Category Archives: ~ Caromal Colour How-To's

Shelby DIY TV #7 – Simple Countertop Paint Finishes

Our customers frequently ask  –

Can I use these paints on my Formica counters?

Does it stay on?

Is it labor intensive?

Is it expensive?

Our typical answers-

Yes, all of our various DIY paint lines will ‘technically’ adhere to formica, without sanding, stripping, priming,  but we definitely favor a few over the others, for longer durability. Caromal Colours Reclaim line of paints offers a  paint specifically for countertops, and Caromal’s Artisan Collection’s Textured Basecoats work great for counters (heck, any) surfaces as well.

The paint finishes, properly sealed, cure to a durable, washable surface.  I’ll often point at our entry ceramic tile, that 1 1/2 yrs ago received a similar paint finish, and it still looks fabulous (you can find that post here)

painted-ceramic-tile-caromal-colours-fabulous-finishes

Labor intensive?  I wouldn’t call it that – the most you’ll get is an arm workout or wrist cramp…

fabulous-finishes-rolling-paint-caromal-colours-reclaim-paint-counters

The cost,  an average $65 for a solid color, (paint, sealer, roller) to $125 for multiple colors for layering or adding dimension.

The simplest, most straight forward finish – Reclaim Countertop Paint – a bonder, primer, finisher paint,  no sanding, stripping or priming needed.

reclaim-countertop-paint-fabulous-finishes-diy-paint-caromal-colours

Roll on 2 coats of paint,  add RECLAIM Countertop Flecks (optional), and RECLAIM Multi-purpose Sealer for a durable, washable surface.

caromal-reclaim-sealer-fabulous-finishes-diy-painting

painted-counter-finishes-fabulous-finishes-studio-reclaim-caromal-5

Reclaim Countertop Charcoal, Loden, Khaki, Bone with optional flecks

DSC_0377

Reclaim Countertop Bone with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

DSC_0371

Reclaim Countertop Loden with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

Reclaim Countertop Charcoal with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

Reclaim Countertop Charcoal with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

Reclaim Countertop Paints with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer Reclaim Countertop Paints with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer Reclaim Countertop Paints with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

My favorite paints to start with,  on surfaces like formica, ceramic, marble or glass, are the Textured Basecoat Paints, also by Caromal Colours (part of their Artisan Collection).  Again, no sanding, stripping or priming needed.  It is a thicker, buttery, get all jiggy with it kind of paint.

I always start by whiz rolling 1-2 coats of textured basecoat

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-painting-counters-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0553

Two coats, rolled , and some glaze, can create a really cool look ( see a start to finish counter like this, here ).

You can roll a coat of Reclaim, then a coat of  textured basecoat , light sand and glaze, for looks like this

DSC_0378

It all comes down to fiddling…. sampling…  playing around with the paints… you NEED to do this – grab some old boards, paneling, even cardboard, and get a feel for what these paints do B4 tackling your counters –

painted-counter-finishes-fabulous-finishes-studio-reclaim-caromal-3

We also host a Countertop Workshop, for those that want direction from the start…

painted-counter-finishes-fabulous-finishes-studio-reclaim-caromal-1

Whiz rolled textured basecoat paint, with textured basecoats scraped over, glazed and topcoated.

painted-counter-finishes-fabulous-finishes-studio-reclaim-caromal-6

Whiz rolled textured basecoat paint, with textured basecoats scraped over, glazed and topcoated.

Our most recent local Shelby DIY  TV episode demonstrates the start of several counter finishes  over our studios lovely hunter green formica 🙂

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0390

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-painting-counters-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0548

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-painting-counters-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0550

Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, Cottage Paint Lucious Lead, Topcoated

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-painting-counters-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0551

Caromal textured basecoat rolled, then two layers of textured basecoat colors scraped on. Glazed and topcoated.

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-painting-counters-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0552

Caromal textured basecoat Putty rolled, Caromal Perfect Plaster Rolled, then scraped. Glazed and topcoated.

Want to see more?  Watch the taping –

if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

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.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

storefront

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING WITH US!

come learn with us
be inspired with us

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

 

Advertisements

Bronzing A Fireplace Mantel and A Brass Doors Insert

These  two pair well together –

A mantel, base painted Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

fabulous-finishes-studio-bronze-fireplace-mantel

over that, a blend of metallic bronzes

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0423

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0424

topped off with Black Glaze

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0425

topped off with a little sparkle

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0429

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0427

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

F A U X marbled thing

tucked behind that gorgeous buffet?

DSC_0122

Oh geez, louise…..

kk

Way better.

bronze-metallic-fireplace-finish-fabulous-finishes

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

doors

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)

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0466

Let it dry, fine sand with a 400 grit, to remove any imperfections, and apply one more coat

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0468

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.

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0473

 

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0475

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)

fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0481

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 🙂

Get your paint on!

if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

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.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

storefront

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING WITH US!

come learn with us
be inspired with us

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

DIY Shelby TV Show #6 – Simple Painted Cabinet Finishes, Botanical

This show demonstrates applying two simple cabinet finishes to a standard oak cabinet door ,  durable finishes requiring no priming or stripping   –  just clean your surface well and begin!

A single color finish,  using Botanical paint, color Salvia

paint_cabinet_how_to_video_1

and a two-step finish, applying Textured Basecoat paint, color Paprika first,

paint_cabinet_how_to_video_2

 

then Botanical Paint color Mulberry

paint_cabinet_how_to_video_4

 

Finally, finishing off the finishes with a glazing technique and topcoating

 

paint_cabinet_how_to_video_6

Watching, you will see how truly simple enough painting your cabinets can be, when you use the right products.

paint_cabinet_how_to_video_7

You can find all our DIY tapings at Shelby TV,  or you can click on our ‘Watch Videos’ link in the right hand column of our page.

Hope you enjoy!

if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

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.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

storefront

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US!

come learn
be inspired

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out!

 

Our DIY TV EPISODE No. 3 – Textured Metallic Chair with Embedded Stencil

(Maybe by show 6 I’ll stop doing the googly eyed thing  aaagggrrgh!!)

 

HOPE YOU ENJOY!

if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

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.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

storefront

OUR remaining WORKSHOPS this year are sold out – I will be posting 2015 workshop dates next week.

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING WITH US!

come learn with us
be inspired with us

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!