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Painted Purple Ombre Vintage Cabinet In Progress –

I acquired these cupboards several years ago, at my first store location

The one on the right was my favorite – I loved

Her.

Even with her flaws –  the glass was missing – she was my kinda piece. I pulled her out last year, and painted her with American Paint Company Crushed Tea, and she sold soon after …

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The cabinet on the left I always referred to as the

He.

Finally,  a year since She was painted, I pulled Him out of the furniture heap…

purple-ombre-american-paint-fabfinisherI didn’t get very far that first day, and no free time was to be had in the week that  followed…

He waited… patiently.

Today, after the store closed,  when I should have been settling the books, I felt the urge to grab a brush and P A  I  N   T…

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I started with a dark base of purple –  if you live local to our store, and are interested, pop in and we can show you the color/s we used for the base.  Otherwise, no sense mentioning, because at this time I’m not allowed to offer it for sale to my customers online.   Hopefully in the near future,  this hiccup can be remedied and we can share our excitement about colors that we like to use, AND, offer the paint color for purchase as well…

Over that dark purp base, I switched to American Paint Company paints, my go-to paints for blending and creating finishes that you’d class artsy fartsy-

APC colors Cannonball, Shining Seas, Bordello, First Lady, Chenille Beadspread, Uncle Sam…

AMERICAN-PAINT-CHALK-CLAYStill have a ways to go – but  I’ll be sure to share the completed cabinet.

Have a blessed week!

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

we will have altered hours for upcoming Easter / Spring Break week:

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MONDAY CLOSED
TUESDAY 10AM – 5PM
WEDNESDAY 10AM – 5PM
THURSDAY 10PM – 7PM
Good FRIDAY    CLOSED
SATURDAY 10AM – 3PM

MONDAY CLOSED
TUESDAY   Apr  7th  noon  – 5PM
WEDNESDAY Apr 8th  noon  – 5PM
THURSDAY  Apr 9th noon  – 7PM
FRIDAY  Apr 10th noon  – 5PM
SATURDAY Apr 11th   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.

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Oval Paint, Wax Brushes, Papers, Glazes, Micas

Last post I mentioned a link to our new online store –   store.fabfinisher.com

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Don’t let it confuse you- our  current online store, shop.fabfinisher.com, hasn’t gone anywhere and still works the same.  The new, store.fabfinisher.com has that and more.    Once the new site has run through it’s testing phase the two will merge together and become one.

The Aged Papers are all in,  137 of them – and more are on their way.   That’s been fun the last couple days,  seeing orders including papers, without us first having to email over pages of photos…

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Our custom glaze colors have been added.    I love our glazes,  they work amazing across all product lines – Caromal Colours, APC paints, Cottage Paints, Metallics

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Our Black Glaze over Cottage Paint Wine this past week

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New brushes, direct from Europe, have arrived and are available for purchase,  at a great price . I will be adding those to the store tonight-

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Our mica powder variety will be linked this evening as well, featuring nine distinct metals

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Mica powders are a great add in to waxes, glazes,  full strength as a flash gild, even topcoats, though I prefer using it in waxes or glazes.    I used the Brass Mica mixed in my favorite wax –  Vintage Clear Wax by American Paint Co. – over this Cottage Paint Bold Black –

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This time of year is crazy again…   My kids are a year apart, and it was like this last year with my son – now it’s my daughter’s turn.   Details details details – senior trip, college requirements, prom, graduation, spring soccer schedule…  Friday was their varsity team’s  game opener

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Today we closed the door on 13 years of club play, with a their send-off banquet –

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Thankfully I’ll only miss a few games on the front end – from workshop conflicts,  I worked around the games and graduation commitments for  our new May-Aug schedule.

So many changes, these next few months.   The end of K-12.  A taste of empty nest, with both kids away at school…  collegiate soccer…   I look forward to seeing where life takes both my kids…

A mom came into the store a couple months ago wanting me to paint a chest for her daughter.   It was an old family chest, with good bones, perfect for the new grand baby on the way.   A first grandchild.   I suggested the mom paint it herself, but she wasn’t biting.  She wanted it to be beautifully finished  “like the pieces in your store”

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I worked on her awhile, as we walked around the store, reassuring her that she really COULD paint the piece herself, that it would be a greater gift to her daughter, and new grandchild, because it would be hand made by her.

a labor of love…

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I suggested she bring in the drawers to one of our Paint A Piece Workshops –  I could walk her through the paint process, she’d take the drawers home completed,  with the confidence to finish the rest of the chest.

She rocked it this week – paint a piece workshop

painting American Paint Company (chalk/clay) Home Plate, a creamy white, then Lace Doily over that, a color like the inside of creme brulee

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When the two coats of paint were dry, she sanded to distress the colors, bringing out the original wood finish.  She was thrilled with the results  – it was such a good feeling to see 🙂

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God willing, some day I’ll be painting furniture for my grandkids, right?    Now I need to get moving –  I’ve got cart items to add!

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
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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.

store.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.

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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 –  you will not be disappointed!

A Painted Manly Chest, Gray or Grey, Light Medium Dark, American Paint Co

I’ve got furniture tucked in the back workroom,  from acquisitions some time back.  I’m pretty good at resisting  the urge to buy more, until I can work down the pieces that I have, like this piece I recently started, over two years old –

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But I will add to the pile , if it’s the right style at the right price.  Like this recent gem –

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and this chest

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I haven’t done a good job following my ‘first in, first out’ rule.

pieces that pluck at my heart strings

get painted first

And so we begin…

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I started with American Paint’s Freedom Road, and Shingle on the Roof Freedom Road is APC’s dark grey, and Shingle is a dark misty brown

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From there I applied  thin layers of a range of colors  – Uncle Sam, Smoke Signal, Freedom Rd, and Cannonball – until it felt right.

That might sound lame, but it’s the truth – for me, painting and feeling it go hand in hand.  Some colors will land together, side by side, on my brush,  others will mix together on the plate – my brush acting like a stir stick…

One thing I’ve learned -when I paint pieces like this I need to go start to finish.   I can’t leave one side, or a few drawers, for another day.  When  I have, I find myself struggling to get that same rhythm back that I had from the beginning.

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Sanded to reveal more depth, and more importantly to knock out any application marks I left behind

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This one I’ll wax, using my favorite wax  (and not just because I am a retailer!)  – American Paint Company’s Vintage Antiquing Wax –  CLEAR ,

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my preferred topcoat over darker colors like the bottom half of this chest.  Just grab yourself a brush (I prefer natural bristle chip brushes),  scrub it on/into that open paint finish, and then softly wipe any excess off when you are done.

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You can see what you’ve  waxed and where you still need to go, making the wax-on even easier.

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When the wax is dry, typically a few hours, you can buff it to a lovely sheen using a soft cloth or a buffing brush that attaches to your drill (can find here)

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Love when the original hardware can be salvaged .  Clean it, dry it, and paint it!

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Checking if the color is right

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I add some glam to the feet – over sized crystal knobs-   my son cracked one when we were moving the piece to the showroom,  so I need to get another.

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The buffed wax pops the depth in all of those colors

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Before we move it to the front, I need to doll up the back – it’s something I enjoy – kind of my way of signing a piece 🙂

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Time to settle into your showroom space

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Another piece I wish I could take home…

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Missing the pretty shoes

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but loving the bit of glitz on the pulls 🙂

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING WITH US!

come learn with us
be inspired with us

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!

A Must Share, To Inspire All The Wedding Planners – Painting Chairs…

This was a share from my customer Mary, who visited our store, interested in prettying up some chairs with the help of our chalk/clay/mineral paints…

Hi, I wanted to send you pics of the chairs that we did for the (double) wedding. Thanks for helping us on this project. It was a big hit and the brides and grooms now have beautiful, unique kitchen chairs.  Mary

fabulous finishes retail paint studio, metro detroit, shop online shop.fabfinisher.com, painting vintage chairs for wedding reception decor, wedding gift personalized chairs, different colors, american paint chalk clay mineral

LOVE THIS!

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SIMPLY

PERFECT.

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I bet they’ll find a way, through out the years, to use those chairs in their home decor. I know I would!

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You can find our workshop details  here  Workshops.

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!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit-

we’ve got a great variety of paints to fit your EVERY need!

 summer hours

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WEDNESDAYS    11AM – 7PM

THURSDAYS      11PM – 7PM

FRIDAYS       10AM – 5PM

SATURDAYS    10AM  – 2 PM

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NEED PAINT?  

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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 afar 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

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

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