Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tall, Dark and Handsome!

Cue the James Bond soundtrack as our scene opens: a late-model mini van driven by a flame-haired woman is pulling up to an estate sale. The driver's side door of the van opens, and as the wide-eyed redhead steps out we get a glimpse into the back cargo hold of the van. It is filled with old paneled doors, a few seat-less dining chairs, kids toys and a case of empty (and recyclable!) quarts of CeCe Caldwell paint. The van door slams and our mysterious woman sprints across the front lawn, jumps over the hedge and victoriously lay claims to a mid-century modern china hutch.

Her mission, should she choose to accept it, is to haul this tall, dark and not-so-handsome hunk o' wood home and transform it into something as stylish as a sharp-dressed man.
                          Mission Accepted!

By now you may have figured out the heroine of our story is none other than Paris Flea Market consignor, Karen Berg; the woman with the golden paintbrush. Today we're showcasing her talent for using CeCe Caldwell Vermont Slate, Dover White with a layered application of Seattle Mist and Vintage White on the panels. We haven't talked much about Dover White here.  Karen describes it as "the only paint that has no pigment: just paint. It is kind of off-white, but it’s purpose is to lighten the existing shade of the color you are using." 

She describes the entire episodic adventure of painting this tall drink o' wood and following up with Cece's Clear Wax over at her blog: Redoux Interiors.  

As our scene wraps, we see Karen effortlessly washing her paint supplies in warm, soapy water, a stray section of hair falling over one wide eye, a wry smile on her lips (as the music loudly crescendos) promising that she will return...

                       Mission Accomplished!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Full Bodied and Great Gams

Sometimes a gal is a real looker as is, she just needs a new get-up! This dresser had curves in all the right places, a generously proportioned landscape, and get a-load of those petite gams--hubba hubba!

Let's get to work! The springtime air here in bee-you-tee-ful northern California is full of pollen dust, so this sweetheart stayed right in the house for her glamour gal makeover. Remember, since we're using CeCe Caldwell Paint, that's not a problem at all!  A full-bodied gal's got to have a neutral shade in her wardrobe for this time of year, so a special recipe was custom mixed (SO easy with all the 36 colors of CeCe to choose from!) by using 1/2 quart of Omaha Ochre and 1/2 quart Kansas Wheat. It results in this dreamy golden taupe! A girl's gotta have some interest, don't you think, so her knobs (excuse me!?!?) and trim where highlighted with a touch of Vintage White. 

And there you have it--ready for a night out on the town and still respectable enough for church the next morning!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Re-Funked Hutch

I said, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, yeah"

I can't get enough of that funky stuff
I can't get enough of that funky stuff

A-Hem! A little too much funk for your junk? So much pink you can't think? Don't be a dope-there's hope! Just put in a call to the Grand Master of Re-funkification, Pam Lawrence, aka PamLo! 

"Let's roll with some primer, 'cuz that glossy pink is super sick, but not for our intended crib, dig?" she instructs us. 

"Follow up is way laid-back with a quick coat of CeCe Caldwell's Alaskan Tuscan Green 
(brushed on fo' shizzle! ) and distressed with H2O for a look that will keep you jonesin' for years to come! So easy a noob can do it!" she continues. 

"Dis all be followed up with a coat of Clear Wax and dat is dat!" she concludes!


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