Category Archives: The Mudroom

One of My Personal Favorites – Aged Papers…

You might be able to tell from our online selection of nearly 300 unique paper designs,  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    –

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 12-24 hrs (even sooner if possible).  We are near 25 Mile and Van Dyke.

Have a blessed week

love and miss you Bella! x o x o





Carrie Caromal’s Her Coffee And End Tables…


  Hi!  I have a couple of questions. I have a coffee table and two end tables just like the table you did in your shop. 

Warning: Before painting clean surface and remove small children 🙂

It is the one with the wisteria bottom and the top is a blend of colonial blue, bayberry, putty, and parchment.  My question is:  my coffee table is black with a dark walnut top. How many coats do you think it will to cover the black and do I need to sand in between each coat?  I ordered all of the colors in the textured base coat line and have two coats of wisteria on and I can still see black through it.  Is this normal. I have enclosed a picture of what I am talking about.    Thank you so much.  I am excited to see how this project turns out!!!!    Carrie

Hi Carrie,

… Okey – so you’re table is dark  –  if you look at my finish, you can see some of the wood color coming through – yours could come through but just be darker…

If you want most of your dark color covered  then you might need 2 layers of dragging those colors –  and no, I wouldn’t sand in between – no need to… just paint it thinner…  

I love your table props!     My bottom was white to start with….   you’ll need more wisteria on your bottom –   brush another full coat of wisteria over that base – don’t water it down…  you should be white then…. 

  I got all three tables done and they are holding up great!!  People are so impressed and I have been recommending your website and paint.  I am including a couple of pictures of the finished project. 

Thanks again for your help,


Love them Carrie!

Thank you for sharing your project!

For more information about the Caromal Colours textured basecoats,  head here   distressing paints

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Hoarder Or Organizer?

Have you seen that TV show  Hoarding:  Buried Alive? What a sad show – I mean really,  seeing how these people live is painful to watch –

What amazes me is that they can even find enough people who live like this to do a new episode each week.  People really live this way?  I feel like I get anxiety attacks when a few things get out-of-place – I can’t even imagine…

This was a good article that I found over at

Instead, I’d rather look at ways we can better organize our spaces.

How about Entryways?     Love the walls here –

Nice use of wall space –

Never seen this style before – I need one of these for Bella, our pup!

For a narrow space

I posted last year about our entry way makeover…   this is our small but functional entry walk in closet

Our back entry space is small, but it provides everything we need now –   storage for shoes, coats, backpacks,  bins for hats and mittens, a place to sit, and a basket for mail

Laundry anyone?

We have this laundry cart

It fits perfectly in our laundry room closet.  When the kids bring their hampers down, I have them sort their lights/darks into the bags – then their empty baskets go on top the counter.  It works great – the rolling cart stays tucked away in the closet,  and as the laundry is done and folded it goes right back into their empty hampers.  The front loader machines, allowing a counter over, has made all the difference in our laundry room –

This is one of my favorite client’s laundry rooms.  She is super organized.  Her sewing/wrapping station is on the left – see the threads nicely stored?   Her baskets are mounted on pullout drawers –

How fresh

Ah,  a hidden washer and dryer –

That same super organized client has a super organized pantry –

the labeled shelves are cool!

Potato and Onion baskets –

Our pantry isn’t a deep walk in,  but it can hold a lot.  When we moved in there were only 4 shelves… I had our handy man build a fifth shelf on – that allowed me to use extra space –

Storing in plastic containers –

Theres always those little things that need order –

I could go on forever – I am a sucker for organization.

Lynn Coulter of Listingbook offers a few tips for getting organized:

  • Allow enough time for each area you tackle. You might not organize an entire garage in one day, but you could straighten a linen closet.
  • Plan to discard items you don’t use anymore. Many charities will accept clothes you haven’t worn in years, or books you don’t plan to read again.
  • Put wasted space to work. Slide a storage box under the bed, or extend your kitchen shelves all the way to the ceiling. Attach racks over doors to hold shoes or towels, and use hooks to hold key rings and coats.
  • Go “up,” with stackable containers in bedrooms, laundry areas, and playroom.

Cool Mirrors, Cool Graphics…

Mirrors –

Leather bound-

Infinity optical-





I spotted this over at Cottage Chick

its a side mirror from an antique dressing table, hung sideways.   Reminds me of an arm with the fingers pointing in the left direction.  Like, “Laundry room this way!”  Her graphics are fun and marry up nicely with the mirror – she used Uppercase Living Decals.  I’ve never heard of  them.

Uppercase Living-

I’m not certain how their prices compare to other word applique companies, you’d have to hop to each site and price compare –



Caromal Colour’s In Your Own Words-

offers the customized words/sayings  but in applique stencil format, not colored vinyl –

How about graphics ON mirrors?