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Let’s Talk About That New Wall and Caromal Colours Monahan Botanicals Debut

I remember when we first moved from our previous shop to our present one – we had more room than I knew what to do with. Now, less than two years later, we are utilizing every corner of that space.

Typically that hasn’t been an issue,  I consider myself a really good space utilizer, but I found myself up against a wall (or lack of one) when I tried to figure out where I was going to display our new line of paints  – Caromal Colour’s Monahan Botanical Collection

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What is Botanicals?

The Botanicals are luscious and creamy paints inspired by the enchanting gardens of Europe. They are designed to bring a similar beauty into your lifestyle by enhancing your furniture, cabinets, and accessories with a gorgeous matte, chalky luster.
 
These paints are incredibly easy to use, brilliantly versatile in application, and wonderfully durable.  Even if you have no experience, you can achieve a stunning array of custom finishes in your home.
 
They flow and cover beautifully,  sand like a dream for distressing and don’t require wax to finish.
 
The paints are water based, non-toxic, and perfect over any clean, dry, surface –  wood (raw, painted, varnished), metal, glass, plastic, tile, masonry, with
no stripping, sanding, or priming.
My space dilemma –  the left side of our product wall is Caromal Colours, the right side is American Paint Company.  Rightfully, this Botanical line should display somewhere on the left side….
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The farthest left of the Caromal Colours display was a wall where we stored the painted Caromal cabinet samples
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 I really wanted to keep all the products together in the same area,…    I brainstormed ways to do this and decided to add a wall to make it work -
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 adding a wall in front of the windows created a showcase area, seen from the outside (and accessible from inside) , and gave us an extension of the Caromal Colours products area.
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 We walked 5 stores down to the Salvation Army and found a perfect storage dresser.  When we got it back to the store, it was a little shy of 2 inches too wide, so I got out the skill saw and buzzzed off each side edge.  That worked, and it fit into its new home.
We moved an extra set of storage display shelves that we’d had during our CeCe days, and hiked it onto the new dresser – perfect!
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Liberon Medium Oak Wax being troweled on over a layer of bladed Textured Basecoat Chocolate, Textured Basecoat Putty and Perfect Wall Plaster – all 3 products from Caromal Colours.

The showcase side in progress

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 I had plans for the endcap wall –  I wanted to apply sheets of the Aged Botanical Papers,  on order, from Monahan Papers, like shown here
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I can’t wait to get all these aged papers in…
This is after the second day – base and crown trim were added.  Pallet boards trimmed out the end cap
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 We removed several drawers on the original display (they were too shallow and not used) and created cubbies to store some of the cabinet doors in…
The drawers to the new dresser will get painted in various Botanical colors when we receive full stock-
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We added runners above the product shelves, to add color frames for all 3 Caromal paint lines,  much like we the color frames for our American Paint collection -
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Row 1 - Caromal Colours Reclaim Paint Row 2 - Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Paint Row 3 - Botanicals

Row 1 – Caromal Colours Reclaim Paint Row 2 – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Paint Row 3 – Botanicals

Here you can see the start of the Botanical wall – with the four sheets I had left.   You can also see into the front display area -four wall finish boards hang (wall finishes that are easy DIY finishes with Caromal Colours products) that customers can see and touch -
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There is floor space for smaller painted items, which is always a plus -

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and we gained desperately needed wall space to hang items
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Because the Caromal Reclaim line draws alot of interest for painting cabinets, we needed a large work area where customers can peruse the colors and door samples, stored below.  They built this worktable for me, all out of old scrap wood from their job sites.  I stained it, applied Liberon Medium Oak Wax, and then power buffed it the next day
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 Broader view of our Caromal Colours and American Paints wall – I am really pleased with how it turned out, and really – practically on a dime!
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 DIY products on one side,  wares on the other
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The Botanicals Collection
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Amidst the 14 gorgeous colors, you will find plenty of soft neutrals paired with more dramatically or whimsically hued tones to create a palette that is both varied and critically selective of furniture-friendly colors.

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Not only paints, but lovely authentic aged papers ,

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even the backs look old

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There were so many to choose from it took me a long while to decide-  we should see them arriving in the next week or two.   The size is nice,  most are 11″  x 17″ , some 13″ x 19″ –  I’ll see which draws more interest,  and follow the lead -

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You can decorate a wall with them, or line inside dresser drawers, or decorate the outside drawer

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Accessories

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I love how these turned out -

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This post went too long and there are too many photos tied to the painting of this end table,

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So  I’m posting all of those on its own.  Find it here,  Botanical Table Step by Step .

This post will be live in two days –   Wednesday, October 1st.  If you click on it before then it will say its private.

Capture

Tomorrow our local TV station is bringing a crew to tape our first episode of monthly DIY paint related how-tos –  if I don’t blow it, and they like how it goes, we could be doing monthly segments.  The coolest thing about it is, they post links to youtube for their tapings, so I think I’ll be able to share those with all of you!   Wish me luck, the first one has a holiday flavor, and I’ll be demonstrating Gold Leafing and Foiling :)

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If you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit-

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An Easy Way To Rust A Paint Finish With American Paints

Start with  Voyage Blue, a soft chalky European blue from American’s Ellis Collection-

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I painted a coat of Voyage on this side table some time ago,

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but now, coming back to add finishing touches,  I realize I’ve already got a Voyage piece in the showroom that I recently completed -

 

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But it wasn’t just that – I was feeling an urge for

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Autumn…. 

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October Leaves….

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I decide to change it up – out with pure Voyage, and in with a little …

Tumbleweed (a medium chestnut brown)

Wild Horses (a dark chocolate brown)

National Forest (dark green)

A-maizing (a bright corn yellow)

and Orange Grove (a bright orange).

All I need is a little bit of  each – all on at the same time, using the same brush.  I’ve got a spray bottle of water on hand,  my plan is to apply this second layer of COLORS more like a wash

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I dab my brush into the browns, and start brushing out my second coat – immediately I add in some yellow, orange and green, and spritz on some water,  allowing me to easily blend all the colors together AND to move that watery color across my whole surface.   Blotting with a slightly damp rag lets me remove color easily, and a dry chip brush easily stipples away unwanted technical marks -

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Huh?  What was that mumbo jumbo speak?

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Painting AND trying to capture play by play photos is difficult, unless you don’t mind your camera getting trashed.   My Nikon is already needing a trip back to Mr. Camera Man – something inside the camera is dirty, causing a small dark water looking spot to appear on every single picture I take.  It’s driving me bonkers.  You can see it, below, on the bottom drawer – if the two holes from the handle make eyes, then the water spot is the nose – see it?

I knew that if I shared this painted piece, it would be hard to explain the finish without photos,   so I stop after brushing out drawer #2, and grabbed the camera

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The watery mix of paint is brushed on, and then I softly remove some color here and there with my handy dandy rag-

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(see the phantom camera ‘water dot’ in the lower left corner of the cubby?)

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To better visualize,  I’m smacking those colors on, all together – and the water is keeping the consistency loose, allowing me to move it around fast -

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I brushed out the side, the back and the inside cubby before going back to blot, wipe and finesse …  more Wild Horses in  one area gives one effect, more A-maizing  gives another…

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Wiping back where I want less color –  there is no rule to this – it will come down to your artful eye, and where YOU want more color, and where you want less… the original blue Voyage plays a key role in this finish color – giving it a real authentic rust feel -

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(where’s Waldo?  aka   where is the water spot?)

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I tipped the Orange Grove over without knowing it, and made a nice mess…

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Here you can see how the watered version of paint went on in all directions – I wasn’t fussing because it was inside a cubby, but it still was easily blotted back and then any  application marks stippled out with a simple chip brush

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Nicccccccce.

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Didn’t take long, and didn’t take much paint either.  when it dried I gave it a very light sand, just to give it a softer feel -

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Hmm… what to do with the top?  I had originally applied a Textured Neutral Hide Plaster, and created a pattern using a plastic bag.    My intent was to create something along these lines, with the Voyage as it’s companion

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Textured finishes from our Specialties Workshop at Fabulous Finishes Studio.

These didn’t float my boat with the Rust…

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so I decided to scrape those same paint colors on the top, and see what I could come up with …

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I love love love these  plastic scrapers – I relied on them when I was a finishing walls, and they’re still my go to when  I want to apply products with a blade. I’m waiting for an order to arrive, and we’ll have them available for purchase.

On went the paints…

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blading/pushing that color into the textured top…  It wasn’t doing anything for me

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Too much like the base, I knew it needed more -

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Love how raw this finish turned out – it took to certain areas of the base differently, like see this area below right that has darker runs?  I couldn’t have created that if I’d tried ….

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The top?  I ended up applying a number of the deco metallic waxes that we carry, layering color on color, trying to darken the top… When that didn’t do enough, I added a layer of Stain and Seal Walnut and Ebony over it.  When that dried, I gave it a last rub of Liberon Bison Wax in Medium Oak -

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Perfect with the pumpkins….   the base was sealed up with American Paint’s Clear Wax - when it dried we buffed the whole piece with the buffer brush-

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No two pieces will ever be alike, but who wants them to be?  Think outside the box, and if you struggle with that then come join us for a workshop  :)

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fall workshops are posted,

You can find our workshop details  here  Workshops.

COME LEarn WITH US

BE  inSPIRED  with  US

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit-

we’ve got a great variety of paints to fit your EVERY need!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

MONDAYS    CLOSED

TUESDAYS     10AM – 6PM

WEDNESDAYS    10AM – 7PM

THURSDAYS      10PM – 7PM

FRIDAYS       10AM – 5PM

SATURDAYS    10Am – 3PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

NEED PAINT?  

We ship , everywhere  even international!

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods  –  if this describes you,  please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process.   Our customers from afar are just as important as our local customers –  when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

shop.fabfinisher.com

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY CHALK/CLAY PAINTS

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

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Painting Furniture? Pssssh, A Gold Leaf Toilet Seat, Arm Casts, and Sheetrock!

I wish I could say I kicked out a piece or two of furniture this week…   actually, I managed to squeak out a small night stand,  playing around with  aged botanical papers (that post to follow)

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but for the most part this last week was a whirlwind.   We’ve been busy changing out seashells and lake decor for pumpkins and leaves, which leads me to Blow Ups.

When the kids  were younger, and the front yard bigger, ghoulies sprinkled our landscape this time of year.  But time flies, things change, and now the family of air ghoulies live in a storage bin.   I decided to bring Frankie to the store , and  painted his ‘shirt’ and ‘belt’ with several American Paint colors –  Home Turf, Orange Grove and Home Plate -

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Recycle and Repurpose where we can, right?

A couple weeks ago, Terri, one of our customers, came in sporting a fresh purple cast.   I twisted her other arm into letting us jazz it up a little, before she left

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Isn’t that fun?

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The funniest is,  she popped back in a couple days ago, the blingy purple cast was gone, and in its place was a pretty blue one!   I didn’t get a picture, but we dressed that one up too :)

I finished an accent table and mirror for a customer – it arrived VERY gold

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Love it –  based with Caromal Colours Reclaim Licorice, metallic silver over the top, bronzes for the base, a highlight on detail,  and black glaze to finish  -

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If that’s not enough gold,  how about a project I finished this week for a customer in New York City?

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Multiple coats of protection…

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and lastly,  adding a little sparkle to the crown -

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Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leavin’ today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York!

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Customized a couple stars for a customer, using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Candy Apple and Blueberry

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two coats, brushed and stippled on for some texture, and light sanded when dry.

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Caromal’s Toner brushed on

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and softened

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and a couple for the store

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Some BIG nuts, gilded with varigated tamise flakes-

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a ceramic rooster, painted with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Parchment and Caromal’s Perfect Plaster – both brushed/stippled on at the same time,  light sand when dry, and glazed with Caromal’s Coffee Glaze

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and this shelf, originally hunter green –  gave it a light stipple of Caromal Textured Basecoat Colonial Blue, let it dry, then stippled/brushed the Perfect Plaster on,  let dry, light sanded, and glazed with Coffee Glaze-

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The best part of  the week was the addition of a wall that was constructed Wednesday

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and 24 hours later it looked like this

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Let’s just say my contractor was surprised Thursday morning when he came back to tape and mud the drywall :)

I rolled right over the sheetrock with Caromal’s Textured Basecoat Chocolate, and some TB Putty, and some of their Perfect Plaster –  all three, all at the same time, randomly rolled, and bladed to knock it all down and organically move it all around.  To complete, I bladed on a tight coat of Liberon Medium Oak Wax.

You can see the drywall seams, but that didnt matter to me – I didn’t want the dust in the showroom from mudding drywall…

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This is the other side of the wall, it faces out to the street.  Its deep enough for customers to walk in to, and it gives us nice hanging space to display our wares.    We also moved the 4 wall finish boards from across the store, and now they are a decorative focal point.

I love how the endcap turned out –  we decided to rip apart a couple skids and use those to ‘trim’ off the sides.   Inside the framed box will be an   ‘aged botanical paper’ wall finish.  I started it but only had three sheets left.   I’ll complete that when the papers arrive-

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Love the little front cubby area!  You can see the wall samples better – portraying 4 simple DIY wall finishes – Glazing, Stenciling, a one-layer glazed texture plaster and a two-layer plaster .  All of the crown pieces have finishes as well.

The wall finish in this cubby area is one coat of Caromal’s Perfect Plaster rolled right over the sheetrock, (Caromal Colours advises against that, saying I should have gone over a primed wall, but I decided to test the ‘cheat method’) .  The next morning the plaster was dry and intact – so I continued and  bladed a mix of Lusterstone Weathered Bronze and a shimmered pearl over the plaster base.     It’s a pretty neutral,  and in the end saved me time, and I know money  -

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Best of all,  we’re ahead of the game,  everything is falling into place.   When  the new Botanical line arrives (hopefully next couple weeks) we’ll be more than ready for it!

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American Paint Co. Continues To Offer Fabulous Chalk Clay Paint Topcoat Options…

Yes, American Paint Company offers a great lineup of all natural  chalk clay paints

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but one of the big reasons we chose to partner with APC is their fabulous lineup of TOPCOAT options.

See that word OPTIONS?  Love it.

WAX

First, they have , IMO, the best wax on the market.   There is no smell, its light and whippy,  safe, ALL NATURAL, it dries fast,  its easy to use

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and the dark wax (brown) doesn’t require a barrier coat , even for a first timer

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In the beginning,  God made chalk paint.   And He created wax.  And pieces of painted, waxed furniture landed on blogs all over the earth, and a colorful place called Pinterest.

WAX WAX WAX …

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APC Dark Wax over Born on the 4th of July

I love wax, but I don’t use it for every piece I do, and I don’t recommend it for many of my client’s that ask my opinion.  Explain?

Wax is a great option for sealing painted furniture that won’t be handled alot, or in high traffic areas – like a china cabinet in a dining room.  Wax is a great option, too,  for pieces that hang on a wall.    When my client is a mom with an active family, I don’t recommend wax for her kitchen table, or chairs.   A loving mom refinishing a few pieces for their child’s dorm room?  Wax isn’t my choice.  Bathroom cabinets?  Nope.  Kitchen cabinets?  No way.

Another reason I’ll explain the options to wax?

-   When my customer is just starting to get their feet wet

-   When my customer says they change their mind alot

When you’re newer to painting, there’s no way of knowing until you do.

Just Do It.

You learn with each piece you paint, and many times you’ll find yourself saying ‘I love it, but if I did it over again I’d do   xxxxx   differently,  because NOW I understand how it works.     You can’t repaint over wax.  You don’t glaze over wax.    If you’re disappointed in your piece, and want to revise it, you’ll first have to  remove that wax, otherwise more paint won’t stay put.

APC TOPCOAT FINISH

Remember that word OPTIONS?  As much as I love APC’s waxes, I equally love this product

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APC Topcoat is a water-based, zero voc sealer that reminds me of milk colored water.  When dry, it adds a soft sheen to your paint finish.  Best of all, its super easy –  it’s like brushing on a coat of water over your dry paint.     It dries quick – 20-30 minutes.   One coat will seal your finish,  2-3 coats will add more durability/washablitity, as well as kick up the sheen.  Topcoat will dry and cure to a hard, washable protective coating.

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PERFECT for

-children’s furniture

- furniture going off to a dorm :)

-kitchen tables, end tables, night stand tops

- bathroom cabinets

Why do I like Topcoat?

-  You can glaze WAY easier over Topcoated Chalk/Clay paint.  Glazes are a a great way to add interest to your piece.  If you paint and Topcoat a piece and live with it a few days and decide you’d like it more subtle? Simple, just brush on a glaze.   Glazes can be intense (stronger tint) or subtle – you can add shimmer with glaze –  you can leave glaze heavier to add depth and dimension – you can’t leave excess wax on .

-  YOU CAN WAX OVER TOPCOAT!   I do it all the time – its almost like a pretty buffing overtop your piece – it adds a softness, but is still more durable (will hold up to your kids rough and toughness) than wax alone because it has the Topcoat under it.

- It doesn’t yellow.   I’m not a fan of poly, even water based, over porous chalky, clay paints.  I feel like the surface is too porous, and the product soaks in and disappears.  The Topcoat is so easy to work with, once you use it you’ll be hooked.

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APC HARD COAT

American Paint add’s a big gun to their Finishes lineup  with the newly introduced Hard Coat

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Hard Coat, like their other Finishes, is zero voc, and solvent free. It, too, can be brushed on, which I found very easy to do,  and it dries pretty fast, with no real smell.  It’s water resistant and very durable to scratching.

Over the porous paints, one coat covers and leaves more of a finished look, and feel, than the Topcoat does.      One coat would definitely be sufficient for  a buffet or nightstand top.  Kitchen table I’d do a couple coats, same with kitchen cabinets – at least 2, maybe 3 on doors of high use.   It can be watered down if you want to use it for a less needy surface, like the base of a buffet.

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And best of all, it is now available at Fabulous Finishes, in store and online - as well as the other Finishes.  I will be posting up close photos of the topcoat vs. the hardcoat – look for those later this week.

In the mean time,  I DID find time, yesterday, to give ”Frankie” a touch up -

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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

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COME LEarn WITH US

BE  inSPIRED  with  US

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we’ve got a great variety of paints to fit your EVERY need!

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MONDAYS    CLOSED

TUESDAYS     10AM – 6PM

WEDNESDAYS    10AM – 7PM

THURSDAYS      10PM – 7PM

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We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods  –  if this describes you,  please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process.   Our customers from afar are just as important as our local customers –  when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

shop.fabfinisher.com

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

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