Monthly Archives: January 2015

Our Customer’s Paint Projects – Sharing Post

Share time –

Pam G says

You inspired me with the chess table you had in the store. I love how this turned out….I used Reclaim Pebble and  Reclaim Licorice followed by brown Toner

pam licorice and pebble

What a perfect table to checker, love it!

This chest looks like it came from the wild wild west…

before buggy

Part 1 of it’s facelift was refinishing the drawers at one of our Paint a Piece Workshops.    The drawers were based with Reclaim Mocha, then a metallic finish applied over top.  Lastly  the drawers were lined up on the floor, and a large oversized damask stencil was applied using Toner

buggy drawers after

At home, the rest of the chest was painted Reclaim Mocha (2 coats for solid coverage) and the sides were completed like the drawer fronts –

buggy after

Lastly, new knobs were added…

buggy after 2

and how is THAT for a transformation?

buggy after 3

Totatlly updated,  no longer a buggy riding cowboy 🙂

buggy after 4LOVE IT!

 A salon owner updates this service table with APC Chenille Bedspread and Cheetah Foil application on the surfaces and legs….

after purple foil

Joy knocked her kitchen cabinets out of the park !


Robin shared –

So I had an ugly shiny gold metal storage trunk.  Think 1990s.  Unfortunately my hard drive crashed so I lost my “before” picture, but i found something that shows how horrible the gold was,  so i attached that as my before….

before like the trunk robin

I was going to throw it away, but its bones were good quality.   Then, I saw a similar style trunk in Pottery Barn for $499

pottery barn 500 bucks robin inspiration

My brain said Stop!  like when a needle gets dragged over a record… haha,   $499 –  really??

Luckily, I had been reading your blog for a while, and remembered you said Caromal paints adheres to pretty much anything… could I repurpose it?  Seemed like a nice small project to start with.

By sending you a quick picture of the Pottery Barn Item,  and my goal of a dark trunk,  you suggested:   lightening Caromal Textured Basecoat black (Peppercorn)  with some white (Wisteria)  if I wanted grey, OR as i decided on… off black.  I did 2 coats of that over the entire piece

during trunk robin

and then brushed the bronze on only the trim.  I finished with Toner,  and finally a coat of clear wax.   Love it !!!

 redone_trunk robin

We love it too!

We shared part of this do-over before, Kim attended one of our Paint A Piece Workshops with this lovely vintage chair


She painted it with several thin coats of Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment, and then added an overglaze (I think she used Coffee Glaze)

kim during

She was in the store again, and this time showed me a picture of it, completely put back together,  along with a foot stool that she finished the same way –  is this not a gorgeous chair?

kim waldorf after

Laura had a bedroom set that she had grown tired of

 laura before 2

laura before 3

Gorgeous pieces…. she wanted black

laura 2

laura after 3

I used Reclaim Licorice and metallic Silver Blend. Thank you for all your help. I am so pleased with the outcome!!!


Dawn shared

Base was once cream and gold 70’s French Provincial. I used a random mix of APC Saddle, Leather Boots, with a little Sedona Red and Fireworks Red on the high spots. I ended up having to do 2 coats because it seemed to drink the paint and a light sanding had me seeing the cream. I then painted the gold detail in the recesses like it had been before. I put on one coat of Beckley Coal and lightly sanded to show some of the under color. I am planning on putting APC Dark Wax on as a finish. I sanded and restained the top.

dawn 1

dawn 2

Lisa updated this little accent table

lisa before 1

using Caromal Colours Botanical paint color Boxwood, and finished it off with black wax –   pretty!

lisa after botanical boxwood

Gorgeous nursery, right?  Maria used a custom blend we made up for her, to match this header crown to the iron crib

maria man after

Margy started with this small buffet

margy before

and turned it into this gorgeous work of art!

Thanks so much for the feedback. I ended up using the “Reclaim Off-White” with the Reclaim Antiquing Glaze on the buffet, and I decoupaged the front doors using the “Double Starfish” design from Monahan Papers. This was really a labor of love, and very detailed especially for my first big refurbishing project – the front doors have a serpentine design and the papers had to align perfectly over the curvy front!  I love how it turned out 🙂

We love the aged papers and as Margy as shown, they can even be custom order in larger sizes 🙂

We don’t have the before, but Nanette created a cool barnworn finish on her chair

I used Textured Basecoat Mustard,  some Sedona Red, and Reclaim Licorice (black) .  I used your Sandstone Texture  for the stencil relief, which was buried beneath layers.  I am absolutely IN LOVE with this 7.00 chair reno!!!

  nanette after

nan after 2

Isn’t it amazing how the paints can layer and reveal to look authentically decades old?

nan after

Lisa shares,

I watched your DIY video a couple of times,which really helped me get through the process. The base coat was Reclaim “sage”. After gluing down the botanical paper with the Reclaim sealer, I used Caromal Colors Basecoat “putty” around the edges of the paper. The drawer also has some “putty” dry brushed on it. The body of the nightstand has Caromal Colors Basecoat “parchment” on it which works well with the background of the paper. I used Reclaim Antiquing Glaze over everything. It was light enough that it didn’t overwhelm the paper. I love how it turned out!

nightstand-1 lisa cox

nightstand-4 lisa cox

nightstand-2 lisa cox

nightstand-6 lisa coz

That turned out cool Lisa!

Ragen gave an old sled an update with APC Fireworks Red and one of the pretty seasonal aged papers

regan after

A textured stencil –


and Wendy shares

Dear Patti,
Just wanted to thank you for your fabulous store, paint, and wisdom!  I just finished these nightstands for my daughter using the botanical papers and paint. She loves them! You were so helpful when I came in for help. Thank you again.

LOVE!  She used Caromal Colours Botanical paint color Gardenia, and the aged Botanical Papers – these are two of my favorite prints…

wendy after

She added a pretty raised design on the side with a stencil –

wendy texture stencil

Joe shared his bathroom makeover using Reclaim Paint Mocha … probably my favorite way to see an update – if you have the money, invest it in a new counter , then update the cabinets with a painted finish – million bucks!   (the floor is lovely too, must add 🙂 )

joe rusin

Leigh updated this furniture with Caromal Botanicals paint color Peony, and a soft, whimsical stencil –  love love love!

leighwild peony (2)

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A Fab Finish – Country Barn Red, Rich Dark Wax, Allover Stencil

Todays share –  a secretary that,  darn it,  I can’t find the before of.  This was it after one coat of APC Tumbleweed…  I had planned a dark blue over top


but I let the piece sit a few weeks and when I came back to it, I had other plans…

APC’s American Home Collection had just arrived, and I was eager to play


I brushed a coat of Rushmore over the Tumbleweed, to neutralize the base,  then started a harlequin stencil using Shingle on the Roof

shingleontheroof1 shingleontheroof


When that dried, I painted the second half of the harlequin Tarnished Platter




It took me forever to do that silly stencil on that curvy front,  and yup,  when I was done I didn’t like it ….        Hate when that happens.    Granted, it wasn’t topcoated yet, so the colors would be a little deeper, but I knew it would still look blue and brown to me….   Reminded me of a toddler boy’s Easter outfit images6


Back to the drawing board.  I grabbed  Mulberry,  from Caromal’s Botanical line – then a mix of  Country Barn (Chenille Bedspread, Fireworks Red)   over the Mulberry



Fireworks is the tall sample, below,  the new Country Barn is to the right of it, and just for the record, new Rose Garden is to the left of it


So lets see,  Tumbleweed,  Rushmore, Tarnished Platter and Shingle on the Roof in a Harlequin stencil, Botanical Mulberry,  Country Barn/Fireworks/Chenille Bedspread, and an Allover stencil with Reclaim Licorice


Yes,  much better


One more side to stencil…


I lightly sanded to refine, and sealed with APC’s Vintage Dark Wax.  Here it is still wet, and look –  the harlequin pattern is still ever-so-slighty relaying through  🙂


Dry, dry dry,  so I can buff buff buff…




Out to the floor…


Yes, we all  need some!



Love the results




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We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods – if this describes you, please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process. Our customers from a far are just as important as our local customers – when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.