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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

Grey Goose

Brown Bear

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!

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One of My Personal Favorites – Aged Papers…



You might be able to tell from our online selection of nearly 300 unique paper designs,  I’m a sucker for these Aged Papers

There are many ways to use these pretty, hand dripped, 10×17 papers…    A simple frame

 

Or adding a painted or textural finish as a blended border…

Forget the frame and just mount them to something – a canvas, a star…

This was a popular specialty workshop I enjoyed teaching, and it will be one that you’ll see back on my smaller scale workshop calendar  –

I have an online video on my process, applying the aged papers onto furniture/accessories with our paints, textural plasters and colored waxes – you can find that here

I start on a painted base, and apply the paper with our Matte or Satin Sealer

My “GO TO” plaster for paper finishes, Caromal Colour’s Perfect Plaster – it’s whippy, gritty, kindof see through, but not…

it’s best applied with our Whizz roller, and a chip brush…

You can create dimensional layers with this plaster, using a scraper as it dries… you can scrape or roll in more plaster, or mix in a couple drops of a paint color or two, to add even more depth…

My goal in the end is to have the paper blend right into the textural finish created – the edges lost in focus-

Once your plaster/paint finish is dried, you can color it up with glazes, or my favorite – a blend of American Paint Wax colors.  I like to rely on their Clear Wax, and I tint a multitude of color and shimmer waxes using our Mica Powder and Stone Pigments.

Personalize a gift with your favorite print –

A few years ago I posted about painting my laundry cabinets

If you’re like me, you’ll find there are too many Botanical prints to choose from,  but using them to decorate a wall like I did in my laundry room was the perfect way to not have to CHOOSE favorites…

Super simple, the walls were already painted, right?  I just took our Matte Sealer, brushed on a section at a time, stuck the paper, brushed over it again with Sealer and then scraped out the bubbles…

Good place and perfect color  for that old frame from the store-

I especially enjoy getting the papers blown up, and incorporating them into my furniture finishes –

I’ll post more extensively on several of these pieces later,  this read is long enough 🙂

Find our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories in our online store,  we’ve  shipped all over the world    –     fabfinisher.com

Are you local to the old store, and would like to save on shipping?  We offer local pickup,  just order what you need online, and we can have it ready for pickup within 12-24 hrs (even sooner if possible).  We are near 25 Mile and Van Dyke.

Have a blessed week

love and miss you Bella! x o x o

 

 

 

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.

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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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