Category Archives: The Children’s Room

Tammy Transforms The Disney Table and Chairs…

Hi Patty

I finished my table –   I had a great time working with the CeCe Caldwell paint. Made some errors but I was going for the worn look anyway! Now on to another piece. Thanks for the encouragement,  Tammy  


By the way.. Chalk board center for my little ones who love to play school!  My daughters idea…


Tammy, there are no such thing as ‘errors’  – love it!

She used CeCe Caldwell Blue Montana Sky and Traverse City Cherry.   Thanks for sharing 🙂

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A Vintage Chest Dressed In CeCe Rose and Swarovski Crystals

A pretty piece

Some would say “Why paint?”    For me,  I start with pieces that are good quality,  with nice lines, and try to give them a more current look that will interest my clients.  This chest is beautiful, but my customers will say

the color doesn’t work for me…

A feminine looking chest, I could see this in a young girl’s room, or a  guest room needing extra storage.  I painted a student desk a few months ago using CeCe Simply White and CeCe Portland Rose

I loved it’s presence in my store but it sold quick.    This store display is also dressed in CeCe Portland Rose (with a Simply White damask  stencil design)

That decided it.   I cleaned the chest and painted the first coat CeCe Caldwell Simply White,  when dry a second coat using CeCe Portland Rose

I lightly sanded my flat surfaces –   I usually use 150-220 grit sand paper,  you don’t have to sand but I always do – I like how it makes my finish look more refined (and it feels smoother).   After I light sanded, I took a wet rag and wiped my edges and areas that I wanted more ‘reveal’ –  see how the first color (white) is coming through the second (rose)?

I switched out the top knobs with a crystal version, the metal married up with the original hardware, but I didn’t like how stark the original hardware was

Like this little peek-a-poo compartment?

We put brown velvet inside, and added a small mirror

I removed the unattractive wheels and replaced them with crystal knobs that fit perfectly.  I didn’t glue them in,  instead I will remove them when the piece sells, and they can be re-inserted (into the existing holes) when it reaches it’s final destination.  They are dainty after all.

Back to the hardware,  I decided to dry brush the white on the handles, to soften them, and glued a Swarovski crystal on each center to tie them into the knobs I added

I loved that touch


See that lovely finish sheen?

It comes from the most fabulous wax on the market – okey I’m partial, but I’m serious! –  CeCe’s Clear Wax.    One coat, brushed on with a simple chip brush and buffed with a soft cloth several hours later,  this wax is 100%  GREEN!  Free of any nastiness and even better, there is  no smell.

I named her Rose and she is available for purchase 🙂

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CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax IS EASY PEASY, and Pretty In Pink

I started with this Lea desk

Thought about a shade of yellow

Thought CeCe Johnston Daffodil

(gosh my camera lens needs a cleaning, badly!  sorry about those spots)

but decided on the CeCe Portland Rose,  a new color thats a pretty light shade of pink

CeCe Portland Rose

First layer was CeCe Simply White

over that, a coat of CeCe Portland Rose

When dry,  I distressed the finish by sanding AND by wiping back with a wet rag, two different ways to finesse the CeCe finish –

Did you notice that perfect knob?  We bought those today – just the pink crystal knob part, not the back plate –   specifically for this piece, and planned on using them on the top two drawers, but as we were finishing off the bottom two drawers (those had handles) I liked how the original hardware was looking…

I decided to nix the crystal knobs and use ALL original hardware.

However, as I was putting it all back together I decided I wanted the crystal back

I was so excited when I got the thought ‘Hey, take that backing plate off the handle and use it with the crystal knob!’

It worked!  How perfectly perfect!

We painted, then we distressed a bit, then I figured out the hardware…. Lastly I added a few stencil hightlights – on top and on the upper drawers, using Simply White – then it was time to seal it up

I LOVE LOVE LOVE  my CeCe Clear Wax.   It isn’t too thick or too thin,  it just glides on like butter, and a pint goes a long way.   Simply brush it on, and wipe off the excess

You can see where the wax is going – it makes the finish look wet – a quick and easy step, but necessary for sealing and protecting your finish-

No, I don’t use the fancy brushes to apply my wax – I love my chip brushes and find they do an excellent job getting that wax on –   wax on, wax off!

did I mention it’s quick and easy?

I brush on the wax, then lightly wipe off any excess. Within a few hours you can get a nice sheen on your finish – just wipe with a soft cloth or even a paper towel..

The end result-

We have quarts and samplers of  Simply White, Portland Rose and pints and samplers  of Clear Wax in stock at our retail studio.  You can also visit my online store for paints, topcoats, brushes…

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Nicole Transforms A Crib With Caromal Paints

Received a lovely email from Nicole this week –

Hi Patty,
Don’t know if you remember me and my table from over a year ago…but I thought I’d share another project that I did with Caromal Colours!  I always appreciate the many pictures and posts on your blog from enless projects.  They inspire me!  So, like before, feel free to use my photo’s/blog.  I wasn’t very good at getting photos of the process, so these are as good as it gets.  Hope you had a Merry Christmas!!
~nicole brown

To follow her story and see her transform this

to this

and this

head here,  the link to Nicole’s blog entry,

Thank you, Nicole, for sharing –  it turned out fabulous!!!