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.
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.
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.
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
“Just” paint, maybe layering colors, and a little sanding/wiping to reveal is another easy makeover, like this gorgeous Florentina bed from Habersham Home
or this fun piece
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
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
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
and on the front of this piece under a silver metallic finish…
Jazz it up more with some Swarovski shimmer
we offer a great selection of Swarovski colors, both in crystals and pearls
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
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?)
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
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
Maybe a change to the top would work for your space – FOILS are fun
and there are many color pattern to choose from. Michelle chose Woodhaven Gold for her dresser top, which we demonstrated on TV
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
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
We offer hundreds of lovely paper designs, a great way to add interest to furniture
You can add a paper clean like above, or weather the edges like these next couple
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
I also offer a Workshop involving mounting and aging papers – this one is tomorrow but its sold out
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
There are so many ways to play and experiment…. and create
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.