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Painted Furniture, the American Way

Painted furniture, the American Way!  Yes I am an American and I paint furniture! Large pieces, small pieces and even mini pieces. I also enjoy painting metal, glass, plastic, vinyl and material!  There are many products one can use to paint these many different surfaces, however I have found one product that works for all of them! Chalk, mineral and clay based paints.

painted furniture duck egg blue

A few of the first pieces I painted with ASCP and thus began my addiction to chalk & clay paints.

I first painted with these types of paint in 2011 and started retailing them in January 2012.   In 2011 there were 2 well known brands of chalk type paints… Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and CeCe Caldwells Chalk, Clay & Porcelain Clay paint.  I first used Annie Sloan paint and was hooked on these self priming paints that were so easy to distress and give that old worn look. I knew then that I had to be part of this movement. Yes it is a movement. These paints are the tools that anyone can use to get that antique, worn look. Something until then, took lots of work, and in many cases chemicals to strip the old finish off before you could paint.  So I did what any enthusiastic person would do… I contacted ASCP to inquire how I could become a stockiest…. after several months and a few meetings, it was apparent that I did not fit the companies profile for a stockiest.  You know what they say, when one door closes, another opens!  It was late November 2012 that I discovered CeCe Caldwells Paints.  I spoke to CeCe in January of 2012 and signed up as the first retailer in the northeast, receiving my first pallet in February. Thus began my painted journey!

turquoise and gold copper table

This was one of my all time favorites…. I really did not want to sell it, priced it higher then I thought someone would pay… well I was wrong! It sold!

In the last 3 years there have been many changes in the DIY paint world. First, As you may know, I am no longer a retailer for CeCe Caldwells paints. There were changes to the retailer agreements in June of 2014 and my husband and I agreed that it would be in the best interest of my business to end my relationship with the CeCe brand paints.  It was then that I signed up with American Paint Company Paints and have not looked back. There were a few other brands coming to the market at that time, but American Paint Company had all the qualities that I fell in love with in CeCe’s paints, all natural, no VOC’s, no chemicals. The other changes…. there are now more brands of “Chalk” paint out there then I could possibly keep up with.  That is the American Way after all! When a product hits the market and is successful, then you can bet there will be 50 more like it.

shoreline and parchment on a ladies desk

I love the way the original finish is not destroyed when I use a wet cloth to rub back paint as opposed to using sand paper!

Many of the brands out there have leveling agents, latex, and or acrylic in them as well as other chemicals.  Most of them do not list their ingredients on the can either.  They are self priming, and easy to distress with sand paper, but they are not chalk, mineral and porcelain clay paint!  This is a huge difference.  It is the chalk, clay and porcelain caly that give American Paint Company its unique old world finish. One with depth as the pigments are absorbed differently by each ingredient, one with texture if desired, from the clay and a finish that is easily distressed with a wet rag preserving the original patina and finish of your project, giving you a more natural aging appearance!  These are the charasticis that I love about American Paint.

antique dresser with Fireworks Red

Fireworks Red is a beautiful vintage red with dark wax applied! Vintage Velvet is beautiful under Fireworks and adds to that Scandinavian look I was going for on this antique dresser.

So there you have it… why I love “Painted Furniture, the American Way”! There are so many qualities that make American Paint the #1 chalk & clay paint for me. It is all natural, Zero VOC’s, solvent free, no-acrylic Co-polymers, no fungicide and no ethylene glycol. All ingredients are listed on the can! It is easy to apply and easy to distress for that vintage look.  If you have any questions, call or email me. I would love to talk paint with you and share what I know!

Rose Jewelry Box Laugh often Love Much

This is one of my mini pieces of furniture! A jewelry box that I painted with Rose Garden and then decoupaged scrapbook paper to the mirrors on front. I used APC’s Hard Coat for my decoupage medium.

This weekend is the “Wine & Cheese” open house at Antique Marketplace in Lemoyne.  It is a great event that you will not want to miss. In addition to the Wine and Cheese, there will be drawings both days for a $100 gift certificate.  I will be there both days doing paint demos, I would love for you to stop by and paint with me.  I will also have a drawing for a gift bag of American Paint products!  Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss a sale or special event!

Until next time, Happy Painting