Remember when I posted about the Botanical Home Decor Paints, Caromal Colours newest line of user friendly paints, that were due end of October?
Sample boards, a frame to paint and hang on the ‘color deck wall’ , Avery Label sheet for color charts – all anxiously awaiting C O L O R
We were well prepared – 14 sets of blanks were spread out on our tables… Our first priority was getting the paint ON so customers could see the colors for real
As I found with the test paint I’d played with, the paint glided out like silk. Regardless of what I was brushing – paper sticker sheet/glass and plastic frame/primed bead board – the paint flowed out even and consistent
I prefer brushing, and those that know me know that I like my layers thin – typically one lean first coat, followed by a ‘washed’ on coat (some water in the mix). If you are used to brushing really thin layers, you’ll find that 1/2 the colors will still cover in 1 pass: Salvia, Cattail, Lavender, Iris, Moss, Boxwood, Mulberry.
I think had I used a little more paint in that first pass I’d have had nice coverage with Peony, and Hydrangea. Gardenia, Willow, Dandelion and Dahlia (I think) will be lighter one coats, unless you are going over a similar base color.
Painting out the darkest color – amazing one coat coverage
I walked away from a 1/2 brushed sample and, not thinking, left my brush right where I’d painted. A few minutes later I came back to what I was doing and thought ‘dum dum, why’d you do that?‘ I picked the brush back up and brushed through the ‘splotch mark’ and it fell right back in line with the rest of the board!
In other words, you’ll find that you have way more time to move the paint, before it starts to dry up –
Disregard that floating shadow dot that appears on the photos – it’s a camera issue that I need to get fixed-
Dandelion got a second light coat-
We brushed all the samples and rolled the backs of the boards as well. Rolling does dry with a light consistent textured feel. You can get artsy with this paint and wash or wipe it on with a rag as well …
Gardenia is the neutral – no yellow in it, but definitely not marshmallow white. Here, you can see it compared to the Reclaim and Textured Basecoat colors.
darker than Bright White and Wisteria
lighter than Parchment and Off White
not the creamy hint of yellow that Off White has
more like Parchment but lighter
I did give Gardenia a second light coat –
Peony, a soft pale pink … not dirty, not bright… reminds me of the background of this
Iris covers crazy amazing…
A little paint goes a long way…
When it came time to clean that stuffed bucket of dirty brushes, we found the paint cleans up like magic. With a simple rinse of hands, any trace of paint disappears, and cleaning the brushes was no different. LOVED that part!
We make these color charts for all the paints we carry – they aren’t FREE but we will be including these in our online orders with any Botanical order and all of our frequent flyer customers will receive one as well.
Once the main boards were created, I started work on the ‘Glazed/Waxed’ samples –
This way customers can see what a paint color looks like if a glaze or wax is applied. I have close up photos of each board that I will share in my next post
Botanical Home Decor Paint summary-
-14 colors and a new Black Brown Toning Glaze. The packaging is lovely.
– low VOC, water clean up, non-toxic.
-glides on when you brush it – the coverage is excellent.
-I brushed it on, and when it dried I didn’t feel my brush strokes, and really didn’t see any either.
-can re-coat, as desired – allow 3-4 hours in between layers.
-If you want to layer colors you need to brush or roll on a coat of Chipping Creme in between, otherwise you’ll have a hard time sanding through color one to color two.
– I found my need for sanding to ‘refine’ or soften my finish was very minimal. It wasn’t to knock out brush marks, was more just a quick whoosh whoosh to burnish the finish. 400 grit was fabulous. You’ll notice less powder residue from sanding.
– You can glaze directly over the paint once it’s dry.
-the paint dries to a very matte, chalky finish. It does not require a wax or topcoat. However, a high quality topcoat or wax of your choice will
- add a sheen
- add water/stain protection
- provide added durability.
-waxing will add a soft glow to your finish but it will not result in the same wax finish that you get when you wax and buff a chalk paint.
– I found the Wipe-on Poly’s, that I love as a quick ‘go-to’ with Caromal’s paints just fizzled out, much like it does over our natural American Paint Co Chalk/ Clay paints. I found the Reclaim Sealer (a low luster water based finish) to work really nice – it was easy, dries to a nice soft sheen, and really kicks up the durability of the finish.
-allow item to cure overnight before use.
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