Thursday, March 29, 2012

Metal Madness with Pittsburg Gray

This is a quick, but important post for those that are learning about the truly wonderful CeCe Caldwell's paint. It covers rust and metal with ease - one coat. I found this piece at a friends place - Junk n Treasures - for about $10. Okay - it was $10. Hopefully our customers over at Oregon Street Antique Mall haven't started following my blog yet.

It had some light rust on it, some of the paint was chipping away, and it was squeaky. The chrome on the hardware was still in excellent condition, and the Formica top with aluminum border was in great shape. Oh yes, the drawer lining needed to go and that took a little razor blade action.

So out came the wire brush, gotta love the wire brush in TheSmithGarage with an old Volkswagen Bus. That wire brush comes in handy. With a few swipes to brush off the rust and flaky paint, it was time to shake up a can of Pittsburg Gray CeCe Caldwell's paint. I have to admit, I wasn't sure how it would do. I wanted a very light coat of paint to appear that it was in original condition - didn't want brush strokes showing up.

Well, with very little time, this piece of old hospital furniture was in great shape. NO brush marks, NO sanding! Just a little WD40 on the drawer rollers got rid of the squeak.

Look at the results!


And inside...


Beautiful! And under that Formica...


It looks like it was spray painted!

But no...I did use CeCe Caldwell's Paint. It is all the rage from what I hear. And we are selling it at TheSmithHotelBoutique and at Oregon Street Antique Mall. So whether you are across the US or in our hometown of Redding, CA - you can get this very paint. It doesn't take a lot to go a long way. I hope I don't sound too "salesy" - after all I am a salesman by profession.
Let me know if you have any questions about this project or any other. Love to hear your feedback and answer questions.

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Here is how the paint looks at the booth.



Until next time....


Mr, Smith

14 comments:

  1. wow! what is the cost of cc's paint?

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    1. a Quart (which will paint a lot - like 5-8 pieces of furniture depending on how big) is $32.95. A 4oz size will paint 1-2 pieces of furniture. And it saves a huge amount of time on prep work - HUGE!

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  2. Love this. I've always avoided metal pieces, but I just might start taking a second look at them :) Great job!

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    1. Thanks - I have another one I have been avaioding in my garage - I am now very confident it will be a breeze - be looking for it in a post in the near future.

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  3. Very cool. I may have to order some from you all. It looks amazing Rob.
    tammy

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    1. Tammy - I sent you a message to your gmail address. Let me know if you get it. Hope you are doing well.

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  4. that looks awesome! I've been wanting to try that paint now I'll have to. I was wondering what the finish is, flat or smooth? do you have to do the wax like the chalk paint? that takes a lot of extra time and I could use more {time!}
    Nancy

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    1. The finish is flat without sanding. If you sand it, it gives a shiney finish on the high spots, flat still where the sandpaper doesn't hit. It is very quick to paint, no prep before hand typically. Smoothness depends on your piece, and how thick you apply paint normally. This one turned out really smooth, because I used only a thin coat. Give it a try. This paint saves me time over latex any day.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this, Mr. Smith. My 17 year old son, who is a junk, I'm sorry, "merchandise" collector himself, has this same nightstand and matching dresser. We were just talking yesterday about redoing it and putting it in his room. Blessings, Tammy

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    1. Good luck - sounds cool - wish I had a dresser to match.

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    1. Thanks Vicky - Working on my next project now - a gray "ombre" 3-drawer nightstand.

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  7. i love this- the color really suits the industrial feel!

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    1. Thank you Cassie. I have something planned in a few weeks that I will share - has to do with a trunk, colors of gray, and a flag.

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