How, you might ask? Isn’t Caromal Colours the company that makes Reclaim paint, a roll on primer, finisher, sealer?
Yes, they make Reclaim paint. Caromal also makes the Textured Basecoat paints (Country Living), that can create finishes like these
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
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
especially when I want to achieve an aged, years old look –
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 –
I had the perfect piece in mind – first coat Caromal textured basecoat Wisteria (white)
Then I used Caromal’s Reclaim paint, color Versailles – one of my favorite colors right now, so very light and soft –
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)
Then I let it dry.
I decided where i wanted to start, and created an allover effect using Caromal’s mother earth (brown) stencil creme-
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
the remaining drawers will get the original hardware, painted and aged back–
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 –
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
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 –
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!
Here you can see the top 2 drawers and the side trim of chest have been glazed – it is a very subtle antiquing –
Brush it on, wipe it softly with a dry cloth
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 –
Wait! What about sealing the piece? No worries, the Reclaim paint has a built in sealer!
Here you can see how that little bit of sanding added touches of wear
No piece is complete, for me, without finding a way to add some Swarovski crystals
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 🙂
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
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 ,
thank you Lord, for blessing my hands…
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