Our Workshop Schedule Is Posted!

Okey,  THAT took me forever,  but I finally have our new workshops posted – dates, times, prices, descriptions, pictures….

While that was happening, I played with paint, finished a couple pieces,  created a bunch of samples, hosted a couple workshops….    I need to get some serious posting going on so I clear the photos off my camera card…

In the meantime,  our Workshop happenings for the next three months:

Our workshops are held in the back work area of our showroom, at

Fabulous Finishes Studio,  51350 Van Dyke,    Shelby Twp, MI   48316

REGISTRATION  You can register in the studio, by phone  888-819-1490, 586-275-9586  or email fabfinisher@gmail.com

50% Deposit is required to hold a spot.

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BYOB:  Bringing your own beer, wine,  or food is welcome during your painting class.  We offer water, coffee, and light snacks;  dishware and paper products are also available.    No one under the age of 21 will consume alcohol. 

CANCELLATION POLICY  Deposit is transferable to a future class w/in 4 weeks, provided we receive 36  hour notice of cancellation, otherwise deposit is non-refundable.   Class size min  6   max  10.  Classes less than minimum will be rescheduled.

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OUR CURRENT WORKSHOPS:

*   LEVEL I    BASIC FINISHES           $65        2 hours

This workshop is perfect for someone brand new to our paints and finishes.  In this class you will work with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats, Reclaim Paint, and American Paint Co Chalk/Clay based paints and will learn and create SIX unique finish samples

Reclaim Glazed, Textured Basecoat Toned,  Textured Basecoat Barnworn Finish w/Chipping Creme and Toner,  Textured Basecoat topped with American Paint Company  and APC Dark Wax,  APC Single Color with Topcoat, APC Layered Color with Wax-DSC_0700

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Reclaim Glazed, Textured Basecoat Toned, Textured Basecoat Barnworn Finish w/Chipping Creme and Toner, Textured Basecoat topped with American Paint Company and APC Dark Wax, APC Single Color with Topcoat, APC Layered Color with Wax-

Includes all instruction and materials/tools/paints needed to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

Wednesday   April 2nd     530-730pm

Thursday  May 8th    530-730pm

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*   LEVEL I/II   PAINT A PIECE      $110               4 hours   

(repeat for $95)

Who’s looking for an evening out?  Be it an escape from a rigorous daily schedule, an outlet for some creativity to flow, an evening spent in company with other attendees,  maybe even a few of your friends…   we ALL need one of these every now and then right?

If you are interested in painting your own piece, but don’t know where to start,  this workshop is for you.    Join us for an evening, or a Saturday afternoon,  walk in with a tired piece of furniture, and go home with a brand new look!

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HOW DOES IT WORK?  Bring a chair or small furniture item (end table, nightstand, shelf, mirror, several drawers to a larger piece, several cabinet doors from a cabinet project ) THAT YOU CAN CARRY IN YOURSELF.  Read on:

This part is important – SIZE MATTERS!    

As a guide, pieces OVER 24 inches wide need to be pre-approved or you will incur a upcharge.

If you are bringing PARTS to a larger piece, say drawers to a dresser or desk , 2-3  large drawers (wider than 18 inches)  or 5-6 small drawers (12-18 inches wide)  is a good estimate.   

If you bring in doors from a vanity, plan on 3-4  cabinet size doors, depending on the finish you select.  Armoire type doors plan on 2.

If you bring in something too large you will not be able to finish it in the time allotted, not to mention you will infringe on the next person’s space. 

See this post if you have any questions on piece size.   

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU:

  • Make sure your item meets the size requirements
  • Arrive with a clean and dry piece. 
  • If your piece has chips or chunks, and you DON’T want to see those flaws, then repair your piece before you arrive.  
  • Remove all hardware,  and fill hardware holes if you do not plan on reusing that same hardware. WE CAN NOT FILL HOLES IN CLASS.

PICK A FINISH:  we have over 300 displayed sample finishes and finished furniture pieces in our showroom, to inspire you.  Choose Chalk/Clay Paint  single or layered color, Caromal Colour single or layered color,  Chalk-Clay/Caromal Colour combo,  or one of our Metallic Finishes.   You can even add a stencil if we have one that works for you.  We recommend that you pick, or know what finish you want to do PRIOR to the workshop day.   Our goal is to get everyone started as soon as possible upon arrival.  If you can not pre-choose then it is a good idea to arrive 1/2 hour prior to class for finish selection.

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THEN WHAT?  Get to work! Our expert staff will help guide and instruct you from start to finish.  Have fun learning about our paints, even better see what other finishes are being created around you.    Head home with A BRAND NEW PIECE and the knowledge and confidence to continue in your refinishing endeavors.

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WORKSHOP ITINERARY:

  • 530pm arrival  (arrive 5pm if you do not know your finish)
  • 530-545pm  set up work space, review finish selected
  • 545pm brief instruction on paints/finishes
  • 6 – 9pm painting  layer 1, layer 2, drying, refining
  • 9-930pm  topcoat application and drying
  • 915-930pm  review and checkout process

Tuesday  February 11th,  530pm-930pm  2 open

Saturday,  March 1st, 11am-3pm   4 open

Saturday, March 29th, 11am-3pm  8 open

Tuesday, April 15th 530pm -930pm   6 open

Saturday, May 3rd  11am – 3pm

Saturday May 31st, 11am – 3pm

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*   LEVEL II   Specialty Finishes   

$120   3 1/2 hours    

Have you worked with our paints, painted a few pieces, and are looking to learn some new techniques? Sign up for one of these workshops- each will offer 4 unique 12×12 finishes, using a number of goodies – crackling, glazing, waxing, gilding, foils, mica, metallic waxes, embellishing,  stenciling, textured effects.

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This is a sit down workshop, but nothing about it is low key – you will not be sitting still, as each sample involves multiple layers with a whole variety of products and techniques.  Be prepared to expand your knowledge.

Previous WORKING knowledge in the use of our paints is recommended  as we do not go into depth on how these paints work

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Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

Textures Collection        Thursday, March 20th, 530-900pm

Restoration Hardware Collection      Tuesday, April 29th,  530-900pm

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PHOTOS TO COME…

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*   Simple, Elegant Wall Finishes   

$110   3 1/2 hours

Did you know, Caromal Colours Glazes and Perfect Plaster were created for ease of use, AND with the DIY homeowner  in mind?  Join us for this workshop and learn glazing and textured plaster wall finishes.

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Glazing and Stenciling

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Textured Plaster

You will create four wall finish boards – two glazed finishes (one with an all over stencil), one textured plaster with glaze wash, and one layer plaster finish.

These finishes are perfect for any room in your house, and can even be applied on furniture.  Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

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Wednesday,  March 12th   530-900pm

Tuesday, May 13th  530-900pm

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*   Painting Cabinets  

$75   2 1/2 hours

You’ve heard great things about our paints and you’re ready to commit to painting your cabinets – laundry, bath, kitchen or bar .  If you would feel more confident having some guidance as you begin, then this class is for you.    You will be required to bring up to 4 cabinet doors to paint, in the color of your choice.  Choose from Textured Basecoat single color, Reclaim single color, or Chalk/Clay single color.   You will paint your doors (one side), refine them, and seal them as required.

Go home with your doors and the knowledge and confidence to paint the rest,  or bring  back your doors to one of our Glazing Cabinets workshops, and learn how to apply a glaze finish. Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

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Cho0se one color Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat, Caromal Reclaim Paint, American Paint Company

Note:  We paint one side of the doors only – most choose to work on the outside, however, you can ‘choose’ your side.    We slow dry each layer, and need to keep on a tight schedule – attempting to paint each door in a different ‘color’ or ‘type of paint’ will slow down the whole process and you will never complete your doors  in the allotted time,   therefore,  only ONE color can be selected. 

Saturday  March 8th   noon – 2:30pm

Saturday   April 19th   noon – 2:30pm

Wednesday  May 21st   5:30pm-8pm

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*   Glazing Cabinets   

$50   1 1/2 hours

You’ve heard great things about our paints and you’ve already painted your cabinets – laundry, bath, kitchen or bar .  Now you want to give them a lovely, professional glazed finish.  If you would feel more confident having some guidance as you begin, then this class is for you.

You will be required to bring up to 4 NEWLY PAINTED cabinet doors to glaze.  Choose from Caromal Colours glazes, Beautiful Glazes and Textureline Glazes.  You will glaze each door (one side).

Go home with your doors and the knowledge and confidence to tackle any cabinet project in your house.   Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes.

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NOTE:   The Painting Cabinets Workshop is NOT required to take this workshop.  If you have worked with our paints before and choose to paint your doors at home – awesome,  just be sure your doors are completely dry (Reclaim dry at least 5 days)  prior to class.  If you are painting with APC Chalk/Clay paint you will need to have one coat of APC Topcoat Finish applied to your painted doors at least 2 days prior to class.

Saturday  March 15th   12:30pm – 2pm

Saturday   April 26th   12:30pm  – 2pm

Wednesday  May 28th   6pm-7:30pm

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*   Cool Counter Top Finishes  

$120   3 1/2 hours

This is the perfect workshop for anyone looking to update their counter tops with more than just a one color paint look.   These hand crafted paint finishes are durable, definitely DIY friendly and guaranteed to wow your friends and family.

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Four finish techniques will be taught, and you will create a 12 x12 sample finish of each one.     All finishes are created using our durable paint products –   your toughest job will be deciding what colors you want to use on your counters!

NOTE:  You will not be choosing your own colors when creating these finishes- we will be re-creating each of the finishes on the class ‘storyboard’ (see below).   We have a growing number of  finished samples in the showroom that can be used as a guide in deciding color for your home project.  Once you get the technique down , you will have a better understanding of how to get to your desired look.

Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

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Saturday  February 22nd     noon – 330pm

Tuesday  March 25th   530pm-900pm

Thursday  April 24th  530pm-900pm

Saturday   May 24th   noon-330pm

REGISTRATION  You can register in the studio, by phone  888-819-1490, 586-275-9586  or email fabfinisher@gmail.com

50% Deposit is required to hold a spot.

CANCELLATION POLICY  Deposit is transferable to a future class w/in 4 weeks, provided we receive 36  hour notice of cancellation, otherwise deposit is non-refundable.   Class size min  6  max  10.  Classes less than minimum will be rescheduled.

 

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BYOB:  Bringing your own beer, wine,  or food is welcome during your painting class.  We offer water, coffee, and light snacks;  dishware and paper products are also available.    No one under the age of 21 will consume alcohol.

You can find that workshop information here https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/caromal-colours-workshops/

2 responses to “Our Workshop Schedule Is Posted!

  1. hi Patti, This might sound crazy, but have you even thought of doing some online classes? I live In Louisisna and would love to take some of your classes. Thanks, Joanie

  2. I’d love to be able to offer that Joanie – but I’d need a good videographer to get that right. cant tell you how many times i wish i just had a camera following me, so i could easily share things i see or do or try – instead, i save all that up to blog about, but that takes time to put together good, informative posts – just like answering emails – its so much easier to explain in person than to have to TYPE it out….

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