Teaching furniture painting workshops is one of my favorite parts of running this business. I love the relaxed, creative atmosphere and teaching people how to paint.
I've met a wonderfully diverse group of friends through these workshops as well. I always laugh and say these are the "Alaskan Tundra Green" workshops because after seeing my buffet that I painted in Alaskan Tundra Green, we always have at least one student paint their piece in a similar scheme!
First we had a pretty little side table from Kim. She'd had this for a long time, had sanded it down but hadn't gotten around to refinishing it. I was excited when I saw the spindle legs of course.
Here is her before and after:
Typically you don't need to prime or sand before painting with CeCe Caldwell's Paints but since she was painting on raw wood, we sealed the wood with a coat of Polycyclic before painting.
Kim painted one quick coat of Alaskan Tundra Green, then dry brushed on some Dover White Wash onto the spindles to accent them. The top is painted in Virginia Chestnut (retired but you could use Texas Tea) and we lightly dry brushed some Dover White Wash over the VC to give the top some depth. We sealed the piece with Endurance Finish. The piece looks fresh, cottage-esq and will have a whole new second life.
Rachel brought a table that was a hand me down from someone else. It had several coats of house paint on it and had been subjected to permanent marker by one of her sons. We cleaned her up, did a coat of Virginia Chestnut all over which covered up the permanent marker. We accented the beautiful detailing in the grooves of the legs with Maine Harbor Blue, then did a coat of Alaskan Tundra Green all over.
The layered, weathered look that one can achieve using CeCe Caldwell's Paints takes my breath away no matter how many times we make it happen. We only spent about 3 hours on this table (and the three hours included talking and eating time).
I am always amazed at the beauty you can achieve in such a little time using this product.
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