Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Painted Manly Chest, Gray or Grey, Light Medium Dark, American Paint Co

I’ve got furniture tucked in the back workroom,  from acquisitions some time back.  I’m pretty good at resisting  the urge to buy more, until I can work down the pieces that I have, like this piece I recently started, over two years old –


But I will add to the pile , if it’s the right style at the right price.  Like this recent gem –


and this chest


I haven’t done a good job following my ‘first in, first out’ rule.

pieces that pluck at my heart strings

get painted first

And so we begin…


American Paint’s Freedom Road, and Shingle on the Roof Freedom Road is APC’s dark grey, and Shingle is a dark misty brown


From there I applied layers of a range of colors  – Uncle Sam, Smoke Signal, Freedom Rd,  Cannonball – until it felt right.

Thats the truth – for me, painting and feeling it go hand in hand.  Some colors will land together, side by side, on my brush,  others will mix together on the plate – my brush acting like a stir stick…

One thing I’ve learned -when I paint pieces like this I need to go start to finish.   I can’t leave one side, or a few drawers, for another day.  When  I have, I find myself struggling to get that same rhythm back that I had from the beginning.


Sanded to reveal more depth, and more importantly to knock out any application marks I left behind


This one I’ll wax, using my favorite wax  (and not just because I am a retailer!)  – American Paint Company’s Vintage Antiquing Wax –  CLEAR ,


my preferred topcoat over darker colors like the bottom half of this chest.  Just grab yourself a brush (I prefer bristle chip and round brushes),  scrub it on/into that open paint finish, and then softly wipe any excess off when you are done.


You can see what you’ve  waxed and where you still need to go, making the wax-on even easier.



When the wax is dry, typically a few hours, you can buff it to a lovely sheen using a soft cloth or a buffing brush that attaches to your drill


Love when the original hardware can be salvaged .  Clean it, dry it, and paint it!


Checking if the color is right


I add some glam to the feet – over sized crystal knobs-   my son cracked one when we were moving the piece to the showroom,  so I need to get another.



The buffed wax pops the depth in all of those colors


Before we move it to the front, I need to doll up the back – it’s something I enjoy – kind of my way of signing a piece 🙂


Time to settle into your showroom space

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Another piece I wish I could take home…


Missing the pretty shoes


but loving the bit of glitz on the pulls 🙂


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Bronzing A Fireplace Mantel and A Brass Doors Insert

These  two pair well together –

A mantel, base painted Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn


over that, a blend of metallic bronzes



topped off with Black Glaze


topped off with a little sparkle


Love this color for mantels – would look good in any room, don’t you think?


Oops! Almost forgot –  want to see the before?  See that crazy shrimp colored

F A U X marbled thing

tucked behind that gorgeous buffet?


Oh geez, louise…..


Way better.


This next one –   we’ve all seen one of these before right?


They are worthy of updating, after all,  replacing isn’t that easy – most are custom fit.   I painted these for a client, and will say they would have been easier to paint hung.    Clean the surface well, tape off the glass, and then brush /roll one coat of Reclaim Licorice (black)


Let it dry, sand to remove any imperfections, and apply one more coat


Again, feel the surface for any imperfections –  light sand with a fine grit paper to remove.     Apply a metallic, brushing on thin coats until fully covered.


A black glaze, over the dried metallic finish, adds depth.


Lastly,  once the finish is good and dry, apply several coats of a hard topcoat for protection.  I used Minwax Wipe On Poly, Satin (oil based)


You could refinish yours with an eight ounce licorice, an eight ounce metallic blend,  an eight ounce black glaze,  a can of poly, and a brush.  About seventy-five bucks to replace the doors yourself.   And you’d even have some left to do a few other things laying around the house 🙂

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Taste of My Week, A Camera Trail…

Last night, out with friends, I noticed my girlfriend had over 2500 images on her Iphone.  Think about that,  2500 pictures!   Every day we have customers pulling out their phones or Ipads,   showing us a project they completed using our products


a photo of our customers recent island re-do using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, and Toner

or photos of inspiration

I want my kitchen cabinets to look like this…


and the classic

I want to paint this …


Often, they can’t find the photo they want to show us – they swipe, and swipe, and swipe through all these tiny images – a rewind into their past


That’s how I felt this weekend, loading up my camera SD card – it was a pictorial rewind of my week

Finished this –


Ash over APC Gunpowder, crackled. Top, sanded, stained.

Created some accessories…





I really liked the color of this metal container – it was black to start with and I drybrushed several greens and neutrals over it – might have to try that on something bigger…

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A green glossy ceramic pot (I changed the finish to a white and grey glazed crackle)  in need of a fresh plant that I didn’t have (nor want, because anything alive won’t last around me)…  how do you stage it?   I found that this container fit it just right –  it’s priced separately…


Rolled this one out to the floor as well  – I used Caromal Colours Reclaim Offwhite, brushed on and glazed with toner.


The inside was backed with our lovely aged Botanical papers (coming to our online shopping cart soon!)


The insides of the upper and lower cabinets and drawers were stained to bring them back to life, but the sides of the drawers got a splash of color – actually   I used three of our custom tints   – Groovy Green, Killer Khaki and Trendy Truffle and stenciled randomly, using black and white stencil cremes


I freshened up  the original hardware using Reclaim Mocha, a darkened bronze, and black glaze


I always find a way to add a touch of Swarovski



I  just love this hardware….


Ate WAY too many of these this week,  tasteless yet addicting…


More camera lovin –





I stenciled these tall lamps that arrived –





unboxed a few others


I love this one…






Using our paints and finishes to create a new work of art



Finally painting the phone booth I acquired from an estate sale last summer… Originally red, we’re taking it blue


in honor of WHO?       I had no clue who Dr. Who was, but several suggested, after seeing the phone booth, that if we painted it  blue they would buy it…


Lastly,  these decorative resin/stone finals got dressed up with some new variegated leaf that I was trying out –


Aren’t they pretty?



My goal this week – taxes.

Ba   hahhahahahahhaaaaaaa….


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Pink and Grey, Painted and Waxed, Vintage Cabinet…

American Paint Company’s  recently retired color , CAMEO,  a soft pale pink,  reminds me of these

cameo 1

a lighter version of these balloons

cameo 2

the background of this

cameo 3

pretty much most of this


I’m not a pastel girl – but I am drawn to to these faint hint of color colors… I love Cameo,  and decided to pair it up with a brand new American Paint Color,  Tarnished Platter – a medium locker room gray –

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A petite, vintage cabinet –




First coat APC Tarnished Platter , then APC Cameo –


The inside of the cupboard received one coat of Caromal Botanicals Salvia,  a lighter grey than Tarnished Platter, but in the same family.  I chose Salvia because it could be left as is, no topcoat required – I don’t like painting inside cupboards/cabinets/shelves, so the less steps necessary the better 🙂


It took me awhile to combine and customize hardware that I liked –



I silver leafed the legs – they were perfect to dress up




and added a little more unexpected sparkly shimmer



I sanded the layered chalk/clay finish, refining and revealing until I was satisfied, then sealed it up with a layer  of my favorite wax,  American Paint Company Clear Wax.


Though I often recommend more durable topcoat options for surfaces that will be used daily,  (APC Topcoat, Caromal’s Reclaim Sealer, Beautiful Matte/Satin Sealer), furniture pieces like this one are perfect for wax.    APC’s natural waxes are the icing on the cake –


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Something about the petite, daintiness of  this cabinet, drew me in … I wanted to dress up every inch of it –


I stenciled inside the cabinet, using a sticky size and used cut glass mixed with shimmer glitter –


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Every time I use a soft pink, it sells-



Must be the color, this piece already found a new owner 🙂


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