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Texture Texture, Texture Smooth, Options For Painting Cabinets and Furniture…

Folders and folders of photo projects to share….   What should I post next?   Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats or Reclaim paints?  American Paint Company’s Chalk Clay Mineral paint projects?   Metallics?

Any time I’m away more than a few days from posting my mind scatters in all directions, wanting to share everything at once.

Instead,  how about I share some combos?


Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – Mustard over Peppercorn, with Toner

Caromal Colours  Textured Basecoats - Mustard over Peppercorn,  with Toner

When color #1 dries you’ll want to brush on a coat of their Chipping Creme –

Chipping Creme is a product designed to work between separate layers of Textured Basecoat, like peanut butter between two slices of bread. This material creates a poor bonding layer between your Textured Basecoats, allowing you to remove the upper layer of Textured Basecoat in decorative patches, exposing the first or background color layer. The result is a chipped or worn-off “old world” paint finish look. Chipping Creme can be brushed or rolled on your surface.

Great for around hinges, door pulls, table legs….

1. Apply textured basecoat thick or thin… allow to dry

2. Apply a healthy coat of Chipping Creme over entire surface… allow to dry

3. Apply textured Basecoat of another color

4. As soon as this is dry, chip away using the side of a key or a small flat scraper if you want a heavier chunky reveal , like this


– then,  refine your chipping using 80-120 grit sandpaper to achieve desired effect.

For durability or exterior use, topcoat.

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Another Caromal Textured Basecoat , Chipping Creme, Caromal Textured Basecoat –


This rocker started with a cleaner (no smooshing) brushed on layer of Peppercorn (black)  Textured Basecoat


then a brushed on layer of Chipping Creme


then a brushed on layer of Textured Basecoat Paprika (barn red)-


When it dried, I went to town with my mouse sander, revealing back the black base, even chewing into the original wood finish.  If I wanted heavier chipping/pitting I would first scrape at my finish with something sharper like a flat blade, or screwdriver,  then I’d finish it off by sanding.

I added a stencil with the Peppercorn, creating a raised design, and highlighted it with American Paint Company Waistcoat (pea green)


To finish it off I waxed it with Liberon Bison Walnut Wax – its an easy wax to use with the Caromal paints – it antiqued that Paprika color nicely, dried fast, and buffed to a nice sheen


More layering – this time I START with Caromal’s Textured Basecoat but top it with one of my all natural chalk clay paints by American Paint Company-

This was my laundry room project when we moved last year –  I had our contractor turn a closet into a more functional space,  and we added a kitty box hole.   First things first,  had to get rid of that boob light


and add something more my style – that’s better!


Then I started on the cabinets and built-in.  I brushed on one coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate –


The counter was plywood and I had plans to finish that too.   I rolled the Caromal Textured Basecoat Chocolate on to build some texture


then I brushed on some American Paint Surfboard, Liberty and a little Dessert Cactus, and troweled it tight over the Chocolate Texture.  When it dried I sanded it good, then later added an epoxy-


Painting the basecoat over the brand new cabinets –


When the Chocolate Textured base dried I brushed on one coat of American Paint’s Navajo White.

I DID NOT BRUSH ON CHIPPING CREME IN BETWEEN.   The chipping creme is used ONLY between Caromal Colours type paints as they have strong bonding power and can bond too much to each other.  The chalk clay paints are easy to reveal back, with sandpaper or a wet rag even,  until you topcoat them.

I tried my hand at backsplash tile too – looks cool but still haven’t grouted it yet, and it’s been 9 months!


I brushed the Navajo White on thinner,  and only one coat.  I had a little bowl of water handy to dip my brush into every so often – the little bit of water helped me move the paint across the textured brown



When the Navajo dried I started to sand the finish,  you can use 100-150 grit – to reveal that Chocolate brown underneath…



On the front of the wash tub, I had applied a stencil using a mix of Neutral Texturebase and tinted it with a little bit of APC Surfboard –  the Texturebase is like a thicker plaster and creates awesome raised stencil elements.  The APC Navajo White  went on over that,  and when dry, everything got sanded


The sanding reveals some of the buried stencil as well.   I added my old knobs, not for function, since its a fake panel,  figured they could hold towels…


After the sanding, I wiped off the dust with a dry rag, and proceeded to seal everything up using American Paint company Topcoat Finish.  I applied 2 coats.   Here its wet –


Repurposing (aka  reusing) my old laundry knobs –




I needed a cushion for the bench seat, but didn’t want to spend for a custom fit


so I found an outdoor lounge chair pad,  stenciled it with a mix of APC Topcaot and APC Surfboard,  and glued on some trim I had –


Love my counter,  several years ago I went out of state to get trained and certified to install Aurastone/Granicrete – an epoxy countertop finishing system.

I never used it like I thought I would (big ideas to  refinish every client’s formica counters into beautiful works of art) because the process is very time and detail oriented, there is a larger margin for error (like a fly landing in the wet epoxy), and most importantly, the products are NOT cheap.

I love creating with the products, though, and still use them, mostly for furniture tops –


It worked perfectly for this project –  DSC_4924

Another Caromal Texture/APC Chalk Clay was this desk –


One coat brushed on Textured Basecoat Parchment (creme)


Followed by one coat APC Cannonball (black)


I forgot I  did anything different on the top, and going through my pictures I saw this picture below and thought   ” ?? What’s that Textured Chocolate and  Textured Parchment and Beautiful Embellishing Creme Brazillian out for?”


I brushed those on, wet into wet, and  bladed them about, to create an organic feel


I added some ‘veins’ , using   Krylon’s Webbing – both  gold and white –  veins shot out of a can 🙂   (practice on something first!)


Since it was a desk/vanity top I wanted to make sure the finish would be durable, so  I sealed the top with APC Topcoat Finish and let it dry.

DSC_1150To seal the rest of the piece I used a mix of APC Dark Wax and APC Clear Wax + APC Black Mica –

DSC_1152Scrubbed it on with a brush

DSC_1154even over the Topcoated top – thats the nice thing about APC’s Topcoat Finish,  it can seal up the chalk clay based paints with ease (like brushing on water) , and when dry will be more durable than wax alone.  You CAN wax over it too, but you CANT do the reverse.  Don’t wax first, THEN try to Topcoat – doesn’t work.

DSC_1158The wax will still add an antiquing to the paint finish, and some of that wax glow,  it just won’t be as intense


Brushed it on everything, then wiped off with dry cloth


After it dried I buffed with the drill brush


Added some new hardware and voila-


Easy peasy cheesy squeezy –





Another desk – this one first coat Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Candy Apple



Once dry  I brushed a coat of American Paint Born on the Fourth of July – a really  must-have color blue-



DSC_2230Once dry I sanded the whole piece –  here you can see the difference of a sanded drawer and unsanded drawer


DSC_2244Then I sealed, antiquing the piece at the same time, using American Paint’s Dark Wax –   again, not pushing product – I’ve used many,  but their waxes are simply THE BEST.



DSC_2239Wax on, wipe off excess, let dry.

DSC_2243Before I wax the top, I topcoat with APC’s Topcoat Finish – which will add durability –  then I waxed it



DSC_2256We had the perfect chair to match with it –


Used some Born on the Fourth of July on the chair seat, and sealed with Topcoat

DSC_2336Ready for a new home –


Oops, one more – perfect for last because it is both a Texture OVER a Texture  AND  a smooth over a texture –

Thomasville mirror (super heavy) –   previously painted Textured Basecoat Peppercorn (black), then a stencil using the thick plaster stuff Texturebase  (neutral).  Dry,  Chipping Creme,  dry,  Textured Basecoat Chocolate, dry and sand.



I got bored with it,  so I brushed over the whole thing with American Paint Company Plymouth Rock,  a pretty light sheer neutral pale gray,  let it dry, then sanded, and Topcoated –





Easy peasy cheesy squeezy 🙂


Time to get those brushes busy!


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If I Could Blink Blog Posts…

Maybe it’s growing up with these TV shows –



but I SOOOOOOO wish I could just blink or twitch my nose, and put my thoughts to printed blog posts….

There isn’t a day that goes by  (14 days since the last post) where I don’t think to myself  “gotta share that!”  or ” great tip”  “great color combo…”     It’s the GET IT DONE part that I’m struggling with… if I could BLINK, or TWITCH,  or nod my head and have a post appear I’d be a happy camper!

Hopefully, if you’re here to find new inspiration, you can instead poke around a bit and read some of the  other posts I have here to inspire you, while I work at getting back on track …

So where was I hiding the last week or so?    At home .

It was time to dedicate a few days to  family life  – we moved a few months ago and really haven’t had any free time to get things in order.  The garage was loaded to the gills,  not a picture hung,  no rooms personalized…   the basement bar was recently completed  but we did it with plywood and stock cabinets, awaiting my finishing touch…

I checked out of  ‘work’ mode and spent 4 days with hubby and kids, getting items checked off the list.

The bar was first –  I used my tried and true Aurastone products for the counters


I get asked alot about the Aurastone/Granicrete epoxy system by homeowners that want to use it – I offer so many DIY options at my studio that folks tend to think everything I do is user friendly.  It’s not considered a DIY finish,  I  cant teach it or sell the products –  Im only an installer, not a distributor.

It’s messy, and I complain every time I use the products, but in the end it makes a nice finish, making it worthwhile –


The colorants, and stains, get shot from squirt bottles…. they clog.  It sucks…   but I get to sprinkle cut glass and mica flakes  onto the surfaces so that makes up for it…


The more I can layer the tints, the more authentic the finish will look…


Then the added prayers  while I ready the epoxy…   if you’re not precise in your measuring and mixing the epoxy won’t cure evenly – resulting in a do-over… I’ve had that happen before, don’t want it to happen again…


The next morning, all looks good –  except a surprise visit, from a fly that died landing in the then wet now dry epoxy…   (we gouged out what we could and called the rest a fossil)


The epoxy really intensifies the colors and adds so much dimension –



With the counters behind me, I focus on the rest of the bar –  I used Caromal Textured Basecoat Pumpkin and brushed out a layer on the  base – to make it look more plumped upDSC_5543

The thicker paint really does a great job at hiding flaws, like unfinished seams… DSC_5545


When the pumpkin dried I brushed a watered down layer of American Paint’s Lincoln’s Hat – it looks grayish here because it’s dry and not sealed,  but Lincoln’s Hat once sealed will be black.    My plan is to sand the black back and let some pumpkin through, and then seal-


The new stock cabinets got a simple straight grain glaze finish using a mixture of Faux Effects Stain and Seal and some glaze.  This isn’t something I recommend for ‘used’ cabinets – stains can be tricky and going over surfaces that have ANY kind of wear – be it from weather elements, human touch, or every day use – can be a challenge, resulting in an uneven finish thats impossible to fix…


Only got 1/2 way, but a good start, right?


I stained the inside cubbies,  and need to Pumpkin/Lincoln’s Hat the edges still…


I think I might seal the finish with a dark Liberon Wax – I have an old Georgian Mahogany color from my wall days, maybe mix that with the dark walnut – that will seal the paint AND antique it at the same time, and I like the idea of antiquing the black.   Liberon Wax can really add a grungy instant age,  this island  could use that –


Are you guys done yet?


With the bar in order, we gutted the garage and sorted every last box.  My car  is in the garage for the first time since we moved –


We hung art, and mirrors,  and got BOTH kids rooms painted – something I really wanted to accomplish before they started back to school…

We went dark olive green on my son’s walls, and hung simple brown side panels to dress up his room darkening shade – DSC_5655

He wanted NOTHING hung on his walls, so I surprised him and hung a tiny wood sign next to his light switch – maybe it will motivate him this ‘last year of high school’….


We used 2 colors of turquoise for my daughter’s room – a lighter for the raised ceiling panels and darker turquoise for the rest.    She’s been waiting to personalize her space for awhile now, so it was nice to knock this one out…


She added a faded stencil – something she plans to do randomly, here and there,  and she’ll finish it off with a few blingy swarovski crystals …

Did you notice I said  “She…” ?   She is planning on finishing the stenciling herself…


A glitzy knob, to update her old ‘Reclaim-Licorice-painted’ furniture…




We readied the nest for a new school year – in Michigan most kids head back after Labor Day –  and the first day of school was smooth.   We didn’t get EVERYTHING checked off our list, but we certainly made a huge dent 🙂

Back at the store I finished this corner piece


I also received our new stash of American Paint MICA POWDERS –  Silver, Gold, Pewter, Copper and Black –


and American Grit, a dirtying agent used with the wax –


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Our fall workshop schedule is posted, but I still need to post photos of the Level II finishes -hopefully I can get those up by the weekend.

Tomorrow I’ll share a post full of recent workshop finishes, to get you motivated – this is the perfect time of year to knock out a piece or two of your own!



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My Latest Furniture Redo – A Modern Transformation

Last weekend I had a surprise visit at the store – a customer and her husband stopped by with a piece they no longer had a need for

It had such good bones I couldn’t resist

It joined the growing pile

Go figure, it was THIS dresser that got finished first!  My inspiration was this

My intention was to paint the base a champagne silver metallic, then stencil an allover design in bronze –  metallic on metallic – that’s modern right?

I basecoated it with Caromal Colours Reclaim mocha,  and added a texture on the top using Textureline’s black Texturebase

then painted the top A Statuary Bronze with black highlights.  My plan for the top was beyond my typical ‘animal hide’…  this one was going to get epoxied!   I used a system called Aurastone/Granicrete – it is NOT a do-it-yourself project  –  I trained with it several years ago thinking I’d do counter tops,  but it is too labor intensive, and the materials are expensive-

See it dripping down the side?  I forgot how messy it is…

After the clean up,  I painted the base a mix of silver champagne, and then antiqued it with Caromal Colours Toner.

My hubby stopped by and said  “I’m not sure if I’m going to like that…”   to my snappy reply,   “It’s not done!”

When the base was dry I took one of my stencils from Wallover  called Gabriel’s Gate,  and started stenciling  in a bronze, silver, champagne mix

then yesterday I had a chance to finish the stenciling

I initially thought I would only stencil the front panels, but I wrapped it around the sides as well, it was so pretty

I painted the lower rail and feet bronze, and over glazed with black…

that looked better with the richness of the top.  Those black spots are actual mica pieces that I floated in the epoxy finish

And no, I could not resist – I had to add a few swarovski crystals – this time I used a smoke crystal color, wanted to put them everywhere, but held back and only popped the centers of a couple designs

I have to get pulls still  … I wish I could just leave them off…. thinking clear like glass/acrylic…

The epoxy top really gives it a modern feel – I wouldn’t use it on everything, but when I do I just love how it adds so much dimension…

Like the transformation?

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A Shop Table Gets Aurastoned…

These are awsome shop tables that Steve Lochiorco built for me – two in a row for painting on

and one more that I wanted to use more for gathering

I decided to create a finish on it, then use the Aurastone epoxy over top.  I kindof created as I went along – I first painted the table with Reclaim Mocha, then applied a crackle size, then troweled Venetian Gem’s brown and blue, then waited for it to crack…

then antiqued it with Caromal Colours Toner

then troweled on a layer of Weathered Bronze Lusterstone, then took a fat roller that had circles all over it (textural) and rolled that over the whole thing, adding in more Weathered Bronze and a little Sage

then I sprinkled across the wet plaster with some verdigris tamise flakes (patina’d gold leaf pieces),  then knocked it all down with my trowel

then I mixed up the epoxy I had left and poured – I used about 2/3 of a 1/2 gallon of epoxy and it wasn’t enough.  It didn’t even drip over the edges…

It needs another pour to smooth out the finish and to get the edges…. I’m not looking forward to taping it all off again, plus I’m out of epoxy, so it will probably stay this way for awhile!

I’ve had a number inquires about the Aurastone recently.  I do not sell the products –  it is not DIY without training and instruction, and I’m not set up to train for them.   If you are interested in learning the application, you will need to head here to read about product history and training locations.

I can only do it for you, and I have chosen to limit my application to furniture surfaces only.   I love the Aurastone – it’s an artisan’s dream come true – but it’s labor intensive, and the materials are expensive.