I’ve always been a fan of sample boards, sample finishes… it’s a visual thing. How else, after all, will we figure out just WHAT floats our boat and what sinks it?
We’ve got hundreds of samples in our store, Caromal Colours, Reclaim Paint, American Paint Company … There are solid colors, layered colors, glazed finishes, waxed finishes, topcoats, textured, smooth, you name it.
We recently beefed up our American Paint Company samplings, adding 150+ layered sample finishes, with various topcoats –
If you’ve not tried American Paint chalk/clay/mineral paints and topcoats, I highly recommend them. There is so much hoopla surrounding the ‘CHALK PAINT’ craze – they AREN’T all created equal.
APC’s paints are more than just chalk, they are completely natural, and smell great 🙂 Their waxes are by far my favorite – pure, natural,NO SMELL, easy to apply, quick to dry, and buff to a nice sheen. Equally ❤ is their ALTERNATIVE to wax – the Topcoat Finish. I can’t tell you how many people come into our store, not even realizing that anything other than WAX exists – I call it a necessity for scenarios like cabinets, an every day table, vanity and desk tops, kids furniture… Topcoat is like brushing on water – no need to thin, it dries quick, leave a mild satin finish, and cures to a harder finish than wax.
I snapped a bunch of pictures, some aren’t the clearest but I’ll post for now and update later. Also (eeeek) I didn’t flip each over and snap the back to get the description – that would have been too much work, right? But now I wish I had, because I’m not certain what some of them are. Instead of holding back the post, I’m going to get it up, then I’ll verify the finishes and get clearer photos for the blurry ones, later this week.
APC – Navajo White over Surfboard w/ Silver Wax
APC – Cannonball over Teacup w/ Topcoat
APC- Plymouth Rock over Freedom Road w/ Pewter Wax
APC- Desert Cactus over Freedom Road w/ Black Wax
APC- Leather Boots over Limoge w/ Topcoat
APC- Surfboard over Freedom Road w/ Copper Wax
APC- Peacock over Desert Cactus w/ Topcoat
APC- Treasure Box over Beach Glass, Half Dark Wax, Half Topcoat
APC- Born on the 4th over Waistcoat (previously painted red) w/ Topcoat
APC- Parchment over Lincoln’s Hat w/ Topcoat
APC- Home Plate over Blue Jeans w/ Clear Wax
APC- Nanna’s Cupboard over Home Plate w/ Clear Wax
APC- A-maize-ing over National Forest w/ Topcoat
APC- Spacious Skies over Crushed Tea w/ Clear Wax
APC- Cannonball over Rushmore w/ mix of Black and Brown Wax
APC- Home Plate over Amber Waves w/ Topcoat
APC- Born on the 4th over Surfboard w/ Black Wax
APC- Rushmore over Saddle w/ Topcoat
APC- Spacious Skies over Lincoln’s Hat w/ Pewter Wax
APC- Surfboard over Coral Reef w/ Silver Wax
APC- Cameo over Born on the 4th w/ Clear Wax
APC- Surfboard over Amber Waves w/ Clear Wax
APC- Voyage over Navajo White, mix of Brown and Clear Wax
APC- Nanna’s Cupboard over Shining Seas w/ Black Wax
APC- Crushed Tea over Navajo White w/ Pewter Wax
APC- Peacock over Wild Horses, mix of Black and Brown Wax
APC- Spacious Skies over Leather boots w/ Clear Wax
APC- Sackcloth over Wild Horses w/ Topcoat
APC- Home Plate over Peacock w/ Clear Wax
APC- Limoge over Crushed Tea w/ Clear Wax
APC- Waistcoat over Home Plate w/ Clear Wax
APC- Smoke Signal over Cannonball w/ Black Wax
APC- Sackcloth over Cannon ball, a mix of Black and Brown Wax
APC- Cameo over Beach Glass w/ Black Wax
APC- Navajo White over Desert Cactus, mix of Clear and Brown Wax
APC- Smoke Signal over Nanna’s Cupboard w/ Topcoat
APC- Born on the 4th over Fireworks Red, mix of Brown and Clear Wax
APC- Limoge over Nanna’s Cupboard w/ Gold Wax
APC- Crushed Tea over Cameo, mix of Brown and Clear Wax
APC- Waistcoat over Freedom Road, mix of Brown and Clear Wax
APC- Home Plate over Leather Boots w/ Black Wax
APC- Treasure Box over Freedom Road w/ Black Wax
APC- Smoke Signal over Desert Cactus w/ Clear Wax
APC- Teacup over Blue Jeans w/ Topcoat
APC- Leather Boots over Momma’s Lipstick, mix of Black and Brown Wax
APC- Freedom Road over Waistcoat w/ Black Wax
APC- Born on the 4th over Home Plate w/ Black Wax
APC- Parchment over Born on the 4th, mix of Black and Brown Wax
APC- Limoge over Freedom Road w/ Topcoat
APC- Waistcoat over Fireworks Red w/ Gold Wax
APC- Dawn’s Early Light over Purple Mtn’s Majesty w/ Topcoat
APC- A-maize-ing over Shoreline, mix of Black and Brown Wax
APC- Desert Cactus over Shoreline w/ Topcoat
APC- Born on the 4th over Cameo w/ Topcoat
APC- Treasure Box over National Forest w/ Pewter Wax
APC- Cannonball over Waistcoat w/ Black Wax
APC- Navajo White over Waistcoat w/ Clear Wax
APC- Peacock over A-maize-ing w/ Clear Wax
APC- Navajo White over Freedom Road w/ Silver Wax
APC- Sackcloth over Dollar Bill, mix of Black and Brown Wax
APC- Cameo over Home Plate w/ Silver Wax
APC- Teacup over Momma’s Lipstick w/ Clear Wax
APC- Leather Boots over Peacock w/ Black Wax
APC- Peacock over Teacup, mix of Black and Brown Wax
Along with the layered color samples, a full set of American Paint 12 inch color samples, finished off with various topcoats, joined our APC counter –
Our original set of 12 inch solid color boards show each color Topcoated (APC’s waterbased sealer) and Clear Waxed. This new set expands the solid color, showing a variety of finishes – Dark Wax, Black Wax, Mica Waxes like Gold, Pewter, Copper, Silver, Topcoat and Glaze…
When you play with the colors, and add different topcoats, it’s amazing how many new FAVORITES you discover – I found several new ones myself 🙂
We also added two sample boards, APC Lincoln’s Hat (black) and Limoge (creme) , showing APC Mica Powders at various strengths, over top –
And a few drawer front displays, these showing a variety of WAYS to create a finish/look
Making it easier for our customers to get an idea of what they can expect …
Got a project? Looking for that perfect finish? Stop by and take a closer look – bring a fabric swatch, a pillow, a piece of art, those can help you decide… if you’re online and can’t visit, we offer custom wood samples online if you prefer seeing the real thing – we’ll make whatever you pick…
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