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Blend Colors of Grey Gray – Reclaim and Cottage Paint

I have been working on uploading photos to our store items online,  and wanted to share them here as well.   Seeing colors stacked next to each other is helpful when deciding color.

These pictures portray various shades of GREY that we offer,  4 boards using Reclaim Paint and 2 boards  Cottage Paint

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It’s obvious,Licorice  a stocked Reclaim color, is BLACK not GREY.  I included it as a reference for the other boards.  Pewter is a stocked Reclaim color as well

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Shadow and Lead are two of our Cottage Paint colors that we custom tint –

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and these last couple boards we call ‘Reclaim Blends‘  – colors we’ve concocted by blending together several or more Reclaim colors, using noted ratios –

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If you like clean and crisp color, your paint project will be easiest,  just pick the paint color and you are ready to roll….  for those that prefer an antiqued effect, or overglaze, you have many options –

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We offer a great selection of glaze colors,  and recently added two NEW glaze colors – a rich WALNUT,  and my favorite, a soft UMBER, the perfect neutral.   I’ll share those pictures next time.   Happy Painting!

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.

 

 

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Aged Paper, Plaster and Canvas Workshop

This week we hosted an Aged Paper, Plaster and Canvas Workshop dealing with mounting papers on canvas, building and blending a border to mask the image edge using paint, plaster and wax.

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The Aged Papers are addicting, we stock  a huge assortment, which makes choosing difficult…

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The papers are 11×17,  and can be used in a variety of ways.   You could

  • slip them in a frame as is
  • line a drawer
  • create a focal wall
  • decorate larger furniture surfaces, like inside a china cabinet fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0243
  • dressing up backs of furniture that will show in a roomfabulous_finishes_online_store_aged_papers (5)
  • adding a design element to furniture panelsfabulous_finishes_studio_chalk_clay_chest_paris_wood

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  • create a piece of art
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Our current Aged Paper Workshop creates art on canvas.

We begin by painting the canvas with a base color we choose, then we dry.  The paper’s edges are scored, and then the mounting process begins, using our Durable Matte Sealer with a squirt of glue mixed in.

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We work to smooth out wrinkles and bubbles, then once our art-in-process is dry we begin layering a combination of plaster and paint – a little here, a little there, some scraping, blending, fiddling, some more plaster or more paint, blend and fiddle some more…

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This is the longest stretch of the workshop – it relies on each person’s own eye, deciding ‘where’ they want or need more color or dimension, it’s not an exact science,  it’s just a feelie kindof thing,  and it’s cool to watch 🙂

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Once the fiddling is complete,  our canvas art is dried, and then a wax color (or colors) is selected, to finish off our piece.   I love American Paint Company’s Vintage Waxes – I rave about them a lot, and for good reason – they are simply the best!

I use  APC’s Vintage Clear Wax to create colored waxes by adding pigment tints – like one canvas used a blue wax in the final pass – I’ll add our mica powders to create various shimmer wax colors as well.   I create each color or shimmer into it’s own snap-deli container, so it’s an easy go-to-grab when I need it.

We used a variety of wax colors to finish off the canvas’s –  APC’s Dark Wax, which gives an umber vintage effect, and APC Wax custom tinted to Brass, Aged Gold, Pearl, Pewter, Shimmered Silver, Blue, and Black.

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Pretty fun night – thank you ladies!!

The plaster we use, to blend and layer the edges is Caromal’s Perfect Plaster

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It’s unlike any of our other plasters – it’s whippy, think paint folded with whipped crème, then sprinkle in some seeds or specks of little things that bust open when you scrape them.   I wont’ apply the paper’s without it.

It’s also cool as a wall finish, which is it’s original intent (LOL)

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I forgot to add a link to my videos page,  here  , if you check out video #5 it’s a short Shelby TV segment on this paper type application on a small stool.

Have a fabulous Spring Weekend!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Newest Shelby DIY TV Episode and Updated Website

Katie finished the editing for our most recent Shelby DIY Episode (8) – the one I mentioned in the last post, with Cottage Paint

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The taping of this episode was not our usual – we were minus the zoom camera (camera man didn’t arrive)  –  Katie did a great job handling everything that morning, including the camera!    I apologize now for wasting a minute or three trying to find the next darn stencil lead….    aaack!  Sorry everyone 🙂

Now regarding the website transition….

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I’ve been promising over three months now that we’d have our updated shopping site running –   http://store.fabfinisher.com.

I’ve held off because it needs so much work.  I am embarassed.   I could cry.    It’s got the ability to be a Ferrari and right now it’s a stinkin Pinto.

I am told you CAN order from the site – but our originally shopping cart is still function as well –  shop.fabfinisher.com .

Both should work..  Once the bugs are worked out in this test mode, you will no longer have an option – what was the shop will just direct you to the store – you wont even know it happened…

The new store link DOES have all the Aged Papers  inputted, the Cottage Paints are all linked, and I am in the process of adding the new glazes.   Additionally, everything on our old shopping cart IS on the new site, but like I said, it needs some polishing…

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This was my day today – see that input screen in the background?  Guess what I did all day today?   Trying to keep a smile on my face….

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Looking forward to tomorrow night’s  Paint A Piece Workshop- our workshops have been drawing a lot of interest, (did I mention our Spring/Summer schedule is posted?)  and the Paint A Piece ones are my favorite – it makes me feel good when I see people getting excited about painting and creating…

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MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
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need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods – if this describes you, please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process. Our customers from a far are just as important as our local customers – when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

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BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

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Our workshop schedule for Spring/Summer is now posted

come workshop with us
be inspired with us

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If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

Kicking It Up A Huge Notch, With Cottage Paint

I wasn’t going to post our recent happenings with Cottage Paint until our new online store was launched,  after all, why share and boast, if you can’t spread the joy?

We are ready to test launch Wednesday, and this will be a category –

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We’ve updated our selection of brushes, with great price points,  even brought on the velour roller we like to use when we roll our topcoats

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Finally,  FINALLY,  the large assortment of 11×17 papers that we carry in our Shelby Township store will be available to order

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I knew this was going to be a huge task,  even with real, professional webmasters at the helm.  Taking our existing  shopping cart, years of blogging,  photos etc –  and creating one user friendly site that’s easy to maneuver, with interactive posts and products, up to date workshop calendars, registration online…

The problem is,  I want everything just right, and we’ve only started…  The shopping cart portion is ready to test, we haven’t even started transitioning the blog posts over.

It’s unrealistic to expect PERFECT  …  there are going to be bumps and glitches… but only one way to find out – get it out there and start testing it.

By Wednesday, the Aged Paper category and Cottage Paints should be complete. If you peruse our site mid-week you’ll find it takes you to the new one,  and we’ll see what happens!

WHAT IS COTTAGE PAINT?

Cottage Paint, a clay-based paint that dries to a chalky matte finish and is velvety smooth to the touch.   Fabulous, quick and easy – and in line with the other products we love – no stripping, sanding or primer is needed.

I was introduced to Cottage Paint a couple years ago , right around the time my new store was opening,  but my hands were full  getting our customers well acquainted with our existing lines – Caromal Colours and American Paint Company.  I’ve always liked offering options, but I don’t want different versions of the SAME.   Does that make sense?

  • Caromal Colours has a paint like no other – the Textured Basecoats, my magical go-to paint.  Super durable.    Theres Reclaim,  the easiest paint to use,  super durable,  and Botanicals, a chalky flat matte finish, that will stay put once it dries.
  • American Paint Company  offers my customers an all natural, zero voc, chalk/clay/mineral based paint with many color options.  They offer an excellent Wax and a water-based Topcoat option (alternative to wax).  I love love love them both.

So what can Cottage Paint offer that sets it apart from our others?

  • The paint stays open longer than an all natural chalk/clay paint, which allows you to flow out your color,  work in short or longer strokes, but then have the ability to pull a long stroke back together so it lays down nice.
  • A smoother feel like the Botanicals, except Botanical is chalky flat when dry, and Cottage Paint is silky.
  • Most of the colors have excellent coverage on the first pass.
  • It is a smoother feel when it dries than brushed on APC, brushed on Reclaim or Textured Basecoats.
  • Once dry, you can take a damp rag and wipe it to distress or to reveal back to an under color.  I like this wet wiping.  Unlike the chalk paints that can wet wipe pretty quick, the Cottage Paint takes it’s time revealing,  which means more control.  I feel it looks more authentic as well.
  • It doesn’t need a heavier sanding to remove brush strokes/etc – a quick burnishing with a 400-500 grit paper gives it a great soft feel.
  • The paint finish will dry and harden to an acceptable furniture finish, without the addition of a topcoat.   If you desire increased durability, you can topcoat with your favorite topcoat.
  • You can buff your paint, once dry, to a lovely low luster using a soft rag,  or use the wax drill brush tool and really shine it up.

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  • It has an easy to use Crackle Medium that brushes on, dries naturally, THEN you brush your top color on.   The crackle effect is soft and subtle – I like it.

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  • You can glaze over the Cottage Paint, the same day, and it works fine.   You can do this with Textured Basecoats as well.  Reclaim needs to sit a few days before glazing,  I don’t glaze Botanical the same day as it wants to pull up the paint,  and I don’t glaze APC finishes without first applying a layer of Topcoat Finish.

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  • Waxing is effortless over a Cottage Paint finish –  it doesnt have to soak in like it does the chalky paints. Think of it more as a polishing, and I love how Mica Wax applies evenly, not blotchy

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Cottage Paint Bold Black with Brass Mica Wax and Black Wax. I jazzed up the top with texture, metallics, and tinted waxes.

  •  Best of all, I love our colors.  While Cottage Paint, a Canadian-based line,  offers alot of pre-tinted colors,  I wanted to define our own color palette.   What our customers like (more versions of neutrals) , what we needed (a white white with great coverage),  what we were lacking (a Pottery Barn blue, a wine), what I was lacking (KING PURPLE!!!)  🙂

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The grey on grey stenciled sample above, prompted me to demonstrate the simple how-to for our next Shelby DIY TV show –

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I used Cottage Paint Lead on the display chest – it has APC Dark Wax over it

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We’ll link the Shelby DIY segment as soon as they get final editing done.  Enjoy your week –

if you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit- we’ve got a great variety to fit your EVERY need!

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MONDAYS CLOSED
TUESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAYS 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAYS 10PM – 7PM
FRIDAYS 10AM – 5PM
SATURDAYS 10AM – 3PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

need paint?

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods – if this describes you, please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process. Our customers from a far are just as important as our local customers – when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

shop.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

storefront

Our workshop schedule for Spring/Summer is now posted

come workshop with us
be inspired with us

fabulous-finishes-shelby-township-workshops-advanced-shop-online

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!