Our New Store Progress – Want To See?

Have you ever visited us?  This is our store,  since September 2011 –

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It all started here…  a hope and many prayers…

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2012 was a great year – I met so many wonderful customers, and serviced just as many via phone calls and emails and online shopping -I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for us!

One change I know of is our new location – Friday, February 1st, 2013 we will be moving our store to a new location – it’s only 1/2 mile down the road, but it is in a dream location in the Shelby Square Shopping Center – 51350 Van Dyke Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316  – the northeast corner of 23 Mile and Van Dyke.

I promise, this location will NOT be difficult to find,  and I have  a big Fabulous Finishes sign coming that will be installed right below that triangle peak –

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This new studio has over twice the space,  and we are planning to use every inch of it!   The front half of the store will be our showroom,  featuring

  • Fully stocked Caromal Colours Paint (Country Living, Reclaim)
  • Fully stocked CeCe Caldwell Chalk and Clay Paint
  • Brushes, rollers, sandpaper
  • Stencils

  • Custom, hand painted furniture from Fabulous Finishes

  • Custom, hand painted furniture from others

  • Unique one of a kind vintage home decor items

  • Handcrafted french soaps,  soy candles, wood signs…

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The back half of the store will be open to our paint and workshop studio –  a great workspace, I can’t wait to host our first workshop…

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This  ‘get a new store in order and keep your present one running’ stuff keeps a girl busy.   I’ve had less time to post,  and its taking longer to answer emails and phone calls,  but in my defense, this is what’s been stealing my time-

We painted…

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I did a cool metallic crackle finish on what will be our current events board

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Hubby and son painted the  work studio floor…. I can’t tell you how geeked I am to drop my first bit of paint on that cement floor 🙂

The year of 2013   carpet OUT    cement IN  !!!!

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 The front window display cases are decorated,   I’ll have to get some close-ups of the finishes – the first is a gray metallic plaster with glass bead stenciled motif, the middles is a black plaster with gold and bronze waxes, and the last is a broken plaster with earth brown glaze

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The display wall, troweled with a dark metallic plaster.  Part of our built in wall units are installed.  The shelving above them still need to be built, and of course I need to give that honey oak an updated finish 🙂

A new service counter…   Again, it needs an updated finish,  and I’m going to epoxy top all three counters with Aurastone –

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A stencil over the door entering the work studio…

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Then…      (whoot  whoot!)   we cut holes in the wall and installed 6 glass window panels – this way we can see back and forth between the work room and show room, but still have the wall remain

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Troweling the opposite wall, bummed that I ran out of plaster…  I’m using Moire Colors by Drew Metallic Plaster and the color is Shale – reminds me of CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate.  It will be a nice backdrop to display painted furniture and accessories, as well as the color decks on the opposite wall.

This area, by the way, will be where you will find pieces for sale by featured artists –

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Like this corner display?  We decided to keep it even though it ate a corner – it adds a little character… I left the inner panels the painted wall color, and troweled the shale plaster around it.  A great place to showcase various stencil designs that we stock

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Back to the present store –  plan is to use our stenciled glass table in the design area (design books, magazines, wall finish samples, color decks etc).

We got 4 chairs for a steal (before on right, notice the vinyl seat) and painted them CeCe Vintage White

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and painted the vinyl seats this way:

1) Caromal Colours textured basecoat peppercorn rolled on with whiz roller

2) Brush with Metallic Bronze Mix (dry brush method)

3) lightly sand to reveal the base

4) Caromal Colours Sticky Size stippled through a stencil – the same stencil that’s on the table (we are coordinating after all!) (the stencil design is Caromal Colours as well)

5) Apply various colors of metallic foil to the pattern (THIS TECHNIQUE WILL BE TAUGHT –    look for our new workshop –  Take It To The Next Level – coming in Spring 2013)

6) Brush on Caromal Toner and wipe off.

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Voila.  We kicked the chairs out in no time! Ready to move to the new store

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Also busy, behind the scenes, creating these fabulous new 12×12 beadboard tiles – these will be our new movable, touchable color deck sample finishes.

The Caromal Colours textured basecoats – every color has a tile,  every tile shows options –  paint, paint with toner, paint with glaze –

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… and the CeCe Caldwell tiles.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to start using these.  So far , every color has been   1/2  sealed with Satin Finish, and 1/2 with Clear Wax.    Each will also get a sampling of glaze and a sampling of Aging Creme (aka Aging Wax)

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These are cabinet door samples – done up in CeCe Caldwell colors, all sealed with Satin Finish, and all 1/2 glazed – each had 2 coats of paint, and 2 coats of Satin Finish.

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They are AWESOME, can I tell you?  Over oak no less….    each one has been dated so we know how long the finish has been on, and the plan is to scratch test them each week, over the first 30 days, to see how durable they are as they cure….    I think we are going to be seeing alot more CeCe Caldwell CABINET door samples in the future!

Another project new for the store,  we’ll have room now, after all –    CeCe color combo finishes on sample cuttings…

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 I am visual – need to SEE options, the more the merrier.  We’ve had these wood samplers of Caromal Colours on the wall since day one –   they are great during workshops when everyone is trying to decide  on a finish…

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Now our CeCe paints will get its wall of sampler fame!

Here I am working on the first 2 boards – 32 custom sample finishes using Caromal Colours textured basecoat as the first layer and CeCe Caldwell as the top layer-

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To give even MORE options, many of these finishes will be partially sealed using Clear Wax tinted with powder pigments.  This one is getting Clear Wax with black powder pigment, the other half will be Clear Wax only so you can see the difference.   (look for our IN DEPTH post which will show the photos on every play by play using all 12 pigment colors) –

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This is that first 32 completed.  The remaining 32 samples will be pure CeCe Caldwells,  meaning  BOTH layers of paint will be CeCe colors,  we’ll just pick color combos that we think you’ll like.

Seriously…. I think I just want to do boards and boards of these,  it’s such a wonderful way to get customers excited about refinishing their pieces!

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Another project we’re working on –  I’ve been grabbing old skids from the dumpster next door.  Going to stain them – some will be mounted and used as shelves to prop samples on , this one will be our new stencil, brushes, rollers & tray display.

Material cost –   FREE.     Can you beat that?  And we’re keeping the junk out of the landfills 🙂    Repurpose,  Redesign – that’s what its all about…

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Double Thick brushes  (love those for CeCe paints),  regular chippers (perfect for Caromal Colours textured paints and CeCe topcoats), and Round Wax brushes too…

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Stencil designs that are impossible to find in your local craft stores, we save you from having to order online

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So that’s whats been happening on our end –  my guy will be back after Christmas to get the rest done,  in the mean time,  me and the kids (they are off next week and looking to make some money) can get the showroom display cabinets and trim painted.

Only SIX weeks until we open!

Grand Opening at our new store

   Friday February 1st,  2013

51350 Van Dyke Rd

  Shelby Twp, MI 48316

Workshops already forming  –  updated schedule and revised classes posted soon!

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11 responses to “Our New Store Progress – Want To See?

  1. So happy for you! You have worked so hard and you deserve every bit of success. Can’t wait to come see the new store! Karen

  2. Bless your soul…you have got to be worn out…but God always gives you the strength to endure and do more than you even thought …May God richly bless you, your family and your new store…and don’t forget to have a Merry Christmas…Lee

  3. Hey, Susan from Tn here. Sent you an e-mail about visiting during Christmas break, but we won’t be coming after all. Your store looks great and I am anxious to see it this spring when we come up.

    • uugh, Susan I thought I replied to you! I am sorry, I am going between two computers that I’m trying to get my outlook mail to work both on, and its only pulling onto one OR the other – im forced to work back out of gmail until we can figure out a solution (all my saved folders,flagged mail, calendar etc is in outlook) – anyway, its good to hear you WILL be coming – for certain come in and visit – by spring we should be running like a well oiled clock right? 🙂

  4. My, my…WHAT haven’t you thought of?? I’m so excited to see it all!

    • ooooh, and you’re going to have your own floor space! going to be working full throddle over the holidays to get the front done, I have figured out the floor space too and yours is a square! 🙂

  5. Patty – The new store is AWESOME – I can see you really are running around like a “chicken with your head cut off”!!!!! I also have my own business from home and it is alot of work! It really is a blessing to see you using your God given gifts. I know when we are “aligned” with His will things just flow. Your work is really beautiful. I live in Northern Virginia and really wish we had a store like your’s around here. Ever thought of “franchising” – just kidding……

    Sincerely wish you and your family health, wealth and peace this Christmas and the coming New Year! You really are my favorite blog!!!

    Debbie

  6. Wishing you were in my town…I would definitely join the classes!! Wishing you a wonderful New Year! ~ Joyce, Cincinnati, Ohio

    • I wish we could be near enough for everyone that has an interest, they are just so much fun for me to participate in as well… I know there are retailers popping up in Ohio – if you ever get the opportunity, they are well worth! Happy New Year to you as well – patty

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