Time Flies, Even When You’re Not Having Fun!

April arrived, set to be a busy month.  Easter morning we were on a plane, flying out of Detroit, on our way to a big ship in the ocean, chaperoning our daughter and five friends during spring break.   A year ago we were on our way to Mexico for my son’s spring break…

Milestones like this make me think back, way back….   when did my kids grow up?

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It was busy the week before I left –  multiple workshops, and I’d been working on completing this custom painted vanity for a client –

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They wanted it similar to this piece I’d painted –

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I used American Paint Company Voyage, and Stenciled with various APC colors, and sealed with APC Hardcoat and Topcoat Finish

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The week off was a lovely change – the weather was perfect every day – I soaked in the vitamin D and much needed sleep

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Even while away from work, I’d find myself noticing things – like this guy’s shirt that looked like one of our Monahan Botanical papers

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or the paint colors as we ventured on island excursions…IMG_4541

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It was a joy sharing fun moments with this crazy group of five –  I made sure to take a zillion pictures, so they’d have them to look back on…   spring_break_fabulous_finishes

I was drawn to this designer – such artistic detail

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Boy if I won the lottery….   :)

lev1lev2Home Sunday, back to work Monday,  feeling a need for another week off just to recover.   These flowers arrived, a pretty thank you for watching over the girls…

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The week was a whirl – I  got moving on a customer’s vanity – she wants a metallic finish with a wood grained look on the top

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I’m about 2/3’s done…

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I had to quote painting a 15 foot statue (she’s in parts) for a popular yearly music festival music – Electric Forest –  held in Rothbury, Michigan.

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If I get the job, they’d deliver her to my studio in a large crate  – a crate full of body parts :)   How cool would that be?   Would love to turn her into an earthy queen of the forest…

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We rolled into a mid-week Paint A Piece Workshop –

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before

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after: layer 1 Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment, layer 2 American Paint Company Shoreline, sanded, APC Topcoat.

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before: this whole piece had an existing crackle finish

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after: Cottage Paint Custom Color Gorgeous Grey, top stenciled with another custom color, Ash

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before:

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after: awesome barnworn finish by Caromal Colours – layer 1 Textured Basecoat Chocolate, layer 2 Chipping Creme, layer 3 Textured Basecoat Parchment, sanded with mouse, layer 4 Caromal Toner.

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Even though we were past time, I showed her how to apply a raised textured stencil with the Chocolate – it turned out so darn cool!

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before:

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after: a Cottage Paint custom tinted color, Groovy Green, with our White Glaze. Stenciled with Caromal Colour Stencil Creme White.

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before:

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after: a Cottage Paint custom tinted color, Ash, stenciled with American Paint Company Coral Reef.

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before:

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after: a custom Cottage Paint tinted color, Slate, with our Black Glaze

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before:

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after: layer 1 on top, to hide some damage: Textured Basecoat Wisteria, layer 2 on whole piece, Cottage Paint custom Gorgeous Grey. Topped with our White Glaze.

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before:

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after: Cottage Paint custom Gorgeous Grey with our Black Glaze

This past week we also received another customer ‘to do’ project…  six chairs and two curios –

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A black finish with some reveal is requested,  trust that I REALLY tried to talk this client into a DIY project, but she wanted no part it.  Looks like we need to get busy painting!

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Saturday ended this action packed back-to-work week, with another monthly taping of Shelby DIY TV.   This show will discuss taking items you can find around the house,  painting them in a variety of ways,  and then protecting them with Caromal’s awesome Reclaim Indoor/Outdoor Sealer

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Old pots and pans can make great outdoor (even indoor) wall art –

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same with very over sized grilling tools

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What about the cheap clamp light – granted, not made for outdoor use, but I’d use this under my patio umbrella for a night of ambiance…   just take it inside when the evening is over.

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A Salvation Army find – 2 identical Fisher Price plastic trucks – in the TV show it picks up a load of pansies :)

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How many of us have these glass vases from past flower deliveries, stuffed in a cupboard?   Perfect for decorating your summer table…

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Even plastic ware can get a new look –

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This strainer was stinkin cute with the pansies in it –

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I’ll share the link this week once the episode is live.

I ended Saturday waxing the purple piece – purple_ombre_paint_chalk_wax

I’ll buff it this week, and probably should put the glass back in it. Is it just me, or do you also prefer these sans glass?   A few minor ‘tweeks’ and this one will be complete .

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Our new shopping site is coming along – STORE.FABFINISHER.COM .   Our original shopping site is still functional, and won’t be removed until our credit card merchant, Chase, passes all of its safety requirements, for accepting credit payments.  It might already of happened, last I heard it was any day.

It’s good feeling to be back –  until next time,  happy painting!

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Painted Purple Ombre Vintage Cabinet In Progress –

I acquired these cupboards several years ago, at my first store location

The one on the right was my favorite – I loved

Her.

Even with her flaws –  the glass was missing – she was my kinda piece. I pulled her out last year, and painted her with American Paint Company Crushed Tea, and she sold soon after …

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The cabinet on the left I always referred to as the

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Finally,  a year since She was painted, I pulled Him out of the furniture heap…

purple-ombre-american-paint-fabfinisherI didn’t get very far that first day, and no free time was to be had in the week that  followed…

He waited… patiently.

Today, after the store closed,  when I should have been settling the books, I felt the urge to grab a brush and P A  I  N   T…

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I started with a dark base of purple –  if you live local to our store, and are interested, pop in and we can show you the color/s we used for the base.  Otherwise, no sense mentioning, because at this time I’m not allowed to offer it for sale to my customers online.   Hopefully in the near future,  this hiccup can be remedied and we can share our excitement about colors that we like to use, AND, offer the paint color for purchase as well…

Over that dark purp base, I switched to American Paint Company paints, my go-to paints for blending and creating finishes that you’d class artsy fartsy-

APC colors Cannonball, Shining Seas, Bordello, First Lady, Chenille Beadspread, Uncle Sam…

AMERICAN-PAINT-CHALK-CLAYStill have a ways to go – but  I’ll be sure to share the completed cabinet.

Have a blessed week!

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if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

we will have altered hours for upcoming Easter / Spring Break week:

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MONDAY CLOSED
TUESDAY 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAY 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAY 10PM – 7PM
Good FRIDAY    CLOSED
SATURDAY 10AM – 3PM

MONDAY CLOSED
TUESDAY   Apr  7th  noon  – 5PM
WEDNESDAY Apr 8th  noon  – 5PM
THURSDAY  Apr 9th noon  – 7PM
FRIDAY  Apr 10th noon  – 5PM
SATURDAY Apr 11th   10AM – 3PM

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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 a far 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.

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Oval Paint, Wax Brushes, Papers, Glazes, Micas

Last post I mentioned a link to our new online store –   store.fabfinisher.com

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Don’t let it confuse you- our  current online store, shop.fabfinisher.com, hasn’t gone anywhere and still works the same.  The new, store.fabfinisher.com has that and more.    Once the new site has run through it’s testing phase the two will merge together and become one.

The Aged Papers are all in,  137 of them – and more are on their way.   That’s been fun the last couple days,  seeing orders including papers, without us first having to email over pages of photos…

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Our custom glaze colors have been added.    I love our glazes,  they work amazing across all product lines – Caromal Colours, APC paints, Cottage Paints, Metallics

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Our Black Glaze over Cottage Paint Wine this past week

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New brushes, direct from Europe, have arrived and are available for purchase,  at a great price . I will be adding those to the store tonight-

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Our mica powder variety will be linked this evening as well, featuring nine distinct metals

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Mica powders are a great add in to waxes, glazes,  full strength as a flash gild, even topcoats, though I prefer using it in waxes or glazes.    I used the Brass Mica mixed in my favorite wax –  Vintage Clear Wax by American Paint Co. – over this Cottage Paint Bold Black –

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This time of year is crazy again…   My kids are a year apart, and it was like this last year with my son – now it’s my daughter’s turn.   Details details details – senior trip, college requirements, prom, graduation, spring soccer schedule…  Friday was their varsity team’s  game opener

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Today we closed the door on 13 years of club play, with a their send-off banquet –

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Thankfully I’ll only miss a few games on the front end – from workshop conflicts,  I worked around the games and graduation commitments for  our new May-Aug schedule.

So many changes, these next few months.   The end of K-12.  A taste of empty nest, with both kids away at school…  collegiate soccer…   I look forward to seeing where life takes both my kids…

A mom came into the store a couple months ago wanting me to paint a chest for her daughter.   It was an old family chest, with good bones, perfect for the new grand baby on the way.   A first grandchild.   I suggested the mom paint it herself, but she wasn’t biting.  She wanted it to be beautifully finished  “like the pieces in your store”

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I worked on her awhile, as we walked around the store, reassuring her that she really COULD paint the piece herself, that it would be a greater gift to her daughter, and new grandchild, because it would be hand made by her.

a labor of love…

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I suggested she bring in the drawers to one of our Paint A Piece Workshops –  I could walk her through the paint process, she’d take the drawers home completed,  with the confidence to finish the rest of the chest.

She rocked it this week – paint a piece workshop

painting American Paint Company (chalk/clay) Home Plate, a creamy white, then Lace Doily over that, a color like the inside of creme brulee

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When the two coats of paint were dry, she sanded to distress the colors, bringing out the original wood finish.  She was thrilled with the results  – it was such a good feeling to see :)

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God willing, some day I’ll be painting furniture for my grandkids, right?    Now I need to get moving –  I’ve got cart items to add!

if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

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MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
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need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

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 a far 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.

store.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

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cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

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

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Our workshop schedule for Spring/Summer is now posted

come workshop with us
be inspired with us

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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 –  you will not be disappointed!

Newest Shelby DIY TV Episode and Updated Website

Katie finished the editing for our most recent Shelby DIY Episode (8) – the one I mentioned in the last post, with Cottage Paint

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The taping of this episode was not our usual – we were minus the zoom camera (camera man didn’t arrive)  –  Katie did a great job handling everything that morning, including the camera!    I apologize now for wasting a minute or three trying to find the next darn stencil lead….    aaack!  Sorry everyone :)

Now regarding the website transition….

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I’ve been promising over three months now that we’d have our updated shopping site running –   http://store.fabfinisher.com.

I’ve held off because it needs so much work.  I am embarassed.   I could cry.    It’s got the ability to be a Ferrari and right now it’s a stinkin Pinto.

I am told you CAN order from the site – but our originally shopping cart is still function as well –  shop.fabfinisher.com .

Both should work..  Once the bugs are worked out in this test mode, you will no longer have an option – what was the shop will just direct you to the store – you wont even know it happened…

The new store link DOES have all the Aged Papers  inputted, the Cottage Paints are all linked, and I am in the process of adding the new glazes.   Additionally, everything on our old shopping cart IS on the new site, but like I said, it needs some polishing…

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This was my day today – see that input screen in the background?  Guess what I did all day today?   Trying to keep a smile on my face….

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Looking forward to tomorrow night’s  Paint A Piece Workshop- our workshops have been drawing a lot of interest, (did I mention our Spring/Summer schedule is posted?)  and the Paint A Piece ones are my favorite – it makes me feel good when I see people getting excited about painting and creating…

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MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
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need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

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 a far 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

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

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

storefront

Our workshop schedule for Spring/Summer is now posted

come workshop with us
be inspired with us

fabulous-finishes-shelby-township-workshops-advanced-shop-online

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!