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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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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

 

 

 

Life Cycle of Fabulous Finishes, an Artsy Paint Store…

I find my mind wondering WHY I don’t make a better effort to post weekly.

Posting about projects grabs attention from those I want to reach as a retailer, and when I don’t post,  the pictures of  projects/workshops/etc  grows and grows…    over 200 folders of pictures

 

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It’s not about the lack of blogging, that’s just a side effect of something much bigger.

I should backup to 2011, when I transitioned my home based business to a retail storefront.   I was running a small finishing business from home, working  around my young kids in school.  Life was pretty much by the book comfortable, with no real ‘upsets’.  Never saw a job loss on the horizon…

Now I look back at that time in our lives –  husband seeking employment, wife opening  a retail store  (zero knowledge of how-to),  smack in the middle of a depressed economy – and realize HOW massive a life experience it was.

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God was HUGE at that time.

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If your faith is in the good Lord, you can carry ANTHING life throws at you, and come out in a better place.  My parents preached that to us kids, but I never REALLY understood until it was put into action.

That first store was a learning curve, everything moved forward and business was a success.    These statements, below, ring true to that time in my life…

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Wow, my third child has grown up!

Time flies when you’re having fun, and this was fun for me.  Taking that passion for creating, and living it every day at work.   How blessed was I?  Honestly, when I ponder my life a few years ago, I see a big monster blob, rolling and wig wagging in all directions, bouncing off walls, ideas and creativity trapped inside that wanted to come out.

Creative hearts will understand.  Your brain doesn’t shut down.  It keeps talking to you,  new things to try, new ideas to market, change this, update that,  on and on…  Can’t tell you how many times new ideas and color combinations would wake me at night – I’d jot them down for later,  those seemed to be my best ideas 🙂

When you work for yourself,  there are no limits, unless YOU put them into place and enforce them.   I’ll admit, a limit setter I was not.

Maybe, it was that voice in my head

I’ll never quit. I’ll never fail

that drove me.

Maybe it was easy 

because the kids grew up and out, entering college a year apart

 to let work take over my life.

Maybe daily work life became life 

obligations became 24/7

because that’s what owning a business requires.

Regardless, over time, it can suck the life out of your days, and I got to admit, this last year I’ve been feeling that suck

The thing is,  I love so much about what I’ve been able to do.   The power to inspire others,  the relationships I’ve experienced, the “GOD” moments, so many I can’t count…  For me, I really believe that’s what carried me. Sounds corny, and I’ll lose many of you at this point,  but honestly,  as I’ve grown in my Godwalk I believe He has a purpose for us, and where He puts us is where He has a use for us.

If doing what I do was just the creating and inspiring, I could remain in heaven on earth.  But business ownership brings the ugly requirements like accounting, marketing, purchasing, advertising, social media…

It’s those facets of ownership that….. sucked for me.    If money was no object I’d hire all that out, regardless of the negative impact on a bottom line.   But I couldn’t, so I didn’t.

daily work life became life 

obligations became 24/7

  Earlier this year I took the steps to update my resume.  I’m not ‘retiring’ from the workplace,  but I yearn for more focus, more structure,  less retail.

 It’s been a REAL change year for me, my personal relationships, my family life….  I’m feeling older, wiser, and I yearn for balance.  I want to spend quality time with my loved ones….

I’ve decided to slow roll my business to an end.   I’ve been working diligently to refinish the pieces I’ve had in inventory – it’s always been a goal of mine, and I’m closing in on it.    The furniture I’ve completed on the floor, and pieces remaining in back will be the last I offer.   I do have commissioned pieces I owe, which will not be affected.

Yup, feeling that…   But,  you never know, someone may reach out with interest in creating their own version of  a ‘Artsy Paint Store’ at our awesome location, which could allow a good portion of our paint lines to carry forward for our dedicated customers.    I’m not going to sweat the details,  God’s got a way of working things out in the end

Given the unknowns ( will some of the business transition to another owner, or will it be a ‘store closing’ sale)  I can’t yet offer specifics, but thinking by Spring there will be change.

Let me list a few things to clarify –

  • Paints will be available – I’m still ordering and restocking as needed.
  • Remaining Paint a Piece Workshops for 2017 are booked.
  • I will not be posting a 2018 Workshop schedule, though depending on timing I may add one or two if its workable.
  • I will still offer a couple Saturday dates in Jan, maybe Feb, for the Basic Painting Cabinet/ Glazing Cabinet Workshop , if you  have been considering a cabinet project.
  • I’ve decided it’s best to NOT offer gift certificates for holiday purchasing this year.
  • Our online store   fabfinisher.com    will remain.  We have had known issues the last couple months with the hosting company BlueHost, I swear there were a couple times it was down more than it was up.  It is presently being moved over to GoDaddy, with hopes that the disruptions will seize.
  • As always, if you have any questions,  give us a call or email us at    support  (at sign)  fabfinisher.com

WE HAVE NEW WINTER HOURS

STARTING DECEMBER 1ST:

MONDAYS  10 AM – 2 PM

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY  10 AM – 5 PM

THURSDAY  12 PM – 5 PM

SATURDAY 10 AM – 3 PM

Yes, it will be both.   And, hey, to bring it back full circle,  I may get to finally blog those photo files after all!

 

 

Furniture Painting: Will Shades of Aqua Turquoise Teal Blue Ever Fade?

Can you guess my birthstone?  I’m a March baby…

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Aquamarine it is,  so many variations, shades, grades….


I was never a fan in my younger days, I always wished my birthstone had been an Emerald, or Sapphire….   My 18 year old daughter, on the other hand,  wishes HER birthstone was Aquamarine  – her’s is Emerald and she hates it! 🙂

This past summer when I had more time to create with paint, she suggested (several times) to paint a fade piece in shades of blue.   Finally I took her suggestion with this piece

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I grabbed these colors – American Paint Company’s Shoreline, Liberty and Spacious Skies, and Botanical Paint Aster, another light aqua

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After the first coat I thought an embedded stencil down the front would be pretty-

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I used our Texture Plaster to lay the pattern, and repeated down the drawer fronts

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You can use a small jap trowel, a flat blade, even a plastic gift card to lay the plaster on the stencil, then lift the stencil to reveal your creation.

After the stencil dried I painted one more layer of mixed colors, and when dry I sanded to reveal the pattern.  The drawers were in great condition but too blonde in color – I richened (is that a word?) them up with a mix of a walnut and mahogany stain – and sanded back the top so I could stain it the same way

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To seal up my American Paint chalk clay all natural mineral finish, I used American Paint ‘s Vintage Clear Wax ,

the      O N L Y     WAX    I’ll     use 

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I painted up the hardware a bit,  so it would blend but still stand out

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Was really liking where this piece was going….

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BUT…….

the top was throwing me….

When that happens, the feeling wont let up until its fixed, so I took the top translucent light using American Paint’s Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam, painting over that dark top, sanding back to reveal, and sealing up with American Paint’s Topcoat Finish-

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Did you notice the stencil in the drawer?  I stenciled  a small verse in each drawer –

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The lighter top worked, and indirectly drew to the stencil on the drawers, and the deeper drawers popped on their own –

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Love love loved….

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It sold soon after it hit the floor, and to the loveliest of families 🙂

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I missed the splash of turquoise on the floor,  so this one came next, a chest that I received white,  like this

 

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I’m sure I had some kind of plan for this piece, starting it in pastel colors, but once the turquoise pretty sold,  I saw this chest as another that could look good in blues…   I tipped it on its back and started with an all-over plaster stencil on the drawer fronts –

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I painted over the dried stencil with shades of blue – American Paint Peacock, Shoreline, Surfboard and Uncle Sam , and went light with the top – APC Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam

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The top was a challenge – there was tannin bleed through the white, so I layed a coat of APC Topcoat Sealer to help block the bleed, when it dried I reapplied the whites, and included a little cannonball for depth –

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If you notice above, originally I painted the whole body blue – front, sides, feet… but I wasn’t thrilled with it like I was with the first piece.   This chest was previously painted white – heck, it may have been previously painted MANY times…  it’s finish was not as perfect and pristine as the lingerie chest, so the  blue finish over the existing ‘previously painted’  finish was weathered/shabby looking, not clean and perfect how I wanted.    I didn’t like it, I didn’t WANT this finish to be distressed, aged etc…  but I knew trying to fit a square peg into a round hole would be a frustrating waste of time.  Instead, I played off the piece, and  went a different direction,  silver leafingthe sides, front corners, and feet…

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I painted and leafed the hardware, then waxed the finish with a mix of American Paint Vintage Clear Wax, and  Clear Wax mixed with  Black Pigment, Grey Pigment, and  Brass Mica Powder to ‘weather’ the paint finish so it would coordinate more perfectly with the silver leafing touches.

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Pigments and Mica Powders are a great way to create wax colors in any shade and shimmer you desire.  I like to use them in our  Fabulous Clear Glaze as well.  I’m not a fan of floating them in the topcoat, though it can be done.  We stock 12 different Pigment colors and 9 Mica Colors  –turquoise_chalk_clay_leaf_raised_stencil_chest

This one sold soon after it hit the floor, just like its big sister, and my daughter hinted that a quick 2 for 2,  she was deserving of commission for pushing the turquoise idea…

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Not.    🙂

This was the third, that came soon after the second sold –

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The top on this one came in pretty raw.   It wasn’t in bad shape, a little beat up, but I needed the color to be darker to start with, so  I used a mix of Reclaim Mocha and Reclaim Licorice, a paint we carry that is usually rolled on, but sometime I use it as a ‘paint stain’ –

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For this to work and be easy, you don’t want to DAWDLE when you’re brushing it on –  just brush it, with a big wide brush, hit the whole surface

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then take a dry or slightly damp cotton rag, and wipe it back – you can use another dry brush to soften any application marks, but you’ll find it colors up the worn wood nicely.   We do this a lot for inside drawers , see the difference it makes?   It’s just a quick and easy option, and dries fast

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The first coat on this piece was mostly American Paint Peacock .  Notice the center medallion pattern that I’m hoping won’t get in the way of my stenciling plan…

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I used a stencil and our Textured Plaster Neutral and stenciled the whole front –

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The second coat was a mix of several APC chalk/clay paint colors – Surboard, Shoreline and more Peacock

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You’d almost think the stencil is gone…

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I Reclaim washed the bottom and added a stencil for fun

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I used APC Limoge, Plymouth Rock and some Cottage Paint custom Wonder White to create a lighter top

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Silver leafed the sides, and accents

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then went to work sanding and refining the body and top

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American Clear Wax, a buffing, and a sprinkling of Swarovskis, and version #3 was rolled out

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I dressed the ‘feet’ up with crystal pumps 🙂

silveR_leaf_legs_painted_furnitureI love the details on this piece

aqua_chest_top_washedand…… then it sold.

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Awesomeness,  that these pieces are moving fast, but part of what I like about creative refinishing is the not knowing what Ill end up with …  I needed to change up the next piece,   and I did,  using shades of grey (I’ll share the detailers later) –  it isn’t priced yet but is in the showroom –

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I have the next perfect piece to ‘take blue’, I’ll be starting it soon, but this time it will be a taller, fatter chest.

Time to go bury my head in tax paperwork!

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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.

Our workshops are back in full swing  –  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.