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Customer Paint Projects To Share – Round 1

Happy 2016!   I swear the older I’m getting the faster time seems to be flying…

I thought I’d start out this new year cleaning the slate of ‘Customers Projects that Need Sharing’.   It’s the best way to inspire others that might be a little hesitant trying our products.   And a shout out to all our amazing customers that are willing to share their projects – I really appreciate it!!

This customer used our Mocha Reclaim to paint right over her original PAINTED WHITE spindles.  Over one hundred of the,  no less! stairrailsafter1

Instead of investing some serious $$ to replace the white spindles for wrought iron, she thought she’d try painting them instead…

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The darker spindles changed the whole feel in her foyer, and she was thrilled.

Tamanna’s first project was this buffet – she acquired it for the great bones, not the color.  Her goal was black with a glossy topcoat.

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she used Reclaim Licorice, and a glossy wipe on poly,  and LOVED its ease of use.

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She was back in this past weekend, to search for the perfect grey color for her kitchen cabinets.  She asked about painting the granite around two fireplaces, and went home and used one coat of her leftover Reclaim Licorice on both!

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How’s this for a simple update?

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Another client, came in this past weekend – back to find a color to paint her kitchen island cabinets.   She said,  “Let me show you  – I painted my kitchen with with your paints and love how it turned out…”   and she pulled up photos on her phone:

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She used White Reclaim and our Coffee Glaze, and finished the update with new hardware

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What a difference!!  CHANGE

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She’s going darker on the island to give it a whole different feel –

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Leah transformed her armoire using our paints –

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which paint, I’m not QUITE sure – maybe American Paint? Cottage Paint? Caromal?

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It doesn’t matter- what matters is it looks pretty darn nice on that dark wood floor – she used one of our Stencils and repeated it down the sides, even added a little Swarovski Crystal Bling!

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Diane gave this kitchen a great new feel, taking the original cabinets to a Sage Greenreclaim_sage_cabinets

I wish we had the befores for this kitchen,  stained cabinets with a stained floor was probably ALOT of stained wood which,  isn’t a bad thing, but look how lovely this sage is against the floor now?

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Hardware was a new addition, as well as the decorative ‘feet’ tucked in next to the toekick…

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You can find many varieties online, just search on ‘wood cabinet feet’

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LOL,  these are REALLY some feet to add 🙂

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Jackie shared two of her projects, both crafted using our Aged Papers and Botanical Paints ….  this one looks like Botanical Iris, and the paper is the blue damask

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and this lovely looks to be Textured Basecoat Peppercorn with Botanical Dandelion over it, sanded back for reveal.  The Aged Paper is one of the botanical Sunflower prints.   Our paper order arrives this week, and due in are new Valentine and Easter prints – can’t wait to add those to the store –

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Sue shared some of her canvas art, created using Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, The Aged Papers, American Paint Co. chalk and clay paints and American Paint Co. Dark Wax

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How cool are these?  Love her creativity and play on texture …

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including the use of Stencils to created raised relief.  We offer a great selection of stencils, and make a point to note which ones are better suited for building relief…

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Some of our large stencils may seem a little pricey,  but they are worth the investment if you plan on finishing more than one project.  Most of our large ones are thick and extra sturdy, allowing them to be used and cleaned over and over again.  The larger size also means a more extensive pattern, which can be used in many ways – stack them for an allover effect, use the whole design or just a few parts of it –

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For great tips and step by step on using the Aged Papers, you can head to our DIY Video Page and click on Episode 5 “How To Apply Aged Papers to Furniture”.

I am going to break this into several posts, that way it won’t run on forever, and I can get this part live.   I’ve committed to getting all the shares posted, so Round 2 will be up this week as well.

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If you’ve been wondering what’s new, given the LEAN posting these last months:

  • STILL waiting to tie up loose ends with the blog transition
  • new items are regularly being added to our online store, recent add:chalkclayminipack
  • this piece sold to a customer in Texas and moved out this past weekend soldbuffetgoldleafgleaners
  • started this New Year in a new set of wheels~  whoot whoot!IMG_6813 (1) (2)
  • got to spend an amazing four weeks enjoying both kids who were home from school for Christmas break.  Love love love them, and had to bid them adieu today 😦
  • working on finishing this curvy piece, created with a variety of American Paint chalk and clay paints, an enlarged Aged Paper, and a top I took back to original wood, and stained using our new Fabulous Wood Topper product that will be debuting this month 🙂paris_aged_paper_chest_drawers_chalk_clay_paints_fabfinisher

 

Are you local to the Detroit area and interested in possibly updating your OWN tired furniture?  If so,  come visit us – we’re located at the corner of 23 Mile and Van Dyke in Shelby Township,  48316.    Don’t come Sunday or Monday, because we’re not open, but T,W, F  our hours are 10am-5pm  Thursday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.  During holidays our hours do change, you can find updates on our website.

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If you’re interested in painting your own piece, check out our Workshop Schedule,  you can even register online.

 

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Our Customers Sharing Their DIY Paint Projects

What have our customers been up to?  Let’s begin with Candace.  she headed out east to help refinish her daughter’s kitchen cabinets.  The befores candace_kitchen_cabs_before candace_kitchen_cabs_before2 candace_kitchen_cabs_before3 and the after, using Reclaim Bright White on the uppers, and Reclaim Pewter on the lowers.   She used our White Glaze over both the uppers and lowers candace_kitchen_cabs_after New counters, backsplash, appliances, and tile floor candace_kitchen_cabs_after1 This kitchen has a brand new look and feel – love it! candace_kitchen_cabs_after3 She also did a whole bedroom suite of furniture for her cottage – the before candace_bedroom_furniture_before candace_bedroom_furniture_before2 and after,  this time using Reclaim Bright White and Reclaim Pewter mixed together – (this creates a lighter shade of the darker pewter gray) candace_bedroom_after4 candace_bedroom_after3 candace_bedroom_after5 Chris started with this chrisrin_before and turned it into a cool media table using Cottage Paint Bold Black (a custom color we tint), and Stencil Creme Snowberry White –  instant life! chris_rini_after Cheryl has projects galore in line…  a before cedar chest cheryl_l_before and the after,  using  Caromal Colors Textured Basecoat Parchment (creme) and American Paint Company Desert Cactus (khaki).  Then,  APC Clear Wax  mixed with a little APC Dark Wax.   The papers are from our Aged Paper collection from Monahan Papers  , and the new fabric seat is perfect cheryl_l_2 Cheryl also completed this family room table, layering  Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika, Chipping Creme, then Caromal Textured Basecoat  Bayberry. She distressed and then applied Caromal’s Toner glaze cheryl_l_coffee Before cabinets – dennis_sokol_before after  – what an amazing update –   Dennis used  Reclaim Offwhite and Coffee Glaze- dennis_sokol_after dennis_sokol_after_2 How about painted tile?   D Munro shared this before photo dmunro_painted_floor_before and went to work painting the floor into a checkerboard.  Reclaim Licorice and Reclaim Bright White  were used on the floor tile, and to stencil a matching pattern on the wall dmunro_painted_floor_1 The cabinets also received an update, using the same paint,   Reclaim Licorice – dmunro_painted_floor_2 Jan used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Mustard with Caromal Coffee Glaze, and let some of the darkness of her original finish shadow through…so pretty! Jan_pringle_chest Another before vanity diedra_before Love the AFTER experience 🙂 Deedee writes:

OMG, I really put it to the test.  Cabinets are about 25 years old, I’ve never been refinished or painted.  Lots of wear as you  can see.  All I did was wipe them with denatured alcohol and roll on Reclaim Paint Pewter.  I even did the handles.  I love that it shows the grain like a high end stain.  I’m going to glaze them but I had to share because I’m so excited!  Thank you!

deedra_after I can see why she is excited –  this cabinet looks fabulous!!! deedra_after_2 This chest was sent to me, and Im not sure who it was or what it was – I’d say either American Paint Company colors Cannonball, Fireworks Red, and Amber Waves of Grain, or it could be Reclaim Licorice, Poppy and Buttercreme…  either way, cool use of paints – painted_trunk_fabulous_finishes Katherine used our Gilding Leaf products to gold leaf a light fixture –  this turned out fabulous, and she is thrilled! kat_wat_gilded kat_wat_gilded2 A before chair pamela_before_chair Pamela joined one of our workshops and completed this pretty silver finish chair, using Reclaim Mocha, a metallic silver, and our Black Glaze pamela_chair Nicole’s cabinets before – nicole before and after, using Reclaim Bright White nicole after A before dining room table dlnovak_before and after,  it looks like they used Reclaim Licorice (black) and Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Pumpkin with Toner for the woodgrain look – dlnovak_after2 dlnovak_after No before photo, but this customer used our Cottage Paints, layered with Cottage Paint Crackle in between, to create this finish.  (I think it was  Wonderous White over Gorgeous Grey, both custom colors we tint) customer_white_chest_cottage_2 customer_white_chest_cottage_2 Kaye used our Aged Papers and paints to create this sweet wood sign kaye_groff you can watch our how to video on how we like to apply and age the papers here This is what Karen’s before furniture looked like karen_before and this is her after transformation 🙂 using American Paint Company Navajo White over Smoke Signal,  and stenciling with metallics – karen_2 karen_3 karen_4 karen_5 Lori used Botanical Peony on this piece lori_wood This is a dresser, that Mary refurbished into a vanity – marymortage_before Gorgeous!  Love the sink, and the top row of drawers – didn’t even notice the detail on the old dresser…     She used Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, dry brushed some Bronze Metallic over that, and topped with Reclaim Glaze and Reclaim Sealer marymortage_powder)after Barb had this cute wooden stool, but wanted to freshen up the look painted_stool_before Darn it, Im not sure what she used,  I think  APC Shingle on the Roof stenciled over APC Smoke Signal painted_stool_after Pamela’s before pamela_before and her after table using Cottage Paint Bluetiful (another custom color we tint) and Cottage Crackle around one of our Aged Papers by Monahan pamela_closeup2 pamela_closeup Mary’s before table base table pre 3 she used Reclaim Offwhite as the base, then applied American Paint’s Clear Wax with various amounts of Pewter Mica added to it – table final 3 An island, ready for some color – Kitchen_island_paint_cabinets_before Denise used about a 1/4 of a quart of Reclaim Pebble for this transformation… Yes,  YOU can do it! island_painted_reclaim Here is Lynne’s first Reclaim project, using  Reclaim Mocha as the base,  our metallic silver blend over top, and then Caromal’s Toner to antique it back – what a cool piece! lynn_jackson_painted_chest Sue sends this before photo of a table that her neighbor was throwing out years earlier.  From the photo its hard to tell, but the top was ruined and the rest of the finish had gouges and splatter from paint.    She used it as is, for their TV- Tv table 001 They are now in the process of transitioning their living space to lighter and brighter.  The family room, with a nautical style theme, was the lead for this transformation- sue_Tv table 007 Sue used several nautical / whale aged papers that we have, and cut them to fit the unique spaces, then mixed our chalk clay paints (a white and yellow) to create a soft neutral, topcoated, and voila!   She was thrilled that she was able to remake her piece into something that will work with their new decor.  Just love this!!! This kitchen is the before for Jennifer- jen_rose Not sure why i only have one after,  but she used Botanical Willow on the uppers, and Reclaim Pebble on the lowers – very nice combo,  wish I could see more! painted_cabinets_kitchen_reclaim and last but not least,  a local kitchen island redo – island_before_to_paint_mdf they used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Cobblestone with Toner island_painted_caromal_colours_glaze Cool accent look – makes the island more like a piece of furniture – island_painted-caromal_colours Maybe  as I get photos in, I’ll save them with a long crazy name,  like  Suzys_hutch_paprika_over_mustard_toner ….   that would help later, when it comes time to share them. Our latest TV show’s link isn’t up yet,  I’ll post it when it is. We don’t get to paint the Electric Queen of the Forest,  I guess shes too big to transport across the state…  oh well, that would have been cool.

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Angela RECLAIMS Her Kitchen Cabinets With Caromal Colours….

https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/well-whod-a-thought-linda-tinted-her-reclaim/I love happy endings…

You can find Angela (and her new kitchen) over at Jenkins Nest

Angela used Caromal Colours new Reclaim line of DIY paints – no sanding, stripping or priming is involved – just make sure your cabinets are clean, wax free, and dry and you’re good to go!

Her color choice?  Off White

You roll it on (usually 2 coats) and let dry.  Reclaim has a built in sealer as well for instant durability and sheen

Angela glazed her cabinets (wait 3-5 days before glazing) with the Reclaim Antiquing Glaze – roll or brush on, and wipe off – that simple!

I love her updated hardware!   Head to her blog to check it out

Thanks for letting me share your awesome makeover Angela!

RECLAIM  comes in 4 colors,  Bright White, Off White, Sage and Latte,  and later this week Caromal Colours will be introducing 2 more –  Licorice and Mocha!   For more information start here.

Are you ready to order RECLAIM? 

Did you see Reclaim, by Caromal Colours,  on HSN?  Are you like me where you SEE something that grabs your attention,  but you want to know more before you invest?  So you hop online and surf the nets, searching for information – IS it really as easy as it says?   Is it durable?  Is it going to scratch off?   What does it look like close up?  Are the colors accurate?

Well, you found the right place – I have loads of information here, so stick around awhile and peruse all my Caromal posts. Here you’ll find  concise photos,  how to’s and tips on application.

I’ve been in the professional decorative finishing business for over eight years.   2 1/2 years ago I signed on to become a Rep for Caromal – we don’t get paid a salary – we are all Independent Reps, and our job is to offer you the information you need to feel more confident , more comfortable in tackling your own projects –  then you will want to get your hands on  the products and create your OWN fabulous creations.

I put alot of time and effort into my site.  (ask my husband :) )  If you find my posts helpful and beneficial, then please consider helping me in return by ordering through me vs. HSN. (its all same pricing)   If you order through HSN we Rep’s get zero credit for the sale  – and this is the only way we earn anything.

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My First Playdate With RECLAIM Paints

The box of RECLAIM arrived.   I sat down on my workroom floor like a kid in a candy store…    4 Oak Cabinet Doors Ready to Paint,  4 Jars of Color, 1 Jar of Glaze,  a Tool Kit and an ‘Instruction/Idea’ Dvd.

My intent was to paint a door in each color, then glaze half of each door, and photo the process.    Photo I did –

512 pictures?   Dang…..     How do I share that all with you?

Here is how – this post will be a summary of what I thought of these paints, then the 4 posts to follow will be the play by-play photos of EACH color.  That way if someone is interested in, say the Sage, they can find it in one specific place.

PACKAGING

Packaging, as usual,  is top-notch.  Everything was bag sealed, the glaze lid was additionally taped

I like that the bottom of the jars have a batch # and date

The new Tool Kit, offered separately for $22.95 (or included in the Reclaim Kit) includes

  • a Roller brush and tray
  • Extra Roller cover
  • Chip brush
  • Stir stick
  • Terry cloth

Neat and complete.  I didn’t break open my Tool Kit OR Instructional DVD ($5.99 or included in Kit) – those I will keep on hand for demo purposes.

The Kit, suggested retail $69.95, includes a 32 oz jar of RECLAIM, a Tool Kit and an Instructional DVD, claims to cover 5-7 cabinets  (see COVERAGE below) –

If you don’t have paint tools at home, then order the kit – you’ll have everything you need to get started.  If you already own the above tools?  Order ala carte – a 32 oz jar of RECLAIM Primer-Finisher-Sealer is $44.95 (and Instructional/Ideas DVD is $5.99)

COLORS

The RECLAIM colors are similar to their textured basecoat siblings – Bright White is like Wisteria,  Off White is a little creamier than Antique Parchment, Sage is close to Cobblestone,  and Latte is close to Putty. (I will be adding a separate post showing each finished door and various paint swatches next to each one )

RECLAIM – unglazed

COVERAGE

The product claims to cover 5-7 cabinets and surrounding cabinet areas (based upon 2 coat coverage) but I think that is understated – it’s going to cover MORE than that.  Above you see 4 doors, 2 coated… I  didn’t do the back side, but still – that’s FOUR doors and I barely used any product out of each jar. While I rolled out the two coats on each door, I couldn’t get over how little paint I was using.

Rolling out second coat of Latte

APPLICATION

I wiped my grungy oak cabinet samples with a soapy rag, then let dry. That’s it ,  no other prep – no sanding, no stripping, no priming

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The paints aren’t messy – no drippy off your brush or roller.   They are definitely thinner than the thicker textured basecoats

Off White RECLAIM

I used the chip brush and pushed the color into the inner panel profile

it glides smooth, and covers quite nicely.  Once I got that on (maybe took under a minute?) I got my roller wet and started to whiz roll the rest of the door

For those that are familiar with the textured basecoats,  the RECLAIM ‘rolled on’ covers better in this first pass.

I let it dry, which didn’t take all that long since it’s a thinner coating

As it dries it might look like it’s not completely covered – by that I mean, the surface will be covered 100% but you might see a hint of old cabinet coming through

Caromal Colour’s bases the coverage approximations on two-coat coverage.    When it dried, I repeated the process

Between brushing the edges and rolling the surfaces, this front panel took under 2 minutes, each layer.   You don’t have to work at laying it even,  and a little bit of paint on the roller goes a long way.    I rolled in different directions if I had to reach a certain area, then would just re-roll, lightly over the whole section, in the same up/down direction

Done. That’s it.  Honest.  You don’ t have to sand when you’re done.  It dries thinner than the thicker textured basecoat paints.  I wondered if it wouldn’t result in a stippled finish but it really isn’t –  it lays down as it dries.

I will say the thicker basecoats do a better job hiding the oak grain than the RECLAIM

Textured basecoat Parchment on left, RECLAIM Off White on right

but it is a more even finish,  and RECLAIM  required no sanding whereas the thicker textured basecoats can be brushed on, but then you need to lightly sand the surface to give it a lovely smooth feel.

Before

RECLAIM Off White on left, Latte on right. Top parts Antique Glazed

GLAZED, ANTQUED, CLASSIC OR DISTRESSED LOOK

If want a glazed look,  brush or roll on the Antiquing Glaze, and then wipe it off with the dry terry towel.   NOTE:  You MUST wait 3-5 days for the surface to completely dry before applying the Antiquing Glaze. Don’t think , a couple of hours later,   “Oh, my cabinets are dry,  I can do the glaze now…”    Why?   Well, lets say I learned the hard way :).  The glaze will start to reactivate the paint, and when you go to wipe it off?  The paint will start to come off –  hard to see, bu there are several spots on this center panel that started to come off

RECLAIM Off White, Edges Distressed (sanded) and Glazed

Shame on me for not reading the directions.

CARE

Avoid wetting the RECLAIM surface 3-5 days.  Allow to cure for 30 days then clean the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water.

SUMMARY

Coats: 1-2 depending on desired effect

Drying Time:  1-6 hours depending on thickness of application

Clean Up:  good old-fashioned soap and water.

MY THOUGHTS

I have an advantage here – I have worked with Caromal Colour’s and their paint products for two years now, when I was introduced to their Country Living Line of products.  As an Independent Rep, and Regional Director,  I can back several things.  You will be hard pressed to find anything bad about  Caromal Colours.   Their  business started out of a love for do it yourself painting, and they are delivering on Quality, Durability, and Ease of Use.   And they are family friendly.

For two years I’ve used their textured basecoats,  basecoats that ALSO require no priming, sanding or stripping –  products that will bond to near any surface.    And they did!  They do.   They work.  The finishes are yummy, they are durable, and they are easy enough to do yourself.

I am excited about the RECLAIM line will be a huge draw  for those zillions of cabinets that are out there, screaming to be reclaimed ,  and homeowners that truly want a QUICK and EASY redo,  a lovely updated finish, and a surface that is durable.

I  still (of course!) love their Country Living Line – the thickness of the textured basecoats, the chipping creme, the layering, the heavier bodied feel…..     I love them because they really can be used to create ANY look –  thick, crunchy, thin, mult-colored, etc…   these paints will continue to be sought after for creating cool looks, for those not turned off by lightly sanding the surface at the end, those not concerned about having to wipe a topcoat over the cabinet when its done.

I hope this gives you a closer more personal look at RECLAIM.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Are you ready to order RECLAIM? 

Did you see Reclaim, by Caromal Colours,  on HSN?  Are you like me where you SEE something that grabs your attention,  but you want to know more before you invest?  So you hop online and surf the nets, searching for information – IS it really as easy as it says?   Is it durable?  Is it going to scratch off?   What does it look like close up?  Are the colors accurate?

Well, you found the right place – I have loads of information here, so stick around awhile and peruse all my Caromal posts. Here you’ll find  concise photos,  how to’s and tips on application.

I’ve been in the professional decorative finishing business for over eight years.   2 1/2 years ago I signed on to become a Rep for Caromal – we don’t get paid a salary – we are all Independent Reps, and our job is to offer you the information you need to feel more confident , more comfortable in tackling your own projects –  then you will want to get your hands on  the products and create your OWN fabulous creations.

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