Thursday, March 29, 2012

Read Your Warning Labels on Your Paint!

Please READ your labels!
These are the labels of the paint and wax that I used to use almost daily.  

Lung Damage???!! Really???!!!!
Read your Warning LABELS! I never really thought about this before I started using CeCe Caldwell's Paints. Paint stinks, it is hazardous and you have to keep it away from children...we all know is a given...until CeCe came out with her paint and wax. Some poplar paints do not even have a  label with contents on it.
Ce Ce Caldwell's Paints has no warning labels. Why you ask? Because it is Non-Toxic, NoVOC's, and No Odor! The ingredients are listed...Water, Clay, Porcelain Clay, Chalk, Alcohol Ester (as a binder), Cellulose, Pigments, Preservative! CeCe Caldwell's Paint is so safe expectant mothers can use it. I even let my grandchildren paint with it without having to worry about skin contact or fumes.
Two of them have terrible asthma and it does not bother them at all.
There are NO warning that says keep out of the reach of children.... because it is safe and natural. 
 My very favorite product is my CeCe Caldwell's Wax! It is the best! I can wax and walk away without a nasty headache! CeCe Wax does not require a HAZMAT for shipping like some others do! Now that should tell you how harmful other wax products are! very safe CeCe Caldwell's products are! So next time you purchase paint and wax READ THE LABELS!
My wax and paint of CHOICE is CeCe Caldwell's!
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

How I saved a 150 Year old Farm House Cabinet

I have been lusting after this gorgeous antique cabinet that was salvaged from a 150 year old farmhouse ever since I first saw it. It belonged to some good friends of ours and it was never for sale. Every time we visited I would also visit this sweet piece that sat waiting in the garage for something.
My friends always were going to do something with it..but life happens.
Sadly, my buddies have to move and just don't have room to take this 7 foot tall and 7 foot 4 inch long goodie with them....good for me.
After trying for a bit to sell this piece via craigslist but failing I was able to pick it up. I was thrilled...although it needed alot more help than I originally thought.
But we all know the feeling...when you see something...regardless of the shape it is can see it finished and beautiful...that is this kind of piece for me.
Of course all of the glass was gone. We have been hoarding old glass for know the kind, wavy and tiny bubbles. My junk hunk cut it and we added it into the doors.
Some of the old hardware was not salvagable.

We added new hardware which we tried to make look old.
The top of the bottom piece was completely rotten. We replaced it with salvaged wood - we also added some bead board that was salvaged from the same house.
We loved the original patina. It had been painted several different colors over the years - greens, blues and whites. It was chippy and crackled - I loved it.
So we sanded it to remove the falling off pieces and sealed it to protect that gorgeous junky finish.
 So the hard part are we going to make the new pieces that we added - crown molding and more look like the original finish. That is where CeCe Caldwell Green Paint came in.
We used Alaskan Tundra, Vintage White and Destin Gulf Green to replicate the we layered and crackled and sanded and layered and sanded and layered and crackled and... well you get the idea....Until I thought that we had it looking pretty original.
Can you tell which is the original and which is the new finish?
So after 30 hours give or take she is ready for her debut at the Spokane Home and Garden Show.
I may add some baskets to the shelves below but other than that I think she is perfect.
I am usually very good about not taking home my work... but if I had a place she would live with me...alas, I have no room so she is ready for adoption. Maybe in your kitchen or dining room? Or heck, she would be perfect to hold all of your crafting supplies.
I love that this piece has been saved and I love that I was able to do it with All natural, made in the US products. I wish we could have salvaged more of the house. They don't make pieces like this anymore.
What do you think?

Monday, March 12, 2012

My love affair with Vintage White.

Is it wrong to say that "Vintage White" is my favorite color? I mean.. white is actually the absence of color... or at least I have heard that... Never the less...It is my favorite color.
 I have long been a fan of shabby chic decor. I have heard that it is out of style and that wouldn't surprise me because I am not always in style..I know a big shock for those of you that know how fashionable I am.
I love the way a coat of creamy white paint can transform an otherwise ugly piece of furniture.
I heard that back in the day, that rich folks would take their old but expensive furnishings and put them in their summer homes. They would cover the old pieces, some with gilded features, with a coat of white paint to update them and make them more suitable and less formal for their summer places. Makes sense to me. Thus, the look was born.
Regardless of where it came from - excuse me Ms. Ashwell - I love it still and so do a lot of my customers.
Last week we found this poor orphaned china hutch. 
Yes, I know that she is outdated and not so...ummm...great, but she has good bones. Becauseof that we thought we would give her another chance. We covered her in two coats of CeCe Caldwells Vintage White. If you haven't used CeCe's paint, you should. I glides on and covers to well with no vocs or smell. You can paint inside which is a great thing when it is cold and blowing outside. You don't have to sand or prime either - even on this slick surface. You can also use the buttery wax indoors as well. It has no petroleum in it so it doesn't have the awful smell of gasoline that some other popular brands do.
After just a couple of hours of work including some light distressing and waxing this is what we ended up with.
She looks like a whole new girl to me. We got rid of her criss cross braces and look how she shines. She is now looking for a new home.

This is another project that was transformed with CeCe's vintage White. My hubby didn't even want to load up this monster of a dresser when he first saw it. He thought that it was just to ugly...but I saw lots of great load it up we did. Again, I chose white and I love how it turned out.

7 feet of 9 gorgeous drawers and storage space...looking great.
So maybe I am out of style and maybe I don't know all of the technical gibber jab about color vocabulary....I do have a love affair with Vintage White.