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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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New European Flair Stencil Designs Have Arrived!

This post goes hand in hand with my next, discussing  painted finishes using  stencils and plaster to create relief.

These are the new stencil design we recently added:  (click on a design if you want more details)

I’m the one that has a hard time NOT adding a stencil somewhere on that piece of furniture I’m refinishing…

I favor designs like these above – ones that can be repeated for an allover effect, stacked, even split apart, using portions of the whole,  and I like to make sure the stencils are thick enough to use with thicker mediums like plaster and stone products (again one of my favorite to-dos)

A stencil has to be able to withstand multiple uses and clean up, without breaking down, damaged edges etc.

My advise to anyone new to stenciling ?

CLEAN IT AS SOON AS YOU USE IT

If you let the stencil sit for a bit after you use it, you will find it much harder to clean, especially if you are stenciling with paints or plasters.    I give it a fast rinse, then lay it on a flat surface and scrub with a fat brush and Deep Green

Deep Green is a super concentrated cleaner/stain remover that can be used full strength (how I like) or diluted for a daily cleaner.   Full strength its quite powerful – it made quite a difference in my grungy work deep sink when I used it full strength on a brush –

With my stencils, I use my brush to grab some cleaner then swirl away on the dirty stencil … 

laying  it on a flat surface keeps from bending the stencil medium

Rinse your brush good, and your stencil, and lay it flat to dry.

You can find stencils, cleaners, and all my favorite chalk and clay and plaster type paints,  finishes, glazes, sealers at our online store  www.fabfinisher.com  

If you need brushes we carry those as well, in all shapes and sizes.  Our favorite round brush prices will knock your socks off 🙂

Enjoy your week,

hopefully filled with spring-like weather!

 

An Exciting Week, Live in the D…

This past week I was honored to make an appearance on Channel 4’s morning show  Live in the D, for their March Madness Makeover on updating furniture.

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Michelle Oliver, a video reporter from WDIV, visited our store looking for an easy way to makeover her dresser.  She taped some of her visit,  choosing a paint color and some how to tips.

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and went home with everything she needed for her makeover project.   She wanted her dresser painted a soft white, but was interested in dressing up the top, maybe even adding a stencil ….

On the live show we demonstrated how to add a foil element to her dresser top, and adding extra detail with stencils.

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I wish we could have had a whole hour to discuss ways to dress up a simple paint finish –  it’s what drives my creativity –

~ the art of embellishing your piece ~

Of course, a simple paint finish is classic,  like this bedroom

and these curios that my client wanted black

(before) Right Cabinet, (after) using Reclaim Licorice

(before) Right Cabinet, (after) using Reclaim Licorice

“Just” paint,  maybe layering colors, and a little sanding/wiping to reveal is another easy makeover,  like this gorgeous Florentina  bed from Habersham Home

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or this fun piece

Side table painted in several layered colors APC Chalk & Clay paint, waxed

Side table painted in several layered colors APC Chalk & Clay paint, waxed

Maybe you paint a piece, and a month later you decide you could live with a little more pizazz… what then?

Applying a glaze would be an easy way to add dimension to your painted finish. Glazes can be applied over any non-waxed paint finish that isn’t flat or raw.   We offer many choices of glaze colors, both in store and online

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Using a thicker, textured paint like our Caromal Textured Basecoats as a first layer color, and then another paint/color over top will allow you to reveal back, easily, to a real cool worn look

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You could also add a thicker stencil, embedded between your color layers like I did on these back panels, using our Textured Plaster or Stone products

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and on the front of this piece under a silver metallic finish…

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Jazz it up more with some Swarovski shimmer

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we offer a great selection of Swarovski colors, both in crystals and pearls

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This piece had a lot of adds – the embedded plaster stencil design on the whole front, buried between American Paint Co. Chalk and Clay paint colors,  Swarovski Crystals, and our new Varigated Blue Gilding Leaf, on the top, accents and hardware

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The same idea on this chest,  “only the names have been changed to protect the innocent”  –  (just kidding Ö anyone remember Dragnet as a kid?)

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Ombre chest, painted with American Paint chalk and clay blacks/greys, our black texture plaster for stencil relief, sides feet and hardware accented with silver leaf

You could add a stencil element, here, there,  or everywhere, with the use of a stencil and another color of paint or glaze.  We offer an excellent selection of durable and reusable stencil designs

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American Paint chalk and clay paints in various pink shades, each tier stenciled, shimmered with crystals, feet accented with silver leaf

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One of my all time favorite pieces, silver finish with stencil accents

It’s hard for me NOT to add something somewhere….  it doesn’t always have to be the front and center focus, like this red secretary –  it can be subdued, tucked away off to the side like the silver vanity

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Maybe a change to the top would work for your space – FOILS  are  fun

Foiled cheetah top, American Paint chalk and clay Wainscott and APC Wax

Foiled cheetah top, American Paint chalk and clay Wainscott and APC Wax

and there are many color pattern to choose from.  Michelle chose Woodhaven Gold for her dresser top, which we demonstrated on TV

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Or foil just your hardware, or feet, or drawer fronts….

Combine foil AND stencils- this table is ‘just’ turquoise, but the top changed it’s whole look

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Weathered Copper for this “Clock Table”, created with American Paint chalk and clay paints and wax

This table base is a weathered white, painted in hopes of landing in a summer home.   Adding a stencil to the top makes this side table more functional, using a foil pattern on the top makes it more unique

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We offer hundreds of lovely paper designs,  a great way to add interest to furniture

Base -Caromal Parchment with a glaze, Top - American Paint chalk and clay blended shades of green, waxed.

Base -Caromal Parchment with a glaze, Top – American Paint chalk and clay blended shades of green, waxed. Aged paper Botanical print added to drawer front.

You can add a paper clean like above, or weather the edges like these next couple

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You can grasp the basic how to’s of this on my video links page – look for Episode 5, How to Apply Aged Papers to Your Surface and Blend the Edges

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I also offer a Workshop involving mounting and aging papers – this one is tomorrow but its sold out

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A great way to kick up the POW factor is using dimensional patterns, with more creative products like textured plasters, stones, and decorative acrylic waxes.  Our Specialty Finishes Workshop involves layering and creating finish looks with these type of mediums, which you can incorporate to any surface

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There are so many ways to play and experiment…. and create

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Cottage Paint Black base with a mixed Brass Wax, a textured plaster top with metallic and waxes

 

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Our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Olive, with a mixed Black Wax, inside finish created with plaster, stencil and glaze

 

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A silver metallic finish with decorative raised panel, using tinted textured plaster through lace and a shimmer mica wax over top

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, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our First DIY TV Episode – Gilding and Foils

I love this time of year – change is in the air

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Leaves, weather, even time changes – it’s my favorite season…

We are seeing a lot of  BIG changes at our store as well –

1) AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY   our all natural, healthiest chalk and clay paint line,  is pleased to announce the launch of a new color collection for Fall 2014 and updates on the main color line.  Staying on trend in the home décor market, they will be retiring colors, moving colors from the 2013 Ellis Collection into the main line, and launching a new color collection called American Home. Due in store First of November.  Get the details here.

2) CAROMAL COLOURS®   our diverse, easy to use, super paints and decorative finishes have collaborated with Monahan Papers,  creating a new collection – The Botanicals Home Decor Paint.  The Botanicals are luscious and creamy paints , enhancing your furniture, cabinets, and accessories with a  matte, chalky luster, and don’t require wax to finish.   Due in store end of October.    Get the details here.

3)  STENCILS  our collection continues to grow, a good thing for all of us stencil lovers but trying to find a way to display them continues to be a challenge.  This week look for major changes in this corner of the showroom, as we clean the walls of stencil clutter and hang them, in an organized manner,  onto rolling display racks. fabulous  finishes paint studio, shelby township,mi  workshops, chalk clay paints, american paint company, caromal colours, stencils, shop.fabfinisher.com

4) BOTANICAL PAPERS  in addition to the new Botanical line of paints,  we will be stocking a nice selection of Monahan’s Botanical Papers and Aged Paper designs.  Approximately 70 unique prints will be arriving this week, and we can’t wait to share them with our customers!

5) OUR TV EPISODES   Shelby TV, our local community media, expressed an interest in taping DIY segments at our studio, and of course we were more than happy to accommodate 🙂  Our first episode aired a few days ago and today they will be back out to tape Episode 2.   Right now they are hoping for 2 episodes a month.  I will make sure to share all the links  – what  a helpful tool for many homeowners that are already using our paints and/or are showing an interest but are hesitant to take that first step because they fear it will be too hard.

Segment 1 is demonstrating the use of Gold Leaf (gilding) and Foil application.  It is on the longer side but I’m pretty confident that each time we do one of these it will only get better.  Our goal is 30 mins or less 🙂

I hope you enjoy 🙂 

Have a Blessed Week!

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