Thursday, October 11, 2012

Versatiliy Is The Spice Of Life!

I'm a sucker for versatility. You know, how you can use one thing in different ways? Take this piece for instance:

The lovely "BEFORE"

Can you see past its chipped, "antiqued"and out-dated exterior? Can you see the matching mirror harp floating magically in the other junk that we all have in our garages? (TELL ME you have this float-sum in your garage too, please!!) It's a writing desk, it's a dressing table, it's SUPER SURFACE!!! Able to be used any darn way you see fit in your home! Don't you love the gams on it? Hubba, hubba!

The even more lovely "AFTER"! (Painted by Pam Lawrence)

Wow! Can you believe this is the same piece? But I have to let you in on a little secret. Yes, this piece was transformed with Cece Caldwell's Chalk & Clay based paint, BUT it wasn't straight out of the can--it was mixed with a few other colors of Cece's before being applied. Want to know the recipe?

1/2 cup (or 1 part) Simply White
1/2 cup (or 1 part) Seattle Mist
1/4 cup Smoky Mountain
1 Tbsp. Memphis Blue

The raised areas and the metal handles (that's right--just paint right over 'em!) were highlighted with Vintage White.  When all was dry, the Clear Wax was used to protect it.

Just like magic, huh? Check it out at Room With A Past October 18 - 21st. 


  1. Definitely magic and yes, I have a pile like that, only it's not in the garage, it's worse. It's in a room in my house and sneaking it's way out the door and threatening to take over the house if I don't get after it! Love your vanity. Super sweet!

  2. Wow! It's gorgeous! Your color recipe is perfect! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Redoux. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. Thank you for sharing your recipe, this is beautiful and I will be adding it to my list of color mixes to paint with!!! Love CeCe Caldwell's paints!!!

  4. The recipe was dreamed up and then formulated by the creative Pam Lawrence--a co-worker at both the shops where I work!


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