Furniture Rehab and a DIY Giveaway!

by Kimba on August 3, 2009

in Furniture Rehab,Sponsors

I’ve mentioned before, that my dining room is a bit of a catch-all room, since I do much of my creating in there. I finally decided that I needed some dedicated storage for my paints, papers, glues and beads. A few months ago, I scored a dated old dresser at the Goodwill for a glorious $12! It’s been sitting in there since looking very sad and bedraggled (but still functional).

I knew that I would rehab him, but I was waiting for inspiration to strike. And inspiration struck in the form of my new advertiser, Caromal Colors via Patty Henning at Fabulous Finishes! Patty is a Regional Director for Caromal Colors and she graciously sent me a Distressed for Success kit from their line so that I could try it out on a furniture rehab project and share the results with you.

Note: As always, when I have a sponsor on my blog, the advertisement is payed for. My opinion is not.

Here’s what I used for this project:

  • Caromal Colors textured base coat in parchment
  • Caromal Colors toner
  • Chip brush (natural bristle paint brush)
  • Sandpaper

The minute that I opened the jar of paint, I knew there was something different about these products. The paint is SUPER thick…like the texture of pudding. According to their website, that’s why you get such fantastic coverage without primer. Yeah, you read that right. Without primer! Or sanding! I love that!

I don’t have photos of the step-by-step process. If you want to see that, you’ll have to come back tomorrow, when I’ll post a completely embarrassing video of me actually doing this project. There’s a reason that I blog and not vlog, people.

Today, I’ll just tell you that this stuff is awesome. It went on easily without any sanding or priming which saved tons of time. The coverage is fantastic too.

It gives you the most wonderful texture, (either brushy or bumpy or stippled…you choose) that grabs hold of the toner and gives a beautifully aged, antiqued or distressed finish (again, you choose). I made it way harder than it needed to be by stressing over the fact that the finish had texture in it. It’s supposed to be there and it looks beautiful when it’s done.

If I were going to paint my kitchen or bath cabinets, I would definitely use these products. They are so flexible because of all the beautiful colors which can be layered and used with the toner to create stunning farmhouse-y, Pottery Barn looking cabinets and furniture.

Since so many of you are budding or experienced DIYers, Patty with Caromal Colors has offered to provide one of you with a Distressed for Success kit ($47.50 value) in the color of your choice. The only requirement if you win is that you use it within a few weeks and photograph the results. Patty will be available by phone or email to answer any questions you may have. I will feature your finished project right here on ASPTL. You do NOT have to be a blogger to enter, you’ll just email me your pictures directly.

Here’s how to enter:
1. Take a look at the projects I have listed below from Patty’s blog and tell us which one you like best.
2. Tell us how you would use the Distressed for Success kit. Are you going to paint a cabinet? A table? A bookcase? Just let us know your plans.

You can also get extra entries for tweeting or blogging about this contest.

Here are some projects from Patty’s blog:
Kitchen cabinet makeover for less than $100
Updating an oak desk
Updating an old armoire
Easy light fixture facelifts


If you would like to make a purchase from Caromal Colors, you can click here to go directly to their store. Make sure that you use the code PattyH in the Discount Coupon field. That’s the only way that Patty gets credit for the sale and you get a discount on the shipping.

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1 greedygrace August 3, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I think my favorite is the kitchen cabinet redo (I'm itching to paint my cabinets white!) followed closely by the armoire!

2 Raelynn August 3, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I love the kitchen cabinet makeover…That's also what I would do, my kitchen, AHHH…I think I would be forever in debt to you…

I also posted a blog about it, and what I would do with my winnings…

Keepin' my fingers crossed!!

3 Andrea August 3, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I love the kitchen cabinets! I want to refinish the 2 oak vanities in my kids' bathroom-a good starter project to try my hand before tackling my old oak kitchen cabinets. The product seems fab!

4 Megan August 3, 2009 at 8:46 pm

I am diggin' this! I like the armoire and I think the desk would be interesting to see in real life. If I could be so lucky to win this give-away, I would do my vintage dresser that is in my front room. It would look fantastic all chippy and cool!

5 Tamara August 3, 2009 at 8:51 pm

This seems like an amazing product! I have bought a few pieces off of Craig list/thrift store but this looks way easier! I can't wait to do another chest of drawers! I love of the armoire! The stenciling is gorgeous!

6 Sims Family August 3, 2009 at 9:01 pm

oh oh oh. I am working up the nerve to paint my cabinets. Thanks for the link!

7 Kara August 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm

I love, love, love your new dresser!! What an amazing product!

My favorite project is the cabinet make-over, just gorgeous.

As for the project I would do. Let's see, I have a table, a chair, a medicine cabinet, and a desk in my garage all just waiting to become beautiful. 🙂

8 dawn August 3, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I liked the kitchen cabinets best…beautiful!

I would do my coffee table and maybe a side table too. I was just saying I didn't like my table, and I think a makeover is in order!

Great giveaway!

9 rohanknitter August 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm

It all looks great – and I love your dresser re-do. What really inspires me is all the light fixtures, as I've got tons of bright brass that I HATE. I'm also planning to repaint my tv armoir and this stuff looks perfect for the job.

10 Joey and Elizabeth August 3, 2009 at 9:57 pm

I love the old armoire & desk… I have several pieces of furniture that were given to me when I got married. They could DEFINITELY benefit from this!!!
I would start with an old, ugly bed and two side tables… then I might hit up some garage sales!!

11 BJ_Mama August 3, 2009 at 11:04 pm

WOW! This is so AMAZING! I am planning on taking on a whoel bedroom set in our guest bedroom (with or without this product) But now I'm not sure I wan to do it without it! I loved the light fixture makeover…as I just updated a thrift sotre light fixture this week (which I'll link up in Thursday) THANKS FOR INTRODUCING ME TO THIS!

12 kchal11267 August 4, 2009 at 2:32 am

I love the kitchen cabinets – quite a transformation! We are getting ready to repaint and add trim to our cabinets so I would LOVE that parchment look… or perhaps that green for an old desk we have

13 Anonymous August 4, 2009 at 2:50 am

I love your armoire and the fixtures. If I win, I would do a bathroom and kitchen cabinets! Pick me. Pick me! Yay!

14 Amber August 4, 2009 at 4:17 am

Holy moly! I wouldn't have even guessed that it was the same piece of furniture. You did an AWESOME job!

15 Anonymous August 4, 2009 at 5:47 am

I love the kitchen cabinet makeover – what an impact that change makes! I would use the kit on an armoire I just purchased.

Thanks for the chance to win!

baumhome (at) yahoo (dot) com

16 Todd and Randi August 4, 2009 at 6:30 am

I love the cabinets and the light fixtures. What a inexpensive way to update! I would definitely do the kitchen cabinets in our rental property They are 20 years old and I know this would make them look at least 10 years younger. Thanks.

17 Sallie August 4, 2009 at 6:47 am

I would love to do my BRIGHT shiny brass light fixtures, or a cabinet in my son's bathroom…( to give me confidence for doing a larger one elsewhere! Thanks!

18 stefanie August 4, 2009 at 7:05 am

this looks like an amazing product, i would love to do my bathroom cabinets, i've been needing to do them, but just seemed to big of a project, but this looks so easy, i am feeling inspired again, thanks for sharing, and a chance to win.

19 Karie Lee August 4, 2009 at 7:13 am

I think that the cabinets are the most dramatic difference and they look absolutely fabulous! One of our sons really needs a dresser and I'd love to find an old one to refinish for him.

20 Stephanie August 4, 2009 at 7:19 am

Love your dresser and her kitchen cabinet makeover!! GORGEOUS!

My tv armoire is just begging for makeover and this would be PERFECT for it!

21 Jolanda August 4, 2009 at 7:21 am

Ooooh, I LOVE that green!
I would love to paint my new coffee table that I just found at a garage sale for $10. The green is screaming my name!

I love the kitchen cabinet re-do. I am tempted to paint mine white sooner than later, I am not sure how much longer I can take my ugly oak ones!

22 Ally0005 August 4, 2009 at 7:23 am

I have 1980's oak end tables that I would love to turn into black. This paint would be prefect for them.

23 Holly August 4, 2009 at 7:27 am

I love the kitchen cabs! I have a corner cupboard that needs to be redone.

24 Andy and Jennifer August 4, 2009 at 7:29 am

I love the light fixture make-overs; I have about 8 I need to do! Though…I would probably redo our functional, sturdy but ugly bathroom vanities.

25 Jorden and Kristin August 4, 2009 at 7:34 am

i love love love the desk AND the armoire! they are both GREAT.
I'm currently re-finishing a dresser that is an antique and it needs some distressing so this would be perfect for it!

26 Sassy Gal August 4, 2009 at 7:41 am

I LOVE Patti's desk makeover- sooo great! Kimba- ur dresser is awesome, too. If I win the kit, I will redo a small wardrobe and shelf in my living room. Fingers crossed!

27 Megan August 4, 2009 at 7:52 am

I love it!! My china hutch needs this paint so bad!! I hope I win!

28 Bonnie August 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

The armoire make-over is amazing. I love it. I'd use the product on a small dresser in my entryway. It needs so much love and work right now. While white is the color to paint furniture these days, it really doesn't go with my living room so this poor piece sits there like a sore thumb. It's the perfect size for where it is but the white has to go. Distressesd chocolate is just what it needs.

29 Anonymous August 4, 2009 at 8:21 am

Ohmygoodness! I love it ALL! This product is simply amazing and I can't wait to try it!! I love the light fixtures…gotta have it for my yuck brass fixtures! I just redid my kitchen cabs and I am about to make an island (from a dresser!) The list goes on…an old laminate bookcase, bathroom cabs, a desk,…u get the picture,…i need this product!!

Can't wait, I am super excited!

30 Jen August 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

I can't believe that desk is the same one! It turned out fantastic!

I would love to try out this paint on my $20 China Hutch I scored this weekend. I plan on ripping off the doors and putting beadboard in a bright fun color on the back. This textured paint would be the crowning touch!

31 Heather August 4, 2009 at 8:33 am

What an amazing product! I love the light fixture makeovers and the kitchen cabinets! I have in mind making some changes in the laundry room and out cabinets in there would be perfect for this kind of treatment! Thanks for the inspiration!

32 Terri August 4, 2009 at 9:12 am

What a fun product. I would love to try this on the cabinets and trim in my sons bathroom.

33 Sara L August 4, 2009 at 9:40 am

I definitely loved the kitchen cabinets – what a steal of a deal!

I have a bookshelf that would love some rehab tlc.

charles and sara at hotmail dot com

34 jskell911 August 4, 2009 at 9:44 am

I just started doing my own furniture redos, and would LOVE to try this product. It sounds like it would be easy enough even for a newbie like me to use.

35 Desiree' August 4, 2009 at 10:58 am

I love that stuff. I am going to tell a friend of mine who owns an antique store. She does a lot of refinishing herself and I think she would love this product.

I really like the armoire. I loved the stencil design and how it was slightly translucent. Very cool stuff.

I would probably do my bathroom cabinets for fun. We are adding on to our house so we are always in construction mode around here.

36 Junk Mammas August 4, 2009 at 11:00 am

I watched your video and am sold. I am may have to try it out on my bottom kitchen cabinets. Kim

37 Anna Marie August 4, 2009 at 11:33 am

I definitely like the armoire makeover the best and would use the kit to makeover 2 or 3 dressers that are currently ugly. Thanks for the giveaway!

38 Tonya August 4, 2009 at 11:47 am

What an amazing product! I'm moving in a few weeks and have several furniture rehabs to begin once we move and the kids are in school. I also want to paint my new kitchen cabinets.

Pick me, pick me!!!

39 Marjorie August 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Kimba, thank you so much for sharing this product with your readers and including your FAB video 🙂 It is always a breath of fresh air to put a face and voice with the words we read on-line. All of the projects look interesting. I have an 'original' 1977 kitchen that I am 'refreshing.' After pricing new cabinets my dh and I decided paint is the way to go. But what kind? Thanks to your post I have a good idea as I want a rustic French Country look. C'est parfait! Merci encore.

40 Jennifer August 4, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Wow! Love the product. The kitchen was my favorite project…most likely because that's my next big project. Along with my master bath cabinets.

41 Jennifer August 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I love the way the toned parchment cabinet doors turned out. I have two bathrooms that need to be made over- my husband doesn't think so but he's not doing the work… I've also got an armoire that is nice and old that could use a redo. O.k. I've got lots of projects~Jennifer

42 The Montalbos August 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I like them all, but I love the armoire!

I have many things I would use these paints on, but I'd probably start with my master bath cabinets.

43 Jody August 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I love the kitchen cabinets, probably because I love white cabinets! I would use the product to paint a dresser in my bedroom. Beautiful piece of furniture, but the color does not go well with my "new" (80+ year old) bed and the new color on the wall.

44 Ashlee August 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I love the kitchen cabinet makeover. I want to bite the bullet, so to speak, and paint my 1980's dark wood kitchen cabinets and this looks like it would make my project a lot easier! Thanks for sharing!

45 The Arthurs August 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Wow! I've never seen anything like that done so simply! This was my first time checking out your blog…I'll definitely be back! My favorite was teh kitchen cabinets! I LOVE how they brightened up the whole space! If I won, I have two different pieces in mind…either my daughter's entire nursery (it's white right now…the cream would look GORGEOUS in there) or my kitchen cabinets if I could convince my husband to let me paint them! I'm excited to see what else your blog shows me how to do! I have always had a "design bug" and am starting to try to expand my knowledge so I can one day use this as a career-on-the-side…if that makes sense! Your DIY project tutorials are so helpful! Thanks!

46 shannonmichaelis August 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm

i have a writer's desk in my bedroom needing to be refinished!

47 Kim August 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

My favorite is the armoire. So cool! I would love to redo the cabinets in our guest bathroom, but for my first project I would probably start with a nightstand I scored at Goodwill for $10. :o)

48 The Neppers August 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm

If people from Canada can enter, count me in! I've got a high boy dresser for my son's room that needs some distressed lovin'
Oh, and the kitchen cabs were my fave!

49 Warm Cozy Cook August 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Love your dresser. I was recently given two old wooden dressers with "good bones" and have mostly repainted one, but haven't started the other. I'd love to use the distressing kit on it.

I'd say my favorite of the featured projects is the kitchen cabinet makeover. Very inspiring! Maybe one day!

50 debianne August 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I love the update on the old Armoire. Cute, cute, cute…

I would use it for an old small icebox in my friend's house. I am doing a make over in her bedroom/bathroom and would like to paint it.
Thanks for the opportunity to win!

51 Heidi August 4, 2009 at 6:20 pm

ooooo, the light fixtures, fo sho! That's what I would do too! yay!

52 Kathy August 4, 2009 at 6:31 pm

LOVE those kitchen cabinets! And the dresser you redid is fabulous! What a darling shape!

Should I be so blessed to win 🙂 I would like to use the product to paint a plain ol' laminate nightstand that really needs a facelift!! It beckons to me every time I walk by and so far I have ignored it. But, it is persistant. It knows the hidden beauty just waiting to come out!

53 Deirdre August 4, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Every day I dream of painting my kitchen cabinets white/cream so of course that was my favorite makeover.

Were I to start small, however, I would paint our fireplace mantle… or maybe finally get one of the "in need of" antique dressers that always tempt me on craigslist.

54 lisa August 4, 2009 at 6:54 pm

It's hard to pick. I like the finished look of the kitchen cabinets but would probably used the light fixture idea first. I would love to try this on an old chiffonier that I bought. It’s a poopy brown now, and it’s in my basement because a) I can’t get anyone to carry it up and b) I haven’t figured out what to do with it. I think either the cream or the green would look nice. It’s the same kind of chiffonier that my grandparents had when I was growing up, and I would love to have it looking nice and in my bedroom to remind me of them.

55 Woman Interrupted August 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm

How wonderful! I'm putting together a vintage mod theme nursery and I have a dresser to distress.

56 Mary Jean, also known as "The Dough Nut" August 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Ok, i'm going with the armoire! I love taking stuff like that making it over. I just took a furniture painting class at a local vintage shop and all I want to do is paint everything I can get my hands on. I'm cruising yard sales weekly…so bring on the kit I need it!!!

57 mimi168888 August 4, 2009 at 8:11 pm

They all look fab!!!! But I truly like to get my cabinets done. You don't even want to know what they look like now…haha

58 Katy August 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

WOW!!!!!! I'm really loving the idea and look of this product, sounds so easy…no priming or sanding, WONDERFUL news!!
I really like the white cabinets in the kitchen, I'm really wanting to do that to mine.
My project would be a coffee table or two.
Neat giveaway.

59 Jen August 4, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Love love love your dresser makeover….so inspiring. My favorite project listed is the kitchen cabinet makeover…what a transformation. I have builders oak cabinets and I would love to be able to update the entire look of my kitchen by using this awesome project.

60 Kristi M. August 4, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I would have to say that the kitchen cabinets are my favorite. It just makes it even better that primer is not needed. Love it. What I want to do with it if I win is paint our bathroom cabinet. It desperately needs done and this would be fun and perfect.

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