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snapshots… Saturday Wraps…

Focused on getting  this piece out of the back workroom Friday –

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Did you catch or 3rd episode on DIY TV?  You’ll be able to see HOW I added that embedded stenciling on the buffet above.   Find the link in our How-To Videos category.

fabulous finishes, patty henning, paint store, workshops, diy paints, metallic finish, furniture for sale, shop online shop.fabfinisher.com, wood grained top,caromal colours, apc paint,swarovski crystals, embedded stencilingI love these old pieces that bow out in front.  I altered my metallic finish a little, this  time using multiple shades of glaze (black, brown and grey).   It will be for purchase but has not been priced yet.

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Completed this foyer table this week as well.

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A finish I still fret over –  and one I always end with “Thank You LORD!”

We started the day with an early riser Cabinet Painting Workshop.   Surprisingly, it sold out (the 9am start is not our most popular 🙂 )  .  I am hoping to have the new workshop schedule completed and online this coming week.

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My Love Affair With American Paint Company – “The Mantel No. 2”

I call this Mantel “No. 2” , for Mantel No. 1 was this one

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American Paint Company Plymouth Rock, Clear Wax and more…

that I created last year.   I posted about that one here   Mantel  No. 1.    Interestingly enough,  I talk in that post about choosing from two palettes of chalk and clay paint colors that we carried at the time-  obviously, this was before the CeCe Caldwell peeps announced that as of 2014 all retailers would not be allowed to carry any other ‘like’ paints/finishes.     You can read about that here if this is new to you –  Bye Bye CeCe Caldwell. 

Our choice to move forward with American Paint Company was seamless – and time and time again I find myself thinking ‘Oh my gosh, I LOVE this color!’ like when I did this table

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American Paint Company Crushed Tea (detailed blog post to come)

or this chair

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American Paint Co Waistcoat and Dark Wax

or this one  that I finished today –

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American Paint Co Peacock and Surfboard, Dark Wax (detailed blog post to come)

Or, when I feel a    “I LOVE how that color covers!”  (that one I say alot) , like in this workshop,   APC A-maizing –  this is FIRST  coat,  and look at that brilliant coverage

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Workshop attendee using APC A-Maizing

I was used to using yellows that were more transclucent on the first coat.  How each particular color is pigmented, I’m told, plays a big part in that….   whatever it is, American Paint Co has the recipe for success – their colors SHOW!

Late last year,  the new Ellis Collection from  American Paint arrived-

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I was intrigued by Peacock and wanted to use it on something….I thought of mantel #2.   Mantel #1 was finished in neutral colors,   I didn’t want to do the same thing – so I decided to go dark.  It started with a textured chocolate, applied previously when the plan was a different direction…

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APC Peacock… an amazing color, it is beautiful on its own, a rich pretty blue

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If you APC dark wax it,  it will turn to a pretty sea green/blue, like that table I just  finished.

When the Peacock dried, I dry brushed on some APC Fireworks,  and Amber Waves of Grain  – I wanted some color to pop beneath the black…

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At this point it reminded me of Superman ice cream 🙂

Then came the black – APC Lincoln’s Hat –  the new Cannonball is blacker, but my plan was to go softer black and then dark wax it…

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I added a little bit of APC Black Mica with the dark wax , applying them both together on the same brush-

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Here you can see what’s been waxed and what hasn’t-

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That’s how far I got, which was pretty much to the end of my idea process, and I didn’t like it.  It still felt like superman ice cream to me – now just dunked in black –

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I waited until the next day,  when I came into work and still didn’t like it.   I gave it a little light sand, since I’d waxed it -then applied APC Navajo White with a little Plymouth Rock

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Sanded it back to reveal those colors below…

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Then I gave it one last coat of wax – this time mostly clear, with just a little dark wax  to give it a more worn look.   Buffing the finish –

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I thought I was going for one thing, and ended up with another 🙂

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Even though both were light they were  different.  Mantel #1 was grays and whites and antiquing,   Mantel #2 was distinct colors (red blue yellow black) that revealed through the white, giving an old painted MANY times look –

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A good example of  starting in one direction and ending up in another

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I’ve learned, that’s how the process sometimes goes  🙂

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See that board above the mantel, above the F F’s?

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It’s a collage of some of the photos of pieces our customers created in our Paint A Piece Workshops.  This past week I finally updated our be-gone-winter-hello-spring schedule of workshops.  We’ve got a great line up for you – you can find our workshop details  here  Workshops.

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Check THIS Antique Desk Out!

My dad shared this link with me –

The desk,  built in the 1700’s,  was actually created by master furniture craftsmen Abraham and David Roentgen.

The desk certainly looks ornate at first glance, but it’s when its endless secret lockboxes and drawers start to be revealed that you’ll be truly impressed by the craftsmanship behind it.

Gotta Share My Brass Chandelier Re-do…

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That’s it,  hanging proud in our soon to be open studio….

Here’s the before

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I got it at Restore (Habitat for Humanity) – it had what looked like glass cereal bowl shades,  which I instantly disgarded.

I based it with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate, my often  ‘go to’ for metals….   their Textured basecoats are amazing over crazy surfaces like metal, laminate floors, ceramic tiles, glaze etc etc – this paint will stay put, EVEN without being sealed,  it just requires your surface be soapy rag clean , wax free, and dry.

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I thought about CeCe color combo’s , some crackle… even started to play a little, but didn’t like the direction I was going.    After all,  my new store checkout area is already prettied up with color

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So I went back to metallics – used our Silver Blend, then Toned it, then added alot of fun stuff…

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I added crystals,  potpourri, and ribbon…

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Love, love, love, love, love!

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Absolutely perfect.

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