Painted Cabinet, (Country)Barn Red and Vintage (Velvet) Yellow

American Paint Company, our all natural chalk and clay paint line, offers a main line of colors, available in samples (4 ounce) and quarts

new apc fall 2014

Along with the main deck, they have a Limited Edition collection of twelve  ‘test the market colors’.  Those are offered in samples (4 ounce) and pints.  Later on, it will be determined which colors were popular/unpopular, and they’ll absorb the ‘YAY’ colors into the main deck, and say goodbye to the ‘NAY’ colors that pooped out…


I felt an instant love for the Country Barn and Vintage Velvet, two colors I’ve had available in our other paint lines, but not in chalk/clay paint form.  I wanted to use them first.  The perfect piece –


I used APC Country Barn, APC Vintage Velvet, and some APC Shag Carpet (orange) , all dumped on the same plateapc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0002

and applied a first coat



On the two oval door front panels I used our Aged Papers design sps303 and sps304 and adhered them with Reclaim Sealer,    When they dried I blurred the hard edge using Perfect Plaster – then painted the whole piece  with APC Vintage Velvet,  and a little bit of APC Waistcoat blended in.

If you want to learn more about how I like to use Aged Papers, head over to the VIDEOS page and watch our TV Episode #5 .

apc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0008.jpg SPS304 is available in our online store, sps303 has not been added yet, but we’re working on it.  We’ve got about 1/3 left of the papers to catalog online


sps303 Aged Paper Music Sheets


sps304 Aged Paper Music Sheet

apc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0009.jpgI painted the inside a soft pale buttery yellow – a color  I arrived at by mixing Botanical Gardenia (soft creme) and Botanical Dandelion


I prefer using Reclaim or Botanical or Cottage Paints INSIDE things, because it can be left as is once dry.   If I used chalk/clay paint I’d be inclined to properly topcoat before moving on….

Once the inside got a soft coating of color, I worked on the mutton bars.  They were based with Reclaim, then painted with a shimmery creamy metallic finish (achieved by mixing several colors together) , and topped off with fine glitter powder, blown on,  for extra shimmer.  It’s subtle, but you can catch a glimpse of shimmer through the glass –


I sanded to refine the outer finish, revealing pops of that pretty Country Barn red underneath…  When I was satisfied, I applied American Paint’s Vintage Clear Wax (fab fab fabulous!!) to seal up the paint.  In this photo you can see the one side that isn’t waxed…apc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0010

If you haven’t used American Paint Company’s Wax,  you are missing out.   I think  I’ve used most waxes out there – Paste wax, A Sloan wax,  Beeswax,  Fiddes, Liberon…    APC’s is soft, light, free of any smells or solvents, glides on with ease, dries fast, and buffs to a lovely sheen.   While it doesn’t offer a super rock hard finish, it does offer the protection of a waxed furniture finish-apc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0011 apc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0012

Inside the cupboard –  so soft like sweet butter, compliments the eye-catching color on the outside – a perfect marriage.



I gave the inside drawers and cabinet a fresh coat of stain…


I love this original hardware – pretty left as is..


Because I can’t help myself, I did add a few Swarovki to the handles 🙂


Stained the back, not a necessity, but I like to completely finish my pieces –


Amazing, how much depth there is in the finish – it’s what I love about APC’s products…


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That color warrants attention, don’t you think?


If I had room at home….


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5 responses to “Painted Cabinet, (Country)Barn Red and Vintage (Velvet) Yellow

  1. GORGEOUS! I want to paint like you!

  2. Hi Patty! I’m an APC Retailer in Kennebunk, ME. Quite a while back, I saw a posting and I think it was from you. Did u chalk/clay paint your shop foyer ceramic tile floor and if so, how is it holding up??? Customer has the old small tiled floor in her bathroom and would like to paint it, rather than going through the hassle of ripping it up. With thanks, Darlene Sent from my iPad


    • Hi Darlene- we painted the front entry tile, and yes we did use APC but I first started with Caromal Colour’s textured basecoat paint – its my go to for surfaces like tile, marble, counters etc… Im sure there are folks doing ‘just’ chalk/clay on floors, with a good topcoat, but im just not certain it would go the long haul – I’ve always felt better recommending the textured basecoat as AT LEAST the starting point – we rolled on 2 thin layers of that – or one thicker layer, depending on the look you’re going for, then when it dried i applied our APC paints, in 2 varying colors, to give that checkboard look. When it dried I lightly sanded to pop the black from the texture thru the top colors, then i applied 1 coat of APC topcoat, because i love how that seals over the apc (im not a fan of polys directly over raw chalky/clay paints) – when that dried i did several layers of min-wax wipe on poly. its held up awsome, over 2 years old now… just about a month ago we we gave it another swipe of the wipe on – we’ve done similiar on the counters in the kitchen area of store too –

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