Author Archives: Patty Henning

Oval Paint, Wax Brushes, Papers, Glazes, Micas

Last post I mentioned a link to our new online store –   store.fabfinisher.com

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Don’t let it confuse you- our  current online store, shop.fabfinisher.com, hasn’t gone anywhere and still works the same.  The new, store.fabfinisher.com has that and more.    Once the new site has run through it’s testing phase the two will merge together and become one.

The Aged Papers are all in,  137 of them – and more are on their way.   That’s been fun the last couple days,  seeing orders including papers, without us first having to email over pages of photos…

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Our custom glaze colors have been added.    I love our glazes,  they work amazing across all product lines – Caromal Colours, APC paints, Cottage Paints, Metallics

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Our Black Glaze over Cottage Paint Wine this past week

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New brushes, direct from Europe, have arrived and are available for purchase,  at a great price . I will be adding those to the store tonight-

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round wax paint brush, chalk paint, natural bristle, european

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Our mica powder variety will be linked this evening as well, featuring nine distinct metals

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Mica powders are a great add in to waxes, glazes,  full strength as a flash gild, even topcoats, though I prefer using it in waxes or glazes.    I used the Brass Mica mixed in my favorite wax –  Vintage Clear Wax by American Paint Co. – over this Cottage Paint Bold Black –

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This time of year is crazy again…   My kids are a year apart, and it was like this last year with my son – now it’s my daughter’s turn.   Details details details – senior trip, college requirements, prom, graduation, spring soccer schedule…  Friday was their varsity team’s  game opener

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Today we closed the door on 13 years of club play, with a their send-off banquet –

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Thankfully I’ll only miss a few games on the front end – from workshop conflicts,  I worked around the games and graduation commitments for  our new May-Aug schedule.

So many changes, these next few months.   The end of K-12.  A taste of empty nest, with both kids away at school…  collegiate soccer…   I look forward to seeing where life takes both my kids…

A mom came into the store a couple months ago wanting me to paint a chest for her daughter.   It was an old family chest, with good bones, perfect for the new grand baby on the way.   A first grandchild.   I suggested the mom paint it herself, but she wasn’t biting.  She wanted it to be beautifully finished  “like the pieces in your store”

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I worked on her awhile, as we walked around the store, reassuring her that she really COULD paint the piece herself, that it would be a greater gift to her daughter, and new grandchild, because it would be hand made by her.

a labor of love…

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I suggested she bring in the drawers to one of our Paint A Piece Workshops –  I could walk her through the paint process, she’d take the drawers home completed,  with the confidence to finish the rest of the chest.

She rocked it this week – paint a piece workshop

painting American Paint Company (chalk/clay) Home Plate, a creamy white, then Lace Doily over that, a color like the inside of creme brulee

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When the two coats of paint were dry, she sanded to distress the colors, bringing out the original wood finish.  She was thrilled with the results  – it was such a good feeling to see :)

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God willing, some day I’ll be painting furniture for my grandkids, right?    Now I need to get moving –  I’ve got cart items to add!

if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

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need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods – if this describes you, please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process. Our customers from a far are just as important as our local customers – when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

store.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

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Our workshop schedule for Spring/Summer is now posted -

come workshop with us
be inspired with us

fabulous-finishes-shelby-township-workshops-advanced-shop-online

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out –  you will not be disappointed!

Newest Shelby DIY TV Episode and Updated Website

Katie finished the editing for our most recent Shelby DIY Episode (8) – the one I mentioned in the last post, with Cottage Paint

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The taping of this episode was not our usual – we were minus the zoom camera (camera man didn’t arrive)  –  Katie did a great job handling everything that morning, including the camera!    I apologize now for wasting a minute or three trying to find the next darn stencil lead….    aaack!  Sorry everyone :)

Now regarding the website transition….

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I’ve been promising over three months now that we’d have our updated shopping site running –   http://store.fabfinisher.com.

I’ve held off because it needs so much work.  I am embarassed.   I could cry.    It’s got the ability to be a Ferrari and right now it’s a stinkin Pinto.

I am told you CAN order from the site – but our originally shopping cart is still function as well –  shop.fabfinisher.com .

Both should work..  Once the bugs are worked out in this test mode, you will no longer have an option – what was the shop will just direct you to the store – you wont even know it happened…

The new store link DOES have all the Aged Papers  inputted, the Cottage Paints are all linked, and I am in the process of adding the new glazes.   Additionally, everything on our old shopping cart IS on the new site, but like I said, it needs some polishing…

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This was my day today – see that input screen in the background?  Guess what I did all day today?   Trying to keep a smile on my face….

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Looking forward to tomorrow night’s  Paint A Piece Workshop- our workshops have been drawing a lot of interest, (did I mention our Spring/Summer schedule is posted?)  and the Paint A Piece ones are my favorite – it makes me feel good when I see people getting excited about painting and creating…

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WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
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need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods – if this describes you, please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process. Our customers from a far are just as important as our local customers – when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

storefront

Our workshop schedule for Spring/Summer is now posted -

come workshop with us
be inspired with us

fabulous-finishes-shelby-township-workshops-advanced-shop-online

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

Kicking It Up A Huge Notch, With Cottage Paint

I wasn’t going to post our recent happenings with Cottage Paint until our new online store was launched,  after all, why share and boast, if you can’t spread the joy?

We are ready to test launch Wednesday, and this will be a category –

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We’ve updated our selection of brushes, with great price points,  even brought on the velour roller we like to use when we roll our topcoats

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Finally,  FINALLY,  the large assortment of 11×17 papers that we carry in our Shelby Township store will be available to order

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I knew this was going to be a huge task,  even with real, professional webmasters at the helm.  Taking our existing  shopping cart, years of blogging,  photos etc –  and creating one user friendly site that’s easy to maneuver, with interactive posts and products, up to date workshop calendars, registration online…

The problem is,  I want everything just right, and we’ve only started…  The shopping cart portion is ready to test, we haven’t even started transitioning the blog posts over.

It’s unrealistic to expect PERFECT  …  there are going to be bumps and glitches… but only one way to find out – get it out there and start testing it.

By Wednesday, the Aged Paper category and Cottage Paints should be complete. If you peruse our site mid-week you’ll find it takes you to the new one,  and we’ll see what happens!

WHAT IS COTTAGE PAINT?

Cottage Paint, a clay-based paint that dries to a chalky matte finish and is velvety smooth to the touch.   Fabulous, quick and easy – and in line with the other products we love – no stripping, sanding or primer is needed.

I was introduced to Cottage Paint a couple years ago , right around the time my new store was opening,  but my hands were full  getting our customers well acquainted with our existing lines – Caromal Colours and American Paint Company.  I’ve always liked offering options, but I don’t want different versions of the SAME.   Does that make sense?

  • Caromal Colours has a paint like no other – the Textured Basecoats, my magical go-to paint.  Super durable.    Theres Reclaim,  the easiest paint to use,  super durable,  and Botanicals, a chalky flat matte finish, that will stay put once it dries.
  • American Paint Company  offers my customers an all natural, zero voc, chalk/clay/mineral based paint with many color options.  They offer an excellent Wax and a water-based Topcoat option (alternative to wax).  I love love love them both.

So what can Cottage Paint offer that sets it apart from our others?

  • The paint stays open longer than an all natural chalk/clay paint, which allows you to flow out your color,  work in short or longer strokes, but then have the ability to pull a long stroke back together so it lays down nice.
  • A smoother feel like the Botanicals, except Botanical is chalky flat when dry, and Cottage Paint is silky.
  • Most of the colors have excellent coverage on the first pass.
  • It is a smoother feel when it dries than brushed on APC, brushed on Reclaim or Textured Basecoats.
  • Once dry, you can take a damp rag and wipe it to distress or to reveal back to an under color.  I like this wet wiping.  Unlike the chalk paints that can wet wipe pretty quick, the Cottage Paint takes it’s time revealing,  which means more control.  I feel it looks more authentic as well.
  • It doesn’t need a heavier sanding to remove brush strokes/etc – a quick burnishing with a 400-500 grit paper gives it a great soft feel.
  • The paint finish will dry and harden to an acceptable furniture finish, without the addition of a topcoat.   If you desire increased durability, you can topcoat with your favorite topcoat.
  • You can buff your paint, once dry, to a lovely low luster using a soft rag,  or use the wax drill brush tool and really shine it up.

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  • It has an easy to use Crackle Medium that brushes on, dries naturally, THEN you brush your top color on.   The crackle effect is soft and subtle – I like it.

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  • You can glaze over the Cottage Paint, the same day, and it works fine.   You can do this with Textured Basecoats as well.  Reclaim needs to sit a few days before glazing,  I don’t glaze Botanical the same day as it wants to pull up the paint,  and I don’t glaze APC finishes without first applying a layer of Topcoat Finish.

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  • Waxing is effortless over a Cottage Paint finish –  it doesnt have to soak in like it does the chalky paints. Think of it more as a polishing, and I love how Mica Wax applies evenly, not blotchy

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Cottage Paint Bold Black with Brass Mica Wax and Black Wax. I jazzed up the top with texture, metallics, and tinted waxes.

  •  Best of all, I love our colors.  While Cottage Paint, a Canadian-based line,  offers alot of pre-tinted colors,  I wanted to define our own color palette.   What our customers like (more versions of neutrals) , what we needed (a white white with great coverage),  what we were lacking (a Pottery Barn blue, a wine), what I was lacking (KING PURPLE!!!)  :)

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The grey on grey stenciled sample above, prompted me to demonstrate the simple how-to for our next Shelby DIY TV show –

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I used Cottage Paint Lead on the display chest – it has APC Dark Wax over it

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We’ll link the Shelby DIY segment as soon as they get final editing done.  Enjoy your week –

if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

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MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods – if this describes you, please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process. Our customers from a far are just as important as our local customers – when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

storefront

Our workshop schedule for Spring/Summer is now posted -

come workshop with us
be inspired with us

fabulous-finishes-shelby-township-workshops-advanced-shop-online

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

 

Shelby DIY TV #7 – Simple Countertop Paint Finishes

Our customers frequently ask  –

Can I use these paints on my Formica counters?

Does it stay on?

Is it labor intensive?

Is it expensive?

Our typical answers-

Yes, all of our various DIY paint lines will ‘technically’ adhere to formica, without sanding, stripping, priming,  but we definitely favor a few over the others, for longer durability. Caromal Colours Reclaim line of paints offers a  paint specifically for countertops, and Caromal’s Artisan Collection’s Textured Basecoats work great for counters (heck, any) surfaces as well.

The paint finishes, properly sealed, cure to a durable, washable surface.  I’ll often point at our entry ceramic tile, that 1 1/2 yrs ago received a similar paint finish, and it still looks fabulous (you can find that post here)

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Labor intensive?  I wouldn’t call it that – the most you’ll get is an arm workout or wrist cramp…

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The cost,  an average $65 for a solid color, (paint, sealer, roller) to $125 for multiple colors for layering or adding dimension.

The simplest, most straight forward finish – Reclaim Countertop Paint – a bonder, primer, finisher paint,  no sanding, stripping or priming needed.

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Roll on 2 coats of paint,  add RECLAIM Countertop Flecks (optional), and RECLAIM Multi-purpose Sealer for a durable, washable surface.

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Reclaim Countertop Charcoal, Loden, Khaki, Bone with optional flecks

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Reclaim Countertop Bone with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

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Reclaim Countertop Loden with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

Reclaim Countertop Charcoal with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

Reclaim Countertop Charcoal with optional flecks, with optional glazing, with optional other colors blended in, all topped with Reclaim Sealer

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My favorite paints to start with,  on surfaces like formica, ceramic, marble or glass, are the Textured Basecoat Paints, also by Caromal Colours (part of their Artisan Collection).  Again, no sanding, stripping or priming needed.  It is a thicker, buttery, get all jiggy with it kind of paint.

I always start by whiz rolling 1-2 coats of textured basecoat

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Two coats, rolled , and some glaze, can create a really cool look ( see a start to finish counter like this, here ).

You can roll a coat of Reclaim, then a coat of  textured basecoat , light sand and glaze, for looks like this

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It all comes down to fiddling…. sampling…  playing around with the paints… you NEED to do this – grab some old boards, paneling, even cardboard, and get a feel for what these paints do B4 tackling your counters –

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We also host a Countertop Workshop, for those that want direction from the start…

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Whiz rolled textured basecoat paint, with textured basecoats scraped over, glazed and topcoated.

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Whiz rolled textured basecoat paint, with textured basecoats scraped over, glazed and topcoated.

Our most recent local Shelby DIY  TV episode demonstrates the start of several counter finishes  over our studios lovely hunter green formica :)

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, Cottage Paint Lucious Lead, Topcoated

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Caromal textured basecoat rolled, then two layers of textured basecoat colors scraped on. Glazed and topcoated.

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Caromal textured basecoat Putty rolled, Caromal Perfect Plaster Rolled, then scraped. Glazed and topcoated.

Want to see more?  Watch the taping –

if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

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MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods – if this describes you, please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process. Our customers from a far are just as important as our local customers – when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

storefront

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING WITH US!

come learn with us
be inspired with us

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!