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Friday, May 7, 2010


It was a GORGEOUS day here in Utah - FINALLY :) and I had the opportunity to work on several projects. The fireplace is near completion - yeah! I have struggled quite a bit with it because I am trying a new technique. I love EVERYTHING "chippy and old" so when I came across a product called Caromal Colours (www.caromalcolours.com - sorry, I can't figure out how to make this a link?) I knew I had to try it. Although, it is quite pricey and since I like to do things on the ol'cheapo side, it for sure was a no go! Instead I improvised with paint from Four Chairs here in Lindon, Utah. I did however try to replicate the same look and that is where I ran into trouble....the perfectionist side of me wanted to apply the paint very carefully making sure their were no drips, runs, or brush marks. In fact it was killing me not to use my paint sprayer (LOVE IT!). The Caromal Colours technique is to slap it on, smoosh it and basically make a mess of it in order to make the piece look like it has years of old paint on it. I told myself to just finish it and then decide if I like it or not....I can always strip it and start over - UGH!! I should have pictures in the next day or so :)

I was also working on several picture frames today. My neighbor took our family pictures last July (tell me about it!) and I am FINALLY getting around to framing them! Tate, my baby doesn't even look the same! Oh well, better late than never :) I had the frames made at the Wood Connection here in Utah. It is located off 7200S (go east off the exit and turn left on 300W - it's just a little ways down on the left hand side) and if you haven't been there you are missing out! The have tons of wood cutouts, frames, etc. They even custom cut just about anything you could want just as long as you have a pattern. I then went to Home Depot to pick up a few pieces of moulding to "BEEF" them up a little. I still need to paint them black and distress and stain them but I should have those pictures in a day or so too...Well, I sure am happy it was a sucessful day!!!


  1. i cant wait to see - i didnt know there was such a paint to give it that aged look - will definately have to check that out :)

  2. So are you using Caromal basecoats on your fireplace? I can't wait to see what you did - and what color/colors you used - if you need a link that works try this http://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/caromal-colours/ I've got a ton of pictures, tips and how-to's on there... Patty


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