Ten Projects, Number Ten – APC Voyage Blue, Vintage Buffet/Bench

Left my present favorite piece for last…  one I painted with a pretty French blue,  Voyage ,  from American Paint Company.

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Speaking of VOYAGE,  did I mention my oldest child moved away to college yesterday?

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sigh……….

I instantly gravitated to this piece –  I’m pretty certain it was a vintage buffet in it’s original state – I liked it’s VINTAGEness, the storage, and most importantly, the height.  At 26″, it makes the perfect entry bench,  (as is or add a custom pad), a decorative low-boy chest for a flat screen, a storage chest at the end of a bed…  I like pieces that are multi-functional…

It was painted black when I acquired it – a very heavily painted, worn finish.  I knew I couldn’t invision a clean, pretty finish on this, unless I wanted to sand off all the imperfections first, which wasn’t an option

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so I grabbed my Caromal Colour’s Textured Basecoat paints-  some Putty and Chocolate both, brushed on at same time –

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I’m keeping a linear effect as I brush on that first coat, sparingly.

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american paint company, voyage, elliis collection, painted buffet, bench, vintage, topcoat, beautiful matte, caromal colours, textured basecoat, chocolate, putty, decorative hardware, crystal knobs, no sanding stripping, fabulous finishes, metro detroit, shop.fabfinisher.com, patty henning, coupon code PattyH

That’s our cheap chippy brushes, the ONLY brushes we like to use – perfect for jamming into cracks and crevices, and then does a nice job of brushing over the finish and leveling it out –

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I use them for everything I paint, unless I have to roll on something.

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Only beef with them is their shed-a-bility when first opened.  Like this one, below, he’s still pretty young, and I know if I use him he’ll spit some bristles…the best way to break them in, and get them to perfect FAST is to get them soapy wet, and smash them around in your hand, or in your sink,  or on your driveway cement – make those loose hairs break out – then rinse it good –

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This little guy here is perfect!

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This ones starting to wear, see how the right side has longer hairs?  You will literally wear DOWN the bristles from use….

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I just found a really awesome cleaner – Deep Green.  It’s 20 bucks for a 16 oz concentrate – meant  to dilute into a squirtable cleaner, but you can use it full strength –  it will literally remove paint stains, even sharpie marker, and I’m diggin it because it does a nice job removing the remnants of a wax finish (I usually grabbed mineral spirits).    It’s eco-friendly, and has no smell!

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Sidetracked again!  Back to Voyage….

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First layer of Textured Basecoat Chocolate and Putty on.  Now what….

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Now the APC Voyage is brushed on , completely covering the textured base.  To help move the Voyage around, I dip my brush, periodically, in water, and then back onto my painted piece.   When the Voyage dried I sanded to pop some detail underneath.

When I refined it to my liking, I decided to use a more durable topcoat instead of waxing.   You never know, it might house a super heavy TV, or a bunch of little tots arriving home from soccer practice 🙂

I decided, before topcoating, that I wanted to apply an allover stencil  – I really felt it would add the perfect touch…   so I grabbed a stencil, and more paint –

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Five colors, all from American Paint  – I didn’t do that on purpose, honest! We are in the process of transitioning our open cans of color that we use for workshops and studio painting into squirt containers, thus the ketchup looking paint bottles 🙂

We sell stencils, but not this one.  It’s from my old wall finishing days, but one that has a real European feel…   if and when this stencil company decides to start production again, I’ll be first in line!

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The texture you see  coming through is the Caromal Textured Basecoat Chocolate and Putty-

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and then that soft Voyage over it,  sanded back to reveal…

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Love the depth – stenciled with a multitude of colors and then topcoated, this time using Beautiful’s MATTE Sealer – a great finish for low sheen durablity –

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This piece needed no sheen….

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Stained the inside drawers to perk them up…

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Never can resist a stencil in a drawer….

american paint company, voyage, elliis collection, painted buffet, bench, vintage, topcoat, beautiful matte, caromal colours, textured basecoat, chocolate, putty, decorative hardware, crystal knobs, no sanding stripping, fabulous finishes, metro detroit, shop.fabfinisher.com, patty henning, coupon code PattyH

I thought I’d use original hardware, but once the piece was painted, the original was just hum drum….  (ever have that happen?).  I swapped out the hardware  for new, changed  the finish and added swarovski crystals –

american paint company, voyage, elliis collection, painted buffet, bench, vintage, topcoat, beautiful matte, caromal colours, textured basecoat, chocolate, putty, decorative hardware, crystal knobs, no sanding stripping, fabulous finishes, metro detroit, shop.fabfinisher.com, patty henning, coupon code PattyH

I loved them with the new finish…

american paint company, voyage, elliis collection, painted buffet, bench, vintage, topcoat, beautiful matte, caromal colours, textured basecoat, chocolate, putty, decorative hardware, crystal knobs, no sanding stripping, fabulous finishes, metro detroit, shop.fabfinisher.com, patty henning, coupon code PattyH

american paint company, voyage, elliis collection, painted buffet, bench, vintage, topcoat, beautiful matte, caromal colours, textured basecoat, chocolate, putty, decorative hardware, crystal knobs, no sanding stripping, fabulous finishes, metro detroit, shop.fabfinisher.com, patty henning, coupon code PattyH

american paint company, voyage, elliis collection, painted buffet, bench, vintage, topcoat, beautiful matte, caromal colours, textured basecoat, chocolate, putty, decorative hardware, crystal knobs, no sanding stripping, fabulous finishes, metro detroit, shop.fabfinisher.com, patty henning, coupon code PattyH

american paint company, voyage, elliis collection, painted buffet, bench, vintage, topcoat, beautiful matte, caromal colours, textured basecoat, chocolate, putty, decorative hardware, crystal knobs, no sanding stripping, fabulous finishes, metro detroit, shop.fabfinisher.com, patty henning, coupon code PattyH

american paint company, voyage, elliis collection, painted buffet, bench, vintage, topcoat, beautiful matte, caromal colours, textured basecoat, chocolate, putty, decorative hardware, crystal knobs, no sanding stripping, fabulous finishes, metro detroit, shop.fabfinisher.com, patty henning, coupon code PattyH

 

Another piece that I wish I had room for…   Available for purchase, at Fabulous Finishes Studio, in Metro Detroit –  $ 1450     66″ wide, 20 ” deep, 26″ high.

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4 responses to “Ten Projects, Number Ten – APC Voyage Blue, Vintage Buffet/Bench

  1. Hi Patti,

    Just wanted to say that I’m sure the 10 posts is much more work than we realize!

    Thanks so much for doing it….I for one just loved it all.
    Sincerely,
    Debra

  2. Hi Patty,
    I looked for your email address, and cant seem to locate it. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today. I’d like to come sign up for your training for Caromal Colors. My phone number is 941-313-5173. My email is: seashellweddings@aol.com. We close on the house in Michigan tomorrow so painting EVERYTHING is the next step 🙂
    I dont seem to get notifications when you write back here…can you either call or write me to tell me when you want me to come out for the training?
    I cant wait to meet you and see your wonderful work in person!
    All The Best,
    Debra

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