Category Archives: Workshop and Customer Before/Afters

Our Customer Painting Projects

I have the online store how I’d like it.  Almost.   So I’m moving back to posting.  If you find something quirky or missing with the online store  let me know and I’ll fix it quick  🙂

Let’s start with projects customers have shared – many of these customers were brand new to this thing called ‘paint it yourself’.   No better way to inspire you!

American Paint Company Fireworks Red, Stencil detail, APC Black Wax

Too many of these custom wall units around to count, right? Here’s Michelle and Joe’s before –

Good chance you’ve tried selling, or checked around to see if it held any value….Look no further-

Beyond Linen with Molasses Glaze

Oak updated to WHITE with Beyond Bright White

These are all homeowners painting their own stuff –  that equates to big time savings….

Arrghhh…  not sure what this color is, but the cabinet is lovely!

Beyond’s Pewter is like a glamorous model in photos,  here’s Lisa’s glam redo-

More oak cabinets…  don’t have the paint color the used, reminds me of Beyond White or Offwhite with a Molasses or Dark Grey  Glaze?

Nanette refinished a side table using Botanical Mulberry and one of our European Aged Papers on the drawer front –

If you’re drawn to these papers, and would like to see our process of apply and aging around them,  you can watch the Episode 5 video I taped with Shelby TV .

Ann updated her oak cabinets with Beyond Nantucket

Ann said: These are 30 yr old cupboards – Used your product Beyond Reclaim (Nantucket) & sealed with your satin water based sealer.  Very satisfied.  Love the new look.

Jess took on a paint project for her MIL – this was the inspiration photo

Just that little bit of white pops this set!

These cabinets were originally white laminate.   A blend of Beyond Pebble and Beyond Versailles (now retired but similar to Soft Grey) , with Molasses Glaze and Umber Glaze –

Mary had fun using our Aged Papers in various ways.  Here is one, she used Botanical Mulberry and accented a cabinet front with one of the papers –
Sharon refinished her oak kitchen cabinets with Beyond Offwhite and Coffee Glaze

Beyond’s Mocha dark brown on the island –

For 34 doors she used 3/4 gallon of Offwhite,   3 thin coats both sides,    16 ounce glaze, and 16 ounce sealer with 2 coats.  (she opted to add an additional sealer for extra durability)

Kathy said:   My husband and I were in your store before Christmas looking for finishes for a frame project. After looking at the “fabulous ” samples we decided on Beyond Licorice base paint, Metallic Statuary Bronze and your Black Glaze. This was so different from what I had originally thought to do and the result was “fabulous “. The directions offered for using the finishes was easy to follow and very helpful. 

I don’t recall the color used over this oak kitchen, but I do remember being wow’d at the time –  LOVED the way they finished off the island – lets say they used either Beyond Pebble or Soft Grey –

maybe our lovely customer that transformed this kitchen will see this and confirm the color used 🙂

Annalee updated her bathroom cabinets using Beyond Pebble and our Molasses Glaze

Jennifer and her husband started with a room full of traditional cherry furniture

–  We used the Beyond Reclaim Paint mixing Pebble and White in a 2/1 ratio.  We also used your Dark Grey Glaze and then your topcoat Matte Sealer. We love it and the paint was easy to work with.

How romantic this room feels, the soft grey color playing off the natural floor and calming blue walls –

LOVE IT!

Irene’s husband refinished parts of their great room furniture- don’t remember the exact color used –

You can find everything used here in our online store – I’ve tried to link the paints as they were mentioned,  if you have any questions you can post them in the comments section .  For how to’s or basics on painting cabinets, or how to paint a chair, you might find my video section helpful – there are over a dozen episodes, each with a specific project – you can see with your own eyes how easy it is to tackle your own paint project!

Ok, going to bed. Going to get this posted, and I’ll edit any type-o’s in the morning with fresh eyes 🙂

Blessings to you!

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We Love When Our Customers Share Their Projects!

It’s always fun to see what our customers are doing, how they tackle projects with our products…

Here are some recent pictures-
This kitchen was shared last time around, but the counters and a few other pretties weren’t complete. The proud owner shared a more recent photo of her updated kitchen – the before

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and the after,  cabinets painted and glazed by the homeowners themselves

Updated, painted oak cabinets, using Reclaim White with Coffee Glaze.

Updated, painted oak cabinets, using Reclaim White with Coffee Glaze.

A pair of fun chairs using several of our chalk and clay paints by American Paint Company.  Using our Fish Fossil Stencil with our Stone Plaster adds a great raised design-

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How about this laminate counter update?

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Formica Counter before

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Formica counter base layer, rolled textured basecoat peppercorn

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Formica counter, middle layer/s – the fun part, where you can roll, scrape, stipple, sponge other colors of textured basecoat paints – this was textured basecoat paprika and textured basecoat hazelnut.

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Formica counter final steps – light sand to remove any grit, richen up the painted finish using our Toner glaze, and then add several coats of our Fabulous sealers.

A workshop attendee completed this chair frame in one of our Paint a Piece workshops

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She used one of our light Cottage Paint colors,  I’m thinking it was Stone with our Less Intense Molasses Glaze cottage_paint_glaze_vintage-chair_fabfinisher (2)

This kitchen update comes all the way from South California 🙂  Suzie’s before

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and almost put back together – She used our Botanical mineral paint color Willow

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Dawn visited her father in Florida, and his several pieces of oak furniture that no longer worked for him.  He wanted a lighter, weathered wood feel, and chose a barnworn finish on the table, and a softer color on the rest.

They used Textured Basecoat colors Putty and Wisteria with our Molasses Glaze.  The remaining pieces were painted with our Cottage Paint Wonder White, and our Less Intense Molasses Glaze.

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Hard to see the table detail, but the finish looked like this

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Rhonda gave her nightstands a nice makeover, adding decorative legs and then painting with our American Paint Company Freedom Road  

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Pretty amazing!

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Dear Patty

Here are some pictures of my Master Bathroom using your Reclaim Off White and your Molasses Less Intense Glaze.    I’m so thankful to have stumbled upon your website and love all of your inspiration and products!  I only wish I lived nearby to check out your store in person.   Adrienne   Monument, Colorado

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Lovely transformation, using Reclaim offwhite and our Less Intense Molasses Glaze, over honey oak cabinets.

This customer updated a pink desk, and an unfinished accompanying chair

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How adorable is this?

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One of our regular customers online, Katherine from Arkansas, shared this headboard project she completed:

Here’s a before and after – The first is the stripped raw wood with a watered down Reclaim Pebble. You can see half of the head board is done.

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The second photo is after the Caromal Colours Toner was brushed on in in direction of the wood grain but not wiped back.  I just brushed until it no longer had streaks.   Toner worked beautifully! Over the weekend I tried different glazes and said to myself ” it just doesn’t have enough bite”  Then I remembered you saying how toner has a great bite to it! Thanks so much! It’s exactly the look I was going for.
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LOVE IT!!

Shannon painted this cabinet using a custom teal Cottage Paint color we tinted for her.   This is a great way to accommodate our customers when they have a specific color in mind they they can’t find with our current line of paints.   She used some of our American Paint colors that she had left over from other projects to paint and stencil the inside –

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Branko completed his kitchen cabinet project, and what a difference , don’t you agree?  They are thrilled!

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Linda shared her project,  a 4′ kitchen cabinet for their cottage in Lexington.  She used our custom tinted Cottage Paint color French Blue, sanded the edges, and finished it with our Durable Satin Sealer –

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Another amazing kitchen,  the before

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The beginning,  probably for many what seems like ‘The Point of No Return”  or even “Oh Shit, Here We Go!”

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You invest the hours – your time and effort,  some even sweat… and then you see finish line ahead

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and you are pumped!   You may have started like this

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but you end, chanting  OH YA!!!!!!

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Awesomeness….   you’re covered here at the Fab – I trust our product lines,  and our sales associates are knowledgeable and here to help you find what you need 🙂

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Lynn’s hutch makeover turned out amazing  –  she used our custom tinted Cottage Paint Color ASH and our Molasses Glaze

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This hope chest started its transformation in one of our Paint a Piece Workshops.  Our customer brought in the chest, minus the top (otherwise the piece would have been too large to complete) and painted it with our Cottage Paint custom color Vanilla.  Over that she used our American Paint Dark Vintage Wax to add that lovely antiquing effect, and a soft sheen and feel as well.

 

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It’s a beautiful chest – she loved it for years in its darker form, but it was time for a lighter version.  I love that she can still appreciate this piece that holds meaning to her.

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No before, but here’s the after on this pretty painted table –

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The customer used Textured Basecoat Parchment (cream) , Botanical Salvia (soft grey), both by Caromal Colours, and then aged it up using our American Paint Company Vintage Dark Wax 

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Here’s a gorgeous piece from one of our lovely customers in Texas – Kaye used a number of our products to customize this hutch, and I absolutely love it’s romantic feel.

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Bathroom oak cabinets, updated using a mix of Reclaim Mocha and Linen 

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This one was finished with Mocha

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Pat brought a couple kitchen cabinet doors to our Painting Cabinet class, and has us walk her through the painting process – she used  a mix of Bright White  and Off White Reclaim.  She brought those same  freshly painted, dried for a week, doors back the following weekend for our Glazing Cabinet class, and glazed them using our Umber Glaze

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A before family piano

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an updated family piano, using Reclaim Nantucket Blue and our Black Glaze

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Another kitchen 🙂

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Erika charmed this cabinet up using our Cottage Paint custom color Tropical with our  Caromal Colours Toner Glaze

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Pretty fun!

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We love our customers, and look forward to seeing what they do with our products…

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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,  our fall schedule is posted in store and we are in the process of adding the dates online –  register online or stop in and visit.

 

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
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  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing Projects From Our Workshops…

Trying to round out the posts – customers projects,  things I’m working on, and all the fun paint projects created in our workshops –

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A chippy, worn finish, Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, Chipping Crème, TB Parchment, and Glaze

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Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, APC yellow chalk/clay, sanded/wet wiped to reveal, APC Topcoated to seal up the paint

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The body of this pedestal kept its original finish, the top, base and accent was given a warm silver/gold finish with Toner

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A layered, chippy finish can be obtained a number of ways – here the texture on the first layer is Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, but instead of ‘chipping creme’ and then another Textured Basecoat  she used American Paint Co’s Fireworks Red, one coat painted on just enough to cover.  When it dries you can sand with a 150 grit to get thru to the textured base, and you can damp rag it to reveal as well.

I think APC Dark Wax completed this finish-

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Brown wood drawers before,   I think this one is our custom Cottage Paint color  Gorgeous Grey,  and the hardware was refinished using our Hardware Kit Brass
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A wood table before, got a layer of  Reclaim Mocha,  a layer of a Metallic Bronze Blend, and Black Glaze.  Stenciled with a lighter metallic-

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Top is 2 coats of Reclaim Mocha,  the rest has one coat Reclaim Mocha, then a rustic layer of metallic Silver Blend, and Toner

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Our custom Cottage Paint color French Blue, with a white wash, stenciled with several colors of Stencil Cremes

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APC Chalk/Clay Voyage blue over Vintage White, sealed with APC Topcooat. Stenciled with Mother Earth Stencil Crème

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Texture Basecoat Chocolate, Metallic Silver Blend, Toner

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Our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Wonder White, with a stencil color Mother Earth Stencil Creme – you can achieve the same color stencil using Toner –

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American Paint Co Freedom Road, with Clear Wax might have had some pewter mica and/or black pigment  in the wax …

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Basecoated with Reclaim Pewter,  top and accents topped with a soft metallic gold/silver

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Love how this one turned out – the attendee brought a pillow from home to match – she used Textured Basecoat Chocolate, then I think the blue was Reclaim Nantucket – sanded when dry, and stenciled with a champagne metallic –

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American Paint Freedom Road over Amber Waves Of Grain, sealed with APC Topcoat

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Metallic Bronze Finish over Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, sanded to reveal texture, topped with Black Glaze –

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American Paint Co Vintage White, Distressed and Topcoated.  Drawers Stenciled.

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Metallic Finish (Reclaim Licorice, Black Bronze, and Black Glaze)- stenciled in silver –

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First layer Reclaim Mocha, second layer Metallic Silver Blend and Toner. Stencil in Toner. Top remained Mocha – this table had a raised grain on top,  the Mocha so nicely accents it
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First layer Reclaim Licorice, Metallic Silver Blend with Toner on top and door
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First coat Textured Basecoat Chocolate, then I think it was our custom tinted color of Cottage Paint, Vanilla,  sanded/wet wiped, then glazed
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This table was originally dark wood,  painted with our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Vivacious Vanilla, topped with Antique Glaze

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Stenciled with Mother Earth Stencil Creme

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Cottage Paint (custom tint) Vivacious Vanilla with Molasses Less Intense Glaze

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Textured Basecoat Wisteria over Colonial Blue, Chipping Creme in middle, with Tea Glaze. Stenciled with Toner

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Textured Basecoat Cobblestone over Peppercorn, Chipping Creme in the middle, with Toner.  Stenciled in metallic –

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Textured Basecoat Parchment, with Molasses Less Intense Glaze

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Cottage Paint (our custom tinted color) Wicked Wine, with American Paint Dark Wax

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American Paint Co Orange Grove, with APC Topcoat 

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This frame was refinished using our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Gorgeous Grey, with Grey Linen (another custom color)  wash

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American Paint Vintage White with APC Topcoat

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Not sure, I think Botanical Dahlia over Textured Basecoat Wisteria 

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Not sure….

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I think American Paint Leather Boots over Textured Basecoat Colonial Blue, with APC Dark Wax

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American Paint A-mazing Yellow over Peacock, APC Topcoat

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Thought I’d include this one,  one of our larger Aged Paper Creating workshops  – I think I shared the final photo months back, but this was their fun group –

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This class mounted their choice of Aged Paper onto a glass mounted frame, layering to hide edges.  Our current Aged Paper Workshop will be working on large canvas mountings

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I think American Paint Topiary with APC Dark Wax

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Our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Grey Linen

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment over Candy Apple Red, Chipping Creme in the middle, with Toner and Toner stencil

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Our Cottage Paint custom tint color Patina with Tea Glaze

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Our Cottage Paint custom tinted color French Blue with white wash and White stencil

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Metallic Silver finish with Toner and Stencil

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Our Cottage Paint custom tinted color Grey Linen, with a Molasses Less Intense Glaze and a stencil using Mother Earth Stencil Creme

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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.