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Back From the Land of StickYourHeadInAHole

Gads, I don’t even want to look at the date of my last post – I get it, I’m way overdue.  What can I say?

Life gets in the way sometimes.

So without further ado,  lets share some projects!

I didn’t manage a picture at the very start, but this desk had a typical wood stained, varnished finish on top.  I used the Citristrip stuff to clean off the first layer.   Then I grabbed Caromal’s Textured Basecoats, in the Putty color –

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While the base was drying, I got out the American Paint Company all natural Antiquing Wax, in a pretinted ‘dark’ color, and scrubbed that on the rawer wood –

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This is my favorite wax, by far,  over painted finishes, but I hadn’t really used it in this manner –  O M G…….

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How beautiful is that wood turning?   Just scrub it on,  and I mean SCRUB –  don’t daintily paint it on, because you’ll waste a bunch, good for me cuz you’ll come back to buy more, but that’s silly, and wasteful – scrub it on – I prefer a natural bristle brush to get it deep and gritty,  and get your whole surface covered.  Let it seep in for a couple minutes, then wipe off with a soft cloth.

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You NEED to wipe that excess off, or your surface will forever feel sticky.  Once the excess is off, let your surface dry out for a few hours, then buff it with another soft cloth.     So easy, and feels amazing.

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When the Putty was dry, I took the middle drawer, and a stencil, and the Putty, and stenciled a thicker relief stencil.  No photo, but you can see the stencil in the picture below where I brushed APC Cannonball over the Putty and stencil, let it dry, then sanded to reveal the Putty texture and relief –

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I finished covering the base with American Paint Cannonball (you can thin it a little to get it to glide even better)

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The APC Chalk/Clay paints dry pretty fast,  once the black was dry I used a 180 sandpaper and gave the whole surface a light sanding .  Twofold,  the sanding breaks through the top color, revealing the dimensional texture below, and it also gives the painted surface a nice soft feel.

I used that same American Paint Vintage Dark Wax, to seal of the paint finish, and buffed it to a pretty sheen when it was dry.

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I cleaned and refinished the hardware using the same paints, a sealer, and a few Swarovski crystals, and added some stenciling inside the drawers –

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Are you local to the Detroit area and interested in updating your OWN tired furniture or cabinets?   Come visit – we’re located at the corner of 23 Mile and Van Dyke in Shelby Township,  48316.   Check our home page for hours of operation, as they vary per season and holidays.

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.

HAPPY PAINTING!

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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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during

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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.

 

Painted Wood Samples – Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes

This post was lingering in ‘drafts’, so I’m publishing it for those that might be seeking barnworn finish color combos –

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – candy apple, chip creme, bayberry, toner

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – peppercorn, chip creme, bayberry, toner

bayberry over pumpkin

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – pumpkin, chip creme, bayberry, toner

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – bayberry, toner and more toner

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – bayberry, chip creme, candy apple, toner

candy apple over chocolate

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -chocolate, chip creme, candy apple, toner

candy apple over mustard

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -mustard, chip creme, candy apple, toner

candy apple over peppercorn

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -peppercorn, chip creme, candy apple, toner

caromal paprika over chocolate

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -chocolate, chip creme, candy apple, toner

cobblestone over paprika

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -paprika, chip creme, cobblestone, toner

col blue over bayberry

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -bayberry, chip creme, colonial blue, toner

col blue over paprika

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -paprika, chip creme, colonial blue, toner

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Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats -putty, chip creme, colonial blue, toner

Copper Silver and Gold Gilded Trim samples

Copper Silver and Gold Gilded Trim samples

Textured Basecoat Candy Apple

Textured Basecoat Candy Apple, chip creme, pumpkin, toner, cabinet door candy apple with toner

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Textured Basecoat Barnworn finishes, mustard, chip creme, peppercorn, toner – left side mustard is brushed smooth, right side mustard is stippled

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Textured Basecoat finishes, mustard, toner – left side mustard is brushed smooth, right side mustard is stippled

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Textured Basecoat barnworn finishes, peppercorn, chip creme, mustard, toner and peppercorn, chip creme, cobblestone, toner. cabinet door is cobblestone and toner

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over textured basecoat wisteria (left) and parchment (right) – various caromal colours glazes, brushed on and wiped off.

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over textured basecoat wisteria- various caromal colours glazes, brushed on and wiped off.

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over textured basecoat parchment -various caromal colours glazes, brushed on and wiped off.

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Caromal Colours textured basecoat mustard on left, hazelnut on right – with various glazes

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Caromal Colours textured basecoat hazelnut – with various glazes. front samples, parchment, chip creme, hazelnut, toner. hazelnut, chip creme, peppercorn, toner. peppercorn, chip creme, hazelnut, toner

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment over paprika on top, parchment over colonial blue on bottom, with various glazes

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment over paprika on top, parchment over colonial blue on bottom, with various glazes , and stencils

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment over paprika on top, parchment over colonial blue on bottom, with various glazes

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – all layered, all with chipping creme in the middle of the two colors, sanded back once dry, to reveal the undercolor, and then toner.

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – putty, chip creme, peppercorn, toner

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – mustard, chip creme, peppercorn, toner

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various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats -paprika, chip creme, mustard, toner

various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats - peppercorn, chip creme, paprika, toner

various barnworn finishes with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – peppercorn, chip creme, paprika, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – mustard, chip creme, blueberry, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – putty, chip creme, parchment, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – peppercorn, chip creme, wisteria

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – mustard, chip creme, cobblestone, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – peppercorn chip creme, mustard, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – chocolate,chip creme, parchment, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – chocolate,chip creme, bayberry, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – cobblestone,chip creme, parhcment, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – chocolate,chip creme, cobblestone, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment,chip creme, putty, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – wisteria,chip creme, chocolate, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – chocolate,chip creme, colonial blue, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – colonial blue,chip creme, cobblestone, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – cobblestone,chip creme, peppercorn, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats – parchment,chip creme, mustard, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats -bayberry,chip creme, chocolate, toner

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barnworn finish with Caromal Colours textured basecoats -colonial blue,chip creme, wisteria, toner

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Caromal Colours Copper Leaf over Reclaim Mocha, with Toner

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Caromal Colours Gold Leaf over Reclaim Mocha, with Toner

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Caromal Colours Silver Leaf over Reclaim Mocha, with Toner

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

 

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoats layered – color, chip creme, color, toner, can order custom samples online shop.fabfinisher.com

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoat mustard, chip creme, putty, toner

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Caromal Colours Barnworn Finishes – with textured basecoat chocolate, chip creme, putty, toner

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textured basecoat mustard, brushed smooth, chip creme, chocolate, toner

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textured basecoat chocolate brushed smooth, chip creme, chocolate, toner

 

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textured basecoat chocolate brushed smooth, chip creme, paprirka, toner

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textured basecoat chocolate brushed smooth, chip creme, cobblestone, toner

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textured basecoat candy apple, chip creme, parchment, toner textured basecoat pumpkin, chip creme, parchment, toner

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textured basecoat pumpkin, chip creme, peppercorn, toner

parchment over putty

putty, chipping crème, parchment, toner

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layered textured basecoat colors, left side all topped in candy apple with toner, right side paprika with toner

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parchment, chipping crème, wisteria, toner

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putty, chipping crème, chocolate, toner

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parchment, chipping crème, colonial blue, toner

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putty, chipping crème, paprika, toner

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peppercorn, chipping crème, pumpkin, toner

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mustard, chipping crème, peppercorn, toner

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bayberry, chipping crème, mustard, toner

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pumpkin, chipping crème, bayberry, toner

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paprika, chipping crème, peppercorn, toner

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colonial blue, chipping crème, bayberry, toner

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pumpkin, chipping crème, peppercorn, toner

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parchment, chipping crème, paprika, toner

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chocolate, chipping crème, mustard, toner

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peppercorn, chipping crème, wisteria, umber glaze

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putty, chipping crème, paprika, toner

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paprika, chipping crème, putty, toner

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peppercorn (heavy), chipping crème, mustard (heavy), toner

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colonial blue, chipping crème, parchment, coffee glaze

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colonial blue, chipping crème, peppercorn

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candy apple, chipping crème, mustard, toner

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candy apple, chipping crème, bayberry, toner

 

 

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 ,

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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

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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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