I'm back on the blog train! I took a bit of a break to get through school, which almost kicked my hiney, but I survived! And now .... we are getting ready to have a baby boy!! Anywho, I thought, what a great opportunity to show everyone ONE of the reasons we love Cece Caldwell's Chalk and Clay Paint. I can safely paint while I'm pregnant! Whooohoo. I mean, who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to get on and off the floor, while pumping their arms with the paint brush, and being 25 lbs over weight? On a serious note it is a great way to releave stress. ☺️ It was also great being able to do what I wanted with my kids room without having to put it on someone else. Yay! So here we go. I started with my daughters room first. She is moving to her big girl room so baby can be close to us. And hopefully we can avoid having 2 kids up in the middle of the night when baby gets hungry.
You can tell just from this picture she needed some color in her life, right?! Well she got some....
Mom picked this baby up from a garage sale for a great price! ..... What was she thinking!? Look at those weird corner shelves.
It has several missing plugs .....
What we thought was a drawer .... Nope it was a glued on drawer teaser ... And it has 2 different tones from the table top and the bottom .
This thing even has a rat hole!
Challenge accepted. Lets get to Transforming!
I started by removing the back of the piece, it was flimsy and plus it had a hole in it. The 4 random tiny corner shelves went too.
Who needs a man when you have a pink electric drill!! I got rid of the awful rat hole and replaced it with this piece of wood from Home Depot. It was the perfect width, so all I had to do was cut some of the length off.
See, no more rats.
The places where the shelves went needed to be filled in, along with a few other slapdash areas, so I used this wood filler from Elmer's.
Fill in your problem areas ... and wait.....
The plugs or "buttons" were missing or different sizes so we just got some new ones at Lowes for about 2 dollars. I wanted all the plugs to be the same size so I removed them all, some of them fell right out, some I had to use a drill.
I never really have a plan on what I am going to do on my pieces, so I started with one of the small drawers, tried a little something out on it and surprise! I loved it, first try, that never happens!
Any who, I started with 2 coats of the first color, Destin Gulf Green, just on the doors and drawers. I'm not sure yet what I want to do on the rest of the piece. We will figure that out after the filler dries.
It's all in the wrist.
I took some leftover candle wax samples we had, and scribbled it mostly on the edges, but throughout the doors and drawers as well.
If you have left over chunks of wax just get a dry brush and bush off the access.
I applied another coat in a different color, and applied some more candle wax after it dried.
Then I went over the wax one last time with our new color, Chesapeake Blue. After CB dried I took a scraper to it. The places where I applied the wax came off nicely. And I finished it with Cece Caldwells Waxing Cream.
On the inside of the hutch I mod podged our local news paper.
I tried to age the paper with some aging cream first, but it just didn't look old enough. So, I mixed clear glaze with Virginia Chestnut and.... Holy cow look how old that paper looks!!
I'm painting the part where there was fake drawer with Virginia Chestnut. Baskets will be there and it looks more blended with it painted the same color as the baskets.
The rest of the hutch is painted with Destin Gulf Green! I did two coats, and then distressed a little on the edges with a sanding block. You can also distress with a wet cloth. When painting it on, I did it in all different directions (x's) to give it a cool texture.
For the finish on the top I used Endurance Finish, which is Cece Caldwells polyurethane. This is right after I put it on, but it dries evenly. I'm doing 4 coats on top with the Endurance. You can do up to 6 coats.
Finally I'm seeing some progress! I put a sand block in the middle of the baskets for this photo but I got a piece of decorative wood molding from Home Depot that went best with the design on the piece. I painted it with the Destin first and it didn't quite match the rest of the piece, so I put Virginia Chestnut underneath and it blended quite well!
I wasn't really digging the light Chesapeake with the Destin so I added some dark aging cream and left it on over night before buffing.
I got the knobs from Hobby Lobby for the doors and drawers. For the door hinges I used the original and mixed Clear Glaze with our Silver Metallic Pigment to match the handles.
It was quite an adventure driving/calling every place in Amarillo looking for drop leaf hinges to finish this thing. We finally got online and after ages of looking for them we found some! whoo hoo.... When the hinges arrived at the store, were there directions on how to put them on? Absolutely not. When we called the company we got them from to ask how to put them on, no one knew....... And don't even bother with you tube, This was all trial and error, lots of new holes and wood filler, but we figured it out! ...... Now it's time to figure out what to do with those terrible highlights.......
I added the shelf for extra storage. It was some raw wood from Home Depot, I just added some Virginia Chestnut and Destin, distressed the corners a bit and there you go, you have yourself a shelf.
We got a great find, two bedside tables at a garage sale, perfect for this project.
First, you want to make sure you get all the grease off, so the clay in our paint can really adhere to your piece. Then, apply your first coat.
Once that dries you're SUPPOSED to rub a candle wax stick all over (the green) but I forgot that part and applied the next coat, but oh well it will be fine and hopefully it will still show up....It didn't show up .... Then, apply another coat over the wax in a different color.
After that dries, scribble the candle stick on top (this time I did not forget). Next, you apply another coat in another color again let it dry and scribble, more wax.
Then another coat in another color and again more wax!
My last coat I used Virginia Chestnut and let that layer of paint dry. Enough with the wax, now grab your scrapper.
You want to push down the middle of your scrapper with your pointer finger, and get after it. Because I did not have a flat surface I had to scrape horizontally and vertically. I love it!
Now, back to the middle part I applied another coat. Since there is so much texture on the trim I didn't want my crackle to be too over powering, because I'm a crazy person and use crackle on everything, I just had to tone it down a bit. So I mixed Elmer's Glue with some water and painted it over the Myrtle Beach Sand just on the drawers.
You don't want the glue to dry all the way but wait until it's at a tacky
texture, then I used another coat of the MBS I mixed this coat with some water so the crackles would be nice and small. When you are painting over the glue, you want to try and paint just one coat over or it will not be a good crackle.
I just did the crackles on the drawers. everywhere else I did 3 layers of MBS and slightly distressed the corners and edges with a damp cloth. Then I used Waxing Cream on the trim and tops.
To apply the Waxing Cream you'll want to stir it up and apply it as you would when you are dry brushing. It takes very little wax, and you can do several layers (I just did 2). After each layer dries you can go back over with a lint free cloth/ old t-shirt and buff it to give it a great look.
On the sides I used Satin Finish, you simply brush it on. You can mix it
with some water because it is water based, it looks great with several layers, I do 3 layers most of the time.
After each layer of the Satin Finish dries you can buff it with Craft
Paper or a brown paper bag, and that will give it a nice soft finish.
Once everything dries they are ready for the floor! Make sure you give it time to cure, about 3 weeks.
On the handles I painted them with Virginia Chestnut and dry brushed it with Chantelle's Duck Egg (the same color's I used in the layered weathering)
Then I applied them with wax and ... Buffed
Yay! Finished They're perfect!
My mother, who is an Interior Designer, and I decided we wanted to open a home décor shop. When she found Cece Caldwell's Paints we thought this would be the perfect opportunity! We opened our store, after finding out how much we loved this paint and the company, in December 2013. Please feel free to give us your feedback and thank you for visiting my Blog