Botanical Paints Have Arrived – One Coat Matte Chalky Luster

Remember when I posted about the Botanical Home Decor Paints, Caromal Colours newest line of  user friendly paints, that were due end of October?

Welcome!

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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

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Botanical Home Decor Paint DALHIA

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

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Botanical Home Decor Paint DALHIA

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

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Botanical Home Decor Paint DALHIA

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.

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Botanical Home Decor Paint DALHIA

Painting out the darkest color –  amazing one coat coverage

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Botanical Home Decor Paint MULBERRY

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Botanical Home Decor Paint MULBERRY

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 –

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Botanical Home Decor Paint BOXWOOD

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Botanical Home Decor Paint BOXWOOD

Disregard that floating shadow dot that appears on the photos – it’s a camera issue that I need to  get fixed-

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Botanical Home Decor Paint DANDELION

Dandelion got a second light coat-

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Botanical Home Decor Paint DANDELION

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 …

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Botanical Home Decor Paint DANDELION

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

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Botanical Home Decor Paint GARDENIA

I did give Gardenia a second light coat –

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Botanical Home Decor Paint GARDENIA

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Botanical Home Decor Paint PEONY

Peony,  a soft pale pink …  not dirty, not bright…  reminds me of the background of this

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Botanical Home Decor Paint GARDENIA & PEONY

Iris covers crazy amazing…

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Botanical Home Decor Paint IRIS

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Botanical Home Decor Paint IRIS

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Botanical Home Decor Paint HYDRANGEA

A little paint goes a long way…

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Botanical Home Decor Paint HYDRANGEA

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Botanical Home Decor Paint MOSS

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Botanical MOSS and DAHLIA

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Botanical Home Decor Paint CATTAIL

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Botanical Home Decor Paint ASTER

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Botanical Home Decor Paint CATTAIL & ASTER

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Botanical Home Decor Paint LAVENDER

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Botanical Home Decor Paint LAVENDER

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Botanical Home Decor Paint LAVENDER

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Botanical Home Decor Paint SALVIA

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Botanical Home Decor Paint SALVIA

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Botanical Home Decor Paint WILLOW

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Botanical Home Decor Paint WILLOW

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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.

Botanical Home Decor Paint Collection, Color Chart

Botanical Home Decor Paint Collection, Color Chart

Once the main boards were created,  I started work on the ‘Glazed/Waxed’ samples –

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Botanical Home Decor Paints – Glazing and Waxing Color Boards – Lavender

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

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Botanical Home Decor Paints – Glazing and Waxing Color Boards – Gardenia

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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4 responses to “Botanical Paints Have Arrived – One Coat Matte Chalky Luster

  1. So excited to try out the new botanical colors. Been waiting all month.
    Love your paints and the service is great too.

  2. Hi Patty…Is the Mulberry black or does it have some purple tones to it?

    • No Maureen, I dont see purple in it — its like a matte soft chalky black. when i used one coat of reclaim sealer over it to add sheen, it riches it up, but still not black black, and no purple hint. im working on posting all the colors right now, up close

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