The Neighbor's Bench and CeCe Caldwell Paint

Remember this?....

Well thanks to my neighbor who throws out great things,
I decided to try CeCe Caldwell's paint for the first time....
I received a free sample from my neighborhood distributor
I've always used Annie Sloan paint and I love it but the free sample of CeCe Caldwell paint tempted me.
 The color I used is Traverse City Cherry.

I have red chairs from Crate and Barrel in my kitchen and I thought it would be great to try and match the color of the bench with the chairs. Impossible? Maybe...

This was coat number one... and no your eyes are not playing tricks on you... it is pink and very chalky! Scared me just a little, but after all, the bench was free and the sample was free so what did I really have to lose? 

This paint is very different than the Annie Sloan Paint which is less chalky and more like a smooth, flat paint.

One sample size gave the whole bench one coat.... I went back to the store and bought another sample size of the paint plus a can of  the CeCe Caldwell dark wax. I was hoping that the dark wax would do something with that pink color! I also liked the idea of CeCe Caldwell wax having no smell and I could use it inside the house because truthfully... I paint in the middle of my kitchen.

Here is the bench after the second coat... Darker, but still pink!

I waited until the next day to give it a coat of wax to be sure 
the paint was completely dry.

And here it is with one coat of dark wax...

As you can see the chalky pink went away... the wax gave it a smooth, dark red finish... 
Happily the bench was beginning to match 
my chairs perfectly! 

One more quick coat of the dark wax and my fears of the chalky pink finish were for nothing... I have been told that you can use clear wax prior to the dark wax to move the dark around smoothly. I chose to do the dark wax first and then a coat of clear wax. 
* a week later I gave it another coat of clear wax for more protection.

Natalie and Rob at Vintage Finds assured me that this paint was different than ASCP but that I would like it.... and they were right!

 The bench looks gorgeous and matches my chairs perfectly!

So I am happy to say that I found another decorative paint that I like and I will be using it again!

Oh and thanks again neighbor!


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