Creating A European Feel with Caromal Colours Paints

How, you might ask?    Isn’t Caromal Colours the company that makes Reclaim paint,  a roll on primer, finisher, sealer?

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Before

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Reclaim Mocha with Coffee Glaze

Yes, they make Reclaim paint.  Caromal also makes  the Textured Basecoat paints  (Country Living),   that can create finishes like these

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Textured Basecoat Parchment, Chipping Creme, and  Colonial Blue, with Toner

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Textured Basecoat Mustard, Chipping Creme, Peppercorn, with Toner

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Reclaim Pebble over Textured Basecoat Paprika, with Licorice Glaze

You don’t have to look hard to find painted pieces described as Vintage French, or Country French.  European paint finishes…  French, Swedish, Gustavian style.  Neutral colour schemes,  soft palettes,  whites, cremes , shades of blue and  grey…understated, washed, antiqued patinas,   even touches of gold or silver

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(plainfancycabinetry.com)

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rustic French pieces of furniture in original painted finish.

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(chateaudomingue.com)

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Design Library (greigedesign.blogspot.com)

I often use my favorite mineral and clay based paint, American Paint Company, to create finishes like these – their paints are more than chalk, which is a common additive in many paints (it’s even in Caromal Colours paints ), but I also use my Caromal Colours paints to create finishes that have a European feel

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especially when I want to achieve an aged, years old look  –

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The inspiration for this recent piece I just painted came about last month when I was visiting Caromal Colours for a reunion of sorts – Carol Kemery, the owner, created this finish using a neutral greyish blue base, glazed with their Coffee Glaze, and stenciled with an allover damask of theirs called Gracie’s Damask.  She even added a touch of silver leaf to the accent trim, using their gilding products –

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Caromal Colours Gracie’s Damask Stencil

I had the perfect piece in mind –   first coat Caromal textured basecoat Wisteria (white)

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Then I used Caromal’s Reclaim paint,  color Versailles – one of my favorite colors right now,  so very light and soft –

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I brushed, kindof scrubbed, it on, using just a tiny bit of water on my brush, when I needed to, to keep the paint gliding smooth and easy (over that little bit of textured base)

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Then I let it dry.

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and pulled out the stencil  (I made sure to stock up on these 🙂 )fabulous finishes, metro detroit, painted furniture,mineral clay chalk paint, caromal colours, textured basecoat, reclaim, european finish, french, swedish, shop.fabfinisher.com

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I decided where i wanted to start, and created an  allover effect using Caromal’s mother earth (brown) stencil creme-

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I couldn’t wait to figure out what I was going to do for the hardware –  I loved the feel of this glass/metal flower one, so I decided on that for the top drawers

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the remaining drawers will get the original  hardware, painted and aged back–

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I loved the piece so far, but i wanted to bring in the silver leaf somehow… I thought about the feet, but the top was calling to me…..

I rolled Sticky Size –  another product Caromal Colours offers,  a water based size medium for leaf and foil application –  onto the top of the chest… I’ll admit I was not 100% sure if I was making the right choice-  the piece was soft and beautiful in its present state –

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but I wanted a silver patina with this piece….  so I went for it –  I applied the silver leaf to the top of the chest

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Before glazing, I used a 180 grit sand paper and lightly sanded the finish- the Reclaim paint has a sealer built in, so it dries with a slight sheen  – when you sand it to create an aged finish like this it takes little sanding, just a few swipes to reveal back some of that texture from layer 1 – and the nice thing is it doesn’t make a powdery mess –

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To glaze I used Caromal’s Coffee Stain Glaze –  because the Reclaim paint has a built in sealer it’s best to wait a day or two or three to glaze, but I had no problem using it on this chest, the following day – I just worked quickly!

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Here you can see the top 2 drawers and the side trim of chest have been glazed – it is a very subtle antiquing –

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Brush it on,  wipe it softly with a dry cloth

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I used Liberon Bison Walnut Wax and buffed the silver leaf top, it added a warmth to the silver and a soft touch as well.

Hardware back on and this lovely piece is complete –

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Wait!  What about sealing the piece?    No worries,  the Reclaim paint has a built in sealer!

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Here  you can see how that little bit of sanding added touches of wear

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No piece is complete, for me, without finding a way to add some Swarovski crystals

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It’s funny – I used to faux finish and create on walls and ceilings, now it manifests itself of furniture and accessories.   So does my love for bling 🙂

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I am SOOOOOO happy that I trusted my instinct and went with the silver leaf top – it finished off this piece in a classic way

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When I look at how pretty this piece turned out, this sounds goofy, but I think about the Oscar’s I just watched, and how they give thanks in their acceptance speeches…   I would simply say ,

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thank you Lord, for blessing my hands…

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10 responses to “Creating A European Feel with Caromal Colours Paints

  1. Love the way you transformed the dresser. Good call on the top, I love it. I did faux finishing for many years too. I prefer painting furniture, much easier on the neck and shoulders.

  2. Beth Vermeulen

    Absolutely stunning. You continue to amaze and inspire me. Yes, you have been blessed with a gift! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Annette Nilsson

    Beautiful photos and stunning pieces as always! 🙂 The door was so cool! You are such an inspiration ❤

  4. Annette Nilsson

    Ohhh that would be an honor! And surreal! 🙂 you are welcome! I’m dreaming of travel to US some day…mostly for visiting you and your studio/ shop and other painters :)) some day…

  5. I finished a chest in caromal colors reclaim and it has that slightly rough finish. What is the best way to keep the top clean? I’m afraid a damp sponge will shred when rubbed on the top. I’m assuming you can’t polish it. This is my first piece of totally painted furniture. I usually leave the tops unpainted…just sand and stain.

    • Hi Elizabeth – did you use the Reclaim or Textured Basecoat? I’ve never had Reclaim be rough enough to shred, though textured basecoat unsanded would….

      if it IS reclaim, what color is it? you could give it a light sand, with 220 grit, to knock down the pickies, then give it a coat of wax, or a swipe of poly, or whatever you’d like – just be careful not to use oil based over whites, and if its freshly painted wait about 5 days before applying a water based topcoat.

  6. Pingback: Ten Projects, Day Eight – Eight Ways To Portray RECLAIM Paint | Fabulously Finished

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