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“Before & After” Stool Using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints ~ Color Sedona Red

Here are some “Before & After” pics of a stool that I painted yesterday using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints & Finishes.  The color that I used is called Sedona Red.  This was so simple, but I’ll explain what I did.

First, I couldn’t even tell you where I got this stool.  It’s been in my basement, for like, forever.

Stool before using CeCe Caldwell's Sedona Red

Yes, the stool is ugly, but I always knew that it had potential!  Now, you would think that I would tell you to clean the stool because, as I always say over and over, “you don’t know where it’s been or what it’s been used for” (get your minds out of the gutter!).  In this case, the stool was already had several layers of paint on it – the top layer being a really ugly brown.

So, I literally just wiped it down with a paper towel – not even a damp one … just a dry paper towel.  Sometimes I’m just impatient … not always a good quality, but I’m working on it.

Then, I just slapped on the paint.  Seriously.  I didn’t sand or prime or anything.  I used one coat on the legs and two coats on the top.  I waited for the first coat to dry before applying the second coat.

After both coats dried, I used a wet (but very, very well wrung out) piece of a t-shirt and rubbed where I wanted the distressed effect.

After this dried, I applied clear wax (really rubbing it in) and let it sit for about a half hour.  Then, I took a dry, old (but clean) dishrag and rubbed, rubbed, rubbed until the wax took on a nice subtle shine.

This is the finished product.

Stool after using CeCe Caldwell Sedona Red

Rainy Day Painting – Zen Time

So, while everybody on the planet (ok, so I’m exaggerating a little) is getting snow, here in Philly we are getting rain – again.  It’s bad enough that I can’t control the weather, but in the past few days I can’t control my hair, either … rain = frizz.

So, while I’m here at the store – which has been pleasantly picking up through word of mouth – I’ve decided to paint.  So, I’ll share what I’m up to.

I forgot to take a “before” picture of this shelf that I just finished, but here are the “after” pictures.  I used CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk and Clay paint – the color is Smokey Mountain Gray.  I simply slapped it on (literally) and let it dry – which took no time at all.  I then distressed it using a damp cloth and let that dry.  I lightly coated it with a water-downed layer of CeCe Caldwell’s Satin Finish and let that dry.  Finally, I applied CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax (which I LOVE so much) and buffed it with a dry rag.

This whole process took me about 2 hours – INCLUDING drying time between all the steps!  Sooo easy!! Here it is (and please remember that I am seriously shitty photographer, but I’m working on that):

Keys to the Attic

Keys to the Attic

Since, it’s so dreary here, I’m getting ready to work on a small stool that I got from who knows where …. knowing me, I probably “trash-picked” it.  Either way, it’s gonna go from Ugly to Lovely in 2 hours.  I’ll be sure to share the “After” … 🙂

Keys to the Attic