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American Paint Freedom Road Grey Gray – Waxed Black and Brown

Freedom Road is one of our top sellers –

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American Paint Company‘s medium grey gray

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A lovely color on it’s own, very Restoration Hardware

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Applying APC’s Vintage Clear Wax, tinted with  black pigment (aka make-your-own-black-wax) will intensify the color as you can see on this small nightstand I finished

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I layered Freedom Road over APC Waistcoat, and then sanded back to refine the finish.  Because the original piece was haphazardly painted white, it took little to no effort to reveal peeks of white through the colored paint.  So far, the drawer and side trim have been black waxed.

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Over the top I only applied a coat of Freedom Road. When it dried I applied a quick watered down brush coat of Satin Sealer, just to seal up the paint. Once dry, I brushed another liberal coat of Sealer mixed with water, positioned my Aged Botanical Paper over it, then proceeded to adhere it to the furniture top.  apc_freedom_road_waistcoat_black_wax_botanical_paper4

You can see the piece, tucked in the corner below –

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Applying American Paint’s Vintage Dark Wax, a pre-tinted brown, will change the whole look and feel of Freedom Road.

This vintage radio cabinet started with a layer of APC Home Plate –

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Once dry I applied the APC Freedom Road, and sanded back (once dry) to reveal some of the Home Plate and original finish. To seal it up I used APC’s all natural, very easy to use, Vintage Dark Wax  – scrubbed it on with a brush and softly wiped the excess back

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Would you have expected this color?

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The dark wax will take the grey to an kakhi/olive/green tone.  No grey no more!

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The top I took in a little different direction. First, I brushed a coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate

when that dried I brushed a thin coat of APC Home Plate, sanded it to reveal the Chocolate texture, topcoated it with APC Topcoat Finish,  a more durable topcoat alternative to wax, and then gave it a wash with a black and brown glaze –

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I painted the inside Home Plate as well, and tucked a stencil on the back for fun

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The back got a fun wash of APC Waistcoat and a little Freedom Road.... no topcoating on the back –

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But quite a different spin on grey.    I prefer using my powdered pigments and/or mica’s either mixed into a Clear Wax or into a Clear Glaze.  I’m not a fan of tinting my topcoat…

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We’ve got a great selection of  almost a dozen Powder Pigments, and a dozen more Mica Powders to choose from.  If you like to paint and create, these are a must have.  A little goes a long way, and once mixed still hold a decent shelf life.

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Happy painting!

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Mambo, Custom Corner Hutch – Gets A Fresh Coat of Paint

This cabinet caught my eye at our local Salvation Army…

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Have I ever mentioned that this Salvation Army is in the same complex that we are?

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I helped the guys roll this beast down the strip… wasn’t sure it would even fit in our front door, it’s THAT big!

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My heart wanted this piece,  in fact, the whole time I was painting it, I was thinking it would ‘fit’ in my house….

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… because after all,  I have limited storage space in my new kitchen,  and could REALLY use a sweet ‘lil (big) cabinet tucked in the corner….

So who’s big idea was it to make my kitchen nook too small to house it?

Damn….

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This piece must have been painted multiple times in its lifetime, for it was really painty beat up – crusty crumbly…   When you get pieces like this,  don’t attempt to ‘ FIX’  it by sanding or scraping – just roll with it –   I gave this piece a soapy rag cleaning and then on went the paint –

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You can see the previous ‘green’ coming through, above….

I painted this piece using several American Paint Company colors –  Lincoln’s Hat, Leather Boots, Limoge, Navajo White and a little Uncle Sam…  When I use multiple colors to paint, I  spoon each color on a palette and go from there, sometimes grabbing and painting only with one color, other times grabbing several colors at once –

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Sanded and topped with APC Clear Wax.   The inside was painted with a coat of Caromal Colours Reclaim Paint (Bright White) –  the Reclaim paint has a built in sealer, perfect for the inside , brush it on and be done with it – no sanding, no sealing….

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I added an allover damask stencil to the inside back, using several Caromal Colour stencil cremes –

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The age and wear of this old cabinet relayed through my new layers of paint, making my job of ‘telling a story’  real easy…

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I regretted the stencil, soon after I started because it took me forever and a day to do it.   That’s not good for my kind –  I was bored after the second damask… but glad I stuck with it 🙂

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