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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby DIY Episode 10 – Painting Metal and Glass Outdoor Furniture

Hope you enjoy this one !

Happy painting!

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Shelby TV Episode 9 – Painting Pans, Metal, Glass to Planters

Sharing the video links in its own post, so it’s easier to find –  if you haven’t viewed,  enjoy 🙂

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.

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AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

BOTANICALS

COTTAGE PAINT

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

 Closed Sundays and Mondays

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday   10am – 5pm

Thursday   10am – 7pm

Saturday 10am – 3pm

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

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Mixing Reclaim Colors, Stencil Workshop, Silver Vanity, Paint A Piece

This week I took some pictures of Reclaim sample  boards that we’ve done for the store.

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For those not familiar with this paint,  it’s our number one seller for cabinets

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Reclaim Paint is available in twelve premixed colors-

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Additionally,  we’ve created a good number of custom painted boards, where we’ll mix together 2 colors, to get to yet another color option.

It started with these,  where I mixed two colors of Reclaim together, Pewter and Offwhite.  Both boards are based with Pewter/Offwhite, one just has more Pewter, one has more Offwhite…

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Custom color boards, mixing Reclaim Pewter and Reclaim Offwhite together, at different ratios. The paints are lovely as a color on their own, or you an add an overglaze, in a number of color options, to add more interest – an antiquing effect.

This cabinet door is finished in a custom blend – 4:1 Offwhite to Pewter, meaning 4 parts Offwhite, 1 part Pewter.  Don’t let the thought of mixing/measuring intimidate you , we keep the mixes simple enough, and will guide you along every step – what you’ll need, how to mix, how to prep, how to apply…

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Reclaim Paint mixture,with Molasses Glaze, over an old oak kitchen door

The custom mixes have been quite popular, so in recent weeks I’ve created more samples

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If you click on each photo, you can see the colors/labels etc …   I’ve sprinkled in some of the single color boards, to give a reference

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Amazing how many combinations you can create, right?  There are many more we don’t have to show,  but you are more than welcome to cook up your own.reclaim_paint_custom_mixed_colors_shop_fabulous_finishes_online

Time to update a bath, your laundry room, or kitchen cabinets?  Stop by the store and check out the colors in person.  Look for our hours below.

This past week we hosted a Stenciling Workshop – at $75 ($65 for previous students), you create five different samples, all using different stenciling methods.  From the workshop:

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Stippled Paint Stenciling, using various paints – Reclaim, Cottage Paint, American Paint Company

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Two Tone Shadow Stenciling

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Embedded Stenciling

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Raised Texture Stenciling

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Traditional Stenciling, with Creamy Stencil Creme and Glaze

We offer an eclectic mix of WORKSHOPS, and try to vary the day/time so we can accommodate everyone’s schedule.  Sign up with a friend or partner –  and look forward to an evening, or afternoon, of filled with fun, action packed activity, and loads of paint knowledge…

Our Aged Paper Workshop

Our Aged Paper Workshop

Wrapping up the week, I finished this piece for old vanity for my client –

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Taking pictures in the workroom make horrible photos, with all the clutter and messy shelves as backdrops…   I ‘fuzzed’ out the background on this one, so at least you can see the whole set.   It came to me dressed in a previously painted, tired, yellow color.

I gave it one of my metallic silver antiqued finishes, and wood grained the top-

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My Fabulous Finishes style has always been a little over the top,  dressing pieces up with pretty feet, decorated drawers, crystals always (even if I hide them on the back), even shimmer if I can get away with it… this customer wanted it fabulous 🙂

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Metallic finishes are one type you can create in our Paint a Piece Workshops. We aren’t able to do the dimensional stenciling in that workshop (like above) but we do teach that in the Stenciling Workshop.  I often get asked if I teach my woodgraining tops and I don’t.   My tops are a layering process, often different each one I do…  I don’t follow recipes, I just figure it out as I go until I get where I like it.    If you’ve ever instructed, you’ll understand – that’s a tough and frustrating thing to teach, which is why I don’t.  We do, however, offer simpler methods for achieving a wood top look.

It’s a perfect weekend here in Detroit – 70’s and sunny – planting season is here.  Need to fun up your patio area?  Check out our latest TV episode where I show how you can turn various household items into outdoor works of art!

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The latest Shelby DIY TV Show, is live – you can watch that here

We ended the week with a Paint A Piece Workshop.  Every now and then I fail to capture photos of the evening and last night was one of them,   however,  I DID get some as they were leaving the store…

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American Paint Company Chalk Clay Topiary with APC Dark Wax

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika with Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), and Reclaim Glaze. Stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika with Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), and Reclaim Glaze. Stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment, Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), Dark Grey Glaze, stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment, Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), Dark Grey Glaze, stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Cottage Paint Patina (our custom color), with Tea Glaze

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Cottage Paint Patina (our custom color), buffed.

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Cottage Paint Patina (our custom color), with White Glaze, stenciled with Snowberry Stencil Creme.

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Metallic Finish with Toning Glaze, stenciled Earth Stencil Creme.

Back to work, on this lovely piece –

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If you’re local, look for us in this weekend’s Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Homestyle Magazine.  Maureen Feighan has a feature on the fever of  DIY in Detroit.     Enjoy Spring, have a blessed week~

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Mother’s Day is next weekend –  head in and bless mom with a gift certificate to Fabulous Finishes,  good toward all purchases and workshops.  She might like these lovely new Aged Paper ladies,  in for Spring

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spring projects!

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.

store.fabfinisher.com

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

botanicals

cottage paint

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

 Closed Sundays and Mondays

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday   10am – 5pm

Thursday   10am – 7pm

Saturday 10am – 3pm

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

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