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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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Raised, Embedded Stencils With Our Newest Texture Plasters

Last post I shared different ways I like to use thicker than paint products.  A favorite of mine is our Texture Plaster, a thick medium like smooth peanut butter, that we offered in BLACK and NEUTRAL .  Earlier this month we added two new colors GREY GOOSE and BROWN BEAR

I created play by play visuals to portray the colors for you.  I basecoated one sample American Paint Company Dollar Bill,  and the other Uncle Sam

Once dry I positioned one of our newer stencil patterns, Florence Damask

I applied the Greygoose Plaster on the Uncle Sam and Brown Bear Plaster on the Dollar Bill.  When I apply thicker dimensional products over a stencil,  I typically use a lightweight plastic card –  used gift cards work great – butter up one edge, and beginning at one side of the stencil glide your buttered edge over the pattern, keep your scraper more parallel to surface so your glide is soft, not choppy and cutting –

Scoop more plaster on the card edge and continue where you left off.  Avoid going back and forth over the pattern as this most often causes the product to bleed underneath resulting in messy edges.  I use my free hand to hold the stencil in place , stencil adhesive and tape are culprits for damaging your newer painted surface underneath.

Its your preference how thick or thin you want to apply your plaster, some areas can be thicker, some thinner.  Leave the excess plaster ON the stencil surface,  don’t try to scrape it off at this point, and once your whole design is covered grab both sides of the stencil and lift directly up 


Be careful, your plaster design is wet and will take awhile to dry.

Lay the stencil on a flat surface –  here I used the cardboard but my favorite is a sheet of plastic or a counter that can be cleaned.   Using your same scraper, scrape harder and firmer now, across the design to retrieve the excess plaster. Save in your container for to reuse again.   If you wait too long to clean it will be much harder to clean the stencil, and your product will get a little clumpy –



Once the product is retrieved, rinse the stencil with warm water, use a soft brush and mild cleaner to get the dried product off.   Again, doing this sooner than later will extend the life of your stencils.

Now check out your raised stencil –

If you have any noticeable areas of bleed/product seep you can try to clean it up a bit – the end of a pencil (eraser) works good, as do mini flat screwdrivers, flat toothpicks etc –      If I am applying thick products onto mirror/glass I typically let the design dry, then clean messy parts using a single razor blade.  If my design is going to be embedded between paint layers then it isn’t as important to have it perfect, but I will remove really bad slops –

Wait until your design is completely dry before moving on. You can attempt to dry with forced heat, but realize you may cause the product to crack.  As you can see in picture below, the design element pointing right was pretty thick, and isn’t completely dried on the inside. I can tell by pushing on it – if its dry it wont move

I decided to continue on anyway, so I could finish the demo.   I got out both paint colors again

and brushed a thinner, watered down version of the paint OVER the whole design –  this embeds the raised stencil between the paint


Avoid covering up the design with too thick of a paint layer. Doing so will cause you to REALLY have to do some heavier sanding to reveal your design –



also note you could brush your color over the design randomly, leaving some of the design showing  – its all personal preference, and I encourage you to play and create many samples, so you can see what works (you like!)  and what doesn’t (yuk)  –



These are covered, 100% and drying.  Won’t take but a couple minutes

Once the surface is dry you can reveal your design.  If you hate sanding you can grab a damp rag and slowly wipe back your finish until you like what you see.  If you use the damp rag method make sure your finish is good and dry, otherwise the paint can wipe off too easily

My preferred method is sand paper (or a mouse sander if your project is big) anywhere from 150-220 grit.  I typically start with 180 grit,  down to 150 if its not releasing fast enough  220 if I have a real sheer paint layer over top.  IF these still aren’t working for you, go as low as 100 but sand slowly, back and forth

Besides revealing shadows of color underneath, sanding the natural chalk/clay of APC paint gives the finish a super soft feel.  When Im satisfied, I’ll take a damp rag and wipe over my finish, to see my result and wipe more in areas that still need to pop –

When you like your result, you’ll want to seal that paint finish.  For these samples I used APC’s all natural Antiquing Wax (clear) and tinted it with our Shimmer Silver Mica Powder.

The Shimmer Silver will add just a hint of grey color to my painted finish, and the light will reflect a shimmery metallic effect.  The more you mix in the stronger your color and shimmer will be.

You can mix Mica Powder’s directly into the wax, no need to turn it into a sludge first

They say you can apply waxes with rags, sponges etc,  I prefer using a soft brush

Work some into your brush then brush/scrub it on, making sure 100% of your paint finish is coated.

Below you can see the top 1/2 has wax applied.  I don’t have it on too heavy – after it sits a minute or two the excess will have to be wiped off –

Top half of the Dollar Bill as well –

Store any extra tinted wax in a snap container and label, so you can use when you need that hint of shimmer silver again

Wiping the excess wax off, with a dry cloth -you dont have to wipe hard, just softly give the surface a wipe to remove that slippy feeling.

I give both samples a flash dry then a quick buff with a dry cloth

 

 

 

If you need some pretty allover or main element stencils, please check out our stencils for purchase.  

We are running the gift bag special, with purchases of $110 (before tax/ship)  you will receive a stencil, texture paint and base paint sample, brush and scraper. 

Have a Blessed  Holiday Weekend!

Happy painting!

One of My Personal Favorites – Aged Papers…



You might be able to tell from our online selection of nearly 300 unique paper designs,  I’m a sucker for these Aged Papers

There are many ways to use these pretty, hand dripped, 10×17 papers…    A simple frame

 

Or adding a painted or textural finish as a blended border…

Forget the frame and just mount them to something – a canvas, a star…

This was a popular specialty workshop I enjoyed teaching, and it will be one that you’ll see back on my smaller scale workshop calendar  –

I have an online video on my process, applying the aged papers onto furniture/accessories with our paints, textural plasters and colored waxes – you can find that here

I start on a painted base, and apply the paper with our Matte or Satin Sealer

My “GO TO” plaster for paper finishes, Caromal Colour’s Perfect Plaster – it’s whippy, gritty, kindof see through, but not…

it’s best applied with our Whizz roller, and a chip brush…

You can create dimensional layers with this plaster, using a scraper as it dries… you can scrape or roll in more plaster, or mix in a couple drops of a paint color or two, to add even more depth…

My goal in the end is to have the paper blend right into the textural finish created – the edges lost in focus-

Once your plaster/paint finish is dried, you can color it up with glazes, or my favorite – a blend of American Paint Wax colors.  I like to rely on their Clear Wax, and I tint a multitude of color and shimmer waxes using our Mica Powder and Stone Pigments.

Personalize a gift with your favorite print –

A few years ago I posted about painting my laundry cabinets

If you’re like me, you’ll find there are too many Botanical prints to choose from,  but using them to decorate a wall like I did in my laundry room was the perfect way to not have to CHOOSE favorites…

Super simple, the walls were already painted, right?  I just took our Matte Sealer, brushed on a section at a time, stuck the paper, brushed over it again with Sealer and then scraped out the bubbles…

Good place and perfect color  for that old frame from the store-

I especially enjoy getting the papers blown up, and incorporating them into my furniture finishes –

I’ll post more extensively on several of these pieces later,  this read is long enough 🙂

Find our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories in our online store,  we’ve  shipped all over the world    –     fabfinisher.com

Are you local to the old store, and would like to save on shipping?  We offer local pickup,  just order what you need online, and we can have it ready for pickup within 12-24 hrs (even sooner if possible).  We are near 25 Mile and Van Dyke.

Have a blessed week

love and miss you Bella! x o x o

 

 

 

The Transition of Fabulous Finishes Store – Updated Rollout Schedule

In my last post (you can find it here) I let the cat out of the bag, that I had decided to close my brick and mortar store on Van Dyke and move it back home.

Since then, we’ve been discounting/marking down all the showroom items – the remaining custom painted pieces I’ve refinished, wall art, home décor, trinkets – all the fun, colorful stuff….

It’s like your house – when you first move in you feel like you have so much space,  years later every inch  is stuffed….  looking around and trying to realize how it will all pack up is a brain kill to say the least.

The best way I’ve found  to avoid finding myself standing in a corner, sucking my thumb, is to write everything down.  Every thought waking me at night, write them all down, then organize them into a timeline –

We’ve been busy at work handing out hand made color charts to our regular customers, and letting everyone know that all of their favorite paints/paint related items will remain available during store hours until the end of February, when they will be moved to the home studio/online store.

After February 24th you can continue to shop, but instead of driving to the store, you’ll surf the web to find my online store –  http://fabfinisher.com .   As an fyi, we pack our orders with suckers, and always try to add a personal touch as well.   Be sure to check this BLOG link periodically, as that will be where you can find highlighted projects, how to’s etc…   There is a wealth of information already in place, but once the dust settles I will be regularly adding new material.

More changes, for me that is.  I start a new job Monday so this, technically, is my last week of working in my Van Dyke store.  Of course I’ll be here working all the Saturdays that remain,  so if you need to find me make it a Saturday.   The new job?  No, not retail or artsy…. well, kind of in a tiny way…    I’m diving back into my old world of logistics/operations.   The tiny artsy part?  One of my accounts creates decorative, colorful cupcakes that ship all over the US!  Perfect right?  (Thank you Lord.)

So why a real job?   Financial stability.  Defined, not continuous 24/7 mind drain.  Weekdays not weekends.

So why did I not hand over my business, Fabulous Finishes,  to another? Because its my baby. I birthed it, I’ve nurtured it for 15 years,  it’s in my blood, it keeps me alive.  It’s that simple.  I started from home, and along the way its molded into various shapes – I look at this next transition as another mold , and I hope to bring many of you along with me.

So…..  on to the most important part:

OUR HOURS OF OPERATION CHANGE AFTER THIS WEEK.

HOURS FOR WEEK OF  01/22/18 – 01/27/18:

  • MONDAY            CLOSED
  • TUESDAY           12PM – 5PM
  • WEDNESDAY   12PM  – 5PM
  • THURSDAY       12PM  – 5PM
  • FRIDAY               12PM – 5PM
  • SATURDAY        10AM – 3PM

HOURS FOR WEEK OF  01/29/18 – 02/03/18:

  • MONDAY            CLOSED
  • TUESDAY           12PM – 5PM
  • WEDNESDAY   12PM  – 5PM
  • THURSDAY       12PM  – 5PM
  • FRIDAY               12PM – 5PM
  • SATURDAY        10AM – 3PM

REMAINING HOURS FOR FEBRUARY 2018:

  • SATURDAY  FEB 10       10AM – 5PM

  • SATURDAY  FEB 17       10AM – 5PM

  • SATURDAY  FEB 24       10AM – 5PM

 

I can’t be thinking about that…. it’s been a good run,  great things are to come…. tears are just a part of it – means we’re alive.

So take note of the new hours, pass them to folks you know that might be interested.  If you know anyone looking for nicely painted great quality furniture have them check us out, the prices are crazy low and crazy good!