DIY Paint and How to Use Big Top Video!

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DIY Big Paint and How to use Big Top

Everyone has had a little stool around their house.  For small children, or to reach high shelves.  I am a few centimeters shy of 6 feet, Suffering husband 6’5″. We probably don’t need a step stool, but they can be so cute!

In honor of Fall and all the gorgeous colors around me, this color is no longer available.  Instead I love and use exclusively, Debi’s Design Diary DIY 100% Natural Clay Paint, I recommend Summer Crush.  I love the warm orange hue, but I didn’t want the color to fade, or any of the paint to wear from too many feet and shoes stepping on it!

Here is my basic step stool before.  Sorry looking before picture.

Cece Caldwells Mesa Sunset Step Stool before Redouxinteriors

I used DIY Paint’s Big Top.  It’s a tough Top Coat, no VOC and really easy to use. It is my favorite go-to finish. Why? It is so easy to apply, there is almost no smell, and this stuff is tough.  Ready to see it in action?  Check out my How To Video!  Just click on me putting on lipstick.

Look how my step stool shines in the sun with it’s Big Top on!

If you haven’t tried DIY Big Top,  get yourself some!  You will be amazed at how easy it is to use, and gorgeous the finish is.  If you forget how to apply it (or you enjoy seeing someone make a goof of themselves) come back here for instruction! 







  1. cassie

    oh i love that color!

  2. debi beard

    loved your video Karen! more pleeese!!!! you are so cute and fun to watch, we will have to make a video together when I come up the TPFM next spring!

    • GTC

      I would love that Debi! Learn from the master! We are so looking forward to seeing you in May!

  3. Melody

    What if you have already waxed your piece but realize you may need more protection on the piece? can you put endurance over wax?

    • GTC

      Great question Melody. I would not recommend putting Endurance, or any finish over wax. Wax should be your last product you use. Often I will put wax over a clear coat because I like the look and feel of wax and a little added protection. If you let the wax cure for about 30 days, you should be able to then put Endurance over it. Another option is to wipe the piece lightly with denatured alcohol. This basically dissolves the wax, but don’t rub too hard, you don’t want to take the paint with it. One ore option could be to put another layer of wax on. You can layer wax, with buffing in between. Hope this helps!

    • Lora

      Endurance can that go on after the 2 coats of turquoise I have put on.? I have another color on putting on of turquoise. So it goes on in between only?

  4. Hetty

    Love that orange! Is endurance comparable to polyurethane i.o.w. is it real strong?

  5. Josi

    Shhh don’t tell on me but I haven’t tried it yet but will now. I absolutely love you Karen. I love your spunkiness, and your jeux de vie!

  6. Laura / The Shed by Pet Scribbles

    Ok, first off – that step stool is aDORable! Secondly – your video is even MORE adorable! Don’t get me wrong – I think the video is helpful, and I’ve pinned it so I can refer back to it at some future point, but you are just so awesome in demonstrating it and keeping it real! Bravo! (And the dog was hilarious at the end….)

  7. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Love the bright happy color! And your video is just too cute!

  8. DesignedByBH

    Such a pretty color! (And I’m absolutely interested in the Endurance now!)
    Thanks for linking up at Twirl & Take a Bow! We hope to see you again this week.
    ~ Brooke ~

  9. Jaime

    Hi Karen. I have a question for you. I painted a hutch several months ago and finished it with clear wax. Recently someone introduced me to Endurance. Wanting to give it extra protection I decided to apply 2 coats of Endurance over it. But the result has been bad 🙁 the Endurance (not the paint) has started to peel. Over the entire piece!!! Not to be disgusting…but it comes off in thin layers (kinda Ike the way your skin peels after a sunburn…sorry, but that was the best description I could think of). It never became that hard coat like I was expecting. Was it bc the piece was waxed first? What should I do differently on future pieces? I was planning to use the endurance on my cabinet re-do….but after this…I’m not so sure. Thanks for any advice you can give.

  10. Darca Tkach

    Hi! I am so afraid to use wax after several disasters with Annie Sloan wax. You have given me hope that I can use Endurance on my furniture! I am still very nervous but I will try.

    Do you have any tips about how to avoid streaking when using Endurance?



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