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One Of My Favorite Dixie Chests …a Reclaim Test

I acquired this Dixie furniture when I was at my first store,  four years ago.  The picture cuts off the dresser on the left is actually a triple, and around the corner were two narrow bookcase units

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I don’t usually buy up full sets of furniture, but I loved the style and the condition was mint.   The pair of nightstands and armoire chest moved on to my current store, and this past Spring I decided they would be perfect for my next paint project –

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I decided to try a mix of our Reclaim paint and Botanical paint.  Reclaim is a waterbased low voc paint that bonds to near any surface, and unlike the other paint lines we carry, it also has a sealer in it. But Reclaim is not a ‘brush on’ type paint like our other paints – it functions best as a rolled on paint . If you brush Reclaim it will show application marks  aka brush strokes, especially the heavier you apply the paint.  We tell our customers if they have to brush the Reclaim , say parts of a chair or areas that are hard to roll, then apply the paint in light layers and try to keep your application strokes the same.

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The Botanical paint, also created by Caromal Colours,  is more like a chalky type paint, low voc’s, and most often is applied by brush.  It actually brushes out lovely, and doesn’t HAVE to have a finish coat over it to stay put, but it dries out to a flat chalky feel.  Colorwise, the lightest neutral of Botanical is Gardenia, an offwhite (top left).

I mixed part Botanical Gardenia, Part Off White Reclaim and part Bright White Reclaim, and started applying, thin, by brush

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After one coat, I realized this wasn’t going to be a 2-coat finish.  I tried to find the right balance of paint to leave behind, without it looking too stroky…  what worked best was almost dry brushing the paint,  slow and steady

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My plan for the chest was to add stencil designs on the two front door panels, but I didn’t want it to complete with the neutral finish of the piece, so I used our Textured Plaster and tinted it darker, using several of our Powder Pigments, to resemble the hardware that I planned to use –

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and bladed it through one of our thicker stencils

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The original hardware would be refinished to a brass/bronze color, but I wanted something special on the top drawer.   I used several decorative backs, added a metal whispy knob, painted it to a pretty brass/bronze color, and added Swarovski crystals to complete the look

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You can see in this photo how the paint is in various stages of coverage, the upper section still showing it’s original yellowy colorfabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_raised_plaster_damask_door_panels (5)

I let both panels dry, the went back to dry brushing, to get the finish even and solid, including completely covering the plastered stencil relief

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After that I went to work dressing up the piece, giving it those added touches that I love, to make it a one of a kind special…   I stenciled the inner drawer fronts,  and gave the inside and out of each drawer a freshening up of colorfabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (6)

The top, originally that pear yellow color formica, needed to go deeper, I envisioned a pecan color to coordinate with the hardware, so I started to layer to achieve that result –fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (7)fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (1)

It took me a good six passes to get an even finish with this application method.  Typically, our brush on paints (APC, Cottage) can be applied not-too-thick-not-too-thin, then a second coat thinned with water that pulls it all together.  With this blend of Reclaim/Botanical, wetting of the paint, or thinning it down and applying it, more often than not caused the under layer to reactivate and lift off…  thus more layers of very thin paint applied was the best way I found to reach total coverage.  When it all dried, I light sanded the flat panels with a 400 grit, and sanded the door panel relief with a 200 grit sandpaper to pop the design –fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (2)

The remainder of the hardware was refinished to the brass/bronze color, sealed and embellished with Swarovskis’s to complete the look

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Once the paint finish and top were complete, I mixed our two sealers- Durable Waterbased Satin Sealer and  Durable Waterbased Matte Sealer, to create a 50/50 blend of satin/matte, and applied that to the whole chest.  Even though the Reclaim has that built in sealer, I recommend adding an extra topcoat if

  • its going to be a high use piece
  • if its for youth
  • if its a light color (think hard to keep clean) finish
  • if I desire more (or less) of a sheen than what my paint dried to
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 I’m really pleased with the top
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Of course, the feet had to be glammed up
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and the back 🙂

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Definitely one of my favorite chests, not just for how it ended up looking, but for the whole package – the lovely design and furniture quality

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Look at all that storage!dixie_chest_custom_painted_chalk_wood_grainWhen it came time for the petite nightstands, I finished them pretty much the same way except for the tops.   The tall chest had that  ‘fantasy/faux’ wood grain finish,  where I tried to get to that color tone that I saw in my head. In those cases I have no recipe to follow, I just trial and error until it works.   I  would have a miserable time trying to recreate an exact match.   Plus the nightstands were lower and I felt a darker top would weigh the pieces down…..

I decided to use the tinted plaster again, but this time blade it through a pretty patterned lace.  In the picture below, you can see the tops are a caramel color – it’s the lace patterned tinted plaster drying

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Here, in the photo below, I’ve already painted over the dried plaster lace on the tops

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Yay!  I sanded tops and the tinted pattern popped through, leave just enough to dress up the tops.  I sealed these pieces with my 50/50 mix as well

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The pieces coordinated well with each other, and just last week a customer put a claim on the trio

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These pieces drew an awful lot of interest in the store, as the ‘I want that type finish’ to paint on my own piece.  What we show them, instead, is an application method of rolling thin layers of the Reclaim paint on, like we do for the cabinet finishes we show, or rolling a Reclaim/Botanical mix on.  This way in 2-3 passes you should have solid coverage, and with that little bit of 400 grit paper, your finish result will be a lot like this set.  I even have a video visual, from one of the local TV shows we did, showing that application – you can catch it here – Episode 12 offwhite_custom_painted_french_provencial_chest_standThis winter weather has been amazingly mild for Michigan, and already I’m starting to get itchy for Spring…  here’s to another great week!

Are you local to the Detroit area and interested in possibly updating your OWN tired furniture?  If so,  come visit us – we’re located at the corner of 23 Mile and Van Dyke in Shelby Township,  48316.    Don’t come Sunday or Monday, because we’re not open, but T,W, F  our hours are 10am-5pm  Thursday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.  During holidays our hours do change, you can find updates on our website.

If you live too far away, that’s ok,  we ship daily,  offering our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories – store.fabfinisher.com.

If you’re interested in a paint project, or need to get out for the evening, check out our Workshop Schedule,   register online or stop in and visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Shelby TV Show #6 – Simple Painted Cabinet Finishes, Botanical

This show demonstrates applying two simple cabinet finishes to a standard oak cabinet door ,  durable finishes requiring no priming or stripping   –  just clean your surface well and begin!

A single color finish,  using Botanical paint, color Salvia

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and a two-step finish, applying Textured Basecoat paint, color Paprika first,

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then Botanical Paint color Mulberry

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Finally, finishing off the finishes with a glazing technique and topcoating

 

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Watching, you will see how truly simple enough painting your cabinets can be, when you use the right products.

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You can find all our DIY tapings at Shelby TV,  or you can click on our ‘Watch Videos’ link in the right hand column of our page.

Hope you enjoy!

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A Fab Finish – Country Barn Red, Rich Dark Wax, Allover Stencil

Todays share –  a secretary that,  darn it,  I can’t find the before of.  This was it after one coat of APC Tumbleweed…  I had planned a dark blue over top

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but I let the piece sit a few weeks and when I came back to it, I had other plans…

APC’s American Home Collection had just arrived, and I was eager to play

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I brushed a coat of Rushmore over the Tumbleweed, to neutralize the base,  then started a harlequin stencil using Shingle on the Roof

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When that dried, I painted the second half of the harlequin Tarnished Platter

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It took me forever to do that silly stencil on that curvy front,  and yup,  when I was done I didn’t like it ….        Hate when that happens.    Granted, it wasn’t topcoated yet, so the colors would be a little deeper, but I knew it would still look blue and brown to me….   Reminded me of a toddler boy’s Easter outfit images6

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Back to the drawing board.  I grabbed  Mulberry,  from Caromal’s Botanical line –  a soft black that covers great and lays down with little brush marks. I needed that with all the layers I was creating…

I brushed a mix of  Country Barn (Chenille Bedspread, Fireworks Red)   over the Mulberry

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Fireworks is the tall sample, below,  the new Country Barn is to the right of it, and just for the record, new Rose Garden is to the left of it

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So lets see,  Tumbleweed,  Rushmore, Tarnished Platter and Shingle on the Roof in a Harlequin stencil, Botanical Mulberry,  Country Barn/Fireworks/Chenille Bedspread, and an Allover stencil with Reclaim Licorice

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Yes,  much better

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One more side to stencil…

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I lightly sanded to refine, and sealed with APC’s Vintage Dark Wax.  Here it is still wet, and look –  the harlequin pattern is still ever-so-slighty relaying through  🙂

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Dry, dry dry,  so I can buff buff buff…

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Out to the floor…

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Yes, we all  need some!

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Love the results

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CAROMAL COLOURS

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Time To Get Your Paint On, New DIY Colors For 2015

I hope your holidays were filled with much love and sparkle.  I took a much needed break from posting this year.   Spending time at home with family is a rarity for me,  unfortunately when you own your own business you can’t just turn it all off for a week or two,  but you can turn off most…

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NO more blogging when your family is home!

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   Happy 2015!! 

 

BACK TO BUSINESS   

We’ve been hard at work, trying to get our displays updated and more uniform, readying ourselves for the new year…

Two years ago I had more space than I knew what to do with – now I can stare at every wall and realize it has been revamped, and redesigned several times to fit the growth and create good flow….

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A customer arrives –   not sure about the whole  ‘painting without sanding, priming, stripping’  concept…   a project in mind, but no clue where to start.

This wall offers opportunity –  any of these paints can be applied directly over existing furniture, cabinets, accessories, without sanding/stripping/priming.

We like options, and we strive to offer  a rainbow of options – not just colors, but end result finishes –  smooth, textured, vintage, shabby, clean, sleek, shine, no shine, waxed, sealed,  one color, layered color,   easy roll on, more intense ‘fiddling and finessing until you like what you have’.      Our goal is to find products that are truly easy enough to use,  and that offer nice quality finishes that won’t curl off in two months.

The left section is Caromal Colours,  the middle,  American Paint Company, and  the far right section will be stocked next month with another easy to use collection, offering it’s own finish style –

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Caromal Colours  –  all water based and non-toxic products, with several distinct lines –

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RECLAIM –   all-in-one bonder/primer/finisher that cures to a durable, washable surface in several coats.   It provides a protective coat within its formula, though for heavier used surfaces we recommend RECLAIM Sealer.    Preferred method of application – low nap roller.

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Caromal Colours Reclaim top row

TEXTURED BASECOATS –  thicker, peanut buttery paint,  very durable and versatile – layer colors, play with textures and application techniques.  Great for cabinetry, furniture, and everything in between.   Preferred method of application – any, depending on the look you desire.

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Creating a cool dragged paint finish – brush one color, textured basecoat

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brush another color (or two or three) , textured basecoats – you can wait until it dries, or can brush wet over wet – the colors will stay distinct

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when dry, sand it, scrape it, throw it on the floor, dance on it – you get i t- and when you like it, your done – or you can brush some Caromal Toning Glaze on it and wipe it back with a rag, to give it that aged grunge feel

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats midlde row

BOTANICALS   a lovely  matte, chalky luster, these smooth paints are incredibly easy to use, versatile in application,  and wonderfully durable.  Amazing coverage,  lay down nicely , sands very easy for distressing, and doesn’t require a wax to finish.  Preferred method of application -brush or roll.

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Botanical Peony –

The Botanical’s arrived late Fall, and feature  these colors

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Caromal Colours Botanicals bottom row

The new display wall is a great backdrop for  cabinet door samples – each portrays a different finish, all created with Caromal paints

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Textured Basecoat Wisteria, brushed, light sand, top 1/2 light grey glaze, bottom 1/2 pearl glaze

 

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Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, whizz rolled, top 1/2 cherry glaze, bottom 1/2 black glaze

 

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Botanical Salvia, brushed, top 1/2 white glaze, bottom 1/2 molasses glaze

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Textured Basecoat Blueberry, brushed on with some areas heavier stipple. Let dry. Brush one coat Chipping Creme. Let dry. Brush 2nd color Textured Basecoat Pumpkin. Let dry. Sand with 100-150 grit, to your desire. Can scrape with a flat or sharp tool to create a chipped effect. Brush Toner glaze and softly wipe off.

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Left 1/2 basecoat Reclaim Mocha, brushed coat Silver Blend metallic, brushed on Toner Glaze and wiped back. Right 1/2 Textured Basecoat Peppercorn rolled on, brush coat Bronze Blend, sand, black glaze.

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Left 1/2: a mix of Reclaim Mocha and Reclaim Poppy – brushed on and wiped back with dry cloth. Repeat. Glazed with mahogany glaze and black glaze. Right 1/2: Reclaim Mocha rolled on, top glazed with dark grey glaze, bottom with black glaze

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Left 1/2 – Textured Basecoat Chocolate brushed on, let dry. Reclaim Offwhite brushed on to cover. Sand to reveal chocolate, glaze with dark grey glaze. Right 1/2- Textured Basecoat Chocolate brushed on, let dry. Botanical Cattail brushed on to cover. Sand to reveal chocolate, glaze with dark grey glaze.

We changed things up with our American Paint Company display as well.   As you can see below,   the color frames were different sizes,  propped on old pallet frames.  It worked for awhile, and looked cool, but it wasn’t easy to follow, and wasted wall space –

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We hit the dollar store, purchased more frames, and repainted every color in the APC deck –  we even included colors that are retiring , because the colors are still available – and on sale too! – so great deal, but if you can’t ‘see’ the color then how can you know it’s right for you?

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Our American Paint Company paints, offers the most color selection.  A chalk and clay base paint, American Paint is thick, rich, and provides superior coverage. No-odor, non-toxic and no VOC’s.

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It is the paint I like to get super artsy with – you can blend and wash and layer, over and over, and sand and wet wipe until its just right.  If a wax finish is for you, it can be waxed and buffed to the highest sheen .  Preferred method of application – brush.

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Removing the old pallets, and hanging single rails allowed us to showcase the colors nicely together.  We also took down the old 2×2 boards that had velcro’d paint sample finishes hanging on them, and more efficiently offer those in pull-out baskets –

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With all the colors together like this, I see so many cool color combinations

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even with colors I wouldn’t have thought to use before –

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caromal colours, american paint, reclaim, botanical, fabulous finishes studio, diy paints, painted furniture, cabinets, shop online, shop.fabfinisher.com, coupon pattyh, metro detroit, no sanding, no stripping, no priming, workshops, american home collection, country barn

Instead of posting all the close ups of these new colors here,  I’ll create an accompanying post to this one titled APC Home Collection, so that it’s  easily searchable.

This last section will offer more DIY ease  ie) paints that can be applied over cabinets and furniture without priming/sanding/stripping ,   a brush on with excellent coverage and leveling, more sheen, not as matte chalky, and darker, more regal colors

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Of course home field has an advantage – customers can come in and see colors and samples first hand.  However,  we’re working really hard to update our commerce site as well, so products will be easier to find, with better descriptions and direct links to blog posts where you can find even more information.

I did get an update a few days ago and the goal is to have the site live for test runs by next week.

 

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