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CeCe Caldwell’s Paints – My First Chalk Painting Project

CeCe Caldwell's PaintsNot too long ago, I decided that I really needed to learn how to paint furniture in order to solve a decorating dilemma on a budget.  Here’s my dilemma:  I used to LOVE anything and everything Tuscan but now I love vintage French.  Uh-oh!  What to do?!  While the shapes of furniture pieces can sometimes work between both styles, I’m finding that the colors are somewhat different.  So out with my gold, cranberry and terracotta and in with gray, blue and beige!  But instead of buying new things, I’ve decided to paint some of what I have.

I have now taken two chalk painting classes, including an all-day class on Saturday hosted at the Paris Flea Market and taught by Karen Berg of Redoux, Shelly Andrade of Shizzle Designs and CeCe Caldwell herself!  And now that I’ve finally finished my first chalk painting project, I’m ready to share it with you.

First, let me clarify that chalk paint is NOT the same as chalkboard paint (I’ll be quite unhappy if my kids draw on the side table I just painted!).  Chalk paint is actually a mineral paint that is very easy to work with, has fantastic coverage, and requires little to no preparation before painting.  This last part is particularly important to me because I lack patience when working on a project.  The prep work is always “work” and I’d rather just jump right in and get to the fun part!  Also, I tend to be a very messy painter, so for me, one of the best things about chalk paint is that if I make a mistake, I can just wipe away the paint with a damp cloth to “erase” any mistakes!

CeCe Caldwell and Karen Berg of Redoux

CeCe Caldwell (left) and Karen Berg at the Paris Flea Market painting class

CeCe Caldwell’s Paints are made from two types of clay and chalk in a water based solution.  I love CeCe Caldwell’s paints because they has NO Volatile Organize Compounds, are non-toxic and have no odor.  Even the wax is made from all natural products!  Another bonus is that the cans are recyclable, so when finished, I can just toss them into the recycle bin instead of having to make a special trip to dispose of the paint cans.  And did I mention the easy clean-up?  As you can guess, I like the cleaning up just about as much as I like the prep work, which is NOT AT ALL!  The great thing about CeCe Caldwell’s Paints is that the brushes can easily be cleaned up with a little soap and water, even if the paint has already dried in the brush.

My First Chalk Painting Project

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Painted Side Table Tidbits and Twine

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Painted Side Table 2 Tidbits and Twine

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Painted Side Table 3Tidbits and Twine

I bought a little side table some time ago at TJ Maxx and decided to bring it with me to my first class taught by Karen of Redoux.   It started out green, but I painted it first with a coat with Virginia Chestnut and then with Pittsburgh Gray.  After it dried, I water distressed portions of the piece and sealed the entire thing with Clear Wax.  And I just found a fun little drawer knob at the antique faire so I added it in place of the generic one that was originally on the table. I’m happy with how it turned out and found it a spot in my living room!

If you want to learn more about CeCe Caldwell’s Paints, you can visit their website here.  You can also check out Redoux for an entertaining and down-to-earth read that features lots of information on chalk painting and a look at some of the beautiful pieces that Karen has created.  Plus you’ll never believe how she can transform trash!  (And I literally mean trash!)  Also check out Shizzle Designs to view her beautiful painted pieces and to learn about the techniques she uses!

Next on my “To Paint” list is a velvet side chair, two cement urns, one terracotta pot and a large, ornate frame.  Stay tuned!


P.S. – I am not paid or otherwise endorsed by CeCe Caldwell’s Paints.  I’m just sharing with you a product I recently found and truly love!

CeCe Caldwell Signed Paint

Signed can of CeCe Caldwell’s Paint limited edition color Chesapeake Blue




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First Step in the Design Process – Find Your Inspiration!

Sometimes, the hardest part about decorating a room is knowing where to start!  There are many different approaches depending upon who you ask, but my opinion is that you should start with an inspiration piece and build out from there.

Red and WhiteWhat is an inspiration piece?  Well, it could be almost anything!  It might be a piece of art, a piece of furniture, a fabric swatch, a throw pillow, a rug, or even a picture of entire image of a room from a magazine.  Often, though, people have a favorite color and use that as their inspiration, but a favorite color is not what I mean by an inspiration piece.  Why not?  Because while color is one part of design, it doesn’t tell anything about the style or feel that you want to create.   Instead, look for inspiration pieces that help define both your color and style preferences.


An inspiration piece is a good starting point because it:

1. Typically represents a color scheme and decorating style that appeals to you

2. Gives you a reference point that you can constantly refer back to and ensure you are on the right track as you progress through the design process


As you design a space, you’ll make many different decisions that will ultimately affect the overall look and feel of the room.

“Hardwood or carpet?”  “What color should I paint the walls?”  “Solid or patterned curtains?”  “What style of lamp?”  “Stained or painted wood?”Howchow Paisley Settee Yellow

Each decision you make should be made with the same goal in mind so that your design is consistent and cohesive and ultimately, provides an end result that makes you happy.  It’s easy to get side-tracked during the process and you can inadvertently veer off in a different direction without even realizing!  As such, it’s important to continually refer back to your inspiration to determine whether each decision you make or item you purchase fits with the end goal that you have in mind.

Rococo Chandelier - Casual EleganceFor my master bedroom remodel, I started with this chandelier from Restoration Hardware that I fell in love with when I saw it at the store!  From this one item, I then knew that I wanted my bedroom to reflect Casual Elegance, be feminine but not fussy, and have a bit of a European feel.  With this as my starting point, it was easier to make decisions about the bed, bedding, paint colors, flooring, etc. because my choices were focused in a particular direction.


Inspiration can come from many sources, but one of my favorite places to get inspiration is online!  I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite sites for browsing and shopping in case they inspire you, too!


Petit Salon Bergere Soft Surroundings

Remember, if you don’t know what you like and don’t know what you want, it will be very difficult to create a space that you love.  It would be like running a race and not knowing where the finish line was!  So find something that inspires you and use it as your jumping off point.


To learn about more steps in the process, visit Creating a Design Plan in 4 Easy Steps!


Time to get inspired!





P.S. – Do you have a favorite online site for inspiration that isn’t listed here?  Please leave me a comment and let me know – I’m always on the hunt for new sites!



At Home with Blush

Blush is a soft shade of pink that is delicate, glamorous, feminine and romantic. As such, it is frequently used in weddings and in fashion, but blush can be beautiful when used in the home as well and helps create a look of casual elegance, whether used on the furniture, the walls, textiles or even on small accent pieces.  And it is also a very versatile color both in terms of what other colors it can be paired with and also what decorating styles in can work with.

Bringing Blush Home

You can use blush as your backdrop or main color or can work it in to your existing room as an accent color.  On walls or upholstery, blush makes a real statement in a room and sets the tone for the space.

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If you’re not yet ready to make such a commitment to blush, you can add it in smaller ways, like curtains, pillows or accent decor.

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You can even add a singular brush of blush through seasonal flowers for just a touch of elegance and romance.

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Combining Colors with Blush

When paired with white, blush looks delicate, simple and adds a pop of color.

Blush Sofa


When blue, gray and taupe are paired with blush, they add a bit more masculinity to the otherwise feminine color.

Blush and Ikat Blush and Blue

Black and white paired with blush give it a modern, more sleek feel.

Blush Black and White2Paired with gold, blush has a very formal feel.

Blush and Gold

The Style of Blush

Depending on what other items and colors you pair with blush, it can work in any style of decorating!

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Need more inspiration?  Here are some more ideas for decorating with blush.

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