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I wrote this post about my experience with chalk paints and waxes a month or so ago.
A few chalk style paint makers read it and offered to send me samples of their products, and they've been arriving at my doorstep ever since. Such fun! And such generosity....
I'll show you all the goods today, tell you about the one I've used so far, and then as I get a chance to use everything else, I'll write up reviews . 'Cause girls, we know we love us some honest opinions, eh?
My first delivery was from Kathy at The Vintage Dames. She retails Ce Ce Caldwell Paints. She is UBER helpful for newbies using this paint, offering lots of help! Find her on Facebook HERE.
Her package included all this cool loot. I've already used everything she sent on Lila, which you can see below:
I also used Ce Ce's Kentucky Mint, which I'd purchased from a retailer who will no longer be carrying her paints (so got it on clearance) on Kristen here:
My Review: I love CeCe's. LOVE. Would use it exclusively if I could afford it. Her palette is gorgeous, and her paint is completely natural. It took 2 coats to cover, though darker colors may only need one. It wet distressed beautifully. Her Clear Wax is easier to spread than Annie Sloan's Clear Wax, and has NO SMELL. The purple-ish scrubber pad made it a pretty straight forward process, as any extra wax you inadvertently put on comes off with it in a couple swipes. Then you buff with a cloth to a satin-type finish. I still hate to wax and buff, but I'll definitely be using CeCe's wax again when I want that kind of finish.
I also received products from Shabby Paints, which included paint and their topcoat VAX, which I can't wait to try out. I've got a desk that has volunteered to be the next victim.
Over the weekend, I got some samples from Aimee at Restyled Vintage Designs who is a new retailer for American Paint Company (she's one of my Painting Mavens of Awesomeness and participated in the vintage market I wrote about yesterday). I got three colors to try....Liberty, Home Plate, and Blue Jean.
I mentioned yesterday that the Mavens got to play with paints and waxes....I must say, I the APC wax is just as easy and non-smelly as CeCe's. I'll give these colors a run and let you know....
Lastly, I received a big 'ole box from Van Gogh Chalk Paint Collection.....full of full size products to try. Unfortunately the transit from Canada was difficult...
One of the jars must've been jostled open, covering everything in their lovely Silver Moon Glaze...
Not to fear....it's all drying on my counter. I won't be deterred from trying out their products....which included these 2 quarts of paint (a white and a turquoise) with a brush,
and 2 waxes (clear and dark).
I have also been mixing up my own chalk-style paints and experimenting with finishes. I'll review my recipes and such in this series as well. Fun times ahead!
So, now if it would just stop raining.....I could try all these wonderful paints and waxes and finishes!