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Customer Paint Projects To Share – Round 1

Happy 2016!   I swear the older I’m getting the faster time seems to be flying…

I thought I’d start out this new year cleaning the slate of ‘Customers Projects that Need Sharing’.   It’s the best way to inspire others that might be a little hesitant trying our products.   And a shout out to all our amazing customers that are willing to share their projects – I really appreciate it!!

This customer used our Mocha Reclaim to paint right over her original PAINTED WHITE spindles.  Over one hundred of the,  no less! stairrailsafter1

Instead of investing some serious $$ to replace the white spindles for wrought iron, she thought she’d try painting them instead…


The darker spindles changed the whole feel in her foyer, and she was thrilled.

Tamanna’s first project was this buffet – she acquired it for the great bones, not the color.  Her goal was black with a glossy topcoat.

black before

she used Reclaim Licorice, and a glossy wipe on poly,  and LOVED its ease of use.



She was back in this past weekend, to search for the perfect grey color for her kitchen cabinets.  She asked about painting the granite around two fireplaces, and went home and used one coat of her leftover Reclaim Licorice on both!

fireplace before

How’s this for a simple update?

after fireplace

Another client, came in this past weekend – back to find a color to paint her kitchen island cabinets.   She said,  “Let me show you  – I painted my kitchen with with your paints and love how it turned out…”   and she pulled up photos on her phone:




She used White Reclaim and our Coffee Glaze, and finished the update with new hardware


What a difference!!  CHANGE


She’s going darker on the island to give it a whole different feel –


Leah transformed her armoire using our paints –


which paint, I’m not QUITE sure – maybe American Paint? Cottage Paint? Caromal?


It doesn’t matter- what matters is it looks pretty darn nice on that dark wood floor – she used one of our Stencils and repeated it down the sides, even added a little Swarovski Crystal Bling!


Diane gave this kitchen a great new feel, taking the original cabinets to a Sage Greenreclaim_sage_cabinets

I wish we had the befores for this kitchen,  stained cabinets with a stained floor was probably ALOT of stained wood which,  isn’t a bad thing, but look how lovely this sage is against the floor now?


Hardware was a new addition, as well as the decorative ‘feet’ tucked in next to the toekick…


You can find many varieties online, just search on ‘wood cabinet feet’


LOL,  these are REALLY some feet to add 🙂


Jackie shared two of her projects, both crafted using our Aged Papers and Botanical Paints ….  this one looks like Botanical Iris, and the paper is the blue damask

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and this lovely looks to be Textured Basecoat Peppercorn with Botanical Dandelion over it, sanded back for reveal.  The Aged Paper is one of the botanical Sunflower prints.   Our paper order arrives this week, and due in are new Valentine and Easter prints – can’t wait to add those to the store –


Sue shared some of her canvas art, created using Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, The Aged Papers, American Paint Co. chalk and clay paints and American Paint Co. Dark Wax

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How cool are these?  Love her creativity and play on texture …

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including the use of Stencils to created raised relief.  We offer a great selection of stencils, and make a point to note which ones are better suited for building relief…

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Some of our large stencils may seem a little pricey,  but they are worth the investment if you plan on finishing more than one project.  Most of our large ones are thick and extra sturdy, allowing them to be used and cleaned over and over again.  The larger size also means a more extensive pattern, which can be used in many ways – stack them for an allover effect, use the whole design or just a few parts of it –

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For great tips and step by step on using the Aged Papers, you can head to our DIY Video Page and click on Episode 5 “How To Apply Aged Papers to Furniture”.

I am going to break this into several posts, that way it won’t run on forever, and I can get this part live.   I’ve committed to getting all the shares posted, so Round 2 will be up this week as well.


If you’ve been wondering what’s new, given the LEAN posting these last months:

  • STILL waiting to tie up loose ends with the blog transition
  • new items are regularly being added to our online store, recent add:chalkclayminipack
  • this piece sold to a customer in Texas and moved out this past weekend soldbuffetgoldleafgleaners
  • started this New Year in a new set of wheels~  whoot whoot!IMG_6813 (1) (2)
  • got to spend an amazing four weeks enjoying both kids who were home from school for Christmas break.  Love love love them, and had to bid them adieu today 😦
  • working on finishing this curvy piece, created with a variety of American Paint chalk and clay paints, an enlarged Aged Paper, and a top I took back to original wood, and stained using our new Fabulous Wood Topper product that will be debuting this month 🙂paris_aged_paper_chest_drawers_chalk_clay_paints_fabfinisher


Are you local to the Detroit area and interested in possibly updating your OWN tired furniture?  If so,  come visit us – we’re located at the corner of 23 Mile and Van Dyke in Shelby Township,  48316.    Don’t come Sunday or Monday, because we’re not open, but T,W, F  our hours are 10am-5pm  Thursday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.  During holidays our hours do change, you can find updates on our website.

If you live too far away, that’s ok,  we ship daily,  offering our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories –

If you’re interested in painting your own piece, check out our Workshop Schedule,  you can even register online.



A Traverse City Kitchen Cabinet Redo – Reclaim Paint

A recent email from one of our lovely customers  –

Here are pics of our kitchen redo of our house in Traverse City. Sure do love that Reclaim.  I also used the Pewter in my bathroom.  Love your store!  Debbie H.

I know that bathroom well – one of my favorite redos

She used Caromal Colour’s Reclaim Paint – PEWTER


and our White Glaze



Just as sweet,  here is the kitchen






Say YES!








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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 …


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!



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!


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


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


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?


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


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!


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



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:


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


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. 

painting brick, american paint company chalk clay ,mineral


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.)

 The mantel is done in American Paint Co Freedom Road.

APC Freedom Road, coupon code PattyH5

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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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Fabulous Shares From My Painting Clients – These Will Move You To Grab A Can Of Paint!

Oh, ten days is a long time to be away from the blog… carrying major guilt that I’ve received so many great before/after projects, yet have shared nothing…

It’s been wonderfully busy at the Fab –  two workshops later, a 4th of July holiday (the plan was to catch up on blogging that day off but my hubby and I went golfing with friends instead!), and trying to get some new paint projects going so we can refill the showroom have left little time for computers,  and the home front has been busy getting boxes unpacked and toilet bars hung.  It will be nice when we are finally settled.

First up,  a Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat kitchen redo by Chris –

Attached are before & after photos of my kitchen refinishing.   Took  a while…but def. worth the effort!


Before – honey oak cabinets


After – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment with Coffee Glaze




After – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment with Coffee Glaze

Chris also refinished her bathroom cabinets –




After – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

Tari’s accent table –

I am loving the paints and finishes. I wish refinishing was all I did!! I own a salon so that is first but making people more beautiful and feeling great about themselves is  rewarding as well!



sft with satin

After – CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise with Satin Finish topcoat

Debbie, from Queens,  totally transformed her kitchen with our paints – she shares:

Cabinet in candy apple red with toner and counter in Caromal Textured Basecoat  Chocolate. With metallic blackened bronze over it sanded back a little to reveal texture and then Caromal Toner and top coat

This backsplash was painted using a custom stencil to look like tile.    I stenciled the backsplash using CeCe Caldwell chalk/clay paints with Clear Wax tinted with Acorn pigment.

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Her Moroccan table was the inspiration

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backsplash 2

Love love  love these cabinets…. what a rich beautiful color!

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And those counters!   I wish we had a BEFORE photo from Debbie, but honestly, don’t even need it – it’s very apparent this is a complete transformation!

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Love this share by Lisa:

Hi Patty,

I have been a frequent Saturday customer over the last several months.  It was about that time that I decided it was time to try to give our home some character.  I started with a two person bench for our foyer.  I picked it up on Craigslist for $40.  It had a great dark color wood and when I applied the Kentucky Mint it was an instant masterpiece!

Foyer Bench

CeCe Caldwell Kentucky Mint

  I just finished my second project.  It is my daughters Surfboard color vanity.  We loved the little Surfboard end table in your shop. It inspired us.  I got this little vanity on Craigslist too.  With your inspiration my daughter and I had tons of fun watching this little vanity transform. We are now on the hut for the perfect little vanity chair!

Sara Vanity

American Paint Co Surfboard, Momma’s Lipstick,Navajo White

I have two more projects underway; a desk and a little round table and 4 chairs.  I am anxious to get these put in their place in my home.

Thanks for the great products! Lisa


And another kitchen cabinet redo, this one by another Lisa :), using Reclaim paint

Hi Patty,

Well here is the finished product.  I used Caromal Colours Reclaim Paint  Versailles on the cabinets and Reclaim Licorice on the hardware and ceiling fan.  The pictures do not do the kitchen justice.

I will be in your store next week to buy a gallon of Reclaim Off-white for some friends…  they loved the paint and how it looks.

Although my dad had a cow when I told him that I painted the natural wood cabinets (he installed them years ago), I absolutely LOVE my new kitchen!!!  Besides, he’s never comes to my cottage.  LOL  Thanks for all of your help!!!

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Seriously,  isn’t this a HUGE transformation?

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100% cottage now –  look how it popped that  ceiling!  I had to go back and look, thinking for sure the ceiling was new too, but no – didnt even notice it before…

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Maggie came in the store last week  and showed me a few projects she’d completed at their summer home down south –

She used CeCe Calwell Traverse City Cherry with Dark Wax on  this Hoosier



and used CeCe Vintage White on the fireplace AND the stone front!  I wish I had the before to share, this completely changed her space …  isn’t it romantic?


Another kitchen, this one using Caromal Colours Reclaim Offwhite with Reclaim Antiquing Glaze . This was a BIG kitchen – all floor to ceiling oak….  Abby and her mom kicked out the whole thing, and are thrilled with the results –

after full

before wall 2

–  is this NOT fabulous?

after wall 2 before wallafter wall

Kathleen shares a chest she updated:

I painted the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat  Putty last night and I put on a light coat of glaze this morning – added a basket weave pattern with the glaze.   hey it’s paint if I screw it up I can paint it again… I love to paint so it’s not a big deal and I’m learning as I go. Having fun too!


dresser all in putty

Putty’d up

2nd coat in criss cross dresser to get next coat prob not c. c.

Glazed and cross hatched to add pattern

Kat shows that you can use the paints in more ways than one!


After – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Putty with Glaze

Sue is kind enough to share:

I came in about 2 months ago after seeing your article in the Free Press. I’d been planning a renovation of my kitchen for a couple of years, but just saved enough money to start this now.

I think I spent about $220 on various Ce Ce products, including Johnston Daffodil (all the cabinets), Kentucky Mint (kitchen chairs & 2 bar stools), Memphis Blue (table base, then mixed with the Kentucky Mint to make a nice aqua color), the Vintage White (not sure that’s the name, but you can correct it), the Ce Ce Caldwell satin finish and the dark aging wax.

I still have some product left if I ever want to do more, or need to repair anything.

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    … an old “dry sink” that a neighbor was going to sell –  I bought it and gave it the same treatment as the cabinets with the Johnston Daffodil

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This was an old faux ice box I had that was wood. I  mixed the Memphis Blue with the Kentucky Mint to get this lovely aqua color, and made inserts into the front of it with the previously mentioned paintable wallpaper that looks like ceiling tiles, then painted those with a brown paint, then the mixed aqua, then a washed out layer of Vintage White. The next picture is a close up of it. Plus, all was wiped back with a wet cloth to distress it.

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This is a table I made from a Singer Sewing Machine base I purchased at an antique store, painted with Memphis Blue & aged with a small amount of aging wax. I painted the top with Memphis Blue as well, then covered it with the Vintage White & brushed it back, and used glue to make some crackle as well.

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… the wooden chairs I painted with the Kentucky Mint, and distressed

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My prior square wooden kitchen table –    I purchased some extending wooden legs at the home improvement store and screwed them onto the bottom of the existing legs to make this table bar/island height. I mixed the Memphis Blue with the Kentucky Mint to get this lovely aqua color. I put the Vintage White over the top, added stencils in the aqua I made, and the stools are Kentucky Mint. I distressed all with wiping back and the dark wax.

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The last picture is an end unit that IKEA sells to go with their kitchen cabinets. Ce Ce’s paints are so good that I did 2 layers of the Johnston Yellow on this after I installed some legs from the home improvement store, and didn’t have to sand it. I did some aging wax and a layer of satin finish to keep it looking nice for a long time. This is an example of how something “new” like this can be made to look a bit old. I added the stick on stencils from the clearance section of Marshall’s…

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Thanks again for all the inspiration. My entire family loves the new kitchen, and we feel like we are at a cottage up north, or on the beach, when we are at home!

Sue from Warren

Thank YOU Sue, for sharing not only your photos but also your ‘how you did it’s’!   So much can be done with these easy to use paints, if we just go for it…

Lastly,  Nicole’s daughter’s vanity –  she previously painted it with a hot pink Behr paint, supposedly an all in one primer paint, which turned into a horrible peeling mess.   She sanded off what was loose, then used CeCe Beckley Coal over the whole thing, sealing it up with American Paint Company Topcoat Finish




Basepainted pink,  topcoated with CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal


CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal with APC Topcoat Finish

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