At The Fab, Paint Can Top Anything…

Love this time of year – the berry sprigs, pine needles, and snow tipped branches packed away, and blooming flowers take their place.  I arranged these pretty stems in a burlap container that I stenciled using our Postage Stamp Stencil and Caromal Colours Stencil Creme Mother Earth


This black metal vase turned patina easily, dragging Botanical Paint Aster, Moss and a little Gardenia.  No topcoat is required, as the Botanical Paints will stay put once dry,  but the finish will be chalky flat –  Fabulous_finishes_painted_chalk_clay_urn

A barn door was already crackled, easily achieved using  Elmers Glue and American Paint Company Navajo White.  I added a stamp stencil using Caromal Colours Stencil Creme Mother Earth


This frame, originally teal and zebra,  changed it’s look using Reclaim Nantucket Blue.  I applied a dimensional FISH BONES stencil using Texture Plaster, and stenciled a metallic crown, decorating it with Swarovski Crystals.   I found a fun lady-catches-big-fish picture to display, knowing it would appeal to one of our many cottage/boater customers.    It wasn’t around long…


This basket is original – a weave of grapevine and moss…  it holds plaster ornaments that I gilded, using several variegated patterns of leaf.


I acquired this pair of ‘fruit art’ from an estate sale.  They were horribly gaudy – painted goldish plastic resin.  I painted them with Caromal Textured Basecoat Candy Apple Red, to give them some ‘uummph’ ,  and then topped that with Reclaim Black Licorice.   I painted the fruit and leaves with our various metallic paints,  and  Caromal’s Antiquing Toner


Not something you see often…


We had several decorative wooden balls in house, in a state of boring brown… so easy to grab a couple paints and dry brush some color…

These springs are so fun,  I can’t believe they were an integral chair part of past…


Smaller shelf units, wooden stools, ladders, make great items to decorate with paint, and then display fun wares…  this one was painted with Caromal Textured Basecoat Pumpkin, Botanical Aster, and then stenciled with Caromal Stencil Creme Mother Earth.  

It already has found a new home 🙂

But what about the small window over the door?     I used one of our repeat medallion stencils (see the four parts?), and scraped our black plaster on-


and from the outside..


Which takes me to these pretty young things… This year’s door greeters –


I had these 2 urn planters from several Christmases ago.  Originally, they were single, prelit, pine ball topiary’s, in a resin urn.   That first year was a huge disappointment – the cords submerged in water, then froze over,  so you couldn’t even get to the wires to fix them.    I brought them to the store after Christmas, plucked the bad stuff out, and used them as decorative store displays…


They took up a lot of room though, and I wanted outdoor planters, so I decided to go BIG on these planters…

I found fake ‘tall boxwood topiary’s  and inserted them into the original pine balls,  making sure they were secure.   Then I went to work adding various flowers and foliage to each base.


The paint finish on the urns looked worn – I refreshed it using Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika, dry brushing black and toner.  Once good and dry I applied a coat of Reclaim Indoor/Outdoor Sealer, since they will be outside.


The tops needed some whimsy,  I added wood twigs, and green sprigs, and bird nests, and bows… even a few little crystal thinga-majigs on wire…


Aren’t they fun?


The before frame


I used an oxidizing metal paint with a blue and green patina.  It blended so perfect with the photo…


Naturally old world worn looking…


Another frame I painted, this original was black – I dry brushed it with Caromal Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, Botanical Willow,  and Gardenia and decorated the inside with an Aged Paper Receipt


Different paints, different textures, different results… use them on their own, or mix them together like I did here –


This metal stand was raw bright tin, the paint warms it up


Stenciling more burlap containers…


Stenciling a stuffed mannequin,  painting tin tags…   both seem to come alive with paint –


This original vase was one of my own – a glossy greenish ceramic vase,  now vintage white, and home to a lovely bird house…


Our goal is to get you thinking outside the box… color outside the lines

Finishing these for a customer that could have, but just didn’t have the time or energy to do herself…

Reclaim Licorice Black

Reclaim Licorice Black

I just finished this one, part of a Dixie set I acquired several years ago.  I’ve been saving this one, not sure for what – maybe for just the right time…

I love the top – what was once formica is now a pretty wood grain-


Excellent storage, once more, a piece I’d love to take homedixie_chest_custom_painted_chalk_wood_grain


And lastly, a shout out to our daughter, who celebrated her 18th birthday this weekend


Time sure flies…    God bless all our children…


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3 responses to “At The Fab, Paint Can Top Anything…

  1. I CAN’T stay off your site.  I am either ordering paint or coming back there to take a class which would just be fun, in time.  Have been a faux painter for years, creating beautiful things of anything that can take paint,( boy that’s everything, right?), YOU are the first person I can truly say ‘I LOVE YOUR CREATIVENESS and TASTE and STYLE”……………there are many pretty things in the world, but we all have personal taste that feed our Souls, and yours is it for me (I know thousands of other people too) but I just, and who knows how, just discovered your site, (perhaps a God wink), ’cause He knows what I like!  Sorry for rambling, I am making myself go to your site today to feed my spirit, kind of facing what one does not want to at this particular moment because I am sick that my fabulous antiques just burned up last week in a mysterious 4:30 am storage fire, all my ideas/dreams went up with my new ideas in discovering your site; it is awful but my dogs are safe and I am looking up to see the beauty of your creations and whimsical humor I pick up in your words, love it!!!! So thank you for doing and being who you are,……………, (whew) how much is the Dixie chest if you still have it, ?  I like it, then when I saw what you called it, wow,( i’m weird in believing there are “signs”), and many of the antiques were my mother in laws, sweet Dixie, who really knows, maybe she was talking to me, and making me go to your site again because right now, there’s no way I can start any projects, I can DREAM though! Thank you, thank you,   :o) marilyn in magnolia texas         From: Fabulously Finished To: Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015 1:42 AM Subject: [New post] At The Fab, Paint Can Top Anything… #yiv5249128708 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5249128708 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5249128708 a.yiv5249128708primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5249128708 a.yiv5249128708primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5249128708 a.yiv5249128708primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5249128708 a.yiv5249128708primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5249128708 | Patty Henning posted: “Love this time of year – the berry sprigs, pine needles, and snow tipped branches packed away, and blooming flowers take their place.  I arranged these pretty stems in a burlap container that I stenciled using our Postage Stamp Stencil and Caromal Colours” | |

  2. Recently, I purchased a home the kitchen cabinets are canary yellow (eew). I want to paint the cabinets SOFT GREY. Do you carry light grey in store? I hope so. Please help, thank you.
    Linda Carlin

  3. Hi Linda, Sorry I just saw this mssg. The easiset paint to use for cabinets is Reclaim. Their only Grey is callled Pewter. Though it is not a soft Grey, It can easily be mixed with Reclaim Off White to get your desired color. We offer sample sizes on line & sell painted wood samples as well.

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