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Voiding the Warranty

A few years ago, I picked up this buffet at a consignment store near Detroit, MI. Looks pretty good, huh?

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Well, looks are deceiving, especially in photographs. The actual finish had yellowed with age, and our last move scratched up the top to the point that the finish was ruined:

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Still, it is a well-built, solid wood piece that we use constantly as a mini-entertainment center for the kids (including a drawer full of Legos) and a landing zone for The Hubs’ keys and such. So after weeks (probably months) of should I? or shouldn’t I? I decided to paint it navy blue like the chairs in my breakfast room. I decided to try yet another new-to-me paint from Caromal Colours’ Country Living Textured Basecoat line in Blueberry because I had used and liked their REclaim line of paint. I opened the jar and tried to get some paint on my brush. It is the consistency of thick peanut butter, and I could barely spread it on the buffet. I called the company for help, and they told me to slap it on there and then smooth it out with a fluffy roller. What I really should have done was read the can–it says right there in plain English: textured basecoat. Oops. At this point I could still see the beautiful grain of the wood, but I couldn’t feel it anymore. I also couldn’t get the paint to spread evenly:

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So what did I do after messing up that side? I painted the top and other side, of course. I did thin the paint, but the results were even worse:

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In a panic, I reached for my can of CeCe Caldwell’s paint, and slapped on a coat of Young Kansas Wheat. It glided on, and I think I heard angels singing! The real fun with CeCe’s paints happens when you start distressing your piece. First–wet distressing! With a cloth! No dust! Awesome! Second, see the layers of color coming through? How cool is that? No sandpaper–just the damp cloth!

I loved the top…

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…But the first side I painted had all that texture–totally not the look I was going for. As I was wet-distressing, I noticed in several spots that I was going down to the original finish. And better yet, that blue was coming off with water! I got a lot of the paint off with an old sock and warm water, but I needed more immediate results. So, I did what any other unabashedly inept and hopelessly naive person would do: I grabbed my Princess House spatula and started scraping:

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As a side note, I love my spatula. We’ve been through a lot together–flipping burgers, stirring pitchers of ice tea, and scraping gunk off the stove, and you know, all that other normal domestic use that spatulas get. I feel a little bad because I think I finally voided my Princess House warranty. I doubt that using my spatula as a paint scraper counts as “normal domestic household use,” but I’m pretty sure that it does count as “damage caused by accident, misuse, or abuse.” Spatula, or Spatty as she likes to be called, may have a few more scratches and nicks, but to me she is just as shiny and beautiful as she always was. Warranty or no warranty, she is mine and I am hers. I did let The Hubs handle her when we started scraping the top. He did okay, but he just doesn’t know Spatty like I do. I took over after a while and gave him the old sock.

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Pretty amazing, huh? So if you ever want to know how to remove Caromal Colours’ Textured Basecoat, just grab some water, an old sock, and your favorite spatula. It is possible to remove it with water and moderate pressure, if the conditions are right. I even got most of it out of the grain! The two conditions that probably saved this piece are that the basecoat wasn’t fully dry and that I did not sand the buffet prior to painting it. I just tested a piece that I painted with REclaim several months ago (also without sanding it), and I could not remove any of the paint even when I scrubbed it very hard with a wet cloth.

What’s next for the buffet? Well, I’m over navy. I’m going with a base of CeCe’s Mesa Sunset, a top layer of Johnston Daffodil, and a hint of Metallic Wax in Eldorado Gold. Can’t wait to see what it will look like!

RECLAIM -ing the Girls’ Furniture

We decided to repaint the girls vintage French Provincial furniture this weekend using RECLAIM paint in the Versailles color.

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The whole set had yellowed to a pretty hideous mustardy-gray–not what two little girls wanted in their bedroom. We prepped by wiping the dresser down with Simple Green. (A few months ago, we spray painted the chest of drawers and nightstand white. This is acting as our base for those pieces.) We started by literally smooshing the paint into the crevices. Beanie and Lemony enjoyed helping with this part.

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The picture below shows what the paint looks like after it has been rolled. Don’t get scared when it looks like this!  I wanted to show it at this point to assure you that the paint will settle down all by itself. As you look toward the drawers near the window, you can see what the paint looks like as it dries–little to no texture. And again, it does this all by itself. Just leave it alone and let it do what it does. 🙂

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Here is what happens when an eager helper, paint, and carpet collide.

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I am happy to report that RECLAIM is also easy to clean up!

We scooped the extra paint up, scraped the spot towards the middle, added some carpet cleaner, and rinsed, rinsed, rinsed.

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All better!