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A Blond Breakfront China Cabinet Goes Brunette…

A client had a breakfront cabinet that she felt was stuck in the 80’s – the color finish – pinkish blonde.   She didn’t want a painted finish -she just wanted it darker. Not an easy fix – finished wood furniture typically requires sanding/stripping and starting with a fresh stain color  –  or, simpler – painting over it with easy paints like Caromal Colours basecoats.

I gave her an option of trying a ‘quick fix’ – using a gel stain and applying it directly over the existing finish.  I forewarned her – you can’t guarantee what  you’re gonna get … the stains can bite into one area stronger than an other… her piece was in lovely condition so she stood a pretty good chance that the gel stain could work for her piece.   I made a trip out to test it on the inside door – this was using a lighter color, but even that was enough for her to say ‘lets do it’…

So I came back with a color called Dark Walnut

and started the piece

My plan was to get it done in one day, but the inside kicked my butt, and I had to take 5 drawers back to the shop to complete

I’ll rate this application at least medium difficulty in terms of DIY ease – I won’t lie and say it doesn’t offer a challenge…  I’d recommend practicing on something of no value before tackling a piece you adore – once you start you can’t go back easily.

I was quite pleased with the transformation, the homeowner liked but didn’t love – she felt it took the piece from the 80’s to 90’s , but she was looking for the 2000’s….  I told her when I returned w/the finished drawers I could take one more swipe at it (just the exterior) since it would be completely dry

This was on the return – it took an extra hour to apply another wash of stain -the first layer took 8 hours…

she loved the results so much

that she sent me home with the matching server

that one I was only able to snap shots of layer one, they picked it up before I took final photos, but even this way its lovely…

Just in time for a Thanksgiving family gathering!     I hope all of you had a blessed day!

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Caromal Colours – Green vs. Green…

I had a correspondence with Frank last month – he was interested in using Caromal Colours Parchment Textured Basecoat on his kitchen cabinets, and was curious about using an accent green color.  I sent him back several photos of both greens next to a Parchment sample door.

Today I had a nice conversation with Jeanette from Massachusetts  –  she  inquired about the Cobblestone, wondering how green it was. She also wondered about using the basecoats on her formica countertop.  I told her I’d post the photo’s I’d  previously taken showing the greens, and that in the next couple days I’d try to work up a sample of using it on a counter surface.

Check back for  the counter post – in the mean time here are pictures of the Cobblestone and Bayberry Texture Basecoats –

Cobblestone is on the left, Parchment is in the middle, and Bayberry (with Chocolate peeking through) is on the right. All 3 have been toned.

Bayberry on both sides of the Parchment. The left sample is a two-color finish – Chocolate then Chipping Creme then Bayberry. All samples are toned. The right sample has more toner left on the upper portion. Notice the bright green color on the left sample’s edge? A teeny spot I missed when toning – thats the Bayberry color untoned.

This is the Parchment door next to a Cobblestone two-color finish. Chocolate then Chipping Creme then Cobblestone. Both samples are toned.

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A Caromal Colours Makeover – Just Simply Southern

Kristi, over at Just Simply Southern,  posted a great makeover on this antique desk-

Head on over to her site and read the play by play to see how she arrived at this, using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Paints

Kristi also has a neat Etsy shop where she sells these unique custom clip frames, in all styles and sizes-

Love it all Kristi!

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A Caromal Colours Makeover – $50 Craigslist Dresser

Rachel, over at If It Takes A Whole Life,  posted last month about  an old dresser she got off Craigslist for fifty bucks –

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that she decided to refinish for her son’s room,  using a Caromal Colours Distressing Kit –

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in this color,  Colonial Blue –

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If you’d like to follow Rachel’s process from this

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to this

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then you MUST read her post,   A BLUE DRESSER USING CAROMAL COLOURS.    It is a fabulously F U N  testimonial, describing her experience from absolute start to finish.

These posts are invaluable  – testimonal posts from actual homeowners.   I can post  photos,  how-to’s  and what if’s.  I  can shout to the world that these products are fantabulous and that you GOTTA try them yourself to see how easy, fun, and beautiful they are.   But in the end, some might think  ‘This is too good to be true…. there must be some catch.”    If you find yourself believing its too good to be true?   Go read Rachel’s post, then come back and figure out what you need to get moving on your refinishing project!

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