CeCe Caldwell’s Distressed Desk with Metallic Wax

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CeCe Caldwell’s Distressed Desk with Metallic Wax

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Distressed Desk Redouxinteriors CeCe Caldwell's metallic wax

It’s themed furniture day with my DIY Furniture Girlfriends.  We are all in Distressed States in various degrees!

I am in a state of Distress.  Well not really the kind of distress you would associate with emotional distress.  Actually, my emotional state is pretty supreme these days with how much fun I am having with CeCe Caldwell’s 100% Natural paints!

The Distressed State I refer to is my desk.  I have been extremely busy with my new business launch Oui Redoux, teaching others and training retailers how to use CeCe Caldwell’s paints to beautify their home decor..well, I haven’t had much time for painting myself! CeCe Caldwell's Blue and Copper desk redouxinteriors beforeEnter the desk.  I found the desk on Craigs list.  After MUCH searching.  I knew the desk was out there, I just had to be patient.  Working on a plastic fold out table is humbling, but I was willing to wait for the perfect desk.  

I purchased the desk for a bargain, because well.  Look at it!  It was loved into some serious shabby condition.  Thank goodness none of this mattered to me.  It was going to be transformed into something it never thought it could become.  I started by sanding smooth the top.  I used CeCe Caldwell’s Stain in Hickory to stain the top.  Yep, you read that correctly.  NATURAL STAIN.  CeCe Caldwell’s has a line of beautiful, all natural stains + finish, built right in.  And they are so easy to use!  You can check out my desk I did with Kukui and my bookshelf turned rolling cart with Kukui.  A beautiful, very dark stain.  Distressed desk with cece caldwell's stain and natural metallic wax redouxinteriors

I love to play chemist, or mess maker, or just crazy artist.  I am always mixing CeCe Caldwell’s colors to get the right shade I want.  I mixed Pittsburg Grey, Blue Montana Sky and Dover White to get this color.  About equal parts of the Pittsburg Grey and Blue Montana Sky and then used Dover White wash to lighten it until I achieved the shade I wanted.  

Once the paint was dry, which was fast, time to distress.  I used a damp rag in some areas.  You can distress CeCe Caldwell’s paints with a damp rag!  There is no acrylic or latex in CeCe Caldwell’s paints.  This means you can easily go back and distress it before it has fully cured and hardened.  Because CeCe Caldwell’s is made with Chalk and two kinds of clay, this paint is very different than any other you will find on the market.  It won’t chip, flake and completely bonds with whatever surface you are painting.  No priming, no sanding.  It is 100% natural, 100% made in America and the cans are 100% recyclable.  I really can never say enough about passionate I am about CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and products, but I will keep trying!  cece caldwells stains and metallic wax distressed desk corner redouxinteriors

Now for the really fun part. The 100% natural metallic wax.  CeCe Caldwell’s has a line of 100% natural metallic waxes too.  And they are amazing. You can easily apply them with your finger, or a brush, and they harden on your surface and dry completely.  I dry brushed the Bingham Copper wax on all the details and highlights of my desk.  I used a brush by ChalkPro Products.  They make the most amazing natural bristle brushes for paints and waxes.  They are American made too and you can check them out on my Side Bar!cece caldwells stains and metallic waxes front distressed desk redouxinteriorsIt wasn’t enought to stop at the details with the metallic wax, I wanted to go all out in Distressed Shimmer.  I lightly brushed, then blended with a soft rag, the copper wax all over the top of my desk, where I had applied the all natural Hickory Stain.  You can’t see the wax out right, but when the light catches it, it makes the desk shimmer, and it has a slight coppery tinge to it now. cece caldwells all natural stains metallic wax redouxinteriors desk

Finishing my distressed desk with CeCe Caldwell’s 100% Natural Chalk + Clay based paints has left me feeling anything but distressed.  I can’t wait to get the desk to our office at Oui Redoux and show it off for our next workshops!  Distressed Desk redouxinteriors cece caldwells mixed blues

Can’t get enough Distressed furniture?  Check out my Furniture friends and their distressed projects.  Everyone has a different look and it is so fun to see what everyone’s interpretation of distressed is.

Hope your day is not distressing, unless you are distressing some CeCe Caldwell’s Paints.

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18 Comments

  1. Diana

    I love the color and it goes so well with the stain. Perfect!

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  2. Jean

    What did you use on the drawer pulls?

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    • GTC

      I used Rustoleum Copper Spray Paint. It was the closest spray color I could find to the copper wax.

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      • Jean

        Thanks!!

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  3. Catherine

    Looks really beaUtiful!
    LUV the desk–but you ALWAYS find fantastic pieces, I’m sO jealous!
    Long time no talk–miss you!
    Catherine

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  4. Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    Karen, I’ve LOVED your work forever…welcome to the group! This desk is stunning! Love the top and love the copper wax detail! I’m sure this desk will serve you well and make you smile when sit at it too:)

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    • GTC

      Ah, thank you so much Wendi! I need to move the desk to my office now. It is still in my garage! I love the shimmery on it too. Had so much fun with it.

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  5. Jeanette

    Karen, Glad to hear you’re so busy teaching classes. The desk is stunning. Love the mix of colors. I didn’t realize CeCe Caldwell now has metallic wax. I was looking around for a white liming wax, but what I found was on backorder. Does CeCe Caldwell have plans for a white wax? Thank for joining the group. Jeanette

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    • GTC

      Thank you so much Jeanette, I am addicted to the CeCe Caldwell’s 100% Natural wax. I don’t know if they have plans for a white wax presently, but I have definitely seen other people requesting it. They listen carefully to what customers are asking for and are always innovating. Stay tuned!

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  6. Paula@SweetPea

    This piece looks wonderful! I love the copper wax detail.

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    • GTC

      Thank you so much Paula. I am in love with the metallic waxes from CeCe Caldwell’s, Copper is my newest addiction.

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  7. Breanna

    The distressing and metallic accents on this are so pretty! Such a fab makeover!

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    • GTC

      Thanks so much Breanna! I am in love with shimmery things these days.

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  8. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

    Your patience paid off big time! Your desk looks perfect in that beautiful color with the rich stained top and awesome metallic touches. I love it Karen!

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    • GTC

      Thank you so much Therese! Hopefully I will get it moved to my office now!

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    • GTC

      Thanks so much Nancy! I actually think I might go back and add more shimmer to the legs. You just can’t get enough of sparkly things sometimes 🙂

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