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Workshop Creations – Our Customers Are Fabulous!

How about some of our workshopping action 🙂

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There are a lot of photos linked to this post – they are the last of our Paint a Piece Workshop photos from 2014.    Hopefully you can see how varied the pieces are that come into our workshops and the many fresh looks that they go home with

Happy Painting!

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A Long Weekend, Dedicated To The Place I Call Home…

Weekends  aren’t the same when you own a retail business.   A holiday weekend is no different.

Saturday evening was warm and sunny in Detroit.  I pulled up to our flower-pot-less house, and couldn’t help but notice the other houses around us, all perky with colorful flowers…   some were still out tending to their yards.

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I did purchase 4  coco lined deck planter boxes a couple weekends ago –  my mom always hung planter boxes off her deck and I loved them – and filled them with colorful annuals, but that’s all I’ve done so far.

Yards…. outdoor spaces…  all of their pretty spaces just made me grumble at ours.  Does that ever happen to you?

Needless to say, I let the negative thinking get me down – how could THAT happen, with all the Joyce Meyer I listen to?

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Sunday morning after church I felt an urge –  not to plant, but to paint.   Honestly, I feel like God was saying to me

Why don’t you make that house feel like home?

I decided to tackle the library.   I’ve had 2 frames from Kirklands that I don’t use anymore – they looked kinda like this

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and my plan was to use them to display my kids senior photos.  They’ve been propped in the library since last year when my son graduated.  Now, with my daughter in her last week of high school, was a good time to get it done.

Here was my Sunday project – the walls, prior, were builder beige…

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I combined several colors of metallic plaster that I had on the shelves – Lusterstone Weathered Bronze, Lusterstone Silver Taupe, Lusterstone Ebony and mixed them all together to get a carbon color, and rolled and troweled that onto the walls.

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The frames I took apart,  whiz rolled the cardboard matte with Perfect Plaster tinted grey, and then a scraped layer over top.  I dragged Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, Chocolate and Parchment over the frames, and then topped it with a little Botanical Salvia.    I wish I had taken a before and after …

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Sunday night I was exhausted,  it took me all the way until midnight to get the room back together,  but it felt good to finally get something done.

Monday, I woke up and decided to tackle the kitchen

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I didn’t think it would take long, since there wasn’t that much wall space, but I was wrong….  I didn’t get the kitchen put back together until late in the evening…

I’ve said for sometime that I wanted to use Caromal’s Perfect Plaster in my kitchen – I love the simpleness of the finish – I whizz rolled the first coat and scraped on the second coat

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The simple scraping of that second layer draws up that natural color –

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I cleaned and packed everything up, then realized I forgot the two ends of our island!   Crap…   I’ll have to finish that this weekend.

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All in all,  I love how it warmed up our space

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Maybe next weekend I’ll add a few flower pots to the front porch 🙂

This is a big week for us – my daughter’s High School Soccer team start their race again for district, regional and the state title.  First game is tonight!

Happy painting!

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Our Customers Sharing Their DIY Paint Projects

What have our customers been up to?  Let’s begin with Candace.  she headed out east to help refinish her daughter’s kitchen cabinets.  The befores candace_kitchen_cabs_before candace_kitchen_cabs_before2 candace_kitchen_cabs_before3 and the after, using Reclaim Bright White on the uppers, and Reclaim Pewter on the lowers.   She used our White Glaze over both the uppers and lowers candace_kitchen_cabs_after New counters, backsplash, appliances, and tile floor candace_kitchen_cabs_after1 This kitchen has a brand new look and feel – love it! candace_kitchen_cabs_after3 She also did a whole bedroom suite of furniture for her cottage – the before candace_bedroom_furniture_before candace_bedroom_furniture_before2 and after,  this time using Reclaim Bright White and Reclaim Pewter mixed together – (this creates a lighter shade of the darker pewter gray) candace_bedroom_after4 candace_bedroom_after3 candace_bedroom_after5 Chris started with this chrisrin_before and turned it into a cool media table using Black  and Stencil Creme Snowberry White –  instant life! chris_rini_after Cheryl has projects galore in line…  a before cedar chest cheryl_l_before and the after,  using  Caromal Colors Textured Basecoat Parchment (creme) and American Paint Company Desert Cactus (khaki).  Then,  APC Clear Wax  mixed with a little APC Dark Wax.   The papers are from our Aged Paper collection from Monahan Papers  , and the new fabric seat is perfect cheryl_l_2 Cheryl also completed this family room table, layering  Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika, Chipping Creme, then Caromal Textured Basecoat  Bayberry. She distressed and then applied Caromal’s Toner glaze cheryl_l_coffee Before cabinets – dennis_sokol_before after  – what an amazing update –   Dennis used  Reclaim Offwhite and Coffee Glaze- dennis_sokol_after dennis_sokol_after_2 How about painted tile?   D Munro shared this before photo dmunro_painted_floor_before and went to work painting the floor into a checkerboard.  Reclaim Licorice and Reclaim Bright White  were used on the floor tile, and to stencil a matching pattern on the wall dmunro_painted_floor_1 The cabinets also received an update, using the same paint,   Reclaim Licorice – dmunro_painted_floor_2 Jan used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Mustard with Caromal Coffee Glaze, and let some of the darkness of her original finish shadow through…so pretty! Jan_pringle_chest Another before vanity diedra_before Love the AFTER experience 🙂 Deedee writes:

OMG, I really put it to the test.  Cabinets are about 25 years old, I’ve never been refinished or painted.  Lots of wear as you  can see.  All I did was wipe them with denatured alcohol and roll on Reclaim Paint Pewter.  I even did the handles.  I love that it shows the grain like a high end stain.  I’m going to glaze them but I had to share because I’m so excited!  Thank you!

deedra_after I can see why she is excited –  this cabinet looks fabulous!!! deedra_after_2 This chest was sent to me, and Im not sure who it was or what it was – I’d say either American Paint Company colors Cannonball, Fireworks Red, and Amber Waves of Grain, or it could be Reclaim Licorice, Poppy and Buttercreme…  either way, cool use of paints – painted_trunk_fabulous_finishes Katherine used our Gilding Leaf products to gold leaf a light fixture –  this turned out fabulous, and she is thrilled! kat_wat_gilded kat_wat_gilded2 A before chair pamela_before_chair Pamela joined one of our workshops and completed this pretty silver finish chair, using Reclaim Mocha, a metallic silver, and our Black Glaze pamela_chair Nicole’s cabinets before – nicole before and after, using Reclaim Bright White nicole after A before dining room table dlnovak_before and after,  it looks like they used Reclaim Licorice (black) and Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Pumpkin with Toner for the woodgrain look – dlnovak_after2 dlnovak_after Kaye used our Aged Papers and paints to create this sweet wood sign kaye_groff This is what Karen’s before furniture looked like karen_before and this is her after transformation 🙂 using American Paint Company Navajo White over Smoke Signal,  and stenciling with metallics – karen_2 karen_3 karen_4 karen_5 Lori used Botanical Peony on this piece lori_wood This is a dresser, that Mary refurbished into a vanity – marymortage_before Gorgeous!  Love the sink, and the top row of drawers – didn’t even notice the detail on the old dresser…     She used Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, dry brushed some Bronze Metallic over that, and topped with Reclaim Glaze and Reclaim Sealer marymortage_powder)after Barb had this cute wooden stool, but wanted to freshen up the look painted_stool_before Darn it, Im not sure what she used,  I think  APC Shingle on the Roof stenciled over APC Smoke Signal painted_stool_after Mary’s before table base table pre 3 she used Reclaim Offwhite as the base, then applied American Paint’s Clear Wax with various amounts of Pewter Mica added to it – table final 3 An island, ready for some color – Kitchen_island_paint_cabinets_before Denise used about a 1/4 of a quart of Reclaim Pebble for this transformation… Yes,  YOU can do it! island_painted_reclaim Here is Lynne’s first Reclaim project, using  Reclaim Mocha as the base,  our metallic silver blend over top, and then Caromal’s Toner to antique it back – what a cool piece! lynn_jackson_painted_chest Sue sends this before photo of a table that her neighbor was throwing out years earlier.  From the photo its hard to tell, but the top was ruined and the rest of the finish had gouges and splatter from paint.    She used it as is, for their TV- Tv table 001 They are now in the process of transitioning their living space to lighter and brighter.  The family room, with a nautical style theme, was the lead for this transformation- sue_Tv table 007 Sue used several nautical / whale aged papers that we have, and cut them to fit the unique spaces, then mixed our chalk clay paints (a white and yellow) to create a soft neutral, topcoated, and voila!   She was thrilled that she was able to remake her piece into something that will work with their new decor.  Just love this!!! This kitchen is the before for Jennifer- jen_rose Not sure why i only have one after,  but she used Botanical Willow on the uppers, and Reclaim Pebble on the lowers – very nice combo,  wish I could see more! painted_cabinets_kitchen_reclaim and last but not least,  a local kitchen island redo – island_before_to_paint_mdf they used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Cobblestone with Toner island_painted_caromal_colours_glaze

I don’t get to paint the Electric Queen of the Forest,  I guess shes too big to transport across the state…  oh well, that would have been cool.

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Taste of My Week, A Camera Trail…

Last night, out with friends, I noticed my girlfriend had over 2500 images on her Iphone.  Think about that,  2500 pictures!   Every day we have customers pulling out their phones or Ipads,   showing us a project they completed using our products

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a photo of our customers recent island re-do using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, and Toner

or photos of inspiration

I want my kitchen cabinets to look like this…

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and the classic

I want to paint this …

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Often, they can’t find the photo they want to show us – they swipe, and swipe, and swipe through all these tiny images – a rewind into their past

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That’s how I felt this weekend, loading up my camera SD card – it was a pictorial rewind of my week

Finished this –

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Ash over APC Gunpowder, crackled. Top, sanded, stained.

Created some accessories…

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I really liked the color of this metal container – it was black to start with and I drybrushed several greens and neutrals over it – might have to try that on something bigger…

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A green glossy ceramic pot (I changed the finish to a white and grey glazed crackle)  in need of a fresh plant that I didn’t have (nor want, because anything alive won’t last around me)…  how do you stage it?   I found that this container fit it just right –  it’s priced separately…

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Rolled this one out to the floor as well  – I used Caromal Colours Reclaim Offwhite, brushed on and glazed with toner.

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The inside was backed with our lovely aged Botanical papers (coming to our online shopping cart soon!)

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The insides of the upper and lower cabinets and drawers were stained to bring them back to life, but the sides of the drawers got a splash of color – actually   I used three of our custom tints   – Groovy Green, Killer Khaki and Trendy Truffle and stenciled randomly, using black and white stencil cremes

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I freshened up  the original hardware using Reclaim Mocha, a darkened bronze, and black glaze

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I always find a way to add a touch of Swarovski

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I  just love this hardware….

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Ate WAY too many of these this week,  tasteless yet addicting…

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More camera lovin –

 

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I stenciled these tall lamps that arrived –

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unboxed a few others

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I love this one…

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Using our paints and finishes to create a new work of art

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Finally painting the phone booth I acquired from an estate sale last summer… Originally red, we’re taking it blue

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in honor of WHO?       I had no clue who Dr. Who was, but several suggested, after seeing the phone booth, that if we painted it  blue they would buy it…

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Lastly,  these decorative resin/stone finals got dressed up with some new variegated leaf that I was trying out –

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Aren’t they pretty?

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My goal this week – taxes.

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