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Paint Your Oak Cabinets? These Customers Did! And A MUST SEE Brick Fireplace Too…

My last post I shared a bunch of before and afters, from customer’s paint projects.   If you’ve been considering a project of your own,  this last round could move you to action…

Hi Patty,  After reading your blog post, I realized I didn’t send you my bathroom cabinet pictures. I had the blah honey oak cabinet in there …

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and painted it with the Caromal Colour’s Reclaim Pewter paint, and used Caromal Creme Glaze with the APC Pewter Mica added in. OMG. It’s gorgeous!

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The pictures don’t really do it justice. There is the neatest sheen to the cabinet and with the counter and the walls, it looks amazing. Love it!

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I seriously can’t thank you enough for your patience and guidance when I come in to your store. I’m so glad I found you.  Enjoy your day!  Michelle

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Love this color!!!!  I did a sample door at the store with this combo, and loved it, and others are loving it too –  I’m  thrilled to see it in action!  Great pic Michelle!

This one will wow you for sure –   I got Sue to share her pictures because we ALL need to see just how much impact a little bit of paint can make….   here’s the before

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Now,  the after   (are you sitting down ?)

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I think this is my favorite transformation to date…  They used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat paint –  Parchment with Glaze for the mains, and Chocolate for the accent cabinets over the sink – how perfect was that idea?

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Sue’s husband added moulding to the top of the uppers, raw, and painted it as well, accenting both colors – again, brilliant!

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Love their choice of counters -they stained those – the hardware is perfect…. the farm sink and custom lower ruffled fabric …

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They tiled their own backsplash too.   Is this not like right out of a magazine?

Seriously people,  YOU can do it!

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And one more – Kitchen Cabinet Fabulousness:

Patty-  After weeks of having my kitchen in a complete mess I am proud to send you the before and after pictures of a project that I wish I would have completed years ago. I want to personally thank you for doing a little hand-holding during this process also. We are wanting to sell our house and any kind of ‘upgrades’ needed to be inexpensive, thus I needed to work around the green and white subway tile and green, yes green formica countertops. The  suggestions and samples you sent were spot on and I LOVE IT!

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I had used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat before and was familiar with that product but this was my first experience with their Reclaim paint. The Reclaim paint is like a mayonnaise consistency that is easy to apply. The gallon price could be a little intimidating, but it does EXACTLY what you’ve explained it to do in your videos and pictures posted.

 

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I have a gally kitchen with 35 cabinets including a pantry door and that gallon gave me 2 coats on the inside doors and 3 for the outside with just a smidge left for touchups. PERFECT!

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The glazes used were a clear coat and licorice mixed together from two 16oz containers of each (although I think it’s a bit less than 16). I have virtually none of the glaze mix left.

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Even though the Reclaim line has a built-in sealer, I top-coated with a minwax sealer at least 2x for all those cabinets that would get handled a ton or water potentially on them from the sink. All in all, it’s AMAZING what a little paint and forethought can get you! The only thing I would have done differently was to add beadboard to the ends of exposed cabinets, but what’s the likelihood that both big-box lumber stores saw was broken the day I was needing the boards cut–oh well, it doesn’t look too bad!

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 Enjoy the pictures. I can’t tell you how happy I am with the outcome and will continue to be a purchaser of your product lines. I appreciate as a consumer, all the useful information that you provide via your blog and would recommend subscribing. LOVE THOSE PAINTS!    A million thanks!!   Yvette

If Oak Cabinets are not your forte, how about

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Good Morning Patty,  First off – Thank you very much for helping pick out the paint colors for this project.  Here are the pics of the fireplace I painted with the American Paint Company’s paint I purchased from your store.   The Before:

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1st coat – watered down sample size of Lowe’s Valspar ‘Cathedral Stone’ to give the brick a wash of gray color

Additional coats –
  American Paint Company – Plymouth Rock, Smoke Signal, Freedom Road
  Lowes Valspar samples – 3 different grays – from the Olympic Paint card

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Each brick was individually painted.  I basically put all six colors on a paper plate, then dipped different parts of the brush into different colors then into water, tapping out the excess and smushed the brush into the brick in a dabbing, random motion.

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fire-1d-beforeIf it got too blotchy, I went back over it with water to smear the colors.  I kept building up the coats until I was satisifed with the coverage and pattern.  Mixing the latex paint with the clay paint, I think, really gave it more of a ‘brick’ feel/texture. 

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I have not sealed it yet since I am still deciding what to do with the mortar (some of the paint got on the mortar as you can see in some of the pics.)

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 The mantel is done in American Paint Co Freedom Road.

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Again, thank you for your help and have a great day.  Colleen

Love all of these projects,  thank you for sharing with me so I can share them for everyone else!

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Pretty Silver Leafed Cabinets…

I love this pair of chairs I silver leafed-

I’ve yet to leaf a bathroom vanity, but I’d love the opportunity (not sure where I pulled this photo from)

I adore these pieces from Italian craftier Lineatre

 Isn’t that the most romantic tub?

It looks like a golden metallic plaster troweled on the walls

Every piece of furniture is silver leafed, even the toilet seat!    I love it all!   Do you have any pieces you’d like leafed?  Hire me :),   or sign up for a workshop at my store and I’ll show you how to do it yourself

A Vanity Goes Lucious Silver, With A Glaze…

Fun job- vanity cabinet revamp…

Client’s wishes?  A soft, romantic silver glazed finish…

 I first gave the cabinet a basecoat of Caromal Colours Reclaim Mocha –  a dark brown paint that sticks to almost any surface, ( it has a built in primer) – then applied a mix of Modern Masters Metallic Silver and Warm Silver paint

the final finish- over the custom silver basecoat I applied a toning glaze, then a topcoat for protection

such a pretty, romantic finish…

Lovely ending – not a difficult finish, but one that requires steps/layers – and each needs to dry…

but I enjoyed this client’s company, and was sad to finish!

Silver Glaze Spiffing Of Some White Trimwork…

I posted about this bathroom late last year –

I did a cool finish on the ceiling, and also jazzed up the white trim detail that boxed in the tub.

I started with two basecoats of Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint and let it dry over night.

I glazed it with a custom mix of brown and gold glazes… mica powder and a touch of Blue Pearl wall leaf for extra measure-

Much nicer!