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Let’s Talk About That New Wall and Caromal Colours Monahan Botanicals Debut

I remember when we first moved from our previous shop to our present one – we had more room than I knew what to do with. Now, less than two years later, we are utilizing every corner of that space.

Typically that hasn’t been an issue,  I consider myself a really good space utilizer, but I found myself up against a wall (or lack of one) when I tried to figure out where I was going to display our new line of paints  – Caromal Colour’s Monahan Botanical Collection

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What is Botanicals?

The Botanicals are luscious and creamy paints inspired by the enchanting gardens of Europe. They are designed to bring a similar beauty into your lifestyle by enhancing your furniture, cabinets, and accessories with a gorgeous matte, chalky luster.
 
These paints are incredibly easy to use, brilliantly versatile in application, and wonderfully durable.  Even if you have no experience, you can achieve a stunning array of custom finishes in your home.
 
They flow and cover beautifully,  sand like a dream for distressing and don’t require wax to finish.
 
The paints are water based, non-toxic, and perfect over any clean, dry, surface –  wood (raw, painted, varnished), metal, glass, plastic, tile, masonry, with
no stripping, sanding, or priming.
My space dilemma –  the left side of our product wall is Caromal Colours, the right side is American Paint Company.  Rightfully, this Botanical line should display somewhere on the left side….
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The farthest left of the Caromal Colours display was a wall where we stored the painted Caromal cabinet samples
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 I really wanted to keep all the products together in the same area,…    I brainstormed ways to do this and decided to add a wall to make it work –
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 adding a wall in front of the windows created a showcase area, seen from the outside (and accessible from inside) , and gave us an extension of the Caromal Colours products area.
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 We walked 5 stores down to the Salvation Army and found a perfect storage dresser.  When we got it back to the store, it was a little shy of 2 inches too wide, so I got out the skill saw and buzzzed off each side edge.  That worked, and it fit into its new home.
We moved an extra set of storage display shelves that we’d had during our CeCe days, and hiked it onto the new dresser – perfect!
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Liberon Medium Oak Wax being troweled on over a layer of bladed Textured Basecoat Chocolate, Textured Basecoat Putty and Perfect Wall Plaster – all 3 products from Caromal Colours.

The showcase side in progress

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 I had plans for the endcap wall –  I wanted to apply sheets of the Aged Botanical Papers,  on order, from Monahan Papers, like shown here
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I can’t wait to get all these aged papers in…
This is after the second day – base and crown trim were added.  Pallet boards trimmed out the end cap
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 We removed several drawers on the original display (they were too shallow and not used) and created cubbies to store some of the cabinet doors in…
The drawers to the new dresser will get painted in various Botanical colors when we receive full stock-
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We added runners above the product shelves, to add color frames for all 3 Caromal paint lines,  much like we the color frames for our American Paint collection –
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Row 1 - Caromal Colours Reclaim Paint Row 2 - Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Paint Row 3 - Botanicals

Row 1 – Caromal Colours Reclaim Paint Row 2 – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Paint Row 3 – Botanicals

Here you can see the start of the Botanical wall – with the four sheets I had left.   You can also see into the front display area -four wall finish boards hang (wall finishes that are easy DIY finishes with Caromal Colours products) that customers can see and touch –
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There is floor space for smaller painted items, which is always a plus –

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and we gained desperately needed wall space to hang items
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Because the Caromal Reclaim line draws alot of interest for painting cabinets, we needed a large work area where customers can peruse the colors and door samples, stored below.  They built this worktable for me, all out of old scrap wood from their job sites.  I stained it, applied Liberon Medium Oak Wax, and then power buffed it the next day
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 Broader view of our Caromal Colours and American Paints wall – I am really pleased with how it turned out, and really – practically on a dime!
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 DIY products on one side,  wares on the other
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The Botanicals Collection
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Amidst the 14 gorgeous colors, you will find plenty of soft neutrals paired with more dramatically or whimsically hued tones to create a palette that is both varied and critically selective of furniture-friendly colors.

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Not only paints, but lovely authentic aged papers ,

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even the backs look old

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There were so many to choose from it took me a long while to decide-  we should see them arriving in the next week or two.   The size is nice,  most are 11″  x 17″ , some 13″ x 19″ –  I’ll see which draws more interest,  and follow the lead –

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You can decorate a wall with them, or line inside dresser drawers, or decorate the outside drawer

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Accessories

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I love how these turned out –

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This post went too long and there are too many photos tied to the painting of this end table,

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So  I’m posting all of those on its own.  Find it here,  Botanical Table Step by Step .

This post will be live in two days –   Wednesday, October 1st.  If you click on it before then it will say its private.

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Tomorrow our local TV station is bringing a crew to tape our first episode of monthly DIY paint related how-tos –  if I don’t blow it, and they like how it goes, we could be doing monthly segments.  The coolest thing about it is, they post links to youtube for their tapings, so I think I’ll be able to share those with all of you!   Wish me luck, the first one has a holiday flavor, and I’ll be demonstrating Gold Leafing and Foiling 🙂

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Happy Customers Painted Furniture Shares….

I’m always mentioning in emails, and to customers at checkout :

Please take pictures of your project, including the BEFORE.

You will be amazed at the transformation when you compare the before to the after,  and we love it when you share those with us 🙂

Here are some recent emails:

After finishing my chair in your class, I purchased the materials to complete my table, chairs, and bench.

photo 1photo 2Although the picture doesn’t show it clearly, the table and chairs were terribly scratched and worn. Thanks to you, I have a “new” table and chairs! I am so happy with the finished product especially because I love the piece but was embarrassed by how bad it looked.

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Thank you for giving me the confidence and instruction to do it. I have sent friends and family into your store and everyone is excited to begin their own projects.

Sincerely   Katie Z

Love it Katie!  A crisp classic look.  Katie used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Mustard with a Coffee Glaze.  You can find her workshop wares here.

Shelly sent me a boatloat of transformations –

vintage white vermont slate

CeCe Vintage White over CeCe Vermont Slate

destin gulf

CeCe Caldwell Destin Gulf

destin gulf green and vintage ivory

CeCe Destin Gulf and Vintage White

emerald isle

CeCe Emerald Isle

emreald isle

CeCe Emerald Isle

reclaim pits gray

Reclaim Offwhite and CeCe Caldwell Pittsburgh Gray

v slate with decopaged map

CeCe Vintage White with decoupaged map

Shelly’s got her paint groove on!

And Kathy McMillan wasn’t resting on her laurels either!

Well I have to tell you I worked on this bathroom for just a week, here and there.  My husband loves his new bathroom and I loved doing the finish.

My inspiration piece

My inspiration colors for bathroom 5-2013

the bathroom before

bathroom BEFORE

Took out the old vanity and added beadboard

Took out the old vanity 5-2013

I had some Caromal  Reclaim Buttercreme and the Reclaim Antiquing Glaze…

Added some rope trim to top and quarter round in corners

After two light coats of Reclaim Buttercreme

After 2 light coats caramol colours buttercream

I chip brushed American Paint Company (I love this paint!)  Nation Forest (green) in  the grooves and wiped it back with a wet and dry cloth-

chip brushed APC Nation Forest in grooves and wiped back with wet and dry clothesI was trying to brush in some of the CeCe Beckley Coal and it dripped… I wiped it with a cloth in a circular motion and boom there was a ‘knot’ in my ‘fence’ … I was trying to make the bead board look like the fence in the inspiration border piece.  After the glaze it has a very rich look to it.

First coat of Caramal Colours antiquing glaze and wiped down with dry ..and wet cloth

I put the Minwax Wipe-on Poly on it so we could clean it…

  A bathroom fit for a man!

Dave wants blues and greens to look 'beachy'

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Carrie Caromal’s Her Coffee And End Tables…

Patty,

  Hi!  I have a couple of questions. I have a coffee table and two end tables just like the table you did in your shop. 

Warning: Before painting clean surface and remove small children 🙂

It is the one with the wisteria bottom and the top is a blend of colonial blue, bayberry, putty, and parchment.  My question is:  my coffee table is black with a dark walnut top. How many coats do you think it will to cover the black and do I need to sand in between each coat?  I ordered all of the colors in the textured base coat line and have two coats of wisteria on and I can still see black through it.  Is this normal. I have enclosed a picture of what I am talking about.    Thank you so much.  I am excited to see how this project turns out!!!!    Carrie

Hi Carrie,

… Okey – so you’re table is dark  –  if you look at my finish, you can see some of the wood color coming through – yours could come through but just be darker…

If you want most of your dark color covered  then you might need 2 layers of dragging those colors –  and no, I wouldn’t sand in between – no need to… just paint it thinner…  

I love your table props!     My bottom was white to start with….   you’ll need more wisteria on your bottom –   brush another full coat of wisteria over that base – don’t water it down…  you should be white then…. 

Patty,
  I got all three tables done and they are holding up great!!  People are so impressed and I have been recommending your website and paint.  I am including a couple of pictures of the finished project. 

Thanks again for your help,
Carrie

Yummy!

Love them Carrie!

Thank you for sharing your project!

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A Fireplace Gets A Double Dose Of Caromal Colours…

I recently shared this post, Painting Trim and Fireplace Mantels,  which included a peak at my customer Nicole’s transformed mantel

Last week she stopped by the store and wanted to know how to change the tile surround -she wanted something more dramatic .

We worked up a sample:   Caromal textured basecoat Peppercorn,  first layer whizz rolled,   then second layer a mix of Peppercorn and Chocolate, both rolled on randomly, at the same time.   Toner brushed on and wiped off, then a poly for durability-

Nicole is the type that wants it done yesterday 🙂  As the sample was drying, we were ringing up her order.   That afternoon she went home and started!

The finished project – changed the whole look of her fireplace

She loves the leathery texture you can achieve from stippling on the texture basecoat, but told me she prefers stippling with a chip brush, not with the texture roller. She said the roller kept wanting to roll flat…

I think that might be from pushing too firm on the roller  – if you keep a light hand and just roll that painty whizz roller around, randomly, then re-dip and roll some more, it can create a great light texture, quick and easy…

How ever she did it, it worked!  The dark sets off the mantel better, don’t you think?

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