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Customer Paint Projects Round 3 – More Kitchens

Continuing with our customers shared projects, here’s a project type that we haven’t shared in awhile – a REFRIGERATOR.   Nicole in Florida  sent this before

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during, using our Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, rolled on with a whizz roller –

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Remember, most paint projects always look scary after the first coat 🙂  Here is the final, perfectly placed in this lovely kitchen –

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Robin sent a few pictures of her oak kitchen going dark – using Mocha Reclaim

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If you have interest in tacking your own project using these paints, you will find easy links that, when you click on them, will take you to that product in our online store.

Katherine shared pictures of her island –  she mixed a quart of Off White reclaim with 8 ounces of the brown,  then used Toner to glaze it all –
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Pretty custom,  pretty cool!

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Karen shared some outdoor projects she dressed up using our American Paint Company chalk and clay paints –

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Stencil on top added another element of color –
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Lynda shared this cool mid-century chest she wanted to updatelynda_mod_buffet_before
 first making a few body alterations, then painting it American Paint Company Lincoln’s Hat and toning it with APC Dark Wax.  I’m pretty ure she had the metal panels made for the cabinet fronts (he had a metal frame made for the base as well) but you could get that look easily with our Metallic Kits.
Change something so it fits your needs –
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Amanda decided to update one of her childhood chests for her new condo
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 Completely transformed in Black-
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Linda decided on Linen reclaim to give their cottage cabinets a lighter feel
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 Maria shared this lovely transformation, using our Vanilla with Botanical Black/Brown Toner on the base, and Truffle with our Black Glaze on the Top-
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Amanda, a local customer sent pictures of her awesome kitchen cabinet project.  This was how her kitchen started –
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She used our Pebble reclaim paint, and created a whole new kitchen!
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Did you notice, Amanda is a professional photographer!  Her work is lovely, if you’re Detroit local check her out.  amanda_rugal_kitchen_oak_before
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
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Michelle updated her display piece with our  Black Licorice Reclaim and some Blackened Bronze to highlight all that pretty detail

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This countertop make-over was easy peasy –  the before

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and now

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Beats that 60’s yellow! She  used 2 coats of Reclaim Bright White and then 3 coats of Reclaim Sealer.

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And this from one of our customers in South Carolina-

Hi Patty,  A shiny brass chandelier before, I used Textured Basecoat Parchment and Toner. I smooshed and “tapped” Parchment all over.  Applied Toner heavy then dabbed with a paper towel to get the light and dark areas.  Thanks for your inspiration!!!!  Blessings,  Susie

Before, a lovely brass fixture, class and could stand the test of time, right?  Sure, unless you are changing the feel of a room, or your whole house – then you could either replace it with a new one, OR keep this one intact and give it a new look…

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and after

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Fabulous!

Christina was updating her daughter’s bedroom when she came into our store.  She brought a sample of the new bedding with her, to see what color she could use to update the oak furniture, which included a LARGE wall unit and another dresser…

I wish she’d have shared a before photo – she hated the hardware, but they were unique in size, making it difficult to replace without costing a fortune.  I told her to go right over the hardware – let it blend right in with the pieces –

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I know she used Reclaim, I just have to confirm if she used Mocha, or if she mixed two colors together – Mocha and ButterCreme– to get a softer brown (Mocha reclaim is a dark dark brown, like bakers chocolate).   We have a number of sample color boards in our store that we call BLENDS –  a mix of two, sometimes even three colors of Reclaim, in varying ratios – creating colors differet than the main deck – like these reclaim_paint_blended_colors

She also picked up some American Paint Company Coral Reef, and used that to paint this mirror

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Christina was thrilled with the results, and her daughter loved her new bedroom!

Caroline sends this:

Hi Patty,
Love the way these came out!
I used APC Plymouth Rock with your Dark Grey Glaze and APC hard coat.
Thanks for the inspiration!

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APC Plymouth Rock, Dark Grey Glaze and APC Hard coat.

Karen forwarded these great before and after photos, and says

Patty,
Sorry this took me forever to email to you. It was hard to get good lighting to really show them off.
2 coats Reclaim Linen
Molasses glaze
1 coat Reclaim sealer
Thank you for your advice! Love my kitchen again:)

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It is do-it-yourself-able,  it just takes a commitment to make yourself Get It Done…   and when you take the leap, your finish line will look like this 🙂

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The last one for this post,  Julia, one of our local regular lovelies, sent this

Here are some before and after pictures using your Aged Vintage Papers.

 

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Julia used various colors of our paints to create a basecolor, adhered the papers with our Sealer, blended the edges with our Perfect Plaster , and antiqued them with our APC Vintage Dark Wax

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Customer Paint Projects Round 2 – Amazing Oak Kitchen Updates!

Here comes Round 2 of clearing the slate for 2016,  sharing those projects sent in from our awesome customers .   What better way to inspire others right?

Kim shared this after photo of her painted kitchen cabinets,  White Reclaim and Pewter Reclaim on the island, a great combo!

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Caroline shared an adorable stool she painted-

Just want to thank you for the tips and my order.  I used the textured base coat and tips from one of your videos to paint this stool for my dog rescue silent auction.  It went for $85, very excited. I used the micas and dark glaze too.  The dog is from a stencil…
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and this fabulous before and after, using  Pewter Reclaim and our White Glaze
Here are pics of our kitchen redo of our house in Traverse City. Sure do love that Reclaim. I also used the Pewter in my bathroom. Love your store! Debbie Hollinger
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I’m sure you will notice every last detail in this kitchen update, I know I did!   They took one big $$ item in a kitchen renovation – dated oak cabinets – and made them perfect, and current,  simply with the use of our paints and glazes…
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 Great use of paint, love the color choice, paired with the rest of their updates – love the stone back splash,  the big farm sink, updated stainless appliances, adding clean hardware to the cabinets….
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Notice they removed the trim molding on these glass door panels

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resulting in a more modern look.  I love the fun pop of color inside

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And a surprise element on the back of this island  – instead of painting they faced it with old weathered pallet boards!!!   This is a kitchen you could easily see in any current home magazine –  I would want to live here year round.

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Jodi shared a pretty little jewel she created, using our Metallic Finish and Stenciling techniques – Mocha Reclaim, Metallic Blend and Toner –

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Nicole transformed  her oak kitchen cabinets with Pebble reclaim 

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a little dark but you can see the transition happening….

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Here’s a great angle, with better lighting –  I had to look back at the other photos, to see if the appliances or back splash had changed –  and they are the same…  Love how the updated cabinets bring the whole kitchen together, and the floor looks amazing  with it…

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Nicole also used the paint to update her oak railing

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She also painted a bedroom set that was still in great condition,  it just didn’t work as well into their cleaner, more transitional color scheme

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She used our Licorice reclaim,  truly like day and night…

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Susan from Mississippi shared:

My kitchen  just sold in a week. Everyone loved it, and people have tried to hire me to paint their kitchens.  I used the Textured Basecoat  Peppercorn and Paprika  – it was my first time using the paint 🙂

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you can’t tell in the picture above that the Peppercorn is layered over the Paprika, but in the picture below you can see it.

This is our Barnworn Finish, where you brush on Textured Basecoat color #1, let it dry ,  brush on Chipping Creme, let it dry, brush over it with Textured Basecoat color#2, let it dry,  sand and chip back to reveal color #1, then brush on a Toning Glaze .      Very cool, very custom –

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Sheri sends-

Hi Patty!
You ladies helped me in your store with the kind of paints to get, so I thought you might like to see the finished project. (This was my very first piece to redo!)
I sanded and restained the top. For the rest, I used reclaim licorice and added pewter mica to the clear coat to give it a little sheen.

I painted each knob and pull with the reclaim as well and added pewter mica on top with the clear coat.

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Gorgeous!

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Wendy from Chesaning, Mi sent a lovely message:

 …always hated the brass trim of the fireplace but, after replacing carpet with a bleached grey flooring and painting the living room walls grey with white trim, that fireplace trim had to go. I had one tablespoon of Reclaim Licorice and no time to wait for reordering but knowing how far that amazing paint goes, I opened my jar and got to work. After the Reclaim dried, I followed your blog on painting fireplace trim metallic to complement the new floor and modern look.

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Amazingly, I had enough of that tablespoon of Reclaim paint left in the jar to put a stencil on a small table to use in the ‘Provence’ style wedding and to finish a few frames! Your paint is truly fabulous and you are my inspiration.

Thank you Wendy!

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Pat shared a few projects –  this chest that she finished using American Paint Peacock, and American Paint Dark Wax 

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and this adorable nightstand, I think maybe this one was American Paint Rushmore? 

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and this was a tiki pole at her friends cottage, that she painted new life into, using colors of American Paint that she had left over…   the before

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and now, full of beach life!

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Jacobean Buffet, Dressed in Chalk Clay Paints of Grey

Several years ago I refinished this buffet, with our all natural chalk/clay paints, and a particular client had a serious eye for it…

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One time she came in, and it was gone.   I told her I’d keep my eye out for buffets – one could always be customized for her.

This large buffet became available, and I claimed it, with intentions of refinishing is similar to the last one…

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The first coat got about this far, and then it sat….

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for almost two years.    The customer wasn’t in hot pursuit for it, in fact I didn’t see them for a long stretch, so that made it easy to leave unattended.  And,  I’ve come to realize some pieces can’t be started until there is a vision for it.   I think what happened for me was my vision for that piece wasn’t the same one I’d done previously…

A few months ago I pulled this piece out from the pack, and started again, in a different direction

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The basecoat was a blend of American Paint Gunpowder, Tarnished Platter and Smoke Signal

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The top had imperfections and wasn’t a candidate for keeping the original wood finish, so I started with a couple thin layers of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats Parchment and a little bit of Putty to help hide the rough spots.  Maybe create a warm, weathered looking wood tone, like this

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I sanded and glazed the top

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and using the same  American Paint base colors, I went around again, shadowing and blending more color , this time popping the inner panels to a lighter tone using APC Uncle Sam.  When that dried I added a soft,  allover damask stencil to the door panels.

The warm top wasn’t doing it for me,  so I decided to take it brighter than the rest of the piece.   I used Caromal’s Textured Basecoat Wisteria , and then add a coat of Uncle Sam over that.  I gave it a very light sand,  to pop the wisteria through the chalky clay paint.

The condition of the top forced the paint finish to be more rustic, and with the top being so long, I still wasn’t 100% sold on it…

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It needed a glaze –   I don’t like glazing over  raw chalk/clay paint, just my preference – the control is better if it’s sealed up first, so I brushed on a coat of APC Topcoat to seal the paint, when it was dry I glazed the top with a mix of our Light Grey and Dark Grey Glazes.

I worked on the rest of the piece,  fine sanding and refining the paint finish, and then waxed it with APC’s Vintage Clear Wax.   If you haven’t tried this wax you need to – it’s my favorite wax around.   You can see below I’m still working my way across the front –

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I prefer dolling up original hardware but some of it was missing so I had to come up with another plan.  I chose larger resin knobs, painted, weathered and sealed them, then added a backing and some embellishments… They complimented the piece and the stencil

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Big fat legs….

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I was finally rounding the bend on this buffet, and thought iI was done…

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I took a few pictures when I was done , this one exposed  the drawers that I’d cleaned up using  some of my FE Stain and Seal colors –

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A raised sliding tray was treated with a botanical paper

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It was so rich looking… I wished the top would have been solid wood instead of veneer – then I could have salvaged it.   I liked this color combo, but one thing that you can’t see here, that I was struggling with was, the top was still kind of beat up looking.   For such a big, custom statement piece, I needed the top to be tops….

So I sanded the whole darn thing down to the start, patched and evened out the veneer spots that were worn, and then went to work creating a ‘faux’ wood grain top –painted_chalk_clay_jacobean_chest_wood_grained_top (4)

Wood graining is a technique I learned earlier in my ‘faux finish’ days,  and for me it’s a fiddler’s dream – tweeking and playing until you get close enough to you hope.  In this case I was already starting with a color (drawers), I needed to get it close to the same –

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I was very thankful that I got close…  maybe God figured I’d had enough go-arounds with this top and it was time to call this piece done?

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It was nice to roll this one out  –

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It didn’t last very long, and went home with the loveliest of clients

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I held back on embellishing the stencil design,  but if you look close, the wrap around band of trim sparkles with pretty twinkling crystals.   (Did I mention we now offer Swarovski Crystal packs, in varying colors/sizes for purchase in store and online? )

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When I started into my journey of finishing and furniture, Jacobean style was one of my favorite finds –  this piece was a joy to breathe new life into

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A Painted Manly Chest, Gray or Grey, Light Medium Dark, American Paint Co

I’ve got furniture tucked in the back workroom,  from acquisitions some time back.  I’m pretty good at resisting  the urge to buy more, until I can work down the pieces that I have, like this piece I recently started, over two years old –

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But I will add to the pile , if it’s the right style at the right price.  Like this recent gem –

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and this chest

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I haven’t done a good job following my ‘first in, first out’ rule.

pieces that pluck at my heart strings

get painted first

And so we begin…

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American Paint’s Freedom Road, and Shingle on the Roof Freedom Road is APC’s dark grey, and Shingle is a dark misty brown

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From there I applied layers of a range of colors  – Uncle Sam, Smoke Signal, Freedom Rd,  Cannonball – until it felt right.

Thats the truth – for me, painting and feeling it go hand in hand.  Some colors will land together, side by side, on my brush,  others will mix together on the plate – my brush acting like a stir stick…

One thing I’ve learned -when I paint pieces like this I need to go start to finish.   I can’t leave one side, or a few drawers, for another day.  When  I have, I find myself struggling to get that same rhythm back that I had from the beginning.

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Sanded to reveal more depth, and more importantly to knock out any application marks I left behind

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This one I’ll wax, using my favorite wax  (and not just because I am a retailer!)  – American Paint Company’s Vintage Antiquing Wax –  CLEAR ,

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my preferred topcoat over darker colors like the bottom half of this chest.  Just grab yourself a brush (I prefer bristle chip and round brushes),  scrub it on/into that open paint finish, and then softly wipe any excess off when you are done.

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You can see what you’ve  waxed and where you still need to go, making the wax-on even easier.

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When the wax is dry, typically a few hours, you can buff it to a lovely sheen using a soft cloth or a buffing brush that attaches to your drill

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Love when the original hardware can be salvaged .  Clean it, dry it, and paint it!

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Checking if the color is right

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I add some glam to the feet – over sized crystal knobs-   my son cracked one when we were moving the piece to the showroom,  so I need to get another.

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The buffed wax pops the depth in all of those colors

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Before we move it to the front, I need to doll up the back – it’s something I enjoy – kind of my way of signing a piece 🙂

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Time to settle into your showroom space

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Another piece I wish I could take home…

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Missing the pretty shoes

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but loving the bit of glitz on the pulls 🙂

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