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Monday, June 13, 2011

Fun with Caromal Colours


Last weekend I was finally able to get around to a project I have been wanting to do for a long time.
I had a table on my back porch that was very plain. The lines were great but it was a plain light wood table that had been varnished. I really wanted to paint it, but I was not looking forward to all the prep work. You know, sanding the whole thing to make the paint stick and then cleaning off all the dust (again, so the paint will stick)  My friend Jan, from Lucy's Baby told me about a great line of paints that she had recently become a rep for. They are made by Country Living and are called Caromal Colors. So Jan told me all about them and I was definitely intrigued so I asked her to send me some. I am sooo happy she did!! I loved them.  There are several things about this paint I really liked.
First... No prep work!!! Yes, you heard me. I did not sand a single thing first. These paints are designed to stick to anything, porous or not!!!  The second thing I loved was how easy  it was to get the finish I wanted.  I don't know if you've ever tried to get that multiple layers of paint look, but for me it's always been really hard. I rarely get the look I am going after because latex paint is so rubbery and it's hard to get that "chipped away" look. So, because I was so impressed with this paint, I thought I would share the process with you all so you can go get some for yourself!!!  First I just smooshed the first layer of  Bayberry paint on. And yes, smooshing is an actual term they use to describe how to apply the paint!!!


It's really thick. Thicker than any paint you've tried before.  As you smoosh you will be creating texture. That's  a good thing. I didn't worry about complete coverage with the first coat as I was just going to cover it up.
After the first coat was completely dry (a couple of hours) I applied the Chipping Cream.  It's a clear paste that you put on between the coats of paint. It allows the second coat of paint to come through easier. 

After the chipping cream was completely dry I smooshed on the second paint color (Parchment). See all the texture?? It really goes against all the painting techniques I've ever learned but the results were fabulous. I went over it twice to be sure to cover all the green.

Next,  I broke out my Sander and went at at!! Sand as much or as little as you want.
The sanding smoothes out the finish, but there will be still be small lumpies and bumbies.
 


Now came the glaze. It filled in all the details on the table and added a wonderful aged look.
And here it is all done! I added a coat of finished wax to protect it, and love the buffed finish it gave the piece. Their paints are durable enough to be outside! (I would probably keep it in a covered area though.) I wish the photo could do it justice, because it came out fabulous. It was exactly what I wanted. If you want to try Caromal Colors paint for yourself go visit Jan.
I think she even has a coupon code on her site, and I'm sure she would be happy to answer any questions you might have. I will warn you... it's not the cheapest paint out there. But the time I saved doing prep work and the finished results I got made it definitely worth the cost.  I have a chair in my living room that I'm going to use their blue as the basecoat. I can't wait to use it again!!!

47 comments:

Vicki said...

Karen it turned out great! Any need for a clear coat finish on top? You said it was outside. Just curious. I don't paint furniture much. I like the texture on this so much. Hope that Arizona wildfire is no where near your little cottage. Thinking of you.

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Karen that looks wonderful! Nice to see they a paint that will actually stick without the prep work! Great post and you work is fab! hugs sweet girl! Marilou

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

That is interesting paint. It definately has the chippy look...which we all love!!

Lucys Baby said...

Hi Karen,
It looks fabulous! I knew you'd be a natural. Thanks so much for posting about Caromal Colours, it really is easy, fun, and you get "the look" of an aged piece.
XOXO
jan

Betsy said...

I've never heard of this magical paint before. Your "after" picture is gorgeous and it looks so natural. Great job Karen and thank you for sharing this tutorial.

sissie said...

I love how the table turned out. The other colors came through perfectly and created a great patina. I will check out this paint for sure. Everyone keeps talking about the chalk paints, which I haven't tried.
I really like the texture the paint gives.

hugs
sissie

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Oh my I had a couple of mistypes again, must check my comment before hitting Publish, sorry Karen! lol

Tanya said...

This looks beautiful. It reminds of the very expensive furniture in a boutique that I love. I've always wondered how I could get their chippy, textured finish. Now I know!

Terri said...

Karen, you did a fabulous job on your table! I loved seeing your process. Your pictures do tell it well. I think I would love to try that paint!
Hugs and thanks for sharing : )
Terri

Petite Michelle Louise said...

it's sooooo gorgeous! wow..i'm getting my brushes out tomorrow!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow Karen that table turned out amazing. It also reflects the same style I find in so many of your digital designs. So lovely.

Karen

marga said...

Love lovve love what you dit with your table......you are so creative!
Hugs Marga

Kasia said...

Oh that is a masterpiece!!!! I LOVE absolutely love the finished look! Skillz I tell ya!:D Thank you for sharing this beauty with us!

Hugs,

Lululiz said...

Wow, now that is one fabulous makeover! I love the colours you picked and the finish on the table is just gorgeous.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your table turned out beautifully, Karen! I just tried the chalk paint that is all over blogland this past weekend on a rescued dresser. I love not having to deal with sanding or priming {especially since it took me most of the day to do anyway} so I guess the price kind of works out.

"Create Beauty" said...

You did a fantastic job on that table! Often it's the thought of all the prep work that keeps me from a project. What a great paint! Thanks for showing all your steps.

~ Violet

Erika said...

OOOO I love it...how do you fancy a visit to Scotland to do my kitchen like that? LOL. Bet you can only get that paint in the states?! Boo.
Happy crafting, Erika.

Sylvia said...

A paint job that requires no prep work is for me!! I am currently working on a dresser and there is so much prep work..ugh!!

The table turned pretty cute, how long did it take you to finish?

Sylvia

Leah C said...

Your table looks fabulous!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Well done; it looks fabulous!

time worn interiors said...

Wow! It turned out great! There is so way to achieve that look with regular paint! Love it!
tot

Pretty Things said...

A lot of work, but well worth it!

Atelier de Charo said...

Great project!!!

Bente said...

Love your blog. Just found it, and now I am a follower.

Have a nice day

Bente

Halle said...

Looks fantastic! I want to do a distress finish on my kitchen cupboards but haven't gotten brave enough to tackle it yet. I'm thinking a darker red then putting a brown glaze over the top to mellow and age the color.

Charlene said...

Glad you had fun!!!! And the colors are so pretty! I JUST HATE TO PAINT! Did your SALT arrive? Did you fix the potatoes? Hope you'll stop by to see the new phtos of Elle! HUGS!
Charlene

Jenny said...

Karen, the table is beautiful and I am definitely going to remember it for my next DIY. Thank you for visiting my blog and especially thank you for your Building Beautiful Blogs e-book! So much simple to use info!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Had I seen your finished product photo first, I definitely would never have known. That is really crazy good!
Rose

Lylah Ledner said...

Hi Karen....this is the second time to pay your vintage cottage a visit....LOVE what you're doing.

My husband and I farm our land in n. Scottsdale, have a weekly farmers' market at our farm selling our organic produce AND we have farm events. . . . one which you might be interested in. 2x a year we hold a Vintage Barn Sale - check out my blog at www.thesimplefarmmarketgarden.com....to see if it's something you'd like to be a vendor at....this coming November.

Let's chat! lylah

helen tilston said...

Hi Karen

A wonderful table. Beautiful and your tutorial is concise.
I just found your site and I am following you, I am #2000. Please visit me.
Helen

Lynn Richards said...

What a GORgeous finished piece!! Love it.
xo
lynn

poppilinnstudios said...

Your table is beautiful! Thanks for the lesson-I've wanted to try this on a headboard that I don't like. May be the perfect place to start!
-Lynn

vicki said...

Wow Karen- that's an amazing transformation- I love the colors and the textures!
Just beautiful!
Vicki

Rebecca said...

Hey Girl
That table came out fabulous! I think I need to try that and I have been wanting to try the chalk paint by Sloan - have you tried that?
Hope your summer is going well
Blessings
Rebecca

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for a really wonderful tutorial. It's so fun to see it all come to fruition. Hope you had a wonderful day.
Cheers,
Holly

carole brungar said...

Lovely job of the table!

The Old White Barn said...

Love this project! Can't wait to try this paint. Now following for more inspiration.....
Susan

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Hi Karen, I tried to leave a message on your other blog, I don't think it went. Somethings wrong with my blog. If this can go through, I'd like you to revamp my blog. "STITCHES-N-STUFF" Call me when you can (801) 553-9145.

Great job on the table!
Love that shop in the post before this one.

thanks

cindy@stitches

bluebirdsandbutterflies said...

Wow! I just LOVE the table! You are so creative! Thanks for taking the time to share the process... looks fabulous! xoxo Kim

Custom Comforts said...

I have some Caromal paint on order and it should arrive any day now. I can hardly wait to try it out. It is pricey, but if it works as well as they say, it will be worth every penny and the time it saved. Your table looks gorgeous and I gives me great hope of how my projects will turn out.
Cindy

Lynn said...

I am off to visit Jan. I have a ton of stuff waiting to inspire me but the prep work, all the sanding to begin with was not my cup of tea and so I kept putting things off. Now I see the light at the end of the tunnel and am off. Hopefully, the price is not out of my retirement budget if we eat lots and lots of tuna fish, which is also good for us, lol. Thanks Karen. This is great news. Your table is fantastic. Just the look I have wanted, with so less prep work.

Jilly said...

After first coat it looks very beautiful. You done a very wonderful work. I really like the texture the paint gives.
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Vintage Green said...

That paint sounds amazing.....
I am off to check it out!
Thanks!

Auntie Em said...

Gorgeous! Great detail photos. It looks like it has been there forever!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Dear Lillie said...

Wow- gorgeous!

carol said...

dear karen,

your piece came out amazing!

i found your blog on a google search and i am busting with excitement.

i am really proud to see my paints on such a gorgeous site!

thanks so much,
carol
founder, caromal colours

"The Jule Box" said...

Hi Karen, I tried the links you left on here and they don't work anymore:( I would love to go look around. Thanks sweetie! Jules:)

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