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New CeCe Colors Arrive At Fabulous Finishes… Come And Get Em!!

Thursday was a fun day-   I picked up my CeCe paint order ‘in route’ –  Jill, from Bungalow 47, my distributor,  was on her way to the airport, which was kindof 1/2 way from her to me, so she was was kind enough to haul my paint booty with her – we did a quick swap off the freeway in a gas station parking lot, and just like that I was on my way home with yummy paints.

Even funner?  On the way home I plugged ‘estate sales local’ into my iphone and tracked a couple sales on the way home – brilliant!    I had to be back to the store by 2pm, to relieve my wonderful helper Kathy, so I had game face on and focused on quick in and out…

Grabbed this sweet black leather ottoman, in excellent condition

Everything in photo for sale – ottoman $159, crackle frame matted art $54.99, chair $35, table $55 (accessories for sale too but cant recall prices)

Hutch $899, Resin angel gold patina $29.99

these 2  have great potential – I’m certain one or both will be antique white…

an antique coffee table, and quaint little vanity chair…

Love him….

Vintage jointed horse on stand, $64.99

and this…   it called to me  from across the room…

Originally, I thought “Oh my gosh, perfect just like this!” … but then I wondered if painting it wouldn’t be a smarter option…

No pain, no gain…

I have great things in store for you, just wait…

Back at the store, we unload the paint…   new colors – Ce Ce Pickerington Violet

it’s so pretty, sold two first day…

Vermont Slate, then glue, then Pickerington Violet, then Clear Wax…

Four new colors – all next to Simply White –

top left Pickerington Violet, top right Texas Prairie, bottom left Mississippi Mud, bottom right California Gold

Texas Prairie, with clear wax

Mississippi Mud with clear wax

California Gold with clear wax

More examples, with waxes…

Left Pickerington Violet over Hershey Brown, with Dark Wax, Right Texas Prairie over Hershey Brown, left side Light Aging right side Dark Aging Wax

Left side Mississippi Mud over Hershey Brown with Dark Wax, right side California Gold over Vermont Slate with Dark Wax

I gotta say, originally when I brushed out the California Gold I was not thrilled – I’m not a buttery color gal…. but this sample, over the Slate, with dark wax, is yummy… even my finisher pal Kathy, when she came in and saw this, grabbed a quart of California Gold…

My updated CeCe wall-   of course, more colors to come :)

ARE YOU READY TO GET your paint on?

When online ordering, using coupon code PattyH in the coupon code area saves you money off shipping, and you pay no tax (outside PA).

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

A Hutch Transformed With CeCe Caldwell Smoky Mountain Gray…

Back when I was a kid,  we took a trip to the Smoky Mountains… there is a photo similar to this one, except we’re posing in front of the fence like tourons…

and you thought I was pulling your  leg :)   That’s me in the middle smiling at my brother

Little did I know, years later I’d be painting a piece of furniture in a color named Smoky Mountain Gray

I started with this lovely gem – such a pretty piece  to paint, and in excellent condition

The drawers were lined with Detroit Newspapers from 1979.  Good for the future owner because the inside drawers are like new

My inspiration?   a picture frame finish that I created for my mom

I started with a base of Reclaim Licorice black

added glue in areas, as I went along, and painted over it all with the CeCe Caldwell Smoky Mountain

This paint is easy to brush out, thick but creamy and levels out just enough so you’re not left with heavy brushy marks…  and it goes far.  One coat covered this piece and I only used not even 1/3 of the can

After a very light sand I aged and sealed it with a Liberon Medium Oak Wax

and for an extra custom punch, I gave the top an animal hide texture in a warm silver metallic

My new buddy John, owner at Profaux, told me to sell it for no less than $1500…

and he said I should sign it.  After all,  it’s one of a kind.  Custom…

I haven’t signed it.  Yet.

For Sale  $899

ARE YOU READY TO GET your paint on?

When online ordering, using coupon code PattyH in the coupon code area saves you money off shipping, and you pay no tax (outside PA).

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

A Workshop Week… Textureline Finishes ROCK!

Last week I visited the Plaster Center & Minneapolis Institute of Fine Finishes and instructed a 2 day workshop on Easy Cabinet and Furniture Finishes

I loved his studio!  An old building, up a couple floors, in the city of Minneapolis… old plank floors, windows with natural light, high exposed ceilings, tons of room…. an artist’s dream….

It was a fun two days

with cool finishes created

Like those stencils?  I’m finally carrying stencils now, designed right here in Metro Detroit!

Drew Beninati, artist and owner, is the guy that is the colorant genius for Textureline products.   Textureline makes everything  from glazes and pigments to plasters and stone finishes.    Did you know I carry Textureline products as well?   :)

At the end of our class we played around a bit with some new Moire Metallic Plaster colors.  I created this

That was last week.

This past week Drew flew here, to teach a two day workshop on troweled plaster finishes at my studio.  I  buzzed around all week getting everything in order. The back drop is troweled grey Sedonna plaster

Textureline sample finishes decorate the wall

I dressed  up this wall with two finishes

a sweet metallic textured finish on top, and a troweled Moire plaster on the bottom –  both finishes will be taught in an upcoming 3 hour workshop

I got to meet John and Greg from ProFaux out of Akron, Ohio.   I learned so much from John,  and Greg blew me away with his creativity

It was a pleasure hosting Drew –  he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, and offers a finish-packed  2 day workshop

I’ve got some great stuff in the works –   next week I’ll be adding some new products for purchase, both online and in store.  Look for powder pigments and metallic waxes  in 4 ounce samplers AND as a sample kit.  Additionally, I’ll be stocking several more topcoats that will be useful with cabinet and furniture finishes- a flat wax and satin wax, both applied with a damp sponge – as easy as a wipe-on poly, but more durable.

Look for our summer workshop schedule this week – adding some new sessions,  CeCe Chalk Paint Techniques,  Animal Hide Texture Top Finish,  and a  Simple Wall Finishes Workshop.

Come check us out

Fabulous Finishes Studio 

A Specialty Paints Retailer

49972 Van Dyke Rd

Shelby Township, Mi 48317


Tuesday, Thursday  10am – 530pm

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 430pm


CeCe Caldwell Seattle Mist

CeCe Caldwell Chalk & Clay Paint

– why it’s our paint of choice for creating beautiful finishes:

  • 100% naturally green, people & earth friendly, and made right here in the USA…
  • ZERO Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), non-toxic.  The minerals are clay, porcelain clay, and chalk blended into a water-base solution.  No odor (though I say it smells like earth!)
  • It has a creamy consistency when painting and flows out effortlessly, drying to a pretty smooth finish.  You can achieve a baby fine surface with minimal sanding
  • The paint is self-priming, superior adhesion means that most surfaces don’t require a prep coat of primer prior to painting. One or two coats generally give complete coverage and the paint goes a long way!
  • You can use a single color, or layer multiple colors, and a simple wipe back with wet cloth will reveal the beauty beneath
  • CeCe offers a yummy Clear Wax for sealing up the surface, and a Satin Finish when you desire even more durability

This is 2 coats Seattle Mist,  over a 5×7 photo frame (glass and all).

I brush on the yummy Clear Wax – notice how it brings the color back

The clear wax has NO odor, is non-streaking & made from insect & plant sources. It is non-petroleum based, natural wax. In addition to being better for you, your family & the environment, it goes on smoothly without any drag or streaking.  simply brush it on, wipe off the excess, and a few hours later you can buff it to a lovely sheen.

(click on the images to blow them up)

A comparison…

#1 Vermont Slate, #2 Seattle Mist, #3 Pittsburgh Gray, #4 Young Kansas Wheat, #5 Hershey Brown

CeCe Caldwell’s paints

100% naturally green,

in the color of your choice

CeCe paints are sold in quarts and 4 ounce samplers.   Visit our store for all your product needs :)