Most people I talk to call CeCe Caldwell paint “chalk paint”. It is similar but it’s actually a mineral paint using clay, porcelain clay, and chalk in a water-based solution. They have no VOCs, acrylic co-polymers, solvents, formaldehyde, ammonia, ethylene glycol, or toxic heavy metals. But you probably won’t be thinking about those things when you paint with it. You’ll just be thinking about how easy it is to use.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I really love using it. Mainly because there is so little prep work. I really don’t like stripping and sanding. With CeCe Caldwell’s you can pretty much paint over anything!
This little jewelry cabinet is the last thing I painted with CeCe’s paint so I took a few step-by-step photos since some of you have asked. Here’s what it looked like before. It was in the best condition of any of the recent jewelry boxes I’ve bought! But it had those flowers painted on the front… and I’m not really a flowery kinda girl.
First I took out the glass. Glass is usually held in place with some little metal pieces and all you have to do is unscrew them. Then I wiped down the cabinet just to make sure there wasn’t any dirt or stickers on it.
Then I just slapped on two coats of paint, letting the first coat dry completely before starting the second. The first time you use this paint, don’t worry that it doesn’t look like the color you planned. One thing about this paint is that is must be sealed. CeCe Caldwell sells several different waxes and finished. But I’ll be honest with you… I haven’t gotten the hang of those yet. I still go back to my Minwax Polycrylic in a satin finish. Maybe one day I’ll figure it out and switch over to wax.
You can see in the close up photo of the drawer that the paint gets darker when it gets wet, too. Just rub ’til you get the amount of distressing you want. It looks a little different than if you sand.
After the paint has completely dried again after rubbing it with a wet rag I apply the Minwax Polycrylic with a paintbrush. It’s also water-based so the brush will clean up easy. But I do keep a separate brush just for this finish.
Now you’ll be able to see what the end color will really be. I took this photo when I had just brushed the door with the polycrylic. See what a different? After the first coat dried completely I sand everything down with 220 grit sandpaper. Then wipe down with an old t-shirt or knit rag. Sometimes I add another coat of polycrylic, especially on the top. Let dry again. Sand again.
In the last photo you can see the wire I added in the door. It came from OSH. I’m not sure exactly what it’s called. It’s a little like hardware cloth, which I’ve also used. But this is a lot smaller and the wire is lighter. I cut it with wire cutters and staple it in.