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DIY Shelby TV Show #6 – Simple Painted Cabinet Finishes, Botanical

This show demonstrates applying two simple cabinet finishes to a standard oak cabinet door ,  durable finishes requiring no priming or stripping   –  just clean your surface well and begin!

A single color finish,  using Botanical paint, color Salvia


and a two-step finish, applying Textured Basecoat paint, color Paprika first,



then Botanical Paint color Mulberry



Finally, finishing off the finishes with a glazing technique and topcoating



Watching, you will see how truly simple enough painting your cabinets can be, when you use the right products.


You can find all our DIY tapings at Shelby TV,  or you can click on our ‘Watch Videos’ link in the right hand column of our page.

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A Silver Finish Makes It Perfect!

I loved the style of this side table,    such graceful legs

The top had a bumpy kindof finish so I decided to play on that and  do my textured hide.  Here the black plaster is drying after being scraped through cheesecloth

A sample I decided on –  I’ll get there by dry brushing the black plaster with a mix of metallic silver and champagne paint, and a medium oak Liberon wax-

I painted the base  Ce Ce Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat with a dry brushing of Ce Ce Caldwell Vintage White then sanded a little and wiped back with a wet rag

Loved that combo – so shabby and crisp

I decided to antique it with a toning glaze to warm it up… I liked the warmed up color too

and liked the top

but DIDN’T like them together…   Nope, it wasn’t working for me.

This is where a silver finish makes everything perfect!

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

Sometimes I’ll decide on a color or combo finish that doesn’t quite turn out how I’d envisioned…   like this one!    When that happens?  I keep working at it – revise it until you love it!

With all these great DIY paint products, you can do that – paint right over what you have, and create an even better finish!

The first plan

Changing the base to a silver finish makes the whole piece come together, just how I wanted it to

To achieve this silver finish, I used my Reclaim Mocha (Caromal Colours)  and brushed one coat OVER the existing finish .  The Reclaim will bond to any surface (previously painted, raw, metal, plastic etc )  When the mocha was dry I painted one layer of a metallic silver mix (Modern Masters silver and champagne) and when that was dry I brushed on Toner (Caromal Colours) and wiped it off.

It sounds complicated but its not

I carry sampler sizes that will do smaller pieces like this,  you can find those products as well as full stock of CeCe Caldwell Chalk and Clay Paints in my online store.

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Hooking up to some great sites today –  grab a cup of coffee and some inspiration!

Coastal Charm

It’s So Very Cheri!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman

The Stuff of Success

Domestically Speaking

Organize & Decorating Everything

Someday Crafts

The Dedicated House: Make It Pretty

Get Your Paint On With Caromal Colours, The Fun Paint!

Had a Get Your Paint On session this past Saturday…

I love being able to show how easy it is to paint and transform with Caromal paints.   Empowering others…  like Heather, who’s table arrived with an old paint and stencil finish,   ready for new life.

Brushing on her first coat of peppercorn texture basecoat

we worried that she might not finish

When dry, a quick second thin fill coat.  The cobblestone was used around the side band for interest

The fun part, sanding to distress

Sanding down to the under color revealed the original green paint

a great accent with the cobblestone side

All sanded and dull looking

until the amazing TONER is brushed on and wiped off…

That quick and easy.   Mind you,  Heather was the FIRST one finished.

  A new table is born

Ann Marie starts a simple student desk – this was her inspiration

painting texture basecoat chocolate on the edges so that the later sanding on edges will reveal brown not blonde wood…

Now a simple desk should have been a snap right?  Nope…. spindles suck.

After the Chocolate dried it was brushed over with Chipping Creme.  Once dry  the textured basecoat parchment went on, as shown here

when that dried, she sanded for a smooth feeling top, and brown edges…

then the Coffee Glaze, brushed on, wiped off

and FINALLY,  the stencil, using Toner

Yay, all that in a day!  We met at 9am and after meet/greet, instruction and finish selections, the brushes started flowing…

Mike started with a cherry color coffee table.  He was inspired by this finish –

He painted the edges texture basecoat pumpkin so orange would come through the black (peppercorn) not the original cherry finish…

Same thing,  let it dry, brush with Chipping Creme,  let that dry, then brush on the top color, in this case textured basecoat peppercorn

oooooohhhhhh YA……….   Mike loved the sanding part ….     simple.

So simple.

after the sanding Toner was brushed on and wiped off

A centered stencil in statuary bronze, completed this table.

These pieces will all get a coat of Min Wax wipe-on poly, to seal up the finish.  Any of your favorite topcoats will do,   I like to demo the Min Wax Wipe-On Poly for cabinets and usable pieces.   Liberon Bison Waxes are lovely as well  –  easily wiped on/wiped off  – providing a soft furniture glow,  but I’m not a big fan of wax topcoats  over kitchen/bath cabinets or heavily used pieces (like Heather’s kitchen table).

This table is going to get Parchment (creme) over Mustard (yellow)

Deborah brushes  the texture basecoat mustard on

we all commented that it looked cool at this stage too

Blow drying the chipping creme, which was brushed over the whole thing…

then the parchment gets brushed on

sanding to reveal some of that yellow

Now the search for perfect handles  – calls for a trip to Hobby Lobby!

We wrapped around 4pm –  a fun day to be had at the studio!  Come join us for March session,   Saturday March 24th at 9am.   Cost for the day is $175 which includes instruction from an awesome instructor (:)),  a pizza lunch, and all the materials you need to paint your piece.   All you need to bring is yourself, a smile, and a piece of tired furniture up to 36 inches in length.    Class max is 5 so dont’ delay – call the store to check availablity and register.

What’s it gonna be?


You can find all of the above at my store – be sure to book mark it, and note my coupon codes  PattyH for $2 off shipping and PattyH5 for 5 off shipping.


Head to my store   SHOP.FABFINISHER.COM   for all of your Caromal needs  – including perfect 8 ounce samplers of the Textured Basecoats,  – a great way to experiment with color combinations!

Question on Counter Refinishing And Kids…

Hi, love your blog and info! question about the counter top re-do? regarding the not getting water on the counter for 7 days, how did you manage that or do you have suggestions for painting the counter top then doing the min wax, and then how long should it dry ? and between coats? we have 4 kids, so staying dry for 7 days seems impossible but we want are selling our home and need to give the kitchen a face lift. My husband is skeptical of the process and worried it will get destroyed by little fingers and/or water. Thanks, Heather Karas

Hi Heather, Sorry about the delay – i jumped ahead answering questions, and missed some from going out of order..

Glad you like it here :) Did I say that – to not get water on counter for 7 days? I don’t ever recall that one – I’m wondering if that was off the lady’s blogs that painted their counters?

The Caromal Colours textured basecoats dry relatively quick if rolled on – and you’re rolling on the counters with a whizz roller – its not a thick application. When I did that last vanity (https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/a-plain-jane-formica-white-gets-caromal-coloured/) I rolled on the first coat, then let fully dry – about 4 hrs later I rolled on the second layer. next day I lightly sanded it then added glaze etc on top to make it pretty. I let that dry then next day poly’d it – I’d wait 2-3 hours between wipe-on poly coats and 6 hours between if you’re using a full strength poly. The wipe-on is thinner than regular poly, so it dries quicker – I like the wipe-on because its easy, and MOA free…but because of this, I’d apply a minimum of 3 coats – no brainer because it will go very quick. Just keep your counters free and clear , apply first layer, put can off to side, several hours later wipe them again, repeat…..

So – this is what I’d do – clean counters, roll on first coat in morning, later that day roll on coat 2. only time you’ll have to worry about kidlets is within the first hour or so after app. but stay off it. the next day, light sand them, wipe off with dry rag, then either glaze etc, or begin topcoating. if wipe-on poly then wipe on a layer, then wait 2-3 hrs before next app… i’d apply at least 3 coats. It will DRY to touch w/in 2-3 hours, so you dont have to worry about your kid smudging – so, say next day, you put cup on it – shouldnt do anything – butttttttttttttttttttttt i’d try to be very careful for the first couple weeks – reason being – most paints etc take TIME to cure – cure meaning fully fully dry, inside out, harden up, become strong….. early on, it can risk scratching or gouging. the water? i think once the poly is dry 24 hours, if you spattered water on it, just wipe it off – my worry would be gouging, or dragging, or heavy appliances sitting on top – leave all that off – Trust me Heather, it will be well worth it to give a fresh update to your counters, with one quart of paint and a tin can of wipe-on poly – hope this helps!



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