Tuesday, August 2, 2011

postheadericon Caromal Colours Reclaim Counter




I wanted to share with you all about the new Reclaim Paint from Caromal Colours.  I used this to restyle the "check out" table in my studio....and I promised you an honest critique.....

I loved it!!  This is a paint for someone who doesn't want anything fancy, just a wonderful finish to cover up what you don't like - it can be glazed or not, and distressed lightly or not - your choice.  I chose to glaze lightly over the body of the table just around the perimeter to give it some depth and some more style since the table itself is pretty plain.  Then to further enhance it, I added one of the stencils from the Caromal Colours line of sticky back stencils...another thing that is oh so easy to work with.  

Body of table - done in Off White Reclaim - rolled on with the roller in the Reclaim Paint Tool Kit.  At first I didn't like this roller, thinking the nap was too long, but I used it on the body, and it turned out as smooth as the top.  This took two coats as I had previously painted and stenciled polka dots on it which wanted to peak through!  I will say my daughter was 'not pleased' I had covered up the polka dots, but change is good, right?

The top was painted in Mocha Reclaim and I used a foam roller...I was surprised that this did not provide a smoother finish than the roller I used on the body....go figure! Both body and top are smooth to the touch with just a hint of texture.  After all if you are looking for a glass finish, you will have to pay someone to spray it for you (not Reclaim)  and then you will have a table that looks like everyone elses, right? To continue,  I lightly sanded just the edges for a distressed look and voila!  
 This is getting continued use in the studio and I will be checking back with you in a few months with an update how it is holding up, but for the last month and a half, it is solid.  It gets banged, written on, and pretty much abused and it looks great. 

My final critique?  So well worth it for an easy update! Beautiful, easy to apply for a novice, and great colors that can be tweaked or combined to make new colors!


  1. Roll it on, and when I say roll, I mean in every which direction...You don't stay with the grain!
  2. Moosh it on in the corners and edges
  3. NO SANDING, NO STRIPPING, NO PRIMING!
  4. No protective top coat needed - has sealer BUILT IN!!

I have all the ReClaim colors as well as the stencils at the studio...come by and take a look!  Available in the following colors - Licorice, Mocha, Off White, Bright White, Latte and Sage.


ReClaim Licorice & Mocha 
right sides have Antiquing Glaze
left sides just paint!

ReClaim Bright White & Sage
right side has Antiquing Glaze
left side is just paint

ReClaim Latte & Off White
right side has Antiquing Glaze
left side is paint



5 comments:

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Vicki,
It looks great! and I love Nana's birthday table!
I used the white chalk paint on my kitchen table, but have not used the red yet. I do have a project in mind. I used the clear wax over the table and buffed it out but it still feels sticky, did I use to much wax?.
Have a sweet day,
Elizabeth

Memory Lane Cottage said...

Hi Vicki, It looks wonderful! It's great to see a Caromal post amongst all the AS paint posts that are in the blog world right now.
BTW isn't the Reclaim called Latte not Putty? (I know, it's the same colour as the Textured Base Coat Putty)

Jo

Memory Lane Cottage said...

Hi Vicki,

Did you let the Reclaim paint cure for a few days before distressing and glazing?
I rushed a project this past weekend and I think I distressed it to early.

Jo

Vicki Shoemaker said...

Hi Jo - Yes, you are right...I changed the putty to Latte...duh! And yes, you need to let the Reclaim cure for two days before antiquing and it would be a good idea before sanding back. With this table, I didn't...ten lashes with a wet paint brush....but I am inpatient, what can I say? I would never tell anybody to do it that way though. You are better off letting it set for a day or two and then doing what else you want on it!

Pia @HiddenCharm.net said...

Hey Vicki! Client wants a smoother surface than the "typical" reclaim finish.... Any tips or tricks?
Hope all is well with you!
Thanks so much!

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