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Sharing Projects From Our Workshops…

Trying to round out the posts – customers projects,  things I’m working on, and all the fun paint projects created in our workshops –

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A chippy, worn finish, Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, Chipping Crème, TB Parchment, and Glaze

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Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, APC yellow chalk/clay, sanded/wet wiped to reveal, APC Topcoated to seal up the paint

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The body of this pedestal kept its original finish, the top, base and accent was given a warm silver/gold finish with Toner

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A layered, chippy finish can be obtained a number of ways – here the texture on the first layer is Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, but instead of ‘chipping creme’ and then another Textured Basecoat  she used American Paint Co’s Fireworks Red, one coat painted on just enough to cover.  When it dries you can sand with a 150 grit to get thru to the textured base, and you can damp rag it to reveal as well.

I think APC Dark Wax completed this finish-

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Brown wood drawers before,   I think this one is our custom Cottage Paint color  Gorgeous Grey,  and the hardware was refinished using our Hardware Kit Brass
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A wood table before, got a layer of  Reclaim Mocha,  a layer of a Metallic Bronze Blend, and Black Glaze.  Stenciled with a lighter metallic-

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Top is 2 coats of Reclaim Mocha,  the rest has one coat Reclaim Mocha, then a rustic layer of metallic Silver Blend, and Toner

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Our custom Cottage Paint color French Blue, with a white wash, stenciled with several colors of Stencil Cremes

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APC Chalk/Clay Voyage blue over Vintage White, sealed with APC Topcooat. Stenciled with Mother Earth Stencil Crème

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Texture Basecoat Chocolate, Metallic Silver Blend, Toner

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Our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Wonder White, with a stencil color Mother Earth Stencil Creme – you can achieve the same color stencil using Toner –

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American Paint Co Freedom Road, with Clear Wax might have had some pewter mica and/or black pigment  in the wax …

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Basecoated with Reclaim Pewter,  top and accents topped with a soft metallic gold/silver

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Love how this one turned out – the attendee brought a pillow from home to match – she used Textured Basecoat Chocolate, then I think the blue was Reclaim Nantucket – sanded when dry, and stenciled with a champagne metallic –

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American Paint Freedom Road over Amber Waves Of Grain, sealed with APC Topcoat

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Metallic Bronze Finish over Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, sanded to reveal texture, topped with Black Glaze –

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American Paint Co Vintage White, Distressed and Topcoated.  Drawers Stenciled.

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Metallic Finish (Reclaim Licorice, Black Bronze, and Black Glaze)- stenciled in silver –

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First layer Reclaim Mocha, second layer Metallic Silver Blend and Toner. Stencil in Toner. Top remained Mocha – this table had a raised grain on top,  the Mocha so nicely accents it
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First layer Reclaim Licorice, Metallic Silver Blend with Toner on top and door
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First coat Textured Basecoat Chocolate, then I think it was our custom tinted color of Cottage Paint, Vanilla,  sanded/wet wiped, then glazed
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This table was originally dark wood,  painted with our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Vivacious Vanilla, topped with Antique Glaze

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Stenciled with Mother Earth Stencil Creme

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Cottage Paint (custom tint) Vivacious Vanilla with Molasses Less Intense Glaze

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Textured Basecoat Wisteria over Colonial Blue, Chipping Creme in middle, with Tea Glaze. Stenciled with Toner

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Textured Basecoat Cobblestone over Peppercorn, Chipping Creme in the middle, with Toner.  Stenciled in metallic –

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Textured Basecoat Parchment, with Molasses Less Intense Glaze

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Cottage Paint (our custom tinted color) Wicked Wine, with American Paint Dark Wax

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American Paint Co Orange Grove, with APC Topcoat 

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This frame was refinished using our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Gorgeous Grey, with Grey Linen (another custom color)  wash

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American Paint Vintage White with APC Topcoat

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Not sure, I think Botanical Dahlia over Textured Basecoat Wisteria 

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Not sure….

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I think American Paint Leather Boots over Textured Basecoat Colonial Blue, with APC Dark Wax

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American Paint A-mazing Yellow over Peacock, APC Topcoat

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Thought I’d include this one,  one of our larger Aged Paper Creating workshops  – I think I shared the final photo months back, but this was their fun group –

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This class mounted their choice of Aged Paper onto a glass mounted frame, layering to hide edges.  Our current Aged Paper Workshop will be working on large canvas mountings

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I think American Paint Topiary with APC Dark Wax

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Our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Grey Linen

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment over Candy Apple Red, Chipping Creme in the middle, with Toner and Toner stencil

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Our Cottage Paint custom tint color Patina with Tea Glaze

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Our Cottage Paint custom tinted color French Blue with white wash and White stencil

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Metallic Silver finish with Toner and Stencil

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Our Cottage Paint custom tinted color Grey Linen, with a Molasses Less Intense Glaze and a stencil using Mother Earth Stencil Creme

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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,   register online or stop in and visit.

 

 

 

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Mixing Reclaim Colors, Stencil Workshop, Silver Vanity, Paint A Piece

This week I took some pictures of Reclaim sample  boards that we’ve done for the store.

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For those not familiar with this paint,  it’s our number one seller for cabinets

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Reclaim Paint is available in twelve premixed colors-

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Additionally,  we’ve created a good number of custom painted boards, where we’ll mix together 2 colors, to get to yet another color option.

It started with these,  where I mixed two colors of Reclaim together, Pewter and Offwhite.  Both boards are based with Pewter/Offwhite, one just has more Pewter, one has more Offwhite…

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Custom color boards, mixing Reclaim Pewter and Reclaim Offwhite together, at different ratios. The paints are lovely as a color on their own, or you an add an overglaze, in a number of color options, to add more interest – an antiquing effect.

This cabinet door is finished in a custom blend – 4:1 Offwhite to Pewter, meaning 4 parts Offwhite, 1 part Pewter.  Don’t let the thought of mixing/measuring intimidate you , we keep the mixes simple enough, and will guide you along every step – what you’ll need, how to mix, how to prep, how to apply…

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Reclaim Paint mixture,with Molasses Glaze, over an old oak kitchen door

The custom mixes have been quite popular, so in recent weeks I’ve created more samples

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If you click on each photo, you can see the colors/labels etc …   I’ve sprinkled in some of the single color boards, to give a reference

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Amazing how many combinations you can create, right?  There are many more we don’t have to show,  but you are more than welcome to cook up your own.reclaim_paint_custom_mixed_colors_shop_fabulous_finishes_online

Time to update a bath, your laundry room, or kitchen cabinets?  Stop by the store and check out the colors in person.  Look for our hours below.

This past week we hosted a Stenciling Workshop – at $75 ($65 for previous students), you create five different samples, all using different stenciling methods.  From the workshop:

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Stippled Paint Stenciling, using various paints – Reclaim, Cottage Paint, American Paint Company

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Two Tone Shadow Stenciling

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Embedded Stenciling

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Raised Texture Stenciling

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Traditional Stenciling, with Creamy Stencil Creme and Glaze

We offer an eclectic mix of WORKSHOPS, and try to vary the day/time so we can accommodate everyone’s schedule.  Sign up with a friend or partner –  and look forward to an evening, or afternoon, of filled with fun, action packed activity, and loads of paint knowledge…

Our Aged Paper Workshop

Our Aged Paper Workshop

Wrapping up the week, I finished this piece for old vanity for my client –

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Taking pictures in the workroom make horrible photos, with all the clutter and messy shelves as backdrops…   I ‘fuzzed’ out the background on this one, so at least you can see the whole set.   It came to me dressed in a previously painted, tired, yellow color.

I gave it one of my metallic silver antiqued finishes, and wood grained the top-

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My Fabulous Finishes style has always been a little over the top,  dressing pieces up with pretty feet, decorated drawers, crystals always (even if I hide them on the back), even shimmer if I can get away with it… this customer wanted it fabulous 🙂

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Metallic finishes are one type you can create in our Paint a Piece Workshops. We aren’t able to do the dimensional stenciling in that workshop (like above) but we do teach that in the Stenciling Workshop.  I often get asked if I teach my woodgraining tops and I don’t.   My tops are a layering process, often different each one I do…  I don’t follow recipes, I just figure it out as I go until I get where I like it.    If you’ve ever instructed, you’ll understand – that’s a tough and frustrating thing to teach, which is why I don’t.  We do, however, offer simpler methods for achieving a wood top look.

It’s a perfect weekend here in Detroit – 70’s and sunny – planting season is here.  Need to fun up your patio area?  Check out our latest TV episode where I show how you can turn various household items into outdoor works of art!

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The latest Shelby DIY TV Show, is live – you can watch that here

We ended the week with a Paint A Piece Workshop.  Every now and then I fail to capture photos of the evening and last night was one of them,   however,  I DID get some as they were leaving the store…

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American Paint Company Chalk Clay Topiary with APC Dark Wax

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika with Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), and Reclaim Glaze. Stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika with Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), and Reclaim Glaze. Stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment, Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), Dark Grey Glaze, stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment, Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), Dark Grey Glaze, stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Cottage Paint Patina (our custom color), with Tea Glaze

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Cottage Paint Patina (our custom color), buffed.

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Cottage Paint Patina (our custom color), with White Glaze, stenciled with Snowberry Stencil Creme.

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Metallic Finish with Toning Glaze, stenciled Earth Stencil Creme.

Back to work, on this lovely piece –

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If you’re local, look for us in this weekend’s Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Homestyle Magazine.  Maureen Feighan has a feature on the fever of  DIY in Detroit.     Enjoy Spring, have a blessed week~

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Mother’s Day is next weekend –  head in and bless mom with a gift certificate to Fabulous Finishes,  good toward all purchases and workshops.  She might like these lovely new Aged Paper ladies,  in for Spring

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spring projects!

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An Old Style Dining Hutch Goes Metallic…

It started as this, I loved it because it was so small but complete, compared to massive furniture now a day…

I first basecoated with Caromal Colours basecoat Chocolate, stippling it on, then topped that off with Modern Masters Champagne.  When dry I sanded with a mouse sander to reveal the texture

then brushed on the Caromal Toner and wiped it off

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From Brady Bunch to pretty nice!