Trying out CeCe Caldwell's Paints

I love painting furniture.  I love design.  I love being creative.  I can't remember a time when I didn't.  When I was young, I was always trying to make my room look different by changing it around.  I  get that from my mother--every single time I go to her house the furniture in at least one room is different.  I remember lobbying for my own room in the attic when I was a teenager.  I sketched a whole layout including where the outlets should be, the color of the rug, what I'd put on the walls and where I'd put my furniture.  I begged for dark green rugs, white bedding and ivy stenciled on the walls.  After a while of submitting proposal after proposal to my parents, my bid was accepted.  My dad dry walled the walls, had carpet installed and my mom stenciled the ivy along the walls.  I had my own retreat and I loved it!

Thankfully I've come a long way in my design aesthetic!  I strive personally and professionally when I am in an environment that fits me and makes me comfortable.  Since leaving Los Angeles and moving to Nashville I have been incredibly happy.  I love decorating our cabin in the woods (technically we live in the city, but to me a creek on one side, river on the other and 2 neighbors I can see constitutes living in the woods!).  The hubs and I have been working on our master bedroom for a little while trying to decide what to do with it.  Our house was built in the 30's and is part of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  It really is cozy and wonderful, but there is wood everywhere.  The floors, the walls, the doors, the windows...good, solid wood...not cheesy paneling.  Its gorgeous, but we really have to bring in some light colors to brighten the space.

I found this dresser at goodwill for $49.00.  It's more than I usually spend on furniture at the thrift store, but I went for it.  In comparison to what you'd find in the stores, its a steal.  And its wood--solid--not some wobbly, falling apart piece of particle board.  Sturdy and HEAVY! Trust me on that one.  We had to carry it from our basement out and around our house in through the front door because the stairwell in my basement was to tight to fit this.  Here she is before...

And here she is after...








For this project I used CeCe Caldwell's paint in Vintage White.  I recently heard of this paint from Mr. Smith @ TheSmithGarage.  He does a lot of great stuff--check him and his lovely wifey @ The Smith Hotel..
I love trying new paints and I liked this one. It was a little watery at first, but once had it open for a while it got a little thicker.  Cece Caldwell's has no VOC's, no odor and is non-toxic.  It is naturally GREEN and seriously has no smell.  Have any of you used it?  For the handles I sprayed them with Rutsoleum Spray Paint in Copper.  I really wanted to replace them but they are 6 inch handles and I couldn't find any I liked, but its still a possibility. 
Danielle
Linking up to these fabulous parties!

Frugal Firday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Weekend Wrap Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Fab Not Drab @ Our DIY Diaries
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Free for All @ Young & Crafty
Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
Cheap Finds & Transformations @ The Scott's Crib
Just Something I Whipped up @ The Girl Creative
Manic Monday @ Serendipidity & Spice
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Piece of Work Wednesday @ Primitive & Proper
Wow Us Wednesday's @ Savvy Southern Style
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here




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Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet: Trying out CeCe Caldwell's Paints

Friday, February 24, 2012

Trying out CeCe Caldwell's Paints

I love painting furniture.  I love design.  I love being creative.  I can't remember a time when I didn't.  When I was young, I was always trying to make my room look different by changing it around.  I  get that from my mother--every single time I go to her house the furniture in at least one room is different.  I remember lobbying for my own room in the attic when I was a teenager.  I sketched a whole layout including where the outlets should be, the color of the rug, what I'd put on the walls and where I'd put my furniture.  I begged for dark green rugs, white bedding and ivy stenciled on the walls.  After a while of submitting proposal after proposal to my parents, my bid was accepted.  My dad dry walled the walls, had carpet installed and my mom stenciled the ivy along the walls.  I had my own retreat and I loved it!

Thankfully I've come a long way in my design aesthetic!  I strive personally and professionally when I am in an environment that fits me and makes me comfortable.  Since leaving Los Angeles and moving to Nashville I have been incredibly happy.  I love decorating our cabin in the woods (technically we live in the city, but to me a creek on one side, river on the other and 2 neighbors I can see constitutes living in the woods!).  The hubs and I have been working on our master bedroom for a little while trying to decide what to do with it.  Our house was built in the 30's and is part of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  It really is cozy and wonderful, but there is wood everywhere.  The floors, the walls, the doors, the windows...good, solid wood...not cheesy paneling.  Its gorgeous, but we really have to bring in some light colors to brighten the space.

I found this dresser at goodwill for $49.00.  It's more than I usually spend on furniture at the thrift store, but I went for it.  In comparison to what you'd find in the stores, its a steal.  And its wood--solid--not some wobbly, falling apart piece of particle board.  Sturdy and HEAVY! Trust me on that one.  We had to carry it from our basement out and around our house in through the front door because the stairwell in my basement was to tight to fit this.  Here she is before...

And here she is after...








For this project I used CeCe Caldwell's paint in Vintage White.  I recently heard of this paint from Mr. Smith @ TheSmithGarage.  He does a lot of great stuff--check him and his lovely wifey @ The Smith Hotel..
I love trying new paints and I liked this one. It was a little watery at first, but once had it open for a while it got a little thicker.  Cece Caldwell's has no VOC's, no odor and is non-toxic.  It is naturally GREEN and seriously has no smell.  Have any of you used it?  For the handles I sprayed them with Rutsoleum Spray Paint in Copper.  I really wanted to replace them but they are 6 inch handles and I couldn't find any I liked, but its still a possibility. 
Danielle
Linking up to these fabulous parties!

Frugal Firday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Weekend Wrap Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Fab Not Drab @ Our DIY Diaries
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Free for All @ Young & Crafty
Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
Cheap Finds & Transformations @ The Scott's Crib
Just Something I Whipped up @ The Girl Creative
Manic Monday @ Serendipidity & Spice
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Piece of Work Wednesday @ Primitive & Proper
Wow Us Wednesday's @ Savvy Southern Style
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here




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23 Comments:

At February 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM , Blogger smichael said...

So pretty! I love the handles, too. I think you should keep them.

 
At February 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM , Blogger I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Beautiful job! I do furniture painting too, and it's wonderful to take an undesirable old piece and breathe fresh life into it!

 
At February 24, 2012 at 8:34 PM , Blogger Peggy57 said...

Great job it turned out lovely. I've been meaning to try Ce Ce's paints out also isn't she the one doing the American chalk paint? Lovely job and I'm a new LF follower hope you'll come by and follow my thrifty kitchen reno at pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com

 
At February 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM , Blogger A To Zebra Celebrations said...

wow!! I love this!! I am refinishing a dresser tomorrow so this is great!!! new visitor :)

 
At February 25, 2012 at 7:22 AM , Blogger Mr. Smith@TheSmithGarage said...

Thanks Danielle - it turned out fab! I really like the piece (after). With the white - you can really pick out the detail around the drawers, hidden before by the darkness of the wood. Great job!

 
At February 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM , Blogger kellyporter said...

I love the hardware. The white really pops!

 
At February 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM , Blogger kellyporter said...

I love the hardware, and the white really pops! What a great piece

 
At February 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Visiting from Young and Crafty Link Party. I love your dresser - what a beautiful job you did with it!! So lovely! I am glad I found your blog - am your newest follower. Please stop by my blog to say hello! I love to make new bloggy friends! Lets keep in touch with LF/GFC :)
Have a wonderful day - Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

 
At February 26, 2012 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

It is so pretty, I love that color with the hardware, looks so sweet and charming. Also I'm planning to head to Haven myself so I definitely hope to see you there! I would love to invite you to my cheap finds and transformation party so that everyone else can see this beauty you have on your hands. Here's the link in case you are interested and I'm your latest follower! Have a blessed Sunday! http://www.thescottscrib.com/2012/01/lathrifta-strikes-gold-lathriftas-cheap.html

 
At February 26, 2012 at 7:28 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

Oh my...what a gorgeous transformation!!! One personal goal of mine is to find a great piece at a thrifty price and make it look as good as yours! Come share, please! http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/02/dwell-on-fridays-five.html

 
At February 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM , Blogger *Shabby LOCO!* said...

Cutey!
Leave the handles..It looks very elegant.. LURV it!
Melissa

 
At February 27, 2012 at 6:07 AM , Blogger Traci said...

Your dresser turned out beautifully. I like the white contrasted with the dark handles. Very nice. And I thought the before photo in the goodwill store was cute. Thanks for sharing,
Traci

 
At February 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Nice transformation! White is classic and modern it really looks great. Stop by for a blog visit.

 
At February 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM , Blogger Serendipity and Spice said...

This turned out wonderful! I'm getting so much inspiration for redoing some of my furniture! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!
-Melissa

 
At February 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM , Blogger vintageshabbychicks said...

Oh my this dresser is fabulous...you did a great job!! I hope you liked the new CeCe's paint...did you buy it from us @ Time and Again? Thanks so much if you did:-))

 
At February 28, 2012 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Crafting Rebellion said...

Looks beautiful!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thanks, Shan! I think I may just keep them.

 
At February 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

I couldn't agree more!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thanks, Peggy! I will certainly stop by!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thank you! Good luck with your piece!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thanks very much!

 
At February 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM , Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

the dresser looks amazing! i love the dark handles against the white- great job!

 
At March 3, 2012 at 5:41 PM , Blogger Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Beautiful dresser now! And look at all that storage! Nicely done! Thanks for joining us!

 

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