Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Shabby Picture Frame Using Caromal Colours

This project started with an ordinary pine frame from your local craft store. 

Pictured below is the frame along with the Caromal Colours
Country Living Artisans Collection
Peppercorn textured basecoat as well as a chip brush.

Remember this paint requires no sanding or priming before painting so bonus!
With the Caromal Colours textured basecoat you simply
moosh and smoosh this paint on because it is so thick and lucious like putty! 
It is so easy to apply.  There is no right or wrong way to applicate(?)
Is that really a word and if so, does it work in that sentence?
Oh well!

Below is the frame with the Peppercorn coat completed.
(I love Hobby Lobby!)
To achieve a more smooth look I dipped my brush tips in water
and sort of melted the paint into a more smooth finish.
You can leave it as much or as little textured as your heart desires.

Next I am going to apply the critical ingredient that makes this paint so spectactular. . .
The Chipping Creme!

The chipping creme makes it so easy to chip off the top coat of paint in order
to reveal the bottom color.  I apply a thin coat to the entire project
because I never know exactly where I want to distress my projects
until I have the sander in hand.  I may want to take a little more off to make
it more natural or do less distressing depending on the project.

Below is the frame with the chipping creme applied all over.
There is a little bit of a shine to it until it dries.

Next I applied the top textured basecoat, this time the color I am using is Parchment.
Because I am going to distress this I don't worry about covering every spot on the frame
as I am going to sand off quite a bit and that would be very wasteful of me.

Notice how you can see the Peppercorn showing through the Parchment?
No biggie!

After the top coat dries I grab my trusty and loyal palm sander to start chipping away at the layers.
Try to distress where paint would chip off naturally from a vintage frame with many layers of paint on it.
The edges are critical, but don't just do the very corners, pull some of the paint off on the flat
parts as well.  I think of the frame being in a bumpy wagon and rubbing against
other things and how the paint would be worn off.
I also like to go beyond the two coats of paint and let the raw wood
show through sometimes to give it more character.

Here is what the final product looks like.  This picture is a little bright
so it makes it hard to see the distressing.

The below 2 pictures really show the character of the frame and highlight the
worn edges.  I think the frame has a sort of barnwood feel to it.
I love how this turned out!
I did not put toner on the frame because I really liked how the white looked without it.

Total painting time on this frame was less than 15 minutes. 
Add in drying time between coats and it probably took around 2 hours.

Caromal Colours
Are you ready to order some Caromal Colours for yourself?
The Country Living Artisans Collection textured basecoats
are by far the easiest product I have found to refinish furniture.  It adheres to almost anything.
No stripping, sanding, or priming required!
If you would like to order some of this amazing paint for yourself
click on the Caromal Colours button on the top of my blog.
When checking out be sure to use the discount code:  BrendaUtah (case sensitive)
to save on shipping.  This costs you nothing extra when you order and
gives me credit for helping to spread the word about Caromal Colours. 
If you have any questions or comments just leave a comment below or you may email me at bjroundy@msn.com.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Bee Boutique

I found this dresser at the Bountiful DI (which my friend has aptly named the Bee Boutique).  I know it is old.   A fresh coat of Caromal Colours basecoat (no priming, sanding, or stripping), a little distressing, and some toner, along with a new shiny set of handles and she will be as good as new!

 I love the waterfall edge on the top.
Today was a great day for finds!  Here's to many more treasures!

Good Mornin' Beautiful!

Look at this beauty that I found this morning on KSL.  I think I am in love.  My mom said she used to have a dresser just like this, and I believe her.  Niki, if you are reading this, THANK YOU!  I really do love this beautiful piece of furniture!  It has so much character.  I am not sure what color I am going to paint it yet.  I have to think on this for a while because she is so deserving of something special.  It will definitely be something from the Country Living Artisans Collection by Caromal Colours.  I will keep you posted and show the final product after some contemplation.

Look at her lines. . . so symmetrical. 
Her legs. . . so perfect.
Now that I am looking at her again, I am thinking either
a nice Putty or Cobblestone color. 
Or how about Mustard?
What do you think?

If you would like to order some Caromal Colours for yourself click on the button on the side of my blog.  Please be sure to use the coupon code:  BrendaUtah (case sensitive) to save on shipping and to give me credit.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Country Living Artisans Collection

The Country Living Artisans Collection introduces Distressed for Success - Don't just paint your project, tell a story with distressing using Caromal Colours.  No stripping, sanding, or priming prior to starting your project.  Click here to read more on the Caromal Colours website about distressing.

Here are the 12 different colors Caromal Colours has to offer:

  • Mustard
  • Bayberry
  • Parchment
  • Candy Apple Red
  • Wisteria
  • Cobblestone
  • Putty
  • Paprika
  • Peppercorn
  • Colonial Blue
  • Pumpkin
  • Chocolate
The bottom row is Peppercorn over Candy Apple Red, Bayberry over Paprika, and Parchment over Mustard.  The longer piece of moulding is to show the steps in the process when using 2 basecoats.  The far right section is the Peppercorn basecoat.  Next is with the chipping cream applied.  The final is Pumpkin over Peppercorn with toner applied over the top. 

Sign up for one of my workshops to learn to distress your old or new furniture pieces, moldings, architectural elements, cabinets or accessories. Because our materials stick to almost every surface, this technique can add vintage character or primitive charm to almost anything in your home.  Email me to find out when my next workshop is.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Caromal Colours

It's official, I am now a Certified Independent Representative for the most awesome paint product ever, Caromal Colours!

Justin and I have searched high and low for something that makes distressing so simple and have found the "Country Living Collection" by Caromal Colours to be the winner! No sanding, no priming. . . this paint bonds to almost anything! The sky is the limit with this product. Paint your old oak cabinets, paint furniture and make it look like it came straight from your grandmother's grandmother's home.

Then there is the gilding kit. Apply gold, silver, or copper leaf to anything you desire (pumpkins and eggs look amazing!). The wall glaze is so easy, or you could plaster your walls for that Tuscan feel. Click on the Caromal Colours button to be directed to their store. If you are ready to order your own kit use my code to save money on shipping: BrendaUtah.


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