Cabinet Makeover: Faux-Boring to Frenchy Gold Fab

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hi, everyone, I hope the summer treated you well and your'e good and ready for fall! Personally, I absolutely love fall. I get to wear my cardigan sweaters, cute boots and my hair doesn't instantly wilt in the Tennessee heat! We will be taking the family to a pumpkin patch this weekend and I'll be visiting a local amish farm to buy outdoor fall plants and decor...if you follow my pinterest, you will certainly see that I've been working on my "vision" in the wee hours of the night!

For those of you who don't already know, I was selected to become a Brand Representative for CeCe Caldwell's Paint Company! I was so thrilled and honored to represent such a wonderful organization that really DEMONSTRATES their care for the environment and the people that use their products!

My month was September and it took a while, but I finally found the perfect project for the paints and finishes I was given! I opened my box and was happy to find Young Kansas Wheat (a great beige/khaki), Flat Matte No Gloss Finish, Kukui Stain+Finish and a completely new product Bauxite Beige Metallic Wax. This wax is a gorgeous mix of gold and silver and it gives the prettiest subtle sheen to whatever you apply it to.

Here is the "before"...

I hate to admit it, but once again, I don't have the best "before" pictures. It was pretty late and this was the best lighting I could get. In any case, you can see that there were some faux wrought iron details added to the door fronts which was what really caught my eye. It also had an ugly orangey wood finish that was screaming to be made pretty. In a flash, I saw what I wanted to do to it and I had to bring it home. Seeing that we had just cleared our garage out and organized my projects in storage, this didn't exactly send the hubs into ecstatic cheers but eventually he gave up, I convinced him that this was going to be a quick one and I'd have it out the house pronto...right. 

I started with a layer of Young Kansas Wheat and quickly added a wash and dry brush of some of CeCe's Vintage White. This is another thing I love about her paints. As long as you go with thin, even layers it dries pretty quickly and you can keep going! As far as the front goes, I started brushing the white over and into the "wrought iron" details, but soon realized that was going to be a huge pain in the toosh. I broke out my trusty and beloved Earlex 5500 sprayer and had that bit finished in about 4 minutes flat. I can't tell you how great this whitewash looks over the Young Kansas Wheat. It gave it a real old world french look that is just romantic. 

After I had let the white wash dry overnight, I sanded down to smooth and bring out the grain in certain areas. Then I added my first coat of Flat Matte No Gloss Finish....I have to tell you, if you've never used this you have to give it a try. It dries to the most velvety finish, about as close to wax as you're going to get. I love waxing my pieces, but I have moved away from waxing anything I plan to sell. I would rather the clients have a piece that is as low maintenance as possible and I don't care what anyone says...wax has to be reapplied every so often, especially high use pieces. Once I had laid down the second coat and let it dry I started highlighting the raised details with the Bauxite Beige Metallic Wax. This is a little time consuming, but I find it almost therapeutic and love watching the transformation happen in front of me that way. I apply it by finger. I'm sure there are folks who use a small brush, but I really prefer to feel the wax as I had found that using a brush tended to leave the wax a little clumpy in recessed areas. 

I painted the inside using the same process because it had an ugly brown layer of paint in it. I couldn't resist using color SOMEWHERE on this one, so I used CeCe Caldwell's Emerald Isle and Thomasville Teal on the doors. For a similar look, grab a couple of brushes (or one!) and just start layering. I also spray with water every once in a while to blend the colors. Y'all know I can't go too long without using my signature "Peacock" colors. ;) Finally, after sealing the inside, I brushed some Bauxite Beige onto the doors which really made them pop.

I took the hardware and gave it the same jeweled tone, with some Bauxite Beige over to let the pulls sparkle...sigh.

I don't really have any "during" shots because the entire process went so quickly! So here it is, in all its sparkling and french glory! I hope you love her, I sure do. I've also quickly realized that I may have to figure out how to break it to my husband that it just might NOT be headed out the to all, Claudia.
Gone is the ugly orange wood, replaced with a weathered french finish!

The Vintage White settled right into the grain beautifully! 
Distressing in different areas helped keep the piece from looking too "finished" and really enhanced the grain and details.

My brass horse garnered much attention on my Facebook page! It is one of a pair that I purchased while deployed in Afghanistan. They are just beautiful and I had to have them!

This is where she sits for now! I think any storage is good storage don't you? ;)

Adding Gold Leaf to French Pulls

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I spent yesterday working on a small project for my latest dresser makeover. I've wanted to use metal leaf paper for ages now but have been inexplicably intimidated by the idea of it! I know right?! War zones...been there, done that! Metal leaf and mod podge? They terrify me!
Well, I decided to tackle at least one of those fears and am so happy I did! I ordered my supplies off Amazon, which is easier for me because I live on post and sometimes even the thought of leaving post to head to town is exhausting. I'm also a prime member so shipping is free for!
I ordered Speedball Simple Leaf, their adhesive and sealer. I had to leaf 8 drawer pulls and two door pulls and that took about 10-12 sheets. I put together a short video using my phone while I chilled out this afternoon. It IS my phone, so the quality isn't the greatest but I will definitely be using my nicer camera for future tutorials. I could not resist the suggested video project notification that my phone sent me after the widgets in my phone did their magic last night, so here you go! I hope this helps someone to get over the fear of unknown! If it does, stop by my Facebook page and share your before and after pics! Have fun and love to all, Claudia
To watch the video!