What Paint Products I use….(most common questions answered)

I receive A LOT of questions on paints, glazes, etc I use, so today’s post will hopefully answer any questions you have! If you have any further questions on CeCe Caldwell’s paints, please head over to RefunkMyJunk.com and Allison can answer ANYTHING ūüôā

  • First, let me say I use CeCe Caldwell paint 99.9% of the time.¬† Currently being pregnant, it is just simply the safest paint to use…hands down.¬†¬† I paint in a small area of my garage, I paint while my kiddos play next to me (and ocassionally while they put their little hands all over my fresh painting job), and the fact that it is all natural just makes the decision easy.¬† My¬†furniture goes into the homes of people who have small children and animals and lets face it, sometimes these little people chew on furniture…wouldn’t you rather have the ingredients on your furniture be all natural vs. lots of chemicals??¬†Second, with¬†chalk paint, there is no sanding or priming…that saves SO much time!!¬† If you are professional refurbisher, you are all doing the happy dance on that one!¬† Also, CeCe’s finishes out so nicely.¬† When I refurbish a piece, I like to make the old look new, but in an old fashioned way…I want to make the piece look as though it has lasted a hundred years and is still going strong with style.¬† The finish of a paint is key to this look and a latex paint rarely gives me ¬†that look or finish I am aiming for.¬† I realize that not everyone is hip on paying $32.95 a quart for paint, but if you are truly going to love a piece, want a true shabby¬†chic or antiqued look, ¬†and want it to last years, you need to invest in the right paint.¬† Plus, CeCe’s paints are made in the U.S.A…enough said.
  • The other 1%: before pregnancy, I used Behr and Sherwin Williams quite often.¬†I’ve always used paint/primer in one, but many of us refurbishers have differing opinions on this, so please note this is only MY preference.¬†I¬†prefer it because it¬†covered the piece¬†completely, as well¬†as¬†required¬†only¬†2 coats. ¬† It also very much depends on the piece I am working on!!¬† I can’t stress enough that YOU HAVE TO STUDY A PIECE BEFORE DECIDING ON HOW TO TACKLE IT!
  • and on that note…..BUY YOUR PIECE FIRST…I used to do this all backwards. I would go pick out colors I just “loved” and then would make it fit into whatever piece I had in inventory. Such a big mistake and I would like to have a few “redos” from my beginning paint days! Each piece is unique and you need to have a vision for it.¬† Once you know what needs to be repaired (if anything), where you want the piece to go or the feel you want it to have, then go out and pick your paint colors. My current method is to get paint swatches once I have an idea in mind and then go from there. Now living out in middle of nowhere, I have to have a plan when I head into the big city to get paint.¬† I know CeCe’s colors well enough by now that I can see a piece and know what colors I need and her quarts last so long, I almost always have what I need on hand. But my advice if you live near a paint supplier, take the time to get some swatches, take them back home, and tape them (with a very mild tape) to your piece to get the best idea of what you really want.
  • Finishes: oh boy…this is where things get fun! So many options, so many decisions…glaze, wax, poly…oh my! I will tackle this in a later post as it gets pretty in depth and there are so many options and techniques.¬† For now,¬† I will leave you with this:¬† My current obsession is dark wax.¬† I tint CeCe’s Clear Wax with Hershey Brown (or whatever¬†color I want to tint my piece with) and I rub it on.¬† CeCe will also be releasing a dark wax soon, and I am absolutely giddy about that!!¬† Wax gives the overall appearance of a glaze, adds an antique finish to the piece, and it is so much easier to work with.¬† My best tip: fully work it in!!!

Ok, now all of you DIY’ers are motivated and ready to paint, right??¬† I hope this helps you out a bit as you begin your journey! Happy Painting!!


Why I love what I do…

I know I have said this a hundred times, so fair warning, I am going to say it agian…getting to meet new people, hearing their stories, etc. is my VERY FAVORITE part of junkin’, refinishing, and being an auction queen.¬† I have heard some of THE best stories, learned more history than I ever did in a classroom, and have met people whom will be a part of my heart forever…people who have inspired me and so many parts of my business.¬† Today I headed out¬†on what I thought was a normal ¬†“pick up some inventory” trip ¬†and ended up meeting a grandma whom had just lost her grandson to Anencephaly (the same birth defect we lost Kade to)…talk about an emotional inventory pick up!! It’s those moments that remind me how blessed I am, how our stories and experiences are always valuable to someone, and how much I love getting this opportunity.¬† Teresa and her family will now always be a part of my nightly prayers…and it all started with two dressers.¬† Gotta love it!

While I am in this reflective mode, I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of those who have supported me, helped me get started, helped push me when I was afraid of just going for it and for teaching me all of their valuable business knowledge!!¬† The Funky Zebra, Refunk My Junk, All About Moi, Top to Toe Designs,¬† Millie, and Gypsy Green….man I owe you all more than I could ever give back!!!¬† Check out their Facebook pages and show them some LOVE! (now mrs. millie… you just have to go into SW Antique Mall to get to visit with her! ūüôā

Navigating the new blog

Oh happy day, this blog is moving right along!!¬† It is a little generic, and I am ¬†not quite sure I am in love with it yet, but hey, it is a start and I even figured out how to upload pictures! Ha! Above the header, you’ll find the “pages” tabs,¬† where you’ll find the heart and soul of Southern Charm Designs.¬† Please visit the Find Us! tab to locate our booths, retailer’s hours, and what shows we’ll be¬†participating in this year.¬† The Portfolio tab is a quick picture reference of past projects…I did not list any comments here, so if you want more details about a picture, feel free to ask!¬† The Services tab gives a complete and comprehensive list of what Southern Charm Design offers and rates that correspond to those services.¬† I have not quite decided how often I will post/update the blog…I don’t want to feel tied down to it…but use it as a place to give our customers more detailed information, provide tutorials, post updated information, etc.¬† Please be patient with me as I tweak this plan and find my “happy place” in the blog world.¬†¬†Our¬†Facebook page will still be updated daily and be¬†the hub for short updates, pictures, etc.

Please explore our new site and I hope you find some pieces that inspire you!!!

Southern Charm Designs has a blog!!!

Welcome to Southern Charm Designs!! In order to continue to grow and keep up with our new adventures, I am embarking on the blog journey in hopes of keeping my customers better informed, as well as to have a place to list our services, pricing, etc. Now, FAIR WARNING…I am so not a technology person…this terrifies me a little. I blogged a bit (www.brokenbutblessedmommy.blogspot.com) after we lost Kade,¬† but it was a simple, straight forward blog, so it was easy to format, etc.¬† I have a feeling it may take me a while to get this one where I want it, so I truly appreciate your patience in the mean time ūüôā¬† Thank you all for taking this journey with me and encouraging me as I continue to grow this wonderful business!!! Happy Days!!