I’ve been like a kid in a candy shop over the last few days. After stalking the mail woman all week, I finally received two wonderful boxes of CeCe Caldwell paint.
Why would I spend $32 per quart of paint? Because I’m pregnant and tired of wearing this ventilator mask. On a side note, I’m not sure whether to be grateful or terribly insulted that people keep asking me if I’m being safe while painting. I’ll leave it at that.
So I went ahead and used some of my profits to buy a bunch (over $500) of CeCe Caldwell paints and supplies. I bought from three different distributors to see which one had the fastest shipping/best customer service and the winner was Shelly from Shizzle Designs by a landslide. I placed my order at 9 PM and she had already shipped the next morning and included extra safety measures free of charge since it went over the ocean. I got my package in three days (and I’m in Hawaii, folks). I’m very, very impressed!
I went with CeCe Caldwell’s paint because it is all natural chalk and mineral based paint with “excellent adhesion to various surfaces, self-priming as well as no odor, no VOCs, no acrylic and is non-toxic. The wax is a non-petroleum based, natural wax.” The popular and similarly priced Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can’t even come close to these claims. This paint is the absolute best, most eco-friendly and painter-friendly product on the market and I’m choosing to pay a fortune for it (I must love this kid already)! Plus, it’s a U.S. based company with all employees working in the U.S. Bonus – all of the beautiful colors are named after U.S. cities. Take a gander at these lovelies:
You know I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this paint and get started, so I began like I often do – with a Craigslist find. As soon as I saw the posting, I knew I wanted to snatch it up because I could tell it’s solid wood. We grabbed it for $50 from a Marine family who is PCSing to California. It was made by a wood craftsman and you can really tell. It’s sturdy, durable and large – perfect for my farmhouse theme.
First I painted the entire table in Virginia Chestnut (formerly Hershey Brown). I did a second coat of Virginia Chestnut on the top and did two coats of Vintage White on the bottom. I though the Virginia Chestnut was too warm by itself, so I dry brushed the top with Vermont Slate to break it up a little bit.
When the paint dried, I applied two coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Satin Finish to seal it. Satin Finish is the sealant to use for furniture that gets serious wear and tear yet, it is also totally eco-friendly. Here are the ingredients:
Finally, I topped it off with a coat of the aged, dark wax that I still need to buff after it dries. ******EDIT Do NOT apply the wax over the Satin Finish. After it dried, it pooled up and looked horrible and I had to paint it again. Only use the Satin Finish by itself******
I’m kicking myself for not figuring out how to get better pics. After I buff the table, I’ll update – I promise!
I can’t wait to show you other CeCe projects (and I’ll do an update when I buff and
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