HELP! I Glazed My Limoge Chalk/Clay Paint, But…

I got two back to back emails from one of my local customers – Pat.  I was excited opening the first one, because it started off with:

I thought you would enjoy this. We (my daughter and I) had a great time in class!!

I guess I should back up first,  and share the photos from that workshop, almost a month ago,  where Pat began her project…

The before pieces of furniture, waiting to be transformed at one of our Paint A Piece Workshops-

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

(these are Pat’s side panels and a few drawers that she brought in to finish, part of a larger jewelry armoire)

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

(and her daughters piece)

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

And the fun begins…

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

This table is getting our cool silver metallic finish –

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours, metallic silver finish

Slow and steady, she’s got the hang of it!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours, stenciling

Showing how to apply an allover stencil to the top

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours, allover stencil

OH YA!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours,silver finish, allover stencil

Notice that lone Swarovski in the middle? 🙂

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours,silver finish, allover stencil

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal  colours

This rocker used APC Treasure Box over Caromal Colours textured chocolate base, sealed wtih APC Topcoat tinted with a little APC brown glaze.

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

The letter C was embedded in the middle using the TB Chocolate.

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

This was APC Lincoln’s Hat over APC Smoke Signal, sealed with APC Topcoat Finish. She also embedded some raised stencil patterns using Caromal Colours textured basecoat pumpkin.

DSC_0156

Applying the topcoat, black APC Lincoln’s Hat…

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

Sanding back to refine – and a tiny bit of wet wiping…

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

mom and daughter – they were great company!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

Is this not authentically looking OLD, with years of layered paint etc? Love this, and the stencil color, placements works so well!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

This chair (one of many so she wanted the EASIeST application) got Reclaim Licorice, and it turned out awsome!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

Caromal textured basecoat Peppercorn over Putty, with Toner

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

Pat, working on her pieces – this is applying the first coat APC Crushed Tea

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

APC Navajo White went on over the Crushed Tea, and here Pat is applying an allover stencil to the side panels, using the same APC Crushed Tea (and a little Caromal Colours Toner)

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

We all ooooh’d and aaaaaaah’d when she was done…

Aren’t these gorgeous?

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil, allover lace stencil, crushed tea

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil, fireplace surround

Caromal Colours Peppercorn over Putty, and some Paprika dragged here and there. Also embedded a raised stencil on the front panels with the Paprika – sanded all back when dry and aged it with Caromal’s Toner

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

lolol – almost done sanding!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil, barnworn finish, fireplace

and check this baby out!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil, barnworn finish, fireplace

WOOOT! WOOOOT! WHOOOOOOT!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

This was a cool one, Caromal textured basecoat Candy Apple as the base, AND a raised stencil using the same Candy Apple. Then chipping creme, then Caromal’s textured basecoat Parchment….

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

… then sand back to reveal that Candy Apple. Lastly, brushed on Caromal’s Toner to antique (and wiped back) – Ragen is a PRO here!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

HOW COOL ARE THESE!!!!!!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

sweet!

Ragen shared her ‘after’ piece too –  once you get the hang of it you can whip the rest of the piece out in no time!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

This is getting a first layer of Caromal textured basecoat Chocolate, then chipping creme, then Paprika…

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

… sanded back to reveal the undercolor, then Caromal’s Toner to age it up…

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

From that workshop,  Pat went home and finished the rest of her jewelry armoire, and then put it all back together for a photo debut

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil

The Before

Isn’t this gorgeous???  I want it!

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, caromal colours textured basecoats, embedded stencil, crushed tea, navajo white

The After – American Paint Company Navajo White over Crushed Tea, stenciled in Crushed Tea, sealed with APC Topcoat Finish.

I just love that allover lace stencil that she chose for the 2 side panels.  Great job Pat!

But, not to be distracted from where this post was going,  I had ANOTHER email from Pat,  sent the same time she shared the pictures above.   The title of the  email was

HELP!

So  I opened that one and read,

Okay I started with Cannonball (American Paint Company)  then Limoge (American Paint Company) and then lightly sanded.  Decided to put Licorice Glaze on it.  (see the attached picture)  that’s what it ended up looking like. WHAT did I do wrong?   Any help would be appreciated :).   

Thanks! Pat

I answered like this:

…So you  you applied chalk/clay base over chalk/clay base,  light sanded and then glazed.  If I only go by what you typed, without  looking at any pictures you sent, I can guess what went wrong –

Did it go real DARK?    And you couldn’t wipe it off even?  I don’t like to  glaze over raw chalk/clay –  the chalk/clay paints are super absorbent when they dry –  like an open sponge. 

The first thing I want it to ‘drink up’  is a sealer – either topcoat finish or wax.  If you go the wax route, then you cant glaze over it –   so when I glaze chalk/clay paint I FIRST give it a coat of APC Topcoat Finish-  and let it dry good.   THEN  I brush on the glaze…  if you seal FIRST, you will find it is way easier to manipulate.   

Whats worse,  the APC Limoge is a light color –   sometimes,  and I say that very apprehensively because its  trial and error each time – sometimes, you can get away with glazing over the unsealed chalk/clay paint   BUT I don’t when its a lighter shade.    If you took the Fireworks Red,  light sanded it,  and brushed Licorice Glaze right over it , it would soak in and be harder to control as well,   but it’s darker, and you’d probably think   ‘oh, not exactly what I was planning for, but that looks kinda cool’  –  but over the lighter UNSEALED colors it can be overpowering.    Hope this helps! 

Then,  I checked out the pictures she sent –

IMG_20140118_094227_409

Table before

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, glazing, sealed surface, topcoat finish

Table with APC Limoge over APC Cannonball

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, glazing, sealed surface, topcoat finish

Limoge, unnsealed, with Licorice Glaze over Top

See how the glaze really bit in and changed up the soft creamy Limoge?  It looks cool if you were going for rustic, reclaimed wood – but if you want your paint color/s to remain, and just be highlighted from the glaze,  then you’ll want to SEAL up that paint surface first.

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, glazing, sealed surface, topcoat finish

Limoge, unsealed, with Licorice Glaze over top.

One coat of American Paint’s Topcoat Finish will suffice – let it dry good,   THEN apply your glaze.  If you seal up your surface first,the glaze will glide right on, and you can soften it back easily with a dry cloth.

I get asked, often – Do you need to seal OVER the dried glaze?  This is my Modus operandi –

If my surface is well sealed, and I glaze over it, once the glaze dries and cures, it becomes a pretty hard finish.  So I do not topcoat OVER a dried glaze finish to seal it.  That one coat of APC Topcoat is sufficient for sealed your paint finish on an accent piece.   The glazed effect over the topcoat will dry and hold up, once cured (fully dry).

However,  if I was glazing over CABINETS – say for my bathroom or kitchen, or if I was glazing over an everyday table top,  then my paint surface is going to require more than 1 coat of Topcoat.   When this is the case, I sandwich my glaze in the middle.    I apply  my chalk/clay paint until I get the coverage I want, light sand to refine it to my liking,  apply ONE coat of American Paint Topcoat Finish, let dry  then apply my glaze and wipe it back.  When dry, I apply ANOTHER coat of Topcoat Finish, and if I want to be really cautious,  I’d wait a day or two and then apply one more coat.     Cupboards, everyday table surfaces, will take more of a beating – they’ll be handled more, and wiped clean more. I’d protect not only my paint finish but also my glazed finish.

american paint company, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints, glazing, sealed surface, topcoat finish

APC Saddle+Tumbleweed, sealed with Topcoat Finish and glazed with Molasses glaze.

Now, back to Pat’s Limoge unsealed table that went pretty dark from the black glaze.    How to fix?  Let it dry really good, then paint back over it with another coat of Limoge.  Let that dry,  sand back to refine the finish,  then SEAL it with a coat of APC Topcoat Finish.   THEN when dry, continue on with the Licorice Glaze.

The beauty of these paints –  is that pretty much ANYTHING is fixable  🙂

DON’T FORGET:   GLAZES PARTNER UP WITH NON-WAX SURFACES.  Don’t glaze over wax.  When its good and dry you CAN wax OVER the dried glaze, if you like that wax feel/look etc.

Hope this makes sense!  If you find it confusing, let me know, and I’ll come back in and try to reword it better.

See that colored photo board above the F F’s, below?

american paint company, ellis collection, fabulous finishes studio, shop chalk clay paint, shop.fabfinisher.com, metro detroit, workshops, chalk clay mineral paints

It’s a collage of some of the photos of pieces our customers created in our Paint A Piece Workshops.  Our be-gone-winter-hello-spring schedule of workshops has been updated –  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!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit-

we’ve got a great variety of paints to fit your EVERY need!

 Monday    closed

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  10am-5pm

Thursday   10am – 630pm

Saturday  10am – 4pm

NEED PAINT?  

We ship anywhere, everywhere

even international!

EVERY COLOR IN THE CHALK/CLAY PAINT RAINBOW

shop.fabfinisher.com

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY CHALK/CLAY PAINTS

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

BEAUTIFUL , FINISHES BY M HARRELL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

CE CE CALDWELL CHALK/CLAY PAINTS – fire sale!!!!

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

chalk clay paint, caromal colours, reclaim, fabulous finishes, shop online, shop.fabfinisher.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s