Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Caromal Colours Sample Boards

I have talked about Caromal Colours textured basecoats in nearly every post I do regarding a furniture redo.  This paint is the only thing we use to do our furniture makeovers quite simply because there is almost no prep work before you actually get down to business and start painting your project.

I wanted to give you a little bit of history behind this amazing product before we went any further.

This is straight from the Caromal Colours website:

"Caromal Colours® grew out of one woman's dream. Carol Kemery's vision started in 2002. She had an idea that anyone could achieve a beautiful decorative finish for their home, given the right materials and a little instruction. So, along with her daughter Katie, a freshman at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, she submitted her business plan to an entrepreneur competition at Temple and took home first prize. Over the next few years, she worked tirelessly putting the components together. In 2007, Caromal Colours® was officially incorporated.

You don't have to spend a lot money, ponder over thousands of choices, own tons of tools or worry that the decorative finishing materials won't work. Our materials are incredible, the instructions complete and if you love the look of the many faces of Country Living Magazine, you can have it in your home!"

Carol runs Caromal Colours along with her kind husband, Al.

Barnworn Kit

Currently there are 12 colors offered in the textured basecoats:

Having said that, there are so many color combinations that work with these paints.  Here are some of the samples I have made up to show you.  Click on the picture for a more close-up version.

Colonial Blue over Chocolate

 Candy Apple Red over Peppercorn

Chocolate over Wisteria 
 Pumpkin over Cobblestone
 Candy Apple Red over Putty
 Wisteria over Peppercorn
 Chocolate over Putty
 Pumpkin over Peppercorn
 Parchment over Colonial Blue
 Bayberry over Candy Apple Red
 Bayberry over Peppercorn
 Putty over Mustard

Parchment over Mustard
 Peppercorn over Parchment
 Parchment over Chocolate
 Paprika over Chocolate
 Bayberry over Chocolate
 Candy Apple Red over Bayberry
 Mustard over Parchment
I will post more color combos tomorrow.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Antique Tatted Doilie Table

 Have I told you the reason I am so in love with antiques?  No?  Well, it is because they have a story behind them.  The idea that I own something that someone else used and likely loved before me makes my heart flutter.  With this beautiful table I envision a sweet little Grandma sitting in her rocking chair tatting these gorgeous doilies.  The doilies are so delicate and the detail so incredible, that they must have been made with love.

Click {HERE} to see the before pics.

And now, meet Tattiana:

We got this table from a sweet elderly couple in Bluffdale, the same place I got the antique drop-leaf table.  I initially went only to get the drop-leaf, but we began talking and I told her of my love for all things old so my son and I went on a tour of her home to see all of her treasures.   She is the one who had the brother that lived in Kansas and collected antiques.  He died at a very young age due to a heart attack.  She inherited some of his antiques, though I am not exactly sure if this table was one of them.  She did tell me that she knows that the doilies are over 100 years old. 

The only major repair we had to do on this piece was that the glass was cracked so I went and had a new piece cut to fit.  To re-finish this table we did a Caromal Colours Peppercorn basecoat with a Parchment top coat.  We applied toner, then finally Liberon wax to seal the paint.  I think the redo on this table turned out nothing short of incredible.  If my kids were a little older and I knew that they wouldn't break something this delicate, I might have kept it because I love it that much. 

One of the stores I have my furniture in, Forget Me Not Boutique, was having their grand opening sale this weekend so I took some pieces in yesterday.  This table was one of them.  As I was unloading there were a couple of nice ladies shopping and so on their way out they asked me how much the table was.  I told them the price and they said they loved it but had to get to work so would think about it.  As soon as they left, Molly, the boutique owner, and her mom came up to me to ask how much the table was because Molly's mom loved it, especially the tatting.  Molly's mom's Aunt Helen (I believe) used to tat and so this piece meant something  to her.  Molly's mom ended up buying this piece for $70.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

You're A Grand Ole' Flag. . .

It's beginning to feel a little like summer finally!  My favorite thing about summer time is the 4th of July. 

Photo courtesy of  http://www.passion-for-parties.com/4th-of-July-foods.html

I love everything about the 4th, the fireworks, the barbecue, the hot summer day, family get togethers, and celebrating our wonderful country.  The 4th is also my little Mr. 7's very favorite holiday out of the whole year!

The warmer weather got me thinking about new wall art we could do, then I remembered a wooden flag I had gotten at a yard sale a few years back.  We used this as a pattern, and I must admit I think the new version is the better version!  A couple of weekends ago when my husband and my parents went to yard sales (without me:() they picked up a free partial IKEA dresser.  The drawers were missing, so all it consisted of was the back, sides, and legs.  My husband saw only "free wood" and snatched it up.  With the help of our trusty Dewalt jigsaw from, what else, a yard sale, we were able to cut the stripes and star to near perfection!  (With the items we redo, we don't ever really strive for perfection, we want something with character, and something flawed usually has great character).

Here are the stripes.  The red was the natural color of the dresser wood and the white stripes were painted with Caromal Colours Wisteria.

Here are the support braces for the back,
as well as the blue area for the star.

We glued the support bars on as well as
nailed them together with a finish nailer.

Then, we glued the blue sort-of-square down
and nailed it.

Next, we glued and nailed the star down.
(This glue is fabulous!)

Here it is all put together.
But, it is not finished yet.
We want it to look like it has
been around for ages.
A little more distressing. . .

then we applied toner to the entire piece
(including all the "crooks and nannies!")
Anyone know what movie that is from?
You can see the difference, especially
in the white stripes between toned and
It really gives it the character we talked about.

Look-how-beautiful-and-grand he is!
The stripes are even waving!

I absolutely love how some of the
red color is coming through the blue!

If you look closely, you will see the red even coming
through on the white stripes.
How fab is that!?

We will definitely be making more of these
for the upcoming holidays!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Front Door Makeover

Remember when I told you that the Caromal Colours textured basecoat bonds to almost anything?  Well, here's proof:

This is my front metal door.
We used a Cobblestone basecoat
with a Parchment top coat,
with toner. 

 Here is the before color, a
very neutral beige.
And once again, the after.
Very distressed, very shabby,
very cool!

What a way to change the whole look of
the front of your house.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hoosier, not the one from the movie

There is a local barn that houses some fabulous antiques, junk, and treasures!  Not many people know about it, but I found it one weekend when I was out hunting for yard sales and drive by nearly every Saturday to see if she is open for business.  For those of you from Utah the owner of the barn (and all the treasures) is the founder of Gardner Village.  She has acquired quite the collection of antiques, but has decided it is time to get serious about selling.

Nancy had listed some furniture on our local version of Craigslist and I called on an old Hoosier.  She told me to come by Friday morning to look at it.  I went and fell in love with this beauty!

 The Showers Furniture Company opened in 1910.
I am still researching my exact piece though.
The white flat space is actually made from tin!

What a Beaut!

Versatile Blogger Award



I received this award from @ www.butterscotchcaramel.blogspot.com

Thank you so much for thinking of me!

The rules of accepting the award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.

2. Tell 7 things about yourself.

1. I am a mom to 5 amazing kids!
2. I have lived my entire life in Utah
3. I married my high school sweetheart
4. I work full-time at The Home Depot (do-it-yourself central)
5. I have an addiction. . . to yard sales, thrift stores, deals in general.
6. My favorite food is Cafe Rio's chicken salad (if you haven't tried it, you simply must!)
7.  My mom has always loved antiques and I used to think it was junk. . .but I can't get enough of antiques now.

3. Pay it forward and award the Versatile Blogger to your recently discovered new blogger's
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