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Back From the Land of StickYourHeadInAHole

Gads, I don’t even want to look at the date of my last post – I get it, I’m way overdue.  What can I say?

Life gets in the way sometimes.

So without further ado,  lets share some projects!

I didn’t manage a picture at the very start, but this desk had a typical wood stained, varnished finish on top.  I used the Citristrip stuff to clean off the first layer.   Then I grabbed Caromal’s Textured Basecoats, in the Putty color –

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While the base was drying, I got out the American Paint Company all natural Antiquing Wax, in a pretinted ‘dark’ color, and scrubbed that on the rawer wood –


This is my favorite wax, by far,  over painted finishes, but I hadn’t really used it in this manner –  O M G…….


How beautiful is that wood turning?   Just scrub it on,  and I mean SCRUB –  don’t daintily paint it on, because you’ll waste a bunch, good for me cuz you’ll come back to buy more, but that’s silly, and wasteful – scrub it on – I prefer a natural bristle brush to get it deep and gritty,  and get your whole surface covered.  Let it seep in for a couple minutes, then wipe off with a soft cloth.


You NEED to wipe that excess off, or your surface will forever feel sticky.  Once the excess is off, let your surface dry out for a few hours, then buff it with another soft cloth.     So easy, and feels amazing.


When the Putty was dry, I took the middle drawer, and a stencil, and the Putty, and stenciled a thicker relief stencil.  No photo, but you can see the stencil in the picture below where I brushed APC Cannonball over the Putty and stencil, let it dry, then sanded to reveal the Putty texture and relief –

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I finished covering the base with American Paint Cannonball (you can thin it a little to get it to glide even better)

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The APC Chalk/Clay paints dry pretty fast,  once the black was dry I used a 180 sandpaper and gave the whole surface a light sanding .  Twofold,  the sanding breaks through the top color, revealing the dimensional texture below, and it also gives the painted surface a nice soft feel.

I used that same American Paint Vintage Dark Wax, to seal of the paint finish, and buffed it to a pretty sheen when it was dry.


I cleaned and refinished the hardware using the same paints, a sealer, and a few Swarovski crystals, and added some stenciling inside the drawers –



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My Painted Rustic Chest, Distressed With Red and Putty…

I was unsure how to refinish this chest.   To be honest,  I didn’t like it much.

I stared at it for awhile…  and decided to paint the base color Caromal textured basecoat Paprika

to get to something similar to this

Putty over Paprika

after the red was dry we brushed on a layer of Chipping Creme.  The front door and drawer fronts got a first coat of Textured Basecoat Putty instead of Paprika

the idea was to do the reverse on the front panels, like this

Paprika over Putty

Instead of using textured basecoat Putty as the top color, I grabbed the Reclaim Pebble which is real close in color, and used that instead.  Over the Putty and chipping creme’d door panels we applied the Paprika…

At this point I wasn’t liking what I was seeing, but knew that I needed to wait until the finish  was complete before I could judge – work in progress is often not pretty…

I sanded using the palm sander, to break through to the red

Then came the toner.  Brush it on, wipe it off.   I was really liking the finish at this point

but still didn’t like the red panel idea…  instead of making that swirly cabinet panel go away, it accentuated it

so we changed the plan and painted the panels Pebble, then sanded back and toned    (this is Kathy, my awesome painter friend and co-worker – she has started helping me in the store and shes the BEST!)

All done, put back together, new iron handles to match the existing cabinet pull – I LOVE this now!

yippie kay yay

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A Side Dresser And Hutch, Caromal Coloured Chocolate And Putty…

A before,  I originally thought about (and started)  doing this piece in black Peppercorn, with some stippled texture so the sides would look leathery, then sanding back a few edges – that yellowy color coming through –

Then I changed my mind and decided I wanted something brown so I pulled out the Chocolate textured basecoat and started over

First layer of brown –

then, VOILA, done!   🙂

Don’t you wish it was that quick?

I’m usually pretty good at  play by plays, but its been crazy busy –  I’m lucky to get spare time for fun painting.   When I started this one I didn’t stop until I was finished!

I brushed 2 coats of Chocolate textured basecoat.  When it was dry I dry brushed Putty textured basecoat randomly over the whole piece (except for the sides and top).  Notice I didn’t say anything about Chipping Creme.  I didn’t use it this time – so the look I achieved was not so much a chipping/worn look as a dry brushed highlighted color over another color look

I stippled the Chocolate on the back panels of the hutch, then dragged a mix of warm silver and silver metallic paint over top.  When dry, I sanded it back, and sanded the rest of the piece as well…

I highlighted detail areas and spindles with the same metallic mix,  then finished the piece off with a coat of Min Wax Wipe On Poly-  and a few Hobby Lobby crystal knobs –

another show room example of what you can accomplish using the DIY friendly and fun Caromal Colour paints!   And, of course,  it is available for purchase as well 🙂

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When online ordering, using coupon code PattyH in the coupon code area saves you money off shipping, and you pay no tax (outside PA).

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Sandy Caromal Colours Her Tired Brick Fireplace…

We hadn’t used the fireplace in years...

Sandy and I met a few months ago.   She was interested in using the Caromal Colour paints on her family room fireplace.   She lives a couple hours south of here but wanted to come visit for hands on instruction before starting her painting project.

She came for an hour, we played with paint and looked at color combinations that would be right for her decor.    I heard back from her after that,  one of the combo’s was perfect for the mantle-  Peppercorn over Putty –  and she decided on the Parchment basecoat for the bricks.

Fast forward a few months, and I receive the BEST kind of emails I can receive – the ones that say something like this

Hi Patty,     Here are before and after photos of my fireplace. Really pleased with how it turned out.  Thanks for your help.   Sandy

I love sharing before and after photos…   it’s the easiest way for me to inspire and empower others –  you CAN change, dress up, breathe new life, into almost ANYTHING  using Caromal Colours paints

Can I scream?


Love it! Love it!  Love it!   And love Sandy’s choice of wall color to compliment the new brick…

Sandy was gracious to share her process,

I used Parchment as the base on the brick with Coffee Glaze on top, and I wiped most of it off.  The mantle has Putty as the base, Chipping Creme, then Peppercorn, finishing with Coffee Glaze.

Thanks, I love it too.  I also did two glider rockers to match the mantle and recovered them in a caramal color fabric, to sit in front of fireplace.

We hadn’t used the fireplace in years, but now with converting the firplace to gas and the update it’s our favorite place to sit and talk or read.


You knocked it out of the park, I love your project, and thank you so much for sharing!

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