About me…

Hi, my name is Patty Henning. I  am a decorative artist, and owner of Fabulous Finishes, a business I started back in 2003.   I am a Regional Director for Caromal Colours Paints, and Metro Detroit’s Retailer for American Paint Company Chalk Mineral Clay Paints,  both awesome  decorative finishing products designed for the DO IT YOURSELF client.

I love my job –  for 8 years I got to create awesome finishes and hang off ladders transforming client’s walls and ceilings and trimwork,  now my passion shifts and I run my Retail Studio, sharing my creative expertise with those that want to tackle some of  their own projects.

Much of what  I do is not easy DiY stuff -it comes from years of training,  working with proprietary products, and honing a talent after years of  ‘on-wall’ experience.    But the Caromal Colours and American Paint Company paints   ARE easy enough to use, without years of training. They were created with the intent of making painting FUN for the homeowner.

Proven products.  Durable products.  EASY products.  Green products.    And they are addicting!


Opening a retail store  has been more work than I ever could have imagined.  Heck maybe if I knew ahead of time I wouldn’t have pushed forward!   I am so blessed, I meet amazing people every day that are excited about painting.  I am reaching not only cyberspace readers wanting help and ideas through my blog,  but also local Metro Detroiter’s that never had a clue these paints existed.

I fully stock both lines of paint, and I teach and direct those that want to paint.   Even better?   The store has allowed me to transfer my creative passion to furniture and accessory items.  Repurposing, restoring, making use of what we have, wasting less…    I get to create awesome finishes,  and use those finishes to inspire others.   Of course, everything is available for purchase,  so as things sell off the floor, it opens me up to create new original pieces – what a blessing for an artist!

My world has changed so much these last few years … I know I am not alone.  What I’ve found this last year?   So many lives have changed,  we are all in this together.  I want to share when I can –  things I see, feel, and think …. teenagers, balancing home life and work,  50 and beyond,   being creative,  I hope you’ll follow along!

My life is nothing without God by my side – I thank Him for all the blessings I have received,  this is through Him Amen!



42 responses to “About me…

  1. You are describing my life….=)
    Nice to meet you!

  2. Hey Patty,

    Great Blog, love all the interesting categories you have here. Loaded with info.

  3. Thanks! I apreciate all of the ideas and encouragement. I am new here but not to the trade . I reside in Tennessee, but work all pover the USA. I have worked alone for years but now have decided to loosen up and contact others. I am a creative artisan, but I cover many diverse trades. I do many jobs requiring Tile and Stone , as well as carpentry. I of course use many Faux techniques. I would love to share more as I open to others in this Org. where I have found your name. Respectfully, john gooden
    a.k.a. the “creativesavant” My websites include more than 20 thousand photos over 25 yrs. my newest site is http://www.acreativesavant.com..I would like to meet some people here and if your willing steer me to others of a
    “passionate soul ” for our craft……Sunday March 2009

  4. Hi John, no 25 years in business is not ‘new to the trade’ thats for sure… I hope I can inspire you by sharing those that inspire me – Check out my various blog links – there are a good number of ‘passionate souls’ listed there!

  5. Hi Patty,

    Thanks so much for putting our store among the other fantastic links you have in your sidebar. We’re honored to be featured by a fellow creative soul:) Thanks again!

  6. Hi Patty – I am the Caromal Colours Regional Director in California and I just introduced this new concept and product line to the west coast at a recent home show. We got great response and a lot of confused looks. This is so new to people that they can actually do this themselves. I’m so excited to show them and teach them just how they can do it! Your samples look fabulous and I’m interested in how the workshops are going in your area? How are you getting the word out and advertising? Please let me know. I am so excited about this line of products and feel that I have just started to learn everything that it is capable of.

  7. Patty,
    I loved the show, the pink tool belt. I wanted to comment over there, but there was no place for it. Or did I miss it.

    Great job.

  8. patty,
    your words speak so true.your work look fantastic,and this blog is great.my path is very similar.been a muralist/decorative painter 17 yrs.now.up until about 4 maybe 5 yrs. ago i did not know our industry was this big, let-a-lone thriving.western new york i think is always behind.but i’m getting ready to change that.i’m in the starting fazes of building [setting up]a studio/school/gallery.any tips, thoughts are welcome.
    your fellow artisan;
    tim martin

    • wow Tim, good for you, going for it – trust yourself, your talents – think through everything you are about to do, and ask ‘what would I do?” “How would I like this?” “Would I pay this for a workshop” etc etc Network in your area so folks know ‘who’ you are. Offer things that will make you stand out over the next guy. And of course fill it with brilliant works!

  9. Hi Patty, I am new to blogging….but I ran across your webpage when I was searching for metallic faux finishes. I am an interior designer and was researching patterns for a client. I, of course, found a picture on your page of a lovely crosshatch pattern…on a page that looked like it was from a magazine…it had a chest in front of it, I believe….and I forgot to save it, or write down what I “clicked” to get there!!! The finish was a pretty taupe, if I remember, and looked like it was made with a sqeeghy.(sp). Would you be able to help me locate this picture please if you know which one I’m speaking of? I hate when I do this, but I know this would be the perfect picture to show my client for her project.
    Thank you so much.

    Juli O.

  10. Question???How do you think the tabbacco leaf wall was done. i would love to reproduce it on one wall in my new home??? Any leads would be helpful.

  11. Dear Sir,
    I have visited your site and since I am in the market of furniture in IRAN, so I thought I maybe able to cooperate with you in this regard. I know so many stores whose managers may be interested to buy your products and I can relate you to them,
    if you are interested to work in the market of IRAN ,our cooperation process would either of these two :
    1) You send me your full documentation; using it, I will market your products here; if successful, I receive some amount as commission;
    2) I introduce you to some shop keepers as your partner to sell your products.
    Please don’t hesitate to contact me .
    Best regards,
    Mojtaba Abdolzadeh

    Flat 17, No10,Boostan 5,Estakhr St, Tehran pars, 16649 / 78181

    • I have passed your information on to the owners of Caromal Colours, who in turn, will be forwarding your information on to their contact representative in Iran. Hopefully they can answer your questions!

  12. Hey Patty,

    Thank you for sharing your story about doing what you love and making it work while raising a family. It’s certainly proven to be a challenge in many ways for me. Even after working full-time for over 10 years, I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to keep following my life long passion for creating instead of going back to office work. That said, it’s still stressful in many ways trying to not only upgrade your artistic ability but at the same time wearing many hats such as marketing director, office manager, R&D dept., and field manager. The currently economy has made all of the above more challenging and thus blogs like yours are very supportive and appreciated!!!


    • Thank you Susan, well spoken from a fellow Decorative Artist! It certainly is a challenge, even more so in this rougher economy with all its added pressures

      … but God is good to us, if we let our minds open up to seeing this gift that he has blessed us with. With it, who knows what we might be able to accomplish? Even in ways NOT on the wall – like maybe right here, online, touching others. I’ve found so many wonderful connections online – faithful people as well. It’s all good!

  13. Hey Patty!

    I have had a lot of fun perusing through your blog and looking at all your pretty projects. 🙂 I had a question pertaining to laminate furniture and “Distressed for Success” . We have an entertainment center and a book shelf that are made out of wood laminate, like this: http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-10446107354643_2065_17647944

    It’s exactly that color. Would the kit in that gorgeous off-white color work on something like that? I found three pieces of furniture (two end tables and a coffee table) today for $10 at a yard sale, and wanted to totally revamp my living room around the progress of that furniture, which I’m planning on using a kit on.

    I saw the furniture makeover that Kimba had on her blog and am seriously in love. My sole purpose for yard sale browsing today was finding furniture to freshen up with one of your kits. 🙂

    Jami 🙂

  14. Jami, I love that entertainment center style! Your piece is dark in color like that? Absolutely you can use the textured basecoats over laminate – I posted last week about demo’ing on a laminate cabinet door (which I still need to get posted) and took various photos. I will go email those to you now (will post them in detail later for all). This way at least you can see , up close, what the basecoats look like over laminate.

    If your piece is , say black, now, then if you use the Parchment color and lightly sand it back, you will actually reveal some of the black underneath. If you sand even harder you will bite down into the pressboard. Once you tone you will have a distressed edge that has some black and some stained wood. Let me go play on a piece right now, for you and post it, hows that?

  15. Patty, Thank you so much for your response! I am very excited to see this! I am placing my order right now. . . I am giddy about it. This is practically my first DIY project. I cannot wait!

  16. I am thinking about using your paint to redo my kitchen cabinets. I am concerned about durability. Do you have any testimonials or reviews? It seems that “no sanding, no priming” is too good to be true. I hope it is true though.



  17. Hi Martha,

    Carol, owner of Caromal Colours, owned a Decorative Finishing School for years before she created her own line of products, designed with the Homeowner in mind. In her words, you don’t have to spend a lot money, ponder over thousands of choices, own tons of tools or worry that the decorative finishing materials won’t work. Our materials are incredible, the instructions complete and if you love the look, you can have it in your home!

    As far as testimonials, you can read some here on Caromal’s store site http://www.caromalcolours.com/Tesstimonial.php. Here are two links that I am presently working on featuring – http://avirginiahome.blogspot.com/2009/07/it-all-started-innocently-enough.html and http://ifittakesawholelife.blogspot.com/2009/09/blue-dresser-using-caromal-colors.html that offer GREAT personal reads on using Caromal Colours.

    “No sanding, no priming” does sound too good to be true, but its not! All you need to do is insure that your cabinet surfaces are clean, and dry. And then get started! Kitchen and bath cabinets get alot of use – I recommend a topcoat for added durability. You can read about that here https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/caromal-colour-question-will-my-kitchen-cabinets-need-a-topcoat/

    The hardest part for you will be deciding on the color! Head here to see the color choices up close and personal, https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/caromal-colours/ and then hit my store button if you are ready to buy. My coupon code PattyH will save you a few bucks in shipping. Good Luck!

  18. Thanks for this info. I called Caromal Colours this afternoon, got some advice from a pleasant man, and placed an order for 5 quarts plus toner. Forgot to ask for your discount, but mentioned you. Looking forward to delivery and getting started!

    • Hi Martha, that pleasant man was Al Kemery, Carol’s husband. Glad you were able to get all your questions answered, you will be more than pleased with the products. If you have photo sending capability, take pictures as you go – if you send them to me I’ll post your progress. Have fun!

  19. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Our firm ( Zeytoon Furniture ) is in the furniture trade from 45 years, bring many years of experience in the production of reproduction furniture including Louis XVI, 1800’s, English Empire and traditional European old style; this passion for furniture was hand down from father to son.We are able to offer to our customers a wide range of articles for furnish living-room, bedroom and complements.

    Specifically designed furniture is also made for individual customer requirements.Before commencing production all raw materials are stringently checked to ensure that during and after production the materials remain stable.

    The Company uses the best material and artistic workers. All items are made to order, care and attention is given to each and every individual component of furniture ,Carvings and inlays have been created to ensure they enhance the design and style of the furniture, hardware and fittings (handles etc) are similery considered.

    We produce also all kind of furniture and fast all also at complete choice of customer so please feel free to contact us for any request also if you dont find in web-site but interesting for your market.

    For all item materials and working are really in a good quality as we hope you could see, and price really good.If you have particular requirments ( Also with your design ) give us idea of your more interesting models and also just an idea of quality we would like to send our best offer.

    We hope you give us the opportunity to make you our best conditions to begain a good cooperation.

    We wait and remain for anything at your complete disposal.
    Best Regards ,

    Ebrahim Alizadeh

  20. Dear Sirs,

    I am a fabric/curtain shop owner in one of the best selling areas of
    Tehran. I maybe able to cooperate with you in this regard.
    I know so many stores whose managers may be interested to buy your products and I can relate you to them .
    if you are interested to work in the market of IRAN ,Please don’t hesitate to contact me

    Now if you are also interested in such developmental step, the first
    starting step is that you present me with your documentation (samples and
    price list). Using them, I can define what products best suits the market;
    followingly I place orders.

    Looking forward to your kind reply.

    Best regards,
    Mojtaba Abdolzadeh

  21. Just wanted to say how inspiring I find your blog. I could do with some of your energy, which is why I read you so frequently.

  22. Hi Patty, I found out about you through my friend, Melissa Michaels (of The Inspired Room). I am completely inept at all things decorating, which she would attest to, but was “inspired” by her description of your paints to think that I might actually be able to paint a built in cabinet that the previous homeowners left partially stained and unfinished. However, I must admit after going to the website to try and order something, I am overwhelmed … and cannot figure out what I would need to order. I live in Oregon … was wondering if you would have any suggestions on how I would determine what would look best on my cabinet and then how to order. Thanks so much.

  23. Hi Patty,

    Just wanted to say how wonderful your blog is. Very inspiring, and I love your work. I’m contemplating my own business as well…we’ll see what God has in store! Thanks again 🙂

  24. Hi Patty,
    I just ruined a copper topped table. Do you have any finishes for copper?

    • Wow, how’d you ruin it? Is it a real metal top, or just a copper finish? There are copper metallics, and copper waxes – you could use those over a basecoat that adheres – but it would be painting over a surface, not ‘fixing’ metal….

  25. Keep doing what you do. Your blog is AWESOME!!! I am a huge DIY and I am TOTALLY excited about trying the paint and your methods. My kitchen cabinets are going to be Bayou Moss and Springhill Green!!! (-:

    • Thanks Sigrid! I am finally catching up at the store so I can now focus on getting caught up on the posting – even better, tomorrow I’ll be video’d while painting a CeCe piece start to finish 🙂 will be posting that and more soon! I have to say, I am very excited to see your results – I love both those colors – right now I am repainting that red traverse city cherry chest with Cinco Bayou – both your colors have been selling fabulously – Keep on paintin!

  26. Hi Patty, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. No pressure if you don’t want to participate. I am happy to just introduce your blog to my readers as well! If you would like to participate or read what I wrote about your site then follow this link: http://homeandspirit.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/very-inspiring-blogger-award/. Regards! Teresa

  27. Hi, Patty, I’m in love with the antique waterfall vanity dresser you refinished. Is it still available for purchase??

    • Hi, That piece found it’s way to a Good home long ago 🙂 It was a beauty. If you find a similar vanity we can help you achieve that same metallic look.

      On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:57 PM, Fabulously Finished wrote:


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