Category Archives: Caromal Colours BOTANICALS

Plasters and Stencils to Create Interesting Painted Finishes

I love textural products,  they open up the playing field of creating with paints and finishes…

Quite versatile,  I’ve  rolled, sponged, troweled, stamped to emboss, bladed over stencils for dimensional relief…  thick and thin, layered …

I like to use various textures in my mix when creating art type pieces –  laying on a wet layer of texture, stamping into it, here I used a foam stamp, then stenciling with more texture to add more dimension-

Or starting with paint, stenciling with plaster, painting again, then sanding to reveal that embedded stencil –

If you think about it, old ancient walls aren’t smooth…. they are pitted, worn away, crumbly fossils built up…  layering with various textures help in re-creating an authentic ‘old/reclaimed’ look –

At my old store I used the textural plasters and stencils to create a rug effect on the workroom floor –

I’ve decorated mirrors using texture and stencils-

I prefer the Caromal Textured Basecoats for stenciling on mirrors. Yes, you could use other textures- but I stick to what I trust – Caromal’s thick paint line is meant to stick to anything, I know it stays put on a mirror, even with mild cleaning upkeep. When I’ve tried our thicker plasters (Texture Plaster, Texture Stone) on a mirror surface, I find they aren’t AS strong as Caromal’s Texture Paint on an unsealed surface –


I use common sense – if it is  a surface to be used – like the old glass table that served as the kids coloring table – then I go with Caromal Textured Basecoats.  If its a less used surface like wall art, furniture, etc I’d be open to ALL thicker paints we carry – Texture Plasters, Texture Stone, Texture Metallic Plasters and Stone ….

My favorite way to stencil with texture is on furniture.  On the piece below,  I used our American Paint Company all natural chalk and clay paints – a previous limited edition color yellow as the base layer, then a raised stencil using our Texture Plaster Neutral, over top (when dry) the popular APC color  Shoreline, sanded back(when dry)  to reveal the pretty detail –

On this chest I used Caromal’s Textured Basecoat Putty for the raised stencil dimension

over it (when dry) I used several American Paint Colors – I know there was Gunpowder, Sackcloth and Rushmore,  brushed on covering 100% of the chest

when dry I sanded using my mouse sander, to really get deep enough to reveal the raised design, then  American Paint’s Dark Vintage Wax to finish it up-

Whoop!  Lookie there  that raised texture stencil on the accompanying mirror 🙂 Here I used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate.

Here I stenciled an allover pattern using  our Texture Plaster Black on the front of a vintage chest

I loved this piece –  so much attention to detail… I stripped the top and restained walnut,  silver leaf’d the mirror, sides, legs and hardware ,,, added glass tips as feet-

The paint finish, an OMBRE feel, using American Paint Company 100% natural paints, full bodied with chalk, clay and minerals –  – my  ‘lose myself in time while creating with paint’

APC Cannonball,   Texture Plaster Black,  APC Freedom Road, Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam , with APC Clear Vintage Wax-

I always look for a way to add those personal touches… for me a piece isn’t complete until I’ve touched on every part of it

Tomorrow I’ll post the photo transition of these

and our new colors of Texture Plaster

Grey Goose

Brown Bear

I encourage you to PLAY.  In all my years of refinishing, I’ve never gone from idea in head to the actual surface -every attempt would first happen on a sample, or two or five…. it’s the only way you’ll understand products – how they handle, how far you can push them, how they act thick, thin…  trust me, that play time wont be wasted time.

If you need some pretty allover or main element stencils, please check out our stencils for purchase.  

We are running the gift bag special, with purchases of $110 (before tax/ship)  you will receive a stencil, texture paint and base paint sample, brush and scraper. 

Have a Blessed Weekend!

Advertisements

One of My Personal Favorites – Aged Papers…



I’m a sucker for these Aged Papers

There are many ways to use these pretty, hand dripped, 10×17 papers…    A simple frame

 

Or adding a painted or textural finish as a blended border…

Forget the frame and just mount them to something – a canvas, a star…

This was a popular specialty workshop I enjoyed teaching, and it will be one that you’ll see back on my smaller scale workshop calendar  –

I have an online video on my process, applying the aged papers onto furniture/accessories with our paints, textural plasters and colored waxes – you can find that here

I start on a painted base, and apply the paper with our Matte or Satin Sealer

My “GO TO” plaster for paper finishes, Caromal Colour’s Perfect Plaster – it’s whippy, gritty, kindof see through, but not…

it’s best applied with our Whizz roller, and a chip brush…

You can create dimensional layers with this plaster, using a scraper as it dries… you can scrape or roll in more plaster, or mix in a couple drops of a paint color or two, to add even more depth…

My goal in the end is to have the paper blend right into the textural finish created – the edges lost in focus-

Once your plaster/paint finish is dried, you can color it up with glazes, or my favorite – a blend of American Paint Wax colors.  I like to rely on their Clear Wax, and I tint a multitude of color and shimmer waxes using our Mica Powder and Stone Pigments.

Personalize a gift with your favorite print –

A few years ago I posted about painting my laundry cabinets

If you’re like me, you’ll find there are too many Botanical prints to choose from,  but using them to decorate a wall like I did in my laundry room was the perfect way to not have to CHOOSE favorites…

Super simple, the walls were already painted, right?  I just took our Matte Sealer, brushed on a section at a time, stuck the paper, brushed over it again with Sealer and then scraped out the bubbles…

Good place and perfect color  for that old frame from the store-

I especially enjoy getting the papers blown up, and incorporating them into my furniture finishes –

I’ll post more extensively on several of these pieces later,  this read is long enough 🙂

Find our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories in our online store,  we’ve  shipped all over the world    –     fabfinisher.com

Are you local to the old store, and would like to save on shipping?  We offer local pickup,  just order what you need online, and we can have it ready for pickup within 24 hrs.

Have a blessed week

love and miss you Bella! x o x o

 

 

 

One Of My Favorite Dixie Chests …a Reclaim Test

I acquired this Dixie furniture when I was at my first store,  four years ago.  The picture cuts off the dresser on the left is actually a triple, and around the corner were two narrow bookcase units

DSC_7038

I don’t usually buy up full sets of furniture, but I loved the style and the condition was mint.   The pair of nightstands and armoire chest moved on to my current store, and this past Spring I decided they would be perfect for my next paint project –

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chestfabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_nightstand_lace_plaster_top

I decided to try a mix of our Reclaim paint and Botanical paint.  Reclaim is a waterbased low voc paint that bonds to near any surface, and unlike the other paint lines we carry, it also has a sealer in it. But Reclaim is not a ‘brush on’ type paint like our other paints – it functions best as a rolled on paint . If you brush Reclaim it will show application marks  aka brush strokes, especially the heavier you apply the paint.  We tell our customers if they have to brush the Reclaim , say parts of a chair or areas that are hard to roll, then apply the paint in light layers and try to keep your application strokes the same.

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_gardenia

The Botanical paint, also created by Caromal Colours,  is more like a chalky type paint, low voc’s, and most often is applied by brush.  It actually brushes out lovely, and doesn’t HAVE to have a finish coat over it to stay put, but it dries out to a flat chalky feel.  Colorwise, the lightest neutral of Botanical is Gardenia, an offwhite (top left).

I mixed part Botanical Gardenia, Part Off White Reclaim and part Bright White Reclaim, and started applying, thin, by brush

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_paint_process (2)

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_paint_process (3)

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_paint_process (1)

I used our Textured Plaster  

 

and bladed it through one of our thicker stencils

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_raised_plaster_damask_door_panels (3)

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_raised_plaster_damask_door_panels (4)

The original hardware would be refinished to a brass/bronze color, but I wanted something special on the top drawer.   I used several decorative backs, added a metal whispy knob, painted it to a pretty brass/bronze color, and added Swarovski crystals to complete the look

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents_custom_knob

You can see in this photo how the paint is in various stages of coverage, the upper section still showing it’s original yellowy colorfabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_raised_plaster_damask_door_panels (5)

I let both panels dry, the went back to dry brushing, to get the finish even

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_raised_plaster_damask_door_panels (1)

After that I went to work dressing up the piece, giving it those added touches that I love, to make it a one of a kind special…   I stenciled the inner drawer fronts,  and gave the inside and out of each drawer a freshening up of colorfabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (6)

The top, originally that pear yellow color formica, needed to go deeper, I envisioned a pecan color to coordinate with the hardware, so I started to layer to achieve that result –fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (7)fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (1)

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (2)

The remainder of the hardware was refinished to the brass/bronze color, sealed and embellished with Swarovskis’s to complete the look

dixie_chest_painted_custom_chalk

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (5)
fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (4)
 I’m really pleased with the that old formica top –   one of my favorite finishes back from my faux finishing days, creating authentic wood grain finishes –
fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white-wood_grained_top (1)
Of course, the feet had to be glammed up
fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (3)

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (8)

Definitely one of my favorite chests, not just for how it ended up looking, but for the whole package – the lovely design and furniture quality

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (9)

Look at all that storage!dixie_chest_custom_painted_chalk_wood_grainWhen it came time for the petite nightstands, I finished them pretty much the same way except for the tops.   The tall chest had that  ‘fantasy/faux’ wood grain finish,  where I tried to get to that color tone that I saw in my head. In those cases I have no recipe to follow, I just trial and error until it works.   I  would have a miserable time trying to recreate an exact match.   Plus the nightstands were lower and I felt a darker top would weigh the pieces down…..

I decided to use that same plaster through lace for the tops-

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_nightstand_lace_plaster_top

Here, in the photo below, I’ve already painted over the dried plaster lace on the tops

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_nightstands (2)

Yay!  I sanded tops and the tinted pattern popped through, leave just enough to dress up the tops.

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_nightstands (3)

The pieces coordinated well with each other, and just last week a customer put a claim on the trio

fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_nightstands (4)

offwhite_custom_painted_french_provencial_chest_standThis winter weather has been amazingly mild for Michigan, and already I’m starting to get itchy for Spring…  here’s to another great week!

paints, sundries and accessories – fabfinisher.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0028

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0036

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0041

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

index

tarnishedplatter

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0032

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0030

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0034

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0037

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0035

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0040

Yes,  much better

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0039

One more side to stencil…

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0038

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  🙂

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0000

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

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0002

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0004

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0005

Out to the floor…

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0003

Yes, we all  need some!

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0007

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0012

Love the results

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0025

fabulous-finishes-studio-chalk-clay-paint-secretary-country-barn-red-waxed0026

dont-give-up

need paint?

We are a 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.

fabfinisher.com