Category Archives: American Paint Company Colors

Painting Furniture in Shades Of Color – Grey Black

Ombré    (“shaded” in French)

gradual blending of one color hue to another, shading from light to dark

I had a white and black piece in mind to share, I couldn’t find the photos.

Instead, I found myself looking at photos of previous ombres I’d painted and shared,  and then  I FOUND THE PHOTOS OF THE ORIGINAL PIECE I WAS LOOKING FOR!

You know what else I found?   Bakers are amazingly creative!


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OH my Lord, this is just heavenly!

This was a piece I finished more recently –

I’m often posed the question, “Which of your paints is your favorite?”    I honestly respond that the products I carry all have a purpose, and I favor them all (otherwise I wouldn’t sell them!).   When I want to lose myself in creating a new piece, like all of the pieces in this post,  I reach for my natural chalk and clay base American Paints

When you have all the colors in the deck on hand, its easy to grab more than one color – two – three-  even four,  to create the perfect fade.  For someone with less paint on hand,  know you can create a white to black ombre with just white and black.

A cake fade prelude –

I stripped the top with the orange Citristrip, and restained with my Wood Topper stains.    I carried those instore,  never got around to adding them online.  It’s on my get-it-done list…   (if you’re local, and need a color,  shoot an email to support at fabfinisher.com and I can add it to your order)

This is one of my favorite styles of furniture …  so romantic.

I actually held onto this piece …

When the store was winding down, all the big stuff on the floor had to be quick sale’d  – I didn’t’ have a large storage area to house the overflow of finished pieces, but I wasn’t marking this Regal Gentleman down – he’s one of a kind

Once I feel like everything is back in place, paperwork in order, taxes done (ugggh), then I’ll take these few pieces and list them online –

If they don’t sell, I’ll save them for that   ‘some day spare room when the kids move ‘

No better way to wrap this post, than to share a few more beauties!

This one is definitely my inspiration for a future OMBRE,  I’ve always wanted to do these colors-

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+  LOVE them all  + 

Wonder if they taste as good as they look ? 

Have a Blessed Week!

 

 

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Plasters and Stencils to Create Interesting Painted Finishes

I love textural products,  they open up the playing field of creating with paints and finishes…

Quite versatile,  I’ve  rolled, sponged, troweled, stamped to emboss, bladed over stencils for dimensional relief…  thick and thin, layered …

I like to use various textures in my mix when creating art type pieces –  laying on a wet layer of texture, stamping into it, here I used a foam stamp, then stenciling with more texture to add more dimension-

Or starting with paint, stenciling with plaster, painting again, then sanding to reveal that embedded stencil –

If you think about it, old ancient walls aren’t smooth…. they are pitted, worn away, crumbly fossils built up…  layering with various textures help in re-creating an authentic ‘old/reclaimed’ look –

At my old store I used the textural plasters and stencils to create a rug effect on the workroom floor –

I’ve decorated mirrors using texture and stencils-

I prefer the Caromal Textured Basecoats for stenciling on mirrors. Yes, you could use other textures- but I stick to what I trust – Caromal’s thick paint line is meant to stick to anything, I know it stays put on a mirror, even with mild cleaning upkeep. When I’ve tried our thicker plasters (Texture Plaster, Texture Stone) on a mirror surface, I find they aren’t AS strong as Caromal’s Texture Paint on an unsealed surface –


I use common sense – if it is  a surface to be used – like the old glass table that served as the kids coloring table – then I go with Caromal Textured Basecoats.  If its a less used surface like wall art, furniture, etc I’d be open to ALL thicker paints we carry – Texture Plasters, Texture Stone, Texture Metallic Plasters and Stone ….

My favorite way to stencil with texture is on furniture.  On the piece below,  I used our American Paint Company all natural chalk and clay paints – a previous limited edition color yellow as the base layer, then a raised stencil using our Texture Plaster Neutral, over top (when dry) the popular APC color  Shoreline, sanded back(when dry)  to reveal the pretty detail –

On this chest I used Caromal’s Textured Basecoat Putty for the raised stencil dimension

over it (when dry) I used several American Paint Colors – I know there was Gunpowder, Sackcloth and Rushmore,  brushed on covering 100% of the chest

when dry I sanded using my mouse sander, to really get deep enough to reveal the raised design, then  American Paint’s Dark Vintage Wax to finish it up-

Whoop!  Lookie there  that raised texture stencil on the accompanying mirror 🙂 Here I used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate.

Here I stenciled an allover pattern using  our Texture Plaster Black on the front of a vintage chest

I loved this piece –  so much attention to detail… I stripped the top and restained walnut,  silver leaf’d the mirror, sides, legs and hardware ,,, added glass tips as feet-

The paint finish, an OMBRE feel, using American Paint Company 100% natural paints, full bodied with chalk, clay and minerals –  – my  ‘lose myself in time while creating with paint’

APC Cannonball,   Texture Plaster Black,  APC Freedom Road, Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam , with APC Clear Vintage Wax-

I always look for a way to add those personal touches… for me a piece isn’t complete until I’ve touched on every part of it

Tomorrow I’ll post the photo transition of these

and our new colors of Texture Plaster

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I encourage you to PLAY.  In all my years of refinishing, I’ve never gone from idea in head to the actual surface -every attempt would first happen on a sample, or two or five…. it’s the only way you’ll understand products – how they handle, how far you can push them, how they act thick, thin…  trust me, that play time wont be wasted time.

If you need some pretty allover or main element stencils, please check out our stencils for purchase.  

We are running the gift bag special, with purchases of $110 (before tax/ship)  you will receive a stencil, texture paint and base paint sample, brush and scraper. 

Have a Blessed Weekend!

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 repeated down the drawer fronts

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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.

After the stencil dried I painted one more layer of mixed colors, and when dry I sanded to reveal the pattern.  The drawers were in great condition but too blonde in color – I richened (is that a word?) them up with a mix of a walnut and mahogany stain – and sanded back the top so I could stain it the same way

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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…   I tipped it on its back and started with an all-over plaster stencil on the drawer fronts –

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I painted over the dried stencil with 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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If you notice above, originally I painted the whole body blue – front, sides, feet… but I wasn’t thrilled with it like I was with the first piece.   This chest was previously painted white – heck, it may have been previously painted MANY times…  it’s finish was not as perfect and pristine as the lingerie chest, so the  blue finish over the existing ‘previously painted’  finish was weathered/shabby looking, not clean and perfect how I wanted.    I didn’t like it, I didn’t WANT this finish to be distressed, aged etc…  but I knew trying to fit a square peg into a round hole would be a frustrating waste of time.  Instead, I played off the piece, and  went a different direction,  silver leafingthe 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, a paint we carry that is usually rolled on, but sometime I use it as a ‘paint stain’ –

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For this to work and be easy, you don’t want to DAWDLE when you’re brushing it on –  just brush it, with a big wide brush, hit the whole surface

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then take a dry or slightly damp cotton rag, and wipe it back – you can use another dry brush to soften any application marks, but you’ll find it colors up the worn wood nicely.   We do this a lot for inside drawers , see the difference it makes?   It’s just a quick and easy option, and dries fast

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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 and stenciled the whole front –

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The second coat was a mix of several 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 Reclaim washed the bottom and added a stencil for fun

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I used APC Limoge, Plymouth Rock and some Cottage Paint custom Wonder 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, a buffing, 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,  that these pieces are moving fast, but part of what I like about creative refinishing is the not knowing what Ill end up with …  I needed to change up the next piece,   and I did,  using shades of grey (I’ll share the detailers later) –  it isn’t priced yet but is in the showroom –

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I have the next perfect piece to ‘take blue’, I’ll be starting it soon, but this time it will be a taller, fatter chest.

Time to go bury my head in tax paperwork!

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Catching Up, and a Pink Chalk/Clay Painted Child Rocker

Goodness, where does one start when they’ve been away too long and there’s too much to talk about?  Do I share workshop wares?  What customers are doing?  Shop happenings?   Or all the project files, piling up with dust on them?

It  doesn’t help, abandoning ship for almost a month…  There was prom

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and graduation from High School – it took my full attention, the 45 minutes before the ceremony started, to watch the jumbo-tron so I could catch her picture…

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The last of High School soccer wrapped, a disappointing end, but thankfully for us we will still be able to watch her continue on at the collegiate level

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All day orientations, family birthdays, Father’s Day,  and great news,  my hubby accepted a position with a different company and started his new journey a couple weeks ago.

Our son is home from college for the summer, I’ve been busy trying to get him familiar with our new web stuff, so he can do some work for us with  link corrections.  Our new shopping cart is up and running, but anytime you switch to new, you end up with old links that dead end when you click on them.   We have to work on redirecting  all of those dead links to live links, otherwise no one will be able to find us!   If you hit a dead link,  please be patient and know that we are working on it.

There will be another round of changes in the next week…. it’s the last phase, and time to move this blog over and merge it with our main store website.   I was told today by our web man that I will need to hold back on blogging while WordPress boxes up the life of my blog and zips it up in a traveling suitcase.  It will then make the move over to our new site, and unzip itself, setting up once again – the end goal being life continues on, and  you not noticing much change.   We’ve probably got a day or two before WordPress starts, so I need to get a few posts UP before they do.  No sure how long it will take them to transition my site – might be a couple days, maybe a week….

In the mean time, I need to  get a few posts together ASAP, and posted, before Word press starts to pack it up…

I’m sharing this cute little rocker that I painted pink a while back –  a PINK post in honor of my daughter growing up –  from child rocker to college dorm!

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The pink is American Paint Company’s Powder Room, one first coat painted on the whole rocker.

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Then the second coat was a mere wash of Powder Room, but also some American Paint Company Uncle Sam, their brightest white, watered down and brushed lightly over the top.

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When everything was dry I gave it a light sanding, and then brushed on a coating of American Paint’s Topcoat Finish.   Topcoat Finish is APC’s alternative to wax, and offers harder protection for your painted finish – perfect for tots.

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Lastly,  I used one of our Monahan Aged Papers,  ripped it into manageable sizes, and applied them to the back rails of the chair using Caromal’s Reclaim Sealer as my bonding agent –

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Sweet, simple rocker.    It didn’t take long to find a new home  🙂

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If you haven’t tried our the Aged Papers you must give them a go –  we’ve got over 200 papers available to chose from!   If you check out the site, we find it easiest to sort the papers by name – have fun looking!

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