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My Latest Furniture Redo – A Modern Transformation

Last weekend I had a surprise visit at the store – a customer and her husband stopped by with a piece they no longer had a need for

It had such good bones I couldn’t resist

It joined the growing pile

Go figure, it was THIS dresser that got finished first!  My inspiration was this

My intention was to paint the base a champagne silver metallic, then stencil an allover design in bronze –  metallic on metallic – that’s modern right?

I basecoated it with Caromal Colours Reclaim mocha,  and added a texture on the top using Textureline’s black Texturebase

then painted the top A Statuary Bronze with black highlights.  My plan for the top was beyond my typical ‘animal hide’…  this one was going to get epoxied!   I used a system called Aurastone/Granicrete – it is NOT a do-it-yourself project  –  I trained with it several years ago thinking I’d do counter tops,  but it is too labor intensive, and the materials are expensive-

See it dripping down the side?  I forgot how messy it is…

After the clean up,  I painted the base a mix of silver champagne, and then antiqued it with Caromal Colours Toner.

My hubby stopped by and said  “I’m not sure if I’m going to like that…”   to my snappy reply,   “It’s not done!”

When the base was dry I took one of my stencils from Wallover  called Gabriel’s Gate,  and started stenciling  in a bronze, silver, champagne mix

then yesterday I had a chance to finish the stenciling

I initially thought I would only stencil the front panels, but I wrapped it around the sides as well, it was so pretty

I painted the lower rail and feet bronze, and over glazed with black…

that looked better with the richness of the top.  Those black spots are actual mica pieces that I floated in the epoxy finish

And no, I could not resist – I had to add a few swarovski crystals – this time I used a smoke crystal color, wanted to put them everywhere, but held back and only popped the centers of a couple designs

I have to get pulls still  … I wish I could just leave them off…. thinking clear like glass/acrylic…

The epoxy top really gives it a modern feel – I wouldn’t use it on everything, but when I do I just love how it adds so much dimension…

Like the transformation?

Just rolled on the floor last night,  now available for purchase,  truly one of a kind!

Look for the texturebase and cheesecloth to be added to my online store later this week –

It’s a perfect month to be playing with paint!

Our online store  will cover all your needs – the best DIY paints on the market  –  CeCe Caldwell,  Caromal Colours, Textureline,   waxes, topcoats, powder pigments,  metallic paints, glazes,  in a variety of container sizes including samplers.   We offer rollers, brushes,  even custom sample wood squares created just how you request.

Check us out,   click on the  store button below


Using Powder Pigments in Wax To Get An Array Of Finish Color Options…

My two all time favorite lines of furniture/cabinet friendly paints – by that I mean no sanding, no stripping, no priming –  are Caromal Colours paints

and Ce Ce Caldwell Chalk and Clay paints

When I topcoat these finishes I have a variety of choices – typically I’ll use the Minwax Wipe-on poly for my  Caromal textured basecoat paint finishes (more durablity)

or a wax topcoat for a furniture finish – Liberon is nice

or cross lines and use Ce Ce Caldwell’s Clear Wax, which can be tinted (bingo – reason for this post)

Ce Ce Caldwell offers great topcoat options – a Satin Finish (cut with up to 50% water) brushed on will give you an instant satin sheen and maximum durability.  I brush it on with my chip brush

  They also offer 2 waxes – a CLEAR wax and an AGING wax.   The CLEAR wax is my favorite – it glides on super easy (I apply with my chip brush),  you wipe off the excess, wait a couple hours for it to dry, and buff it to a  nice furniture sheen with a cloth, even paper towel

The aging wax comes in a light and dark

and will change your original paint color to a richer version – here we have Traverse City Cherry and Dark Wax

The Aging Waxes are lovely, I especially like the Dark,  but they do take quite a bit longer to dry.  And, they only offer you two colors of aging.

An option?   Start with Ce Ce’s Clear Wax and use it for all your finishing needs…   How?

Tint it!

with powder pigments 🙂

Powder pigments are mineral oxides  that are UV stable and easy to use.

Twelve available colors,  we sell them in 4 ounce pots  (packed by weight) ($9.95) and  16 ounce containers (packed by weight) ($19.95).  The best thing about these pigments?  A little goes a long way –  a smaller container can get you multiple, multiple furniture pieces.   A 4 ounce size container would be enough for a full kitchen and then some.   The 16 ounce containers would appeal to full time finishers that will store and use for future projects.

We also offer a Sampler Kit, a 4 ounce samplers of all 12 powder pigments, for $89.95 – a great investment for the finisher that wants limitless options in finish colors-

So how’s it work?   This display, below defines all 12 pigment colors, finger swatch across the top

then down the side is listed 4 colors – Ce Ce Simply White,  Ce  Ce Vintage White,  Ce Ce Texas Praire and Ce Ce Georga Clay, which are painted in bands across he whole board

each column is represented by CeCe Clear Wax, tinted to one of the 12 colors,  brushed on each color and wiped off.  You can click on each picture to blow it up full screen, that will allow you to see how each color changes with each tint

The process is pretty simple –  mix equal parts denatured alcohol (can use vodka too) with equal pigment, to make a thicker paste, then fold it into  your Ce Ce Clear WAx

When you have it mixed up, fold it into your wax and mix good.   You can make your wax as strong or subtle as you choose –   just test your color and add slowly until you’re where

There is my Gray pigment, mixed into my Natural Finish –

You can test your color on a sample before you being,  I  add pigment slowly until I get the strength I want.  Below is a sideboard I finished – this shows Pittsburgh Gray and Vintage White. I am brushing  Gray Clear Wax over top.  Brush it on, wipe it off

Don’t be surprised if you find a mystery present in your online or store order –  we will be including,with shipments that order Ce Ce’s Clear wax,  a sampling of a Powder Pigment color and Recipe Card.   How fun is that?

Happy Painting!

ARE YOU READY TO GET your paint on?

Our online store  will cover all your needs – the best DIY paints on the market  –  CeCe Caldwell,  Caromal Colours, Textureline,   waxes, topcoats, powder pigments,  metallic paints, glazes…   in a variety of container sizes including samplers!  We offer rollers, brushes,  even custom sample wood squares created just how you request.

Check us out,   click on the  store button below

We are linking up to Funky Junk Interiors  Saturday Night Special!  If you want more creative tips, head her way – her blog is fabulous!

and Tatertots and Jello, a DIY decorating and crafts blog

Creating A Reptile Skin TableTop

This table had a bumpy finish on top

I grabbed it this morning,  ready to start its transformation…

I love my job!

It’s wet…  I love the black…. should I leave it black and do a glossy topcoat?  Maybe finish the rest of the table in CeCe Vintage White?   Or one of their pretty greys like Seattle Mist or Pittsburgh Gray?

Or continue on the top to create a finish like this?

and do the rest of the table dark, like Vermont Slate?    Decisions Decisions…

Stay tuned for final results.

Are you in the Metro Detroit area and interested in learning this finish?  Check out my workshop schedule (summer schedule posted tonight) for our upcoming textured hide finish.

ARE YOU READY TO GET your paint on?

Of course you are!   My online store will cover all your needs – the best DIY paints on the market in a variety of container sizes including samplers,   rollers, brushes,  even custom sample wood squares created just how you request.

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

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

A Workshop Week… Textureline Finishes ROCK!

Last week I visited the Plaster Center & Minneapolis Institute of Fine Finishes and instructed a 2 day workshop on Easy Cabinet and Furniture Finishes

I loved his studio!  An old building, up a couple floors, in the city of Minneapolis… old plank floors, windows with natural light, high exposed ceilings, tons of room…. an artist’s dream….

It was a fun two days

with cool finishes created

Like those stencils?  I’m finally carrying stencils now, designed right here in Metro Detroit!

Drew Beninati, artist and owner, is the guy that is the colorant genius for Textureline products.   Textureline makes everything  from glazes and pigments to plasters and stone finishes.    Did you know I carry Textureline products as well?   🙂

At the end of our class we played around a bit with some new Moire Metallic Plaster colors.  I created this

That was last week.

This past week Drew flew here, to teach a two day workshop on troweled plaster finishes at my studio.  I  buzzed around all week getting everything in order. The back drop is troweled grey Sedonna plaster

Textureline sample finishes decorate the wall

I dressed  up this wall with two finishes

a sweet metallic textured finish on top, and a troweled Moire plaster on the bottom –  both finishes will be taught in an upcoming 3 hour workshop

I got to meet John and Greg from ProFaux out of Akron, Ohio.   I learned so much from John,  and Greg blew me away with his creativity

It was a pleasure hosting Drew –  he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, and offers a finish-packed  2 day workshop

I’ve got some great stuff in the works –   next week I’ll be adding some new products for purchase, both online and in store.  Look for powder pigments and metallic waxes  in 4 ounce samplers AND as a sample kit.  Additionally, I’ll be stocking several more topcoats that will be useful with cabinet and furniture finishes- a flat wax and satin wax, both applied with a damp sponge – as easy as a wipe-on poly, but more durable.

Look for our summer workshop schedule this week – adding some new sessions,  CeCe Chalk Paint Techniques,  Animal Hide Texture Top Finish,  and a  Simple Wall Finishes Workshop.

Come check us out

Fabulous Finishes Studio 

A Specialty Paints Retailer

49972 Van Dyke Rd

Shelby Township, Mi 48317


Tuesday, Thursday  10am – 530pm

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 430pm