My Love Affair With American Paint Company – “The Mantel No. 2”

I call this Mantel “No. 2” , for Mantel No. 1 was this one

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American Paint Company Plymouth Rock, Clear Wax and more…

that I created last year.   I posted about that one here   Mantel  No. 1.    Interestingly enough,  I talk in that post about choosing from two palettes of chalk and clay paint colors that we carried at the time-  obviously, this was before the CeCe Caldwell peeps announced that as of 2014 all retailers would not be allowed to carry any other ‘like’ paints/finishes.     You can read about that here if this is new to you –  Bye Bye CeCe Caldwell. 

Our choice to move forward with American Paint Company was seamless – and time and time again I find myself thinking ‘Oh my gosh, I LOVE this color!’ like when I did this table

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American Paint Company Crushed Tea (detailed blog post to come)

or this chair

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American Paint Co Waistcoat and Dark Wax

or this one  that I finished today –

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American Paint Co Peacock and Surfboard, Dark Wax (detailed blog post to come)

Or, when I feel a    “I LOVE how that color covers!”  (that one I say alot) , like in this workshop,   APC A-maizing –  this is FIRST  coat,  and look at that brilliant coverage

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Workshop attendee using APC A-Maizing

I was used to using yellows that were more transclucent on the first coat.  How each particular color is pigmented, I’m told, plays a big part in that….   whatever it is, American Paint Co has the recipe for success – their colors SHOW!

Late last year,  the new Ellis Collection from  American Paint arrived-

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I was intrigued by Peacock and wanted to use it on something….I thought of mantel #2.   Mantel #1 was finished in neutral colors,   I didn’t want to do the same thing – so I decided to go dark.  It started with a textured chocolate, applied previously when the plan was a different direction…

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APC Peacock… an amazing color, it is beautiful on its own, a rich pretty blue

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If you APC dark wax it,  it will turn to a pretty sea green/blue, like that table I just  finished.

When the Peacock dried, I dry brushed on some APC Fireworks,  and Amber Waves of Grain  – I wanted some color to pop beneath the black…

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At this point it reminded me of Superman ice cream 🙂

Then came the black – APC Lincoln’s Hat –  the new Cannonball is blacker, but my plan was to go softer black and then dark wax it…

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I added a little bit of APC Black Mica with the dark wax , applying them both together on the same brush-

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Here you can see what’s been waxed and what hasn’t-

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That’s how far I got, which was pretty much to the end of my idea process, and I didn’t like it.  It still felt like superman ice cream to me – now just dunked in black –

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I waited until the next day,  when I came into work and still didn’t like it.   I gave it a little light sand, since I’d waxed it -then applied APC Navajo White with a little Plymouth Rock

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Sanded it back to reveal those colors below…

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Then I gave it one last coat of wax – this time mostly clear, with just a little dark wax  to give it a more worn look.   Buffing the finish –

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I thought I was going for one thing, and ended up with another 🙂

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Even though both were light they were  different.  Mantel #1 was grays and whites and antiquing,   Mantel #2 was distinct colors (red blue yellow black) that revealed through the white, giving an old painted MANY times look –

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A good example of  starting in one direction and ending up in another

images.

I’ve learned, that’s how the process sometimes goes  🙂

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See that board above the mantel, above the F F’s?

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It’s a collage of some of the photos of pieces our customers created in our Paint A Piece Workshops.  This past week I finally updated our be-gone-winter-hello-spring schedule of workshops.  We’ve got a great line up for you – you can find our workshop details  here  Workshops.

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

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8 responses to “My Love Affair With American Paint Company – “The Mantel No. 2”

  1. Love reading your blogs, always learn something!!! Thanks Teach!Just one question, all you had to do was sand lightly before you repainted the mantel? I thought you had to use denatured alcohol to remove the old wax? No? Thank you

    Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 07:31:11 +0000
    To: debarber04@hotmail.com

    • Ah, Vicki, I wondered if someone would notice that 🙂 I should go back into the post and put a little note* next to that, because you are right – typically when you go OVER wax with more paint etc, you’re safest bet is to wipe w/ denatured alcohol – and even a light scuffing of the surface. On this piece I didnt wipe it down, because I didnt care if some of the new paint would release too much, either by chipping right off or coming off way more during the sanding/reveal stage – the look the mantel was turning into was very beat back, so if anything, i’d have welcomed some chunks coming off! i’ve done this before, with mixed results – one time I took no care and I paid for it bad – ending up having to sand everything off and start over – my rule of thumb is , if i want no mystery or surprise lifting/peeling then I wipe first before repainting, and if it doesnt matter if i get some suprises, then I take less care.

  2. 🙂 Love your work Patty. As always

  3. I absolutely love the final finish you achieved and even better as you got there on a journey – its great to see pro’s change their minds too like us happy amateurs (o: Great work

  4. What a disappointing experience. Recently purchased products from this store and went back to purchase more of the same products. Patty Henning’s treated us so rude, discourteous and condescending that we left without purchasing any thing. Will not go back and will discourage my friends from visiting Fabulous Finishes.

    • Sue, I am really sorry that you left feeling that way , I felt awful when you and your husband left, obviously disgruntled. I am very sorry that your first time glazing experience was challenging for your husband – I wish you would have called us after door panel #1 and we could have helped ease the frustration that you experienced. Our other customer that was in the store, (buying glaze to get ready to do the same thing to their bathroom cabinets) was starting to get apprehensive from your husband trying to show him what he needed to do, so I am sorry if I came across as condescending by telling him that your experience is not what we hear, and that he needed to trust us and not worry about the glazing being scary… By no means was I trying to be condescending or rude, to you and your husband and I am sorry that you left feeling that way. That other customer posted pictures yesterday on Facebook, and he noted that the glazing application was easy – just wish you could have had the same experience. Regardless, from the photos you showed us, I think your husband did a great job on your cabinets!

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