Monday, October 29, 2012

Help!.. Aging Wax Disaster

I love CeCe Calwell's Paint and products.  I love the fact that they are 100% Green with NO VOC's and are non-toxic.  They are compatible with someone that is a beginner and perfect for a more experienced painter. 
After all we are "Paint Made Easy".

With one exception...our Aging Wax.

This product seems to get the most questions and the one product that seems to be the most challenging for our customers.
I am going to try to remove the mystery today.
When you first purchase a can of CeCe Caldwell's Aging Wax
(new name: Aging Cream) it will look like this.
STOP! right here....this needs to be THOROUGHLY stirred! 
It SHOULD look like this!
So you do I make it look like that! 
Grab a bowl and rubber spatula
Since our wax is non-toxic, it could be one from your kitchen, but I would recommend an old cool-whip bowl or something similar that you can pitch out when you are done, in case you don't want to clean it!
If not, simply clean with Dawn dish soap and hot water.
Remove ALL wax from the can!
You can really see the settling (oils and wax on the left, pigment on the right) and why you need to stir this before using it.

Since our products are ALL natural, the ingredients separate (like oil and water) when they are dispensed into the can.
Pigment settles to the bottom and the oil/wax moves to the top.
REMINDER- remove ALL contents from the can!
Start stirring!
 Keep stirring!
It should look like fudge brownie mix and
have the consistency of an uncooked cake mix.

Now, scoop it back into the original can.  This is the last time you will have to do this.

CORRECTLY applying aging wax (new name: Aging Cream)

These instructions are coming directly from our distributor.  I have seen the process in action and it is by far the best I have seen and plan to switch to this process myself.  I know I have given some of you different directions, which have worked, but this process is MUCH better and dries very quickly!
I would recommend switching to this method.

Grab a piece of cardboard.  Remove about 1-2 Tablespoons (or however much you think you will need for your project) and smear it out on the cardboard.
Let this sit and move on to the next steps (see below).
  1. Apply clear wax FIRST,  to your entire project
  2. Buff away any excess clear wax with a clean soft cloth
  3. Let the clear wax dry completely....should take approx. 30 min if you have properly removed any excess wax and it's not overly humid
  4. Now BUFF the clear wax to a soft gloss using a clean soft cloth, buffing brush, electric buffer, etc.
  5. While you were doing steps 1-4, the cardboard was removing any excess oils in the aging wax (new name: aging cream).  You can see this in the picture above.  Because our wax is ALL natural, it does not have any petroleum which is what dries others waxes so quickly.  This step will help IMMENSELY in the drying process.
  6. Now apply your aging wax (new name: aging cream) with a brush or rag.
  7. Let the wax sit for a bit and then buff away any excess.
  8. Let it dry.  I prefer overnight, but at least for a couple of hours
  9. Then buff again to a soft gloss with a clean soft cloth
  10. You are now finished!
I hope you found this to be helpful.  If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.  I will be happy to help anyway I can.

Here's a sneak peek at our new labels.  I L-O-V-E them!  Don't you?

Ciao for now!  Kellie
Friday, October 26, 2012

I was overwhelmed and little intimidated

At the end of last week, I received a phone call from Chantelle of Bungalow 47.  I consider her a friend and co-worker.  She is also our regional distributor for our CeCe Caldwell's Paint. She said she finally had a confirmed date for the "Big Blogger" workshop that she has had in the works for about a month or two now. It's a long story on how this all came to be, but it had finally come to fruition and she wanted to know if I could attend.  I said I would find a way!  At first I was so excited, but as the time grew closer, I began to freak out a bit!

The workshop started at Noon on the south side.  I had some previous engagements that kept me from being there on time.  I had planned to arrive about an hour and a half late. At the last minute, Chantelle called and said they needed more supplies.  So by the time I did all the running to get what was needed, I did not get there until around 3:00.  Needless to say I was a bit late.  

In some cases, I guess there is a part of me that was OK with this.  Those that were in attendance where the faces and authors behinds some very high profile blogs. 

 Now, most of you are saying....what?  What a great opportunity and you are right!  It was.

  But somehow I couldn't help but feel a bit overwhelmed by the opportunity and a bit intimidated by their success.  I have an OK blog. It's very average, even though I am darn proud of where it is based on my non-techiness.  But it is nothing that even comes close to the influence that they have on blogsphere.  It was a bit scary.  Kind of like interviewing with the top dog.  Needless to say, when I get in situations like that, I tend to get very quite.  I sometimes feel like I have forgotten how to talk and make conversation.  

Am I the only one out there like this?

I had taken my camera planning to take LOTS of pictures so I could share my experience, but again, intimidation got the best of me!  
I H-A-T-E this about me!  

As I looked around the room at everyone's camera, I began to feel very inferior.  Especially when I pulled out my $200 point and shoot kodak camera, next to their SLR cameras on tripods.  I can only imagine what they were thinking.  
So, needless to say, I took very few photos.

This is Chantelle sharing how to do the textured clay technique. 
So cool and can't wait to do something in this!

 After the "Big Blogger" workshop we were doing a workshop for a large ladies group.  
This was much more my speed! 
 I did truly enjoy this and met a lot of really neat people in the process.  

However, I was too busy chatting and helping with projects that I forgot to take more pictures.  Go figure!

This was Chantelle's stage!  I brought the paint and she did the talking! 
She is great at what she does.  
Jill and I sat back and watched.  
We were too busy laughing at each other to do any instructing!
Here are the ladies hard at work!  We had a lot of really great projects finished that night! 
I am thankful for the opportunity and the experience.  It was also a lesson and reminder of how I let things get the best of me sometimes.  Something I need to work on!

Ciao for now! Kellie
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Playing with Paint

It's been about a month since I really was able to get to the garage and paint anything.  We were busy just before vacation and have been running ever since we got back.  
Last week I finally got back out there.  I took some time to paint a couple of tables that we have had in the garage for a bit.  I had no specific plans for these. So this time, I was just playing with paint!  Trying out different techniques and colors.  Here are my results.

This table was painted in CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint using Cinco Bayou Moss and Virginia Chestnut.  I base coated the top in Virginia Chestnut, before applying a crackle finish to just the inset and then painted the entire table in Cinco Bayou Moss.  I love this color.  It's a rich olive green color that tends to change in different light.  Sometimes it looks more green and other times it looks more brown.  Definitely a fun color, but maybe not for everyone.  It is very earthy.

This table I wanted to give it a weathered wood effect!  Not sure it turned out exactly like I planned in my head, but I was OK with the results. 

What do you think?  Weathered wood or just overly distressed?

I used a combination of Pittsburgh Gray and Young Kansas Wheat along with clear wax and aging cream. (all CeCe Caldwell's products).
I liked it...but wasn't in "love" with it. 
What are your thoughts?

Ciao for now! Kellie
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vacation and New Kitchen Furniture

Time flies when you are having fun.

At the end of September, my family and I took a vacation of Disney World.  This was my first trip EVER to Disney World.  WOW, I was blown away.  I knew I would have a good time, but I never thought I would have as much fun as I did.  Nothing can ever take the place of a three and half year old little girl that is obsessed with princesses getting to meet Cinderella and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty for those of you that aren't up on these things) for the first time.  It took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes to see how overjoyed she was!
 Naomie, on a plane for the very first time! So excited!
Getting ready for breakfast at the castle
Getting to meet Cinderella
 Couldn't get enough of Aurora!

It was truly a "Magical" vacation that I will never forget!  Can't wait to go back!
Shortly after we returned home, my dad paid a visit for about a week.  It's always fun when P-Pa comes to town.  On this trip, we would be swapping kitchen tables.  I was passing on our red painted oak pedestal table to my brother(Dad's taking it back to Ohio for my brother) and in return, I was getting my great-grandmothers oak pedestal table.  I'm in love!
The history behind this table amazes me.  My dad remembers meals and stories while sitting at this table with his grand-parents. I remember lots of cookies at this table while visiting my great-grandmother.  Always cookies before dinner!  She was the best! When she was moved to a nursing home, this became our family table at home.

There were some tasty meals served at it and then some not so tasty meals (i.e., pot roast, tuna noodle casserole, stuffed green peppers). Sorry mom, but this is no secret to you!  I was rather vocal then and still am. Love you!  Needless to say, there will be many more meals served and stories to tell around this table.  Hopefully someday my daughter will want her great-great-grandmothers table!  I love it!  And for all you painters out there (myself included), this one will stay in it's beautiful oak finish!  I promise Dad!

As luck has it, just before we left for vacation, Todd and I were paying a visit to the Salvation Army and ran across this beauty. My heart skipped a beat when I spotted it!  I knew it would be way more than I wanted to spend, but I had to take a peek!  My heart jumped and I had fluttering butterflies in my was priced at $80.00!  I couldn't believe it.  I began scouring for all the problems!  I found VERY few.  A couple of scratches and two missing knobs.  That was it!  No water damage, no funky smells. What a steal and the mirror was in almost perfect condition, considering the age.

 I had to have it!
I hadn't said a word and my husband looked at me and said "It wont' fit".

My response... "Won't fit where"? "In the car or the house"?

His reply, "Either".

I immediately responded..."you need to go get the tape measure out of the car, I think it will fit".  So he humored me and measured. This time, I was right! It would fit!!!  However there was a minor detail, we would have to make another trip to pick it up because we would need to remove my daughter's car seat!  So again, being the wonderful husband that he is, he agreed after I told him what my plans were for it. 

 I would paint it and resell it! 

He was right, I had no place for it. However, I hadn't completely given up on the idea. So we got in line to pay.  While we were waiting, Todd saw a sign that said "All tan tags 50% off".  Our buffet had a tan tag...would this piece really only be $40.00??  Todd asked, and the manager said, "sure, why not" (turns out our tan tag was not the tan tag the sign was referring to).  Love that manager!  I couldn't believe my ears....this piece was only going to cost me HALF of what I thought I was going to pay originally.  I get goose bumps just thinking about it.  We made the purchase on Saturday.  They were closed on Sunday so we had to pick it up on Monday.  Needless to say, between Saturday night and Monday, I was plotting as to how I was going to make this fit in MY house. After a lot of negotiating and convincing Todd to just "try it out in the space"'s staying!  So excited and it looks fabulous with my grandma's table.  Eventually I will strip and refinish it, but for now, just a good cleaning a bit of stain to touch up some scratches and I am beside myself!

The knob on the left was broken. That was glued back together. The knob on the right, is a new one that I attempted to make look old like the others.  I may see if I can find some old glass knobs.  I haven't decided.