Monthly Archives: January 2013

Moving A Store… It’s Finally Here!

I’ve been anticipating this move since late last fall, when we decided more space was necessary for our fun little paint store/studio…   who’d have thought – what started as this, late summer 2011DSC_0349

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would turn into this a year later

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The last couple of months I’ve been jumping down to the new store, trying to pretty this up

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I’ve shared some of the progress along the way,  painting, plastering and crackling walls,  decorating display units and new desks with paints and epoxy…  adding work lights, shelves, and (my favorite transformation)  a pretty girlie chandelier

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This past Saturday I closed a chapter in my life – it was the last operating day out of our old store.   We packed everything up, truckload after truckload, and moved it 1/2 mile down the road to our new location.

The kids helped, their friends helped, my hubby and my friend helped…. and near the end I broke down in tears.   It was bittersweet – happy, excited, feeling beyond blessed that all of this is happening, but at the same time, while we were stripping layers of the old store and boxing it up, it reminded me of the first days in that store –   we had NOTHING,  and we made it something.

My true leap of faith. 

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We worked until 10pm Saturday night, moving the old to the new…

The girls unpacked the samplers…

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Many piles of boxes…

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and furniture…  how did I fit all this stuff in less than 1/2 this space? IMG_1917

One of many truckloads …

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Thank God for teenagers!   The boys, jumping out to unload…IMG_1919

of course the girls always find a photo opportunity…

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We did get all the paint stock put away… it was SOOO nice to be able to SEE what I had, all in alphabetical order…   and our new embroidered aprons are hanging in place , waiting for the first workshop next week!

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The tables made it –  3 down, 3 more to be built…. I LOVE these work tables…

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Furniture everywhere… just piled in…

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Would figure that all out later…  at least it was in it’s new home.

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Exhausted, we called it a night, then went back Sunday early afternoon and spent another 8 hours organizing…

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The goal was to find some order to the furniture pieces…

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Still so much not in order, but  better…

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Monday I arrived with the goal was to make a dent in the back workroom –

LOVE our new shelves that house all our open paint –   alphabetical order CeCe cans-   whoo hooooo!

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I would have had all the boxes cleared out, except I hit a glitch when I got to my wall/faux finishes open products.  I didn’t want it up too high, but didn’t want it mixed in the paints that we use daily… so I called my guy to install one more wall of shelves.

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We needed to get to our shipping and packing supplies for our online orders, and this was one area I was looking forward to improving with the bigger space, and boy this succeeded my expectations!

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Boxes full of finishing products…  like the bubble wrap hanging from the ceiling?

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This whole corner needs to be organized – waiting on the contractor to hang all the Caromal and Reclaim cabinet door samples…

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My pieces seem to show up more in this new space,  maybe it’s the wall colors, maybe its the better lighting…. maybe just bigger space?

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I can’t wait for Friday…  still so much to do,  home decor items to stage, touch ups , buffs and shines… DSC_0586

Need to finish hanging all the store info, and our mini chandelier…

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Stencils, knobs, brushes, sandpaper, rollers….  design books, color decks….DSC_0595

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The gallery is starting to move in

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And that ended Monday.

Today,  I got in at 730am and started this post.  Go figure,  it’ll be midnight before I’ve gotten around to finishing it!    ATT came to hook up our internet, and my contractor arrived to build my shelves and 3 more work tables…

 Check those babies out!   Yabba Dabba Doooo!  And see the shelves – awesome.  Tomorrow I’ll put all the stock away- the last chunk of  “boxes” to remain.

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Got the kitchen area unpacked.   Found the coffee,  and the wine 🙂

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Two recent paint restocking orders,  we are READY to rock and roll Friday!

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It’ll never get old,  looking at this organization…

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Tomorrow, that left blank wall will be gone, and in its place Caromal Colours and Reclaim door samples.

Hope to see you at our grand RE opening event –

Fabulous Finishes Retail Paint Studio

Friday, February 1st, 2013

at   

51530 Van Dyke Rd,  Shelby Twp, MI 48316

10:00am – 8:00pm

Goodnight!  (ps)  I did not spell check this yet – my eyeballs are closing and I wanted to at least get the post moving – I’ll recheck it tomorrow and correct any errors – sorry in advance!

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Sharing Customer’s Painted Before and Afters…

Lets start with Charlene…

… wanted to share some pics of a recent armoire that I finished in the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat  Candy Apple Red.  I have been dying to try it since I saw your post about it last year.  I think it turned out well.   thanks again for all the inspiration…

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after,   S  I  G  H h h h  h h h……

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Erin’s piece is a lovely hutch transformation –

  I just finished this china cabinet done in CeCe slate grey and clear wax! I basecoated in Caromal peppercorn.  I painted the hardware.  I have no idea how to paint hardware without using spray paint so I totally experimented.  They’re painted in basecoat caromal peppercorn, the top coat cast bronze metallic from martha stewart.  I also clear waxed them.  Have a great day!  Painting is my therapy…love all your great teaching!

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Lovely!!!!  Erin is originally from Shelby Twp, my home town, but now resides, raising a family AND painting yummy pieces (for sale) on the Western side of Michigan – check her out Lucky Star Lane –

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MaryLee finished this great pie chest using CeCe Caldwell Alaskan Tundra Green.

… really like the way it turned out and it looks better in person.  You will be hearing from me again when it warms up up a bit.  Love these paints and all the personal  attention…

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Amy used Caromal Colours Textured Baseocat Parchment, on the base of this table, with Caromal Toner over top – it rocks!

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I love seeing these transformations using these wonderful paints we promote-  it’s confirmation that they really DO create  magnificent pieces!

WE ARE IN THE FINAL STAGES –
MOVING TO A FABULOUS
NEW LOCATION
only a ½ mile north !

Please join us Friday, Feb 1st
10am – 8pm
 GRAND REOPENING 
51350 Van Dyke Rd
23 MILE and Van Dyke

IF THIS IS A PAINT EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 313-318-6511

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Gotta Share My Brass Chandelier Re-do…

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That’s it,  hanging proud in our soon to be open studio….

Here’s the before

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I got it at Restore (Habitat for Humanity) – it had what looked like glass cereal bowl shades,  which I instantly disgarded.

I based it with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate, my often  ‘go to’ for metals….   their Textured basecoats are amazing over crazy surfaces like metal, laminate floors, ceramic tiles, glaze etc etc – this paint will stay put, EVEN without being sealed,  it just requires your surface be soapy rag clean , wax free, and dry.

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I thought about CeCe color combo’s , some crackle… even started to play a little, but didn’t like the direction I was going.    After all,  my new store checkout area is already prettied up with color

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So I went back to metallics – used our Silver Blend, then Toned it, then added alot of fun stuff…

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I added crystals,  potpourri, and ribbon…

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Love, love, love, love, love!

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Absolutely perfect.

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Join us

New Store Grand Opening

  Friday February 1st,  2013  10am-8pm

Fabulous Finishes Retail Studio

51350 Van Dyke Rd,  Shelby Twp MI 48316

or

WWW.SHOP.FABFINISHER.COM

for all your online painting needs – CeCe Caldwell chalk/clay paint, Caromal Colours,  brushes, rollers, glazes, waxes, topcoats, sandpaper – we gotcha covered

You Know, It’s Sunday… Whoville and Faux…

So it’s Sunday night – still Sunday right?    This morning I had a visual thought during mass…

We were singing Gloria, and near the end, when we sing  you are seated at the right hand of the Father, receive our prayer

I had this thought

Jesus,  seated next to his Father, looking down at the world, on a Sunday – a day when so many people make an effort to visit their church and praise – I imagined it being like Whoville, from the movie Grinch Stole Christmas

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I wondered – how many people are singing praise, singing this SAME song,right now?   And  God and his Son smiling, and enjoying the song rising from the corners of the world….

I bet that’s how Sunday’s are for God – a SUPER praise day!

I made this sign today – do you like?  It’s for my new front desk

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I made it using my new Silhouette cutting machine.   The thought came to me, yup, at church this morning – lol!

Have a FABULOUS WEEK!