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Furniture Painting: Will Shades of Aqua Turquoise Teal Blue Ever Fade?

Can you guess my birthstone?  I’m a March baby…

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Aquamarine it is,  so many variations, shades, grades….


I was never a fan in my younger days, I always wished my birthstone had been an Emerald, or Sapphire….   My 18 year old daughter, on the other hand,  wishes HER birthstone was Aquamarine  – her’s is Emerald and she hates it! 🙂

This past summer when I had more time to create with paint, she suggested (several times) to paint a fade piece in shades of blue.   Finally I took her suggestion with this piece

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I grabbed these colors – American Paint Company’s Shoreline, Liberty and Spacious Skies, and Botanical Paint Aster, another light aqua

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After the first coat I thought an embedded stencil down the front would be pretty-

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I used our Texture Plaster to lay the pattern, and repeat.  You can use a small jap trowel, a flat blade, even a plastic gift card to lay the plaster on the stencil, then lift the stencil to reveal your creation.

 

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To seal up my American Paint chalk clay all natural mineral finish, I used American Paint ‘s Vintage Clear Wax ,

the      O N L Y     WAX    I’ll     use 

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I painted up the hardware a bit,  so it would blend but still stand out

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Was really liking where this piece was going….

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BUT…….

the top was throwing me….

When that happens, the feeling wont let up until its fixed, so I took the top translucent light using American Paint’s Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam, painting over that dark top, sanding back to reveal, and sealing up with American Paint’s Topcoat Finish-

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Did you notice the stencil in the drawer?  I stenciled  a small verse in each drawer –

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The lighter top worked, and indirectly drew to the stencil on the drawers, and the deeper drawers popped on their own –

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Love love loved….

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It sold soon after it hit the floor, and to the loveliest of families 🙂

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I missed the splash of turquoise on the floor,  so this one came next, a chest that I received white,  like this

 

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I’m sure I had some kind of plan for this piece, starting it in pastel colors, but once the turquoise pretty sold,  I saw this chest as another that could look good in blues…

 

Shades of blue – American Paint Peacock, Shoreline, Surfboard and Uncle Sam , and went light with the top – APC Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam

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The top was a challenge – there was tannin bleed through the white, so I layed a coat of APC Topcoat Sealer to help block the bleed, when it dried I reapplied the whites, and included a little cannonball for depth –

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I  silver leafed the sides, front corners, and feet…

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I painted and leafed the hardware, then waxed the finish with a mix of American Paint Vintage Clear Wax, and  Clear Wax mixed with  Black Pigment, Grey Pigment, and  Brass Mica Powder to ‘weather’ the paint finish so it would coordinate more perfectly with the silver leafing touches.

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Pigments and Mica Powders are a great way to create wax colors in any shade and shimmer you desire.  I like to use them in our  Fabulous Clear Glaze as well.  I’m not a fan of floating them in the topcoat, though it can be done.  We stock 12 different Pigment colors and 9 Mica Colors  –turquoise_chalk_clay_leaf_raised_stencil_chest

This one sold soon after it hit the floor, just like its big sister, and my daughter hinted that a quick 2 for 2,  she was deserving of commission for pushing the turquoise idea…

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Not.    🙂

This was the third, that came soon after the second sold –

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The top on this one came in pretty raw.   It wasn’t in bad shape, a little beat up, but I needed the color to be darker to start with, so  I used a mix of Reclaim Mocha and Reclaim Licorice

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I wipe the paint on top back with a rag – you can use another dry brush to soften any application marks, but you’ll find it colors up the worn wood nicely.

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The first coat on this piece was mostly American Paint Peacock .  Notice the center medallion pattern that I’m hoping won’t get in the way of my stenciling plan…

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I used a stencil and our Textured Plaster Neutral 

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The second coat  APC chalk/clay paint colors – Surboard, Shoreline and more Peacock

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You’d almost think the stencil is gone…

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I used APC Limoge, Plymouth Rock and White to create a lighter top

 

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Silver leafed the sides, and accents

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then went to work sanding and refining the body and top

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American Clear Wax and a sprinkling of Swarovskis, and version #3 was rolled out

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I dressed the ‘feet’ up with crystal pumps 🙂

silveR_leaf_legs_painted_furnitureI love the details on this piece

aqua_chest_top_washedand…… then it sold.

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Awesomeness, but always yearning to create one of a kinds!

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Time to go bury my head in tax paperwork!

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Customer Paint Projects Round 3 – More Kitchens

Continuing with our customers shared projects, here’s a project type that we haven’t shared in awhile – a REFRIGERATOR.   Nicole in Florida  sent this before

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during, using our Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, rolled on with a whizz roller –

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Remember, most paint projects always look scary after the first coat 🙂  Here is the final, perfectly placed in this lovely kitchen –

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Robin sent a few pictures of her oak kitchen going dark – using Mocha Reclaim

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If you have interest in tacking your own project using these paints, you will find easy links that, when you click on them, will take you to that product in our online store.

Katherine shared pictures of her island –  she mixed a quart of Off White reclaim with 8 ounces of the brown,  then used Toner to glaze it all –
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Pretty custom,  pretty cool!

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Karen shared some outdoor projects she dressed up using our American Paint Company chalk and clay paints –

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Stencil on top added another element of color –
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Lynda shared this cool mid-century chest she wanted to updatelynda_mod_buffet_before
 first making a few body alterations, then painting it American Paint Company Lincoln’s Hat and toning it with APC Dark Wax.  I’m pretty ure she had the metal panels made for the cabinet fronts (he had a metal frame made for the base as well) but you could get that look easily with our Metallic Kits.
Change something so it fits your needs –
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Amanda decided to update one of her childhood chests for her new condo
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 Completely transformed in Black-
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Linda decided on Linen reclaim to give their cottage cabinets a lighter feel
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 Maria shared this lovely transformation, using our Vanilla with Botanical Black/Brown Toner on the base, and Truffle with our Black Glaze on the Top-
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Amanda, a local customer sent pictures of her awesome kitchen cabinet project.  This was how her kitchen started –
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She used our Pebble reclaim paint, and created a whole new kitchen!
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Did you notice, Amanda is a professional photographer!  Her work is lovely, if you’re Detroit local check her out.  amanda_rugal_kitchen_oak_before
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
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Michelle updated her display piece with our  Black Licorice Reclaim and some Blackened Bronze to highlight all that pretty detail

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This countertop make-over was easy peasy –  the before

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and now

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Beats that 60’s yellow! She  used 2 coats of Reclaim Bright White and then 3 coats of Reclaim Sealer.

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And this from one of our customers in South Carolina-

Hi Patty,  A shiny brass chandelier before, I used Textured Basecoat Parchment and Toner. I smooshed and “tapped” Parchment all over.  Applied Toner heavy then dabbed with a paper towel to get the light and dark areas.  Thanks for your inspiration!!!!  Blessings,  Susie

Before, a lovely brass fixture, class and could stand the test of time, right?  Sure, unless you are changing the feel of a room, or your whole house – then you could either replace it with a new one, OR keep this one intact and give it a new look…

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and after

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Fabulous!

Christina was updating her daughter’s bedroom when she came into our store.  She brought a sample of the new bedding with her, to see what color she could use to update the oak furniture, which included a LARGE wall unit and another dresser…

I wish she’d have shared a before photo – she hated the hardware, but they were unique in size, making it difficult to replace without costing a fortune.  I told her to go right over the hardware – let it blend right in with the pieces –

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I know she used Reclaim, I just have to confirm if she used Mocha, or if she mixed two colors together – Mocha and ButterCreme– to get a softer brown (Mocha reclaim is a dark dark brown, like bakers chocolate).   We have a number of sample color boards in our store that we call BLENDS –  a mix of two, sometimes even three colors of Reclaim, in varying ratios – creating colors differet than the main deck – like these reclaim_paint_blended_colors

She also picked up some American Paint Company Coral Reef, and used that to paint this mirror

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Christina was thrilled with the results, and her daughter loved her new bedroom!

Caroline sends this:

Hi Patty,
Love the way these came out!
I used APC Plymouth Rock with your Dark Grey Glaze and APC hard coat.
Thanks for the inspiration!

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APC Plymouth Rock, Dark Grey Glaze and APC Hard coat.

Karen forwarded these great before and after photos, and says

Patty,
Sorry this took me forever to email to you. It was hard to get good lighting to really show them off.
2 coats Reclaim Linen
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1 coat Reclaim sealer
Thank you for your advice! Love my kitchen again:)

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It is do-it-yourself-able,  it just takes a commitment to make yourself Get It Done…   and when you take the leap, your finish line will look like this 🙂

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The last one for this post,  Julia, one of our local regular lovelies, sent this

Here are some before and after pictures using your Aged Vintage Papers.

 

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Julia used various colors of our paints to create a basecolor, adhered the papers with our Sealer, blended the edges with our Perfect Plaster , and antiqued them with our APC Vintage Dark Wax

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Customer Paint Projects Round 2 – Amazing Oak Kitchen Updates!

Here comes Round 2 of clearing the slate for 2016,  sharing those projects sent in from our awesome customers .   What better way to inspire others right?

Kim shared this after photo of her painted kitchen cabinets,  White Reclaim and Pewter Reclaim on the island, a great combo!

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Caroline shared an adorable stool she painted-

Just want to thank you for the tips and my order.  I used the textured base coat and tips from one of your videos to paint this stool for my dog rescue silent auction.  It went for $85, very excited. I used the micas and dark glaze too.  The dog is from a stencil…
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and this fabulous before and after, using  Pewter Reclaim and our White Glaze
Here are pics of our kitchen redo of our house in Traverse City. Sure do love that Reclaim. I also used the Pewter in my bathroom. Love your store! Debbie Hollinger
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I’m sure you will notice every last detail in this kitchen update, I know I did!   They took one big $$ item in a kitchen renovation – dated oak cabinets – and made them perfect, and current,  simply with the use of our paints and glazes…
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 Great use of paint, love the color choice, paired with the rest of their updates – love the stone back splash,  the big farm sink, updated stainless appliances, adding clean hardware to the cabinets….
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Notice they removed the trim molding on these glass door panels

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resulting in a more modern look.  I love the fun pop of color inside

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And a surprise element on the back of this island  – instead of painting they faced it with old weathered pallet boards!!!   This is a kitchen you could easily see in any current home magazine –  I would want to live here year round.

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Jodi shared a pretty little jewel she created, using our Metallic Finish and Stenciling techniques – Mocha Reclaim, Metallic Blend and Toner –

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Nicole transformed  her oak kitchen cabinets with Pebble reclaim 

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a little dark but you can see the transition happening….

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Here’s a great angle, with better lighting –  I had to look back at the other photos, to see if the appliances or back splash had changed –  and they are the same…  Love how the updated cabinets bring the whole kitchen together, and the floor looks amazing  with it…

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Nicole also used the paint to update her oak railing

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She also painted a bedroom set that was still in great condition,  it just didn’t work as well into their cleaner, more transitional color scheme

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She used our Licorice reclaim,  truly like day and night…

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Susan from Mississippi shared:

My kitchen  just sold in a week. Everyone loved it, and people have tried to hire me to paint their kitchens.  I used the Textured Basecoat  Peppercorn and Paprika  – it was my first time using the paint 🙂

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you can’t tell in the picture above that the Peppercorn is layered over the Paprika, but in the picture below you can see it.

This is our Barnworn Finish, where you brush on Textured Basecoat color #1, let it dry ,  brush on Chipping Creme, let it dry, brush over it with Textured Basecoat color#2, let it dry,  sand and chip back to reveal color #1, then brush on a Toning Glaze .      Very cool, very custom –

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Sheri sends-

Hi Patty!
You ladies helped me in your store with the kind of paints to get, so I thought you might like to see the finished project. (This was my very first piece to redo!)
I sanded and restained the top. For the rest, I used reclaim licorice and added pewter mica to the clear coat to give it a little sheen.

I painted each knob and pull with the reclaim as well and added pewter mica on top with the clear coat.

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Gorgeous!

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Wendy from Chesaning, Mi sent a lovely message:

 …always hated the brass trim of the fireplace but, after replacing carpet with a bleached grey flooring and painting the living room walls grey with white trim, that fireplace trim had to go. I had one tablespoon of Reclaim Licorice and no time to wait for reordering but knowing how far that amazing paint goes, I opened my jar and got to work. After the Reclaim dried, I followed your blog on painting fireplace trim metallic to complement the new floor and modern look.

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Amazingly, I had enough of that tablespoon of Reclaim paint left in the jar to put a stencil on a small table to use in the ‘Provence’ style wedding and to finish a few frames! Your paint is truly fabulous and you are my inspiration.

Thank you Wendy!

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Pat shared a few projects –  this chest that she finished using American Paint Peacock, and American Paint Dark Wax 

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and this adorable nightstand, I think maybe this one was American Paint Rushmore? 

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and this was a tiki pole at her friends cottage, that she painted new life into, using colors of American Paint that she had left over…   the before

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and now, full of beach life!

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Customer Paint Projects To Share – Round 1

Happy 2016!   I swear the older I’m getting the faster time seems to be flying…

I thought I’d start out this new year cleaning the slate of ‘Customers Projects that Need Sharing’.   It’s the best way to inspire others that might be a little hesitant trying our products.   And a shout out to all our amazing customers that are willing to share their projects – I really appreciate it!!

This customer used our Mocha Reclaim to paint right over her original PAINTED WHITE spindles.  Over one hundred of the,  no less! stairrailsafter1

Instead of investing some serious $$ to replace the white spindles for wrought iron, she thought she’d try painting them instead…

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The darker spindles changed the whole feel in her foyer, and she was thrilled.

Tamanna’s first project was this buffet – she acquired it for the great bones, not the color.  Her goal was black with a glossy topcoat.

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she used Reclaim Licorice, and a glossy wipe on poly,  and LOVED its ease of use.

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She was back in this past weekend, to search for the perfect grey color for her kitchen cabinets.  She asked about painting the granite around two fireplaces, and went home and used one coat of her leftover Reclaim Licorice on both!

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How’s this for a simple update?

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Another client, came in this past weekend – back to find a color to paint her kitchen island cabinets.   She said,  “Let me show you  – I painted my kitchen with with your paints and love how it turned out…”   and she pulled up photos on her phone:

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She used White Reclaim and our Coffee Glaze, and finished the update with new hardware

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What a difference!!  CHANGE

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She’s going darker on the island to give it a whole different feel –

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Leah transformed her armoire using our paints –

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which paint, I’m not QUITE sure – maybe American Paint?  Caromal?

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It doesn’t matter- what matters is it looks pretty darn nice on that dark wood floor – she used one of our Stencils and repeated it down the sides, even added a little Swarovski Crystal Bling!

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Diane gave this kitchen a great new feel, taking the original cabinets to a Sage Greenreclaim_sage_cabinets

I wish we had the befores for this kitchen,  stained cabinets with a stained floor was probably ALOT of stained wood which,  isn’t a bad thing, but look how lovely this sage is against the floor now?

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Hardware was a new addition, as well as the decorative ‘feet’ tucked in next to the toekick…

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You can find many varieties online, just search on ‘wood cabinet feet’

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LOL,  these are REALLY some feet to add 🙂

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Jackie shared two of her projects, both crafted using our Aged Papers and Botanical Paints ….  this one looks like Botanical Iris, and the paper is the blue damask

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and this lovely looks to be Textured Basecoat Peppercorn with Botanical Dandelion over it, sanded back for reveal.  The Aged Paper is one of the botanical Sunflower prints.   Our paper order arrives this week, and due in are new Valentine and Easter prints – can’t wait to add those to the store –

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Sue shared some of her canvas art, created using Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, The Aged Papers, American Paint Co. chalk and clay paints and American Paint Co. Dark Wax

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How cool are these?  Love her creativity and play on texture …

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including the use of Stencils to created raised relief.  We offer a great selection of stencils, and make a point to note which ones are better suited for building relief…

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Some of our large stencils may seem a little pricey,  but they are worth the investment if you plan on finishing more than one project.  Most of our large ones are thick and extra sturdy, allowing them to be used and cleaned over and over again.  The larger size also means a more extensive pattern, which can be used in many ways – stack them for an allover effect, use the whole design or just a few parts of it –

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I am going to break this into several posts, that way it won’t run on forever, and I can get this part live.   I’ve committed to getting all the shares posted, so Round 2 will be up this week as well.

  • this piece sold to a customer in Texas and moved out this past weekend soldbuffetgoldleafgleaners
  • working on finishing this curvy piece, created with a variety of American Paint chalk and clay paints, an enlarged Aged Paper, and a top I took back to original wood, and stained using our new Fabulous Wood Topper
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