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Shelby DIY Episode 10 – Painting Metal and Glass Outdoor Furniture

Hope you enjoy this one !

Happy painting!

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At The Fab, Paint Can Top Anything…

Love this time of year – the berry sprigs, pine needles, and snow tipped branches packed away, and blooming flowers take their place.  I arranged these pretty stems in a burlap container that I stenciled using our Postage Stamp Stencil and Caromal Colours Stencil Creme Mother Earth

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This black metal vase turned patina easily, dragging Botanical Paint Aster, Moss and a little Gardenia.  No topcoat is required, as the Botanical Paints will stay put once dry,  but the finish will be chalky flat –  Fabulous_finishes_painted_chalk_clay_urn

A barn door was already crackled, easily achieved using Cottage Paint’s Easy Crackle and Cottage Wonderous White,  or Elmers Glue and American Paint Company Navajo White.  I added a stamp stencil using Caromal Colours Stencil Creme Mother Earth

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This frame, originally teal and zebra,  changed it’s look using Reclaim Nantucket Blue.  I applied a dimensional FISH BONES stencil using Texture Plaster, and stenciled a metallic crown, decorating it with Swarovski Crystals. Did I mention we’ll be adding those to our online store this week?  I found a fun lady-catches-big-fish picture to display, knowing it would appeal to one of our many cottage/boater customers.    It wasn’t around long…

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This basket is original – a weave of grapevine and moss…  it holds plaster ornaments that I gilded, using several variegated patterns of leaf.   If gilding interests you, take a peak at our online video from Shelby TV Episode 1

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I acquired this pair of ‘fruit art’ from an estate sale.  They were horribly gaudy – painted goldish plastic resin.  I painted them with Caromal Textured Basecoat Candy Apple Red, to give them some ‘uummph’ ,  and then topped that with Reclaim Black Licorice.   I painted the fruit and leaves with Modern Masters Metal Effects Bronze and Copper, (arriving online soon), and then oxidized the metal paint using their Green and Blue Patina Aging Solution (arriving online soon).  Lastly, I applied Caromal’s Antiquing Toner

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Not something you see often…

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We had several decorative wooden balls in house, in a state of boring brown… I dry brushed them with Botanical Aster, and dry brushed the vintage chair spring with APC Navajo White.  These springs are so fun,  I can’t believe they were an integral chair part of past…

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Smaller shelf units, wooden stools, ladders, make great items to decorate with paint, and then display fun wares…  this one was painted with Caromal Textured Basecoat Pumpkin, Botanical Aster, and then stenciled with Caromal Stencil Creme Mother Earth.  

It already has found a new home 🙂

With the nicer weather comes that crazy  hot, afternoon sun, beating in the front windows…  the UV film doesn’t cut the mustard.   We brainstormed about mounting drape panels on the big windows that flank the door – we could swag them to one side until its SUN BLAST time, then let them down. Gonna try that.

But what about the small window over the door?     I used one of our repeat medallion stencils (see the four parts?), and a plastic gift card to apply, via scraping/blading, Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

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and from the outside…

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Which takes me to these pretty young things… This year’s door greeters –

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I had these 2 urn planters from several Christmases ago.  Originally, they were single, prelit, pine ball topiary’s, in a resin urn.   That first year was a huge disappointment – the cords submerged in water, then froze over,  so you couldn’t even get to the wires to fix them.    I brought them to the store after Christmas, plucked the bad stuff out, and used them as decorative store displays…

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They took up a lot of room though, and I wanted outdoor planters, so I decided to go BIG on these planters…

I found fake ‘tall boxwood topiary’s ‘ at Big Lot, and inserted them into the original pine balls,  making sure they were secure.   Then I went to work adding various flowers and foliage to each base.

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The paint finish on the urns looked worn – I refreshed it using Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika, dry brushed Cottage Paint Bold Black, sprayed on gold Webbing veins, then gave it a coating of Caromal Toner.  Once good and dry I applied a coat of Reclaim Indoor/Outdoor Sealer, since they will be outside.

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The tops needed some whimsy,  I added wood twigs, and green sprigs, and bird nests, and bows… even a few little crystal thinga-majigs on wire…

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Aren’t they fun?

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The before frame

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I used a similar process that I did, up above, on those resin fruit frames – oxidizing metal paint with a blue and green patina.  It blended so perfect with the photo…

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Naturally old world worn looking…

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Another frame I painted, this original was black – I dry brushed it with Caromal Textured Basecoat Putty, Botanical Willow,  and Gardenia and decorated the inside with an Aged Paper Receipt

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Different paints, different textures, different results… use them on their own, or mix them together like I did here –

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This metal stand was raw bright tin colored.  I painted it Cottage Paint Gorgeous Grey (one of our custom colors), then stenciled it with Caromal Stencil Creme Winterberry

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Stenciling more burlap containers…

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Stenciling a stuffed mannequin,  painting tin tags…   both seem to come alive with paint –

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This original vase was one of my own – a glossy greenish ceramic vase,  now vintage white, and home to a lovely bird house…

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Our goal is to get you thinking outside the box… color outside the lines

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This week we’ll be busy wrapping up this dining set, for a customer – from wood to a soft black –  it’s getting a lot of looks from our in store customers…

Reclaim Licorice Black

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I just finished this one, part of a Dixie set I acquired several years ago.  I’ve been saving this one, not sure for what – maybe for just the right time…

I love the top – what was once formica is now a pretty wood grain-

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Excellent storage, once more, a piece I’d love to take homedixie_chest_custom_painted_chalk_wood_grain

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And lastly, a shout out to our daughter, who celebrated her 18th birthday this weekend

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Time sure flies…    God bless all our children…

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What do you have to paint?

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In the Store, After Hours…Metals and Paints

Preparing for this holiday season –

Metal vases, painted a vintage white,  still waiting on a rub back and seal – but playing with ribbon options…

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More painted metal, this time spires – trying out a pretty crystal teardrop garnish…

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chalk clay mineral paint metal vases vintage holiday decor fabulous finishes cece caldwell

Well look at that,  MORE painted metal 🙂   Added a mini wreath, a mercury glass bulb and ribbon…

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chalk clay mineral paint metal vases vintage holiday decor fabulous finishes cece caldwell

My daughter surprised me at closing –  one benefit of your kids driving, they can stop in and visit!    She helped me clean up from the day, then pulled out a metal star to decorate

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She painted it red, then used a sticky size to stencil ‘snowflakes’  which got a dousing of sparkly white glitter –  it is SO pretty in person…

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And my favorite,   dressing up chair springs…

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a splash of white chalk and clay paint, some greens, and a jingle bell in the center!

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chalk clay mineral paint metal vases vintage holiday decor fabulous finishes cece caldwell vintage spring coil

Fresh stock of stencils…

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I Call Them Painted Cake Tables…

Did you ever buy an item to repurpose, thinking it’s a great bargain or a fabulous find,  and then later stare at  it and think

What was I thinking?

That happened to me with these

I called them my cake tables, because they reminded me of stacked wedding cakes…there was a coffee table stacked as well, but I took that one apart not liking the stack on a rectangle

(that little guy ended up making a perfect powder pigment display, but that’s a different story)

I loved how unique they were when I bought them,  very Brady Bunch,  the tops formica, the legs metal, with a metal band wrapping around….

What was I thinking???

I had a vision of white/gold/ crackle/ stencils   ….  maybe because the tables were already kindof like that – I just needed to modernize them.

I decided to first paint them with a layer of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Wisteria — the textured basecoats are my go-to paint when I need to build a base, and in this case I wanted that thicker paint to mask the fact that the edge was a metal band.

 I didn’t want that formica surface to ‘just look like painted formica’ –  the textured basecoats added a little more interest .   Once the Wisteria was dry,  I brushed random areas with a gold metallic paint, and let that dry.

Metallic paints won’t stick to any surface like the Caromal and CeCe paints will, so the layering order is always secure basecoat FIRST, then metallic paint.

Over the dried gold metallic I brushed some elmers glue in random areas and then over the WET glue I brushed CeCe Caldwell Simply White…

One beauty of the CeCe Caldwell  paints- they crackle with something as simple as school glue.  (For more on that process,  you can watch my video where I show the play by play crackling a nightstand here) .

As my CeCe Simply White dried, it crackled up and underneath popped the gold

Three sets of tables later… I no longer regretted the purchase!

Adding a stencil in gold was the icing on the cake (s)

Look at that before to the left,  what a difference!

All you need is paint!

The right kinds of paint that is 🙂   Paints that make updating furniture, accessories, cabinets, easy and fun.   Caromal Colours and Ce Ce Caldwell paints both offer you EASY and FUN –  these paints sticks to nearly any surface WITHOUT having to first strip or sand or prime.   Everything  is waterbased so there is no smell, and CeCe Caldwell paints are 100% GREEN to boot!   whoo hoooo     we love Natural,  Green, Earth Friendly,  Made in the USA…

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