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Painted Wood Samples – Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes

This post was lingering in ‘drafts’, so I’m publishing it for those that might be seeking barnworn finish color combos –

bayberry over candy apple

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – candy apple, chip creme, bayberry, toner

bayberry over peppercorn

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – peppercorn, chip creme, bayberry, toner

bayberry over pumpkin

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – pumpkin, chip creme, bayberry, toner

bayberry with toner

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – bayberry, toner and more toner

candy apple over bayberry

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – bayberry, chip creme, candy apple, toner

candy apple over chocolate

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -chocolate, chip creme, candy apple, toner

candy apple over mustard

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -mustard, chip creme, candy apple, toner

candy apple over peppercorn

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -peppercorn, chip creme, candy apple, toner

caromal paprika over chocolate

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -chocolate, chip creme, candy apple, toner

cobblestone over paprika

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -paprika, chip creme, cobblestone, toner

col blue over bayberry

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -bayberry, chip creme, colonial blue, toner

col blue over paprika

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -paprika, chip creme, colonial blue, toner

colblue over putty

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -putty, chip creme, colonial blue, toner

Copper Silver and Gold Gilded Trim samples

Copper Silver and Gold Gilded Trim samples

Textured Basecoat Candy Apple

Textured Basecoat Candy Apple, chip creme, pumpkin, toner, cabinet door candy apple with toner

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Textured Basecoat Barnworn finishes, mustard, chip creme, peppercorn, toner – left side mustard is brushed smooth, right side mustard is stippled

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Textured Basecoat finishes, mustard, toner – left side mustard is brushed smooth, right side mustard is stippled

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Textured Basecoat barnworn finishes, peppercorn, chip creme, mustard, toner and peppercorn, chip creme, cobblestone, toner. cabinet door is cobblestone and toner

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over textured basecoat wisteria (left) and parchment (right) – various caromal colours glazes, brushed on and wiped off.

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over textured basecoat wisteria- various caromal colours glazes, brushed on and wiped off.

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over textured basecoat parchment -various caromal colours glazes, brushed on and wiped off.

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Caromal Colours textured basecoat mustard on left, hazelnut on right – with various glazes

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Caromal Colours textured basecoat hazelnut – with various glazes. front samples, parchment, chip creme, hazelnut, toner. hazelnut, chip creme, peppercorn, toner. peppercorn, chip creme, hazelnut, toner

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment over paprika on top, parchment over colonial blue on bottom, with various glazes

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment over paprika on top, parchment over colonial blue on bottom, with various glazes , and stencils

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment over paprika on top, parchment over colonial blue on bottom, with various glazes

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – putty, chip creme, peppercorn, toner

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – mustard, chip creme, peppercorn, toner

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats -paprika, chip creme, mustard, toner

various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats - peppercorn, chip creme, paprika, toner

various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – peppercorn, chip creme, paprika, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – mustard, chip creme, blueberry, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – putty, chip creme, parchment, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – peppercorn, chip creme, wisteria

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – mustard, chip creme, cobblestone, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – peppercorn chip creme, mustard, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – chocolate,chip creme, parchment, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – chocolate,chip creme, bayberry, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – cobblestone,chip creme, parhcment, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – chocolate,chip creme, cobblestone, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment,chip creme, putty, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – wisteria,chip creme, chocolate, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – chocolate,chip creme, colonial blue, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – colonial blue,chip creme, cobblestone, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – cobblestone,chip creme, peppercorn, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment,chip creme, mustard, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats -bayberry,chip creme, chocolate, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats -colonial blue,chip creme, wisteria, toner

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Caromal Colours Copper Leaf over Reclaim Mocha, with Toner

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Caromal Colours Gold Leaf over Reclaim Mocha, with Toner

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Caromal Colours Silver Leaf over Reclaim Mocha, with Toner

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

 

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

putty over mustard

Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoat mustard, chip creme, putty, toner

putty over chocolate

Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoat chocolate, chip creme, putty, toner

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textured basecoat mustard, brushed smooth, chip creme, chocolate, toner

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textured basecoat chocolate brushed smooth, chip creme, chocolate, toner

 

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textured basecoat chocolate brushed smooth, chip creme, paprirka, toner

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textured basecoat chocolate brushed smooth, chip creme, cobblestone, toner

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textured basecoat candy apple, chip creme, parchment, toner textured basecoat pumpkin, chip creme, parchment, toner

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textured basecoat pumpkin, chip creme, peppercorn, toner

parchment over putty

putty, chipping crème, parchment, toner

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layered textured basecoat colors, left side all topped in candy apple with toner, right side paprika with toner

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parchment, chipping crème, wisteria, toner

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putty, chipping crème, chocolate, toner

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parchment, chipping crème, colonial blue, toner

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putty, chipping crème, paprika, toner

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peppercorn, chipping crème, pumpkin, toner

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mustard, chipping crème, peppercorn, toner

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bayberry, chipping crème, mustard, toner

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pumpkin, chipping crème, bayberry, toner

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paprika, chipping crème, peppercorn, toner

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colonial blue, chipping crème, bayberry, toner

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pumpkin, chipping crème, peppercorn, toner

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parchment, chipping crème, paprika, toner

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chocolate, chipping crème, mustard, toner

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peppercorn, chipping crème, wisteria, umber glaze

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putty, chipping crème, paprika, toner

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paprika, chipping crème, putty, toner

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peppercorn (heavy), chipping crème, mustard (heavy), toner

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colonial blue, chipping crème, parchment, coffee glaze

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colonial blue, chipping crème, peppercorn

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candy apple, chipping crème, mustard, toner

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candy apple, chipping crème, bayberry, toner

 

 

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Layering Foil And A Custom Mix of American Paint Clay Chalk Mineral Paints…

So we’ve got these fun metallic foils available, by the foot, available in store and online

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An easy enough way to add some pop and pizazz to furniture, trim, accents…

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Foils can be applied over a painted surface-

– I don’t foil over an existing furniture finish – I paint or seal the piece first

– over Caromal Colours Reclaim (built in sealer)   let dry 36 hrs before foiling

–  over chalk clay mineral based paints – it will pull right off unless SEALED first.   Do not seal with wax,  as the foil won’t adhere properly,  I seal my American Paint clay mineral paint with APC water based Topcoat Finish.

BE PATIENT.   Don’t paint your piece and topcoat all in four hours and then expect  to foiling five minutes later – your base needs to be cured or the sizing will pull your finish off.

Foils work kindof like kiddy transfer tatoos – you rub them over a sealed, sized, surface – then remove the paper to reveal your finished product.  Most foil patterns do not transfer 100% off the paper – expect about 80-95% transfer.  Because of this, your basecoat color DOES matter as you will see traces of it.

We have a simple video in the works, showing the step by step application of Metallic Foils, and we’ll post that as soon as it’s available.

  1. Make sure surface is sealed.  Pay attention to your basecoat color and how it will play with your foil pattern.
  2. Apply one coat of Sticky Size/ Wunda Size and let set up to a tack (about 15-30 minutes).   You can brush or roll, but be careful of brush strokes as these can relay through to your foiled finish
  3. Lay a sheet of foil over the tacky size, solid size down (you should be looking at your pattern ) and scrub with a coarse scrubber to transfer the foiling.  metallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, paitned furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com
  4. You can seal with a water or oil based topcoat – I like to use American Paint’s Vintage Dark Wax as it adds a little depth to the finish.  Use a glossier topcoat to create a high sheen, cool over the foils.

Cheetah Foil

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Copper Green Slade

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Weathered Copper

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Click on this photo to read the post about this spiffy little clock table.

I played around on this accent table –   it was white when I got it and I used a black texturebase to create a raised allover stencil design on the top

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I was yearning for something burnt orange, so I cooked up a custom color, using American Paint’s Magenta and Orange Grove

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I brushed on the first coat, then a thinner washed coat, and once dry sealed it with APC Topcoat Finish

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Once  thoroughly dry and cured (obviously I went quicker on this one) I applied one coat of the Sticky Size – it will go on milky and tack up to a clear

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I transferred Woodhaven Gold Metallic Foil onto the top using a scrub brush

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then I drybrushed American Paint Shoreline,  a fabulous bright turquoise – great for adding a nice patina

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It was hard to stop

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and when I was satisfied I realized I’d covered most of the foil 🙂

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Cool, isnt it?metallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, painted furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com

The base got a last wash of the custom burnt orange

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and when it dried I started to lightly sand the finish to clean it up (you can see the right side is sanded and looks powdery)

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I sealed the paint with American Paint’s Vintage Dark Wax

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the bestest, most awesome wax in the world-

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scrub it on

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metallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, painted furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com

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wipe it offmetallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, painted furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com

and waxed the top too

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wax off  🙂metallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, painted furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com

The wax antiqued that gold foil up nicely

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But then….    it happened.

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I couldn’t live with the orange legs longer than an hour…  I grabbed Born on the Fourth of July, a great dark blue from American Paint, that changes colors as you water it down ,  and painted the whole thing, top and bottom.

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Then I didn’t like the top being the same color as the bottom so I painted the top Cannonball, a black from APC.   Then sanded the bejesus out of it metallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, painted furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com

and waxed the whole thing one more time, this time with American’s Clear Wax

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So much for foiling the top!   The cool thing, though, is – you can ‘see’ spots, here and there,  in the top finish,  of the gold foil…metallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, painted furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com

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Love it now!

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Motivated To Transform With Paint – These People Did!

Nothing motivates me more to paint than seeing what others are doing in their paint endeavors –

Here are some recent creations from our weekly Paint A Piece Workshops –

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APC Plymouth Rock with Topcoat Finish

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A typical wood finish end table-

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updated with our smooth metallic finish –

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CeCe Caldwell’s Sedona Red

Loved this one-  drawers to a chest,  the rest will be painted solid at home, but the fronts were transformed…

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APC Purple Mountain Majesty with allover stencil in APC Navajo White

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More dresser drawers –

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APC Surfboard over Desert Cactus, stenciled with Desert Cactus

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APC Smoke Signal over Navajo White, Fireworks Red on the Knob with dark wax

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Textured Basecoat Parchment with Glaze

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APC Beachglass over APC Fireworks Red

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CeCe Simply White over Caromal Textured Basecoat Hazelnut

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APC Fireworks Red over Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

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APC Dollar Bill over Caromal Textured Basecoat Chocolate

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment with Glaze

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APC Blue Jeans

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CeCe Simply White with metallic stencil

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Silver metallic blend finish – NEO!

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APC Momma’s Lipstick over Caromal Textured Basecoat Pumpkin

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stenciled with other chalk/clay paint colors

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APC Purple Mountain Majesty with Beautiful Antique Glaze

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CeCe Caldwell Spring Hill Green with Santa Fe Turquoise highlights

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CeCe Vintage White over Pittsburgh Gray, stenciled in Pittsburgh

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Hammered Metal finish – Caromal textured basecoat Chocolate, metallic blend, and toner

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Drawers to a cool chest…

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CeCe Caldwell Pittsburgh Gray over Vintage White

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CeCe Pittsburgh Gray with Beckley Coal Stencil

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Pickled Oak cabinets – updated with APC Rushmore and Topcoat Finish

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If you’re in the Detroit area,  visit our paint studio –

we fully stock

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CeCe Caldwell Clay/Chalk/Mineral paints/finishes

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Where’d This American Paint Company Clay/Chalk/Mineral Base Paint Come From?

NO SANDING         NO STRIPPING           NO PRIMING

If you haven’t noticed,  we recently signed on to retail the new American Paint Company paints.  Why?   Let me back up a bit…

My passion for creating beautiful finishes evolved from almost ten years in the faux finishing world.   I love trying new things, finding great products, creating really pretty stuff, and empowering others to do the same.

When I opened Fabulous Finishes in 2011 my goal was to offer customers a do-it-yourself  option for finishing cabinets, furniture and accessories with paint. The first line of  DIY paints that I married up with was Caromal Colours,  easy to use paints offering a variety of finish options –

Six months later I signed on with CeCe Caldwell,  a chalk/clay/mineral based paint that offered DIY’ers an all natural option to refinishing.  Like the Caromal Colours paints, the CeCe paints could be applied over nearly any surface without first having to sand, prime or strip (a homeowners dream)

Two uniquely different but lovely DIY  friendly paint lines…

We were creating cool finishes,  selling custom painted furniture, accessories, and paint/sundries, and our workshops were regular.  The best part for me was using the paints and creating lovely finishes.  The more options I could offer, the more needs I could meet. Things were growing at a fast pace, and  I realized we needed to find new digs.

This past February,  we moved into a new retail space, offering 1500 sf of showroom and another 1500 sf of workshop space

and two months later we were signing on the American Paint Company,  another clay/chalk/mineral paint line.

We already carry a clay/chalk/mineral line, so why another you ask?    Well, the biggest reason is this – the American Paint Company is the same kind of paint – clay/chalk/mineral based that is all natural, green, zero vocs,  no smell.  The paints and finishes are very simliar, almost interchangeable – so for me it was an easy addition.

American Paint Company offers more choices – 20 new colors and 10 equivalents to current CeCe colors – as well as more finish options  (light and dark vintage waxes).   In my mind, the more colors, the more finish options , the better!

Another big factor was this – CeCe Caldwell, from day one, supported retailers/stores carrying other product lines besides their own.   American Paint Company also supports retailers offering a variety of goods and services.   This was HUGE for me.  .  There are other lines of paint out there that won’t allow a retailer to offer choices to their  customers –  their products must be so perfect, after all,  that no other product is required?    Sorry, I’ve never bought that logic…

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Coming from a finishing world, where many specialty paint lines are available,  I pride myself on trying anything and everything to help me find the best products on the market – be it a plaster to use, a glaze, or dazzling metallics.   If it ends up being from three different manufacturers, then so be it – it doesn’t mean I am less loyal, it means I am experienced in my trade.

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I won’t be afraid to tell you that Caromal Colours paints are more durable for kitchen cabinets, or to cover tile around a fireplace, because their paints adhere like cement.    I love the  CeCe Caldwell and the American Paint Company clay/chalk/mineral paints for a more refined furniture finish –    the waxes and finishes are hands down fabulous.

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First Lady and Navajo White – American Paint Company paints

So – WHAT is APC?     American Paint Company is an All Natural, Zero VOC, EcoFriendly, Green, DIY paint company, located in New Mexico.   Their paints, waxes and finishes are all derived from naturally occurring raw materials.  American Paint Company products are the result of a clean and healthy alternative for everyone.   They’ve been creating paints and finishes for over 25 years – and now are offering their own products to the DIY market

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Their paints are clay/chalk/mineral based.  That sounds like the CeCe paints, right?   Yes, these 2 lines are very simliar but not exact.   They are green, zero voc, all natural – the PERFECT PAINT LINE to join our store, given we pride ourselves on being able to offer all natural products.

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For a full review of the finishes

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and the colors,  check back for our next post –  American Paint Company Clay/Chalk/Mineral Base Paint  COLOR REVIEW.

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We’ve started to play, and we’ll give you our opinion on how it handles (ooo laa laa…..)

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Flower box dragged with APC Home Plate, ladder APC Plymouth Rock over APC Desert Cactus – stenciled with APC Firecracker Red and Plymouth Rock’

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APC Dollar Bill crackled with Elmers Glue over an existing black base, dirtied up with Liberon Medium Oak Bison Wax.

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