Shelby DIY TV #7 – Simple Countertop Paint Finishes

Our customers frequently ask  –

Can I use these paints on my Formica counters?

Does it stay on?

Is it labor intensive?

Is it expensive?

Our typical answers-

Yes, all of our various DIY paint lines will ‘technically’ adhere to formica, without sanding, stripping, priming,  but we definitely favor a few over the others, for longer durability. Caromal Colours Reclaim line of paints offers a  paint specifically for countertops, and Caromal’s Artisan Collection’s Textured Basecoats work great for counters (heck, any) surfaces as well.

The paint finishes, properly sealed, cure to a durable, washable surface.  I’ll often point at our entry ceramic tile, that 1 1/2 yrs ago received a similar paint finish, and it still looks fabulous (you can find that post here)

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Labor intensive?  I wouldn’t call it that – the most you’ll get is an arm workout or wrist cramp…

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The cost,  an average $65 for a solid color, (paint, sealer, roller) to $125 for multiple colors for layering or adding dimension.

The simplest, most straight forward finish – Reclaim Countertop Paint – a bonder, primer, finisher paint,  no sanding, stripping or priming needed.

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Roll on 2 coats of paint,  add RECLAIM Countertop Flecks (optional), and RECLAIM Multi-purpose Sealer for a durable, washable surface.

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Reclaim Countertop Charcoal, Loden, Khaki, Bone with optional flecks

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Reclaim Countertop Bone with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

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Reclaim Countertop Loden with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

Reclaim Countertop Charcoal with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

Reclaim Countertop Charcoal with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

Reclaim Countertop Paints with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer Reclaim Countertop Paints with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer Reclaim Countertop Paints with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

My favorite paints to start with,  on surfaces like formica, ceramic, marble or glass, are the Textured Basecoat Paints, also by Caromal Colours (part of their Artisan Collection).  Again, no sanding, stripping or priming needed.  It is a thicker, buttery, get all jiggy with it kind of paint.

I always start by whiz rolling 1-2 coats of textured basecoat

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Two coats, rolled , and some glaze, can create a really cool look ( see a start to finish counter like this, here ).

You can roll a coat of Reclaim, then a coat of  textured basecoat , light sand and glaze, for looks like this

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It all comes down to fiddling…. sampling…  playing around with the paints… you NEED to do this – grab some old boards, paneling, even cardboard, and get a feel for what these paints do B4 tackling your counters –

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We also host a Countertop Workshop, for those that want direction from the start…

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Whiz rolled textured basecoat paint, with textured basecoats scraped over, glazed and topcoated.

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Whiz rolled textured basecoat paint, with textured basecoats scraped over, glazed and topcoated.

Our most recent local Shelby DIY  TV episode demonstrates the start of several counter finishes  over our studios lovely hunter green formica :)

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, Cottage Paint Lucious Lead, Topcoated

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Caromal textured basecoat rolled, then two layers of textured basecoat colors scraped on. Glazed and topcoated.

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Caromal textured basecoat Putty rolled, Caromal Perfect Plaster Rolled, then scraped. Glazed and topcoated.

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A Painted Manly Chest, Gray or Grey, Light Medium Dark, American Paint Co

I’ve got furniture tucked in the back workroom,  from acquisitions some time back.  I’m pretty good at resisting  the urge to buy more, until I can work down the pieces that I have, like this piece I recently started, over two years old –

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But I will add to the pile , if it’s the right style at the right price.  Like this recent gem –

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and this chest

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I haven’t done a good job following my ‘first in, first out’ rule.

pieces that pluck at my heart strings

get painted first

And so we begin…

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I started with American Paint’s Freedom Road, and Shingle on the Roof Freedom Road is APC’s dark grey, and Shingle is a dark misty brown

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From there I applied  thin layers of a range of colors  – Uncle Sam, Smoke Signal, Freedom Rd, and Cannonball – until it felt right.

That might sound lame, but it’s the truth – for me, painting and feeling it go hand in hand.  Some colors will land together, side by side, on my brush,  others will mix together on the plate – my brush acting like a stir stick…

One thing I’ve learned -when I paint pieces like this I need to go start to finish.   I can’t leave one side, or a few drawers, for another day.  When  I have, I find myself struggling to get that same rhythm back that I had from the beginning.

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Sanded to reveal more depth, and more importantly to knock out any application marks I left behind

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This one I’ll wax, using my favorite wax  (and not just because I am a retailer!)  – American Paint Company’s Vintage Antiquing Wax –  CLEAR ,

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my preferred topcoat over darker colors like the bottom half of this chest.  Just grab yourself a brush (I prefer natural bristle chip brushes),  scrub it on/into that open paint finish, and then softly wipe any excess off when you are done.

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You can see what you’ve  waxed and where you still need to go, making the wax-on even easier.

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When the wax is dry, typically a few hours, you can buff it to a lovely sheen using a soft cloth or a buffing brush that attaches to your drill (can find here)

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Love when the original hardware can be salvaged .  Clean it, dry it, and paint it!

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Checking if the color is right

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I add some glam to the feet – over sized crystal knobs-   my son cracked one when we were moving the piece to the showroom,  so I need to get another.

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The buffed wax pops the depth in all of those colors

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Before we move it to the front, I need to doll up the back – it’s something I enjoy – kind of my way of signing a piece :)

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Time to settle into your showroom space

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Another piece I wish I could take home…

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Missing the pretty shoes

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but loving the bit of glitz on the pulls :)

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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!

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Bronzing A Fireplace Mantel and A Brass Doors Insert

These  two pair well together –

A mantel, base painted Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

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over that, a blend of metallic bronzes

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topped off with Black Glaze

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topped off with a little sparkle

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Love this color for mantels – would look good in any room, don’t you think?

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Oops! Almost forgot –  want to see the before?  See that crazy shrimp colored

F A U X marbled thing

tucked behind that gorgeous buffet?

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Oh geez, louise…..

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Way better.

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This next one –   we’ve all seen one of these before right?

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They are worthy of updating, after all,  replacing isn’t that easy – most are custom fit.   I painted these for a client, and will say they would have been easier to paint hung.    Clean the surface well, tape off the glass, and then brush /roll one coat of Reclaim Licorice (black) -

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Let it dry, fine sand with a 400 grit, to remove any imperfections, and apply one more coat

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Again, feel the surface for any imperfections –  light sand with a fine grit paper to remove.     Apply a metallic, brushing on thin coats until fully covered.

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A black glaze, over the dried metallic finish, adds depth.

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Lastly,  once the finish is good and dry, apply several coats of a hard topcoat for protection.  I used Minwax Wipe On Poly, Satin (oil based)

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You could refinish yours with an eight ounce licorice, an eight ounce metallic blend,  an eight ounce black glaze,  a can of poly, and a brush.  About seventy-five bucks to replace the doors yourself.   And you’d even have some left to do a few other things laying around the house :)

Get your paint on!

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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.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

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THANK YOU FOR PLAYING WITH US!

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Taste of My Week, A Camera Trail…

Last night, out with friends, I noticed my girlfriend had over 2500 images on her Iphone.  Think about that,  2500 pictures!   Every day we have customers pulling out their phones or Ipads,   showing us a project they completed using our products

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a photo of our customers recent island re-do using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, and Toner

or photos of inspiration

I want my kitchen cabinets to look like this…

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and the classic

I want to paint this …

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Often, they can’t find the photo they want to show us – they swipe, and swipe, and swipe through all these tiny images – a rewind into their past

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That’s how I felt this weekend, loading up my camera SD card – it was a pictorial rewind of my week

We got our display of new bath bombs set up

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I rolled this piece out to the floor

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Cottage Paint Awesome Ash over APC Gunpowder, crackled. Top, sanded, stained.

Created some accessories…

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I really liked the color of this metal container – it was black to start with and I drybrushed several greens and neutrals over it – might have to try that on something bigger…

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A green glossy ceramic pot (I changed the finish to a white and grey glazed crackle)  in need of a fresh plant that I didn’t have (nor want, because anything alive won’t last around me)…  how do you stage it?   I found that this container fit it just right –  it’s priced separately…

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Rolled this one out to the floor as well  – I used Caromal Colours Reclaim Offwhite, brushed on in thin layers, and then glazed it.  I started with Caromal’s Black Brown Glaze and a custom mix of a green glaze – didn’t like that, so I added in Molasses glaze and some Toner and got rid of the green glaze – that was better, but still not quite right, so I waxed it with a little APC Dark Wax and a little APC Clear Wax mixed with black pigment.   Waxing over Reclaim is much more subtle – think of it like polishing a piece of furniture that’s already been sealed –

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The inside was backed with our lovely aged Botanical papers (coming to our online shopping cart soon!)

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The insides of the upper and lower cabinets and drawers were stained to bring them back to life, but the sides of the drawers got a splash of color – actually   I used three of our new Cottage Paint colors   – Groovy Green, Killer Khaki and Trendy Truffle (coming to our online shopping cart soon!), and stenciled randomly, using black and white stencil creme

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I freshened up  the original hardware using Reclaim Mocha, a darkened bronze, and black licorice glaze

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I always find a way to add a touch of Swarovski (coming soon to our online store)

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We hung a few hearts

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and when I take that picture, I find myself taking another, of the piece it sits on  – I  just love this hardware….

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Ate WAY too many of these this week.  They were tasteless yet addicting…

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I took another round of store photos, to send to our ad agent –

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We run an ad in a magazine mailer every couple months, and I like to change out a few of the photos, to keep it fresh and engaging.  Sometimes a close up works,

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but I  like the pictures that are on overload-

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I stenciled these tall lamps that arrived –

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unboxed a few others

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I love this one…

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Put these out

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I finally priced a number of pieces that I finished recently.  I hate this part and wish it was easier for me.   It depends on the quality of the piece, the condition, the size, the depth of the finish- how many layers,  how detailed , the techniques applied…

and if its one of my favorites, then it’s even harder to put a number to.  Like this one – I want to keep but have no where to put it….

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I took pictures of some grey paints that we have, for one of my customers  from afar.  She emailed me with questions, and it was easier for me to shoot her back visuals –

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I painted this oak door panel with Cottage Paint Killer Khaki and Bold Black.  The top half I glazed with Black Glaze, the bottom was the black crackled over the khaki.  For a shimmer I added APC wax with Brass Mica (coming soon to our online store).

I loved the bottom combination and wanted to try it on something bigger…

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So i dug out this chest, actually acquired when I was back at my first store, over two years ago!   I’ll keep track of the progress…

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Saturday morning started with a 9am Creating Art with Botanical Papers Workshop.  We start with a glass framed piece of art, and using our paints and finishes, create a new work of art :)

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Out of hundreds of aged papers, two of our peeps chose the same one!  I love how they turned out…

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Finally painting the phone booth I acquired from an estate sale last summer… Originally red, we’re taking it blue

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in honor of WHO?       I had no clue who Dr. Who was, but several suggested, after seeing the phone booth, that if we painted it  blue they would buy it…

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Lastly,  these decorative resin/stone finals got dressed up with some new variegated leaf that I was trying out –

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Aren’t they pretty?  The plan is to hang them from pretty ribbons…

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My goal this week – taxes.

Ba   hahhahahahahhaaaaaaa….

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Enjoy your week!

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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WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
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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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