t dabbled in these paints, give them a try – our store in Metro Detroit is stocked full of paints and samplers.  We also ship online  – today we shipped a quart of Parchment textured basecoat to Australia!

If you’re someone looking to retail a cool line of paints, shoot me an email – there aren’t big buy in requirements,  and honest engine, it’s a GREAT compliment to any other types of paints you might be retailing (works fabulously with chalk/clay paints).

(and for the record, I’d choose the torso on the left  smile )

 

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Love Sharing Our Customers Painted Transformations…

Overdue for one of these,   my folder is overflowing!  (Next time I’ll share workshop creations)

This is from Melissa’s project, gutting the old and rebuilding with authentic reclaimed pieces-  this is the before, many ‘finds’ all pieced together

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The after – Caromal textured basecoat Peppercorn for the base, chipping creme, and Putty on top, Toner and wipe on Poly

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For the cabinet s- textured basecoat Putty for the base, American Paint Company Lincoln’s Hat for the top, Toner and wipe on Poly.   I stenciled detail on some of the doors with the Sandstone you use for dimensional stenciling,  and painted detail with Blackened Bronze and Silver

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Love how she balanced it all out –

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Caromal textured basecoat Peppercorn and bronze header,  wipe on poly-

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Lisa shared her lower level cabinet redo –  her ‘before’ cabinets were lovely,  just too dark for her liking… before

She went for this finish – a metallic bronze blend that we mix, over Caromal textured basecoat peppercorn,  sanded back and glazed with Caromal’s Toner –

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Love it!

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How cool is this?  her daughter helped!

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Christine finished this side board using a WHOLE bunch of stuff!  Interestingly enough, she basecoated with CeCe Caldwell’s Young Kansas Wheat, but goes on to use a multitude of other products –

My credenza was Young Kansas Wheat  (handmade stencils for the harlequins)  which I  did with a homemade medium wax. (Minwax paste wax & some Tudor Briwax.)  On that, more paste wax.  Then,  my homemade craqueleur:  Behr crackle stuff, then clear polyacrylic.  On that I rubbed in ASCP dark wax and rubbed it off right away.

The drawers are an old Martha Stewart coral..

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Don’t tell CeCe

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or ASCP,  that you’re not exclusively using JUST  their products 🙂

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Carmel painted this unfinished piece with Caromal Colours textured basecoat Parchment, with Caromal Coffee Glaze

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Thank you so much for the time you took with me when I was in the store. Here is a picture of my bookcase . . . . Looks so much better in person! This was my very first attempt to paint a piece of furniture – ever so it isn’t perfect but I love it.

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This was done in one of our Workshops – Charlotte sent me the before photo-

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the after,  Caromal Colours textured basecoat Bayberry, with Coffee Glaze – and she painted the fabric too – with a mix of APC Wild Horses and Desert Cactus, sealed with APC Topcoat,  and stenciled with a metallic paint-

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Ragen started with these 2 accent pieces

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She used American Paint Company’s Fireworks Red on the stool,   and APC Lincoln’s Hat over APC Amber Waves of Grain on the table – love the stenciling on the bottom

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Stenciled with APC Lincoln’s Hat- how fun is that?

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She refinished these bathroom cabinets

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and the wall hooks

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using  Destin Gulf, Spring Hill, and American Paint Company Uncle Sam-

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Get this look with American Paint Company Uncle Sam, Beach Glass, and Home Turf – a natural zero voc clay/chalk/mineral paints..

Brilliant – updating accessories!

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Kristen made this sign for her mom, using Vintage White and Cinco  – LOVE the message!

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Get this look with American Paint Company Home Plate and Desert Cactus.

Lori shared a  few of her painty projects –

Before and after of my old,weathered, front porch bench. After American Paint Company’s Firecracker Red and two coats of wipe on poly, I’m hoping to get several more years out of it. (This photo actually taken before the poly. It now has a lovely sheen)

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and another of Lori’s –

Here is my little peacock side table with the copper mica in dark wax over wild horses and the flash gilding on the knob. It turned out cute I think. (YES!)   The top had been destroyed so we bought a cut piece of wood from Lowe’s for the top. I kind of like how the cut edge caught the mica.

Love this color Lori, and I’m so glad you got your hands on those mica’s –

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American Paint Company Peacock and Wild Horses, with APC Dark Vintage Wax and APC Copper Mica.

Paula updated her daughter’s dresser using American Paint Company’s Uncle Sam –

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And stretching across the ocean –  to Sweden –

I  had just received a tester of the new Reclaim color Nantucket –  at the same time we were packing up an order for Annette.  I included a sampling of that pretty blue for her to try – I knew she’d be thrilled!

That Reclaim paint was wonderful! I (sloppy) painted a stool, a box and a heart and there is still a third left of that tiny sample of “Nantucket”! Not sure yet what the rest will be but I sure love that Reclaim.

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and after –   “Insomnia, paint, and a small dresser….”

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Not sure what she used but you could get to this with American Paint Company Beach Glass, Smoke Signal and Navajo White.

I got this sent to my phone ,  can’t remember what she used? It  looks like APC Surfboard rubbed back…

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This off my phone too,   the before

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and after –  Caromal Reclaim Mocha,  a silver metallic blend (we mix), and Caromal’s Toner – lovely!

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We love when you send us your before and after photos – keep them coming!

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My American Paint Company’s Version of Radiant Orchid…

Which paint project to share first?    I have many still to share,  sitting off to the side in my ‘to share’ folder….   like this pretty vintage vanity

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Navajo White, Surfboard and Momma’s Lipstick, with Clear Wax – all natural chalk and clay mineral based paints by American Paint Company.

I promise I’ll make more effort to follow an oldest first rule,  but this past week I finished this little side table

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in my version of  this year’s color – Radiant Orchid

Color-of-the-year

I mixed these 2 colors

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SHINING SEAS

to get to my purple #1  (deli container on right)

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and these 2 colors

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FIREWORKS RED

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to get to my darker purple #2, (deli container on left)

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This sounds goofy  but it’s the truth,  I had a thought, middle of the right, to stencil every inch of this table, in a raised design, and then paint it and reveal.   I decided on the purple because I like to show fun colors, but not necessarily on an heirloom buffet…   this size table was perfect for a bold color.

Stenciling came first.  When I want to stencil with heaviest relief, I use Texturline’s Sandstone – it’s a dense stone plaster that performs, and dries quick too.  I used several stencil designs – ones that were small enough to easily hold in one hand while I bladed plaster with the other

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I went around the sides with a tile stencil

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and ran down all four sides of each leg using a narrow diamond shaped design

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I didn’t use stencil adhesive, but you could if you wanted more control –

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When the plaster was dry i lightly sanded it with a 180 grit, and then painted the everything the darker purple EXCEPT the legs-   the first layer of the legs was the lighter purple.   Once dry, I started to paint the  second coat – the lighter purple onto the dark portions (see front drawer area) –    and at this point I realized that I liked the flow of the piece more on the front( everything same color) , as opposed to part light, part darker…..

So I decided to paint the WHOLE thing the lighter purple color –

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then gave it a quick sanding back to the raised stencil

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After I lightly sanded I sealed it with American Paint Company’s Clear Wax.

At this point I hit a bump –  If you look closely you can see some light white looking dots popping through the painted top (bottom right) –

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I didn’t like those. The whole top was a more color,  and these ‘white spots’ looked like an error.  (I’m sure they were part of the original  table)

To remedy, once the wax was all brushed on, I wiped it back best I could, then got out a 150 grit sand paper and sanded the top, turning it weathered , thus hiding the white dots –

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When the wax was dry I gave it a nice buff, using the power drill brush attachment.  If you don’t have one of these, it’s time to order on – they save a lot of time, a quick and easy way to pop a nice wax sheen –

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I swapped the old knobs for new

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The legs are my absolute favorite part –

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This is doable, peeps!  Though it took some time to complete the stenciling, it was easy enough to do.   Smaller stencils (12 inches or less) will make it easier,  and for certain have at LEAST 7 mil thickness – thin, whimpy stencils will make this project way more frustrating than it needs to be.

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And, if you’re going to demand perfection,  don’t even attempt this.  It’s not worth your mental health.

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I  love how random the top is  –  the first layer of darker purple plays a role here, as does some of the original finish on the existing table top

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 I always try to find a way to add an unexpected touch

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Excuse me while I snap a few photos…

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Who needs a little pop of purple?

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