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Catching Up, and a Pink Chalk/Clay Painted Child Rocker

Goodness, where does one start when they’ve been away too long and there’s too much to talk about?  Do I share workshop wares?  What customers are doing?  Shop happenings?   Or all the project files, piling up with dust on them?

It  doesn’t help, abandoning ship for almost a month…  There was prom

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and graduation from High School – it took my full attention, the 45 minutes before the ceremony started, to watch the jumbo-tron so I could catch her picture…

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The last of High School soccer wrapped, a disappointing end, but thankfully for us we will still be able to watch her continue on at the collegiate level

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All day orientations, family birthdays, Father’s Day,  and great news,  my hubby accepted a position with a different company and started his new journey a couple weeks ago.

Our son is home from college for the summer, I’ve been busy trying to get him familiar with our new web stuff, so he can do some work for us with  link corrections.  Our new shopping cart is up and running, but anytime you switch to new, you end up with old links that dead end when you click on them.   We have to work on redirecting  all of those dead links to live links, otherwise no one will be able to find us!   If you hit a dead link,  please be patient and know that we are working on it.

There will be another round of changes in the next week…. it’s the last phase, and time to move this blog over and merge it with our main store website.   I was told today by our web man that I will need to hold back on blogging while WordPress boxes up the life of my blog and zips it up in a traveling suitcase.  It will then make the move over to our new site, and unzip itself, setting up once again – the end goal being life continues on, and  you not noticing much change.   We’ve probably got a day or two before WordPress starts, so I need to get a few posts UP before they do.  No sure how long it will take them to transition my site – might be a couple days, maybe a week….

In the mean time, I need to  get a few posts together ASAP, and posted, before Word press starts to pack it up…

I’m sharing this cute little rocker that I painted pink a while back –  a PINK post in honor of my daughter growing up –  from child rocker to college dorm!

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The pink is American Paint Company’s Powder Room, one first coat painted on the whole rocker.

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Then the second coat was a mere wash of Powder Room, but also some American Paint Company Uncle Sam, their brightest white, watered down and brushed lightly over the top.

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When everything was dry I gave it a light sanding, and then brushed on a coating of American Paint’s Topcoat Finish.   Topcoat Finish is APC’s alternative to wax, and offers harder protection for your painted finish – perfect for tots.

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Lastly,  I used one of our Monahan Aged Papers,  ripped it into manageable sizes, and applied them to the back rails of the chair using Caromal’s Reclaim Sealer as my bonding agent –

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Sweet, simple rocker.    It didn’t take long to find a new home  🙂

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If you haven’t tried our the Aged Papers you must give them a go –  we’ve got over 200 papers available to chose from!   If you check out the site, we find it easiest to sort the papers by name – have fun looking!

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American Paint Freedom Road Grey Gray – Waxed Black and Brown

Freedom Road is one of our top sellers –

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American Paint Company‘s medium grey gray

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A lovely color on it’s own, very Restoration Hardware

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Applying APC’s Vintage Clear Wax, tinted with  black pigment (aka make-your-own-black-wax) will intensify the color as you can see on this small nightstand I finished

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I layered Freedom Road over APC Waistcoat, and then sanded back to refine the finish.  Because the original piece was haphazardly painted white, it took little to no effort to reveal peeks of white through the colored paint.  So far, the drawer and side trim have been black waxed.

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Over the top I only applied a coat of Freedom Road. When it dried I applied a quick watered down brush coat of Reclaim Sealer, just to seal up the paint. Once dry, I brushed another liberal coat of Reclaim Sealer mixed with water, positioned my Aged Botanical Paper over it, then proceeded to adhere it to the furniture top.  To see this exact process you can watch my DIY Episode 5 found on our free videos page apc_freedom_road_waistcoat_black_wax_botanical_paper4

You can see the piece, tucked in the corner below –

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Applying American Paint’s Vintage Dark Wax, a pre-tinted brown, will change the whole look and feel of Freedom Road.

This vintage radio cabinet started with a layer of APC Home Plate –

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Once dry I applied the APC Freedom Road, and sanded back (once dry) to reveal some of the Home Plate and original finish. To seal it up I used APC’s all natural, very easy to use, Vintage Dark Wax  – scrubbed it on with a brush and softly wiped the excess back

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Would you have expected this color?

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The dark wax will take the grey to an kakhi/olive/green tone.  No grey no more!

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The top I took in a little different direction. First, I brushed a coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate

when that dried I brushed a thin coat of APC Home Plate, sanded it to reveal the Chocolate texture, topcoated it with APC Topcoat Finish,  a more durable topcoat alternative to wax, and then gave it a wash with a black and brown glaze –

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I painted the inside Home Plate as well, and tucked a stencil on the back for fun

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The back got a fun wash of APC Waistcoat and a little Freedom Road.... no topcoating on the back –

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But quite a different spin on grey.    I prefer using my powdered pigments and/or mica’s either mixed into a Clear Wax or into a Clear Glaze.  I’m not a fan of tinting my topcoat…

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We’ve got a great selection of  almost a dozen Powder Pigments, and a dozen more Mica Powders to choose from.  If you like to paint and create, these are a must have.  A little goes a long way, and once mixed still hold a decent shelf life.

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Happy painting!

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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 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.

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

BOTANICALS

COTTAGE PAINT

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

Closed Sundays and Mondays

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 5pm

Thursday 10am – 7pm

Saturday 10am – 3pm

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Flashback – Where I First Started Creating….

Clearing out my media discs, trying to sort and organize – I came across these photos

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Oh my goodness…

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I am getting antsy looking at these-   SO congested!

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At the same time, I REMEMBER….

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I started my finishing business, Fabulous Finishes,  as a mom of a first and second grader.  My husband was supportive –  he let me,  multiple times,  leave home and skip across states to take week long finishing courses,  where upon I’d return home to my  STUDIO-

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My studio was in our basement – a very cool basement but I’d say 95% finished…..   I had no where to set up except in this corner of our furnace room –

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Can you believe, I had all this crazy stuff within feet of the furnace?   That plywood board, below, was where I’d clamp my sample boards, and devise new finishes for potential clients…

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Often, my daughter would sit on the floor and create art with her paints…

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And now I come to work here…

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Crazy.

God is really amazing….

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BE  inSPIRED  with  US

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!

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Our Workshop Schedule Is Posted!

Okey,  THAT took me forever,  but I finally have our new workshops posted – dates, times, prices, descriptions, pictures….

While that was happening, I played with paint, finished a couple pieces,  created a bunch of samples, hosted a couple workshops….    I need to get some serious posting going on so I clear the photos off my camera card…

In the meantime,  our Workshop happenings for the next three months:

Our workshops are held in the back work area of our showroom, at

Fabulous Finishes Studio,  51350 Van Dyke,    Shelby Twp, MI   48316

REGISTRATION  You can register in the studio, by phone  888-819-1490, 586-275-9586  or email fabfinisher@gmail.com

50% Deposit is required to hold a spot.

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BYOB:  Bringing your own beer, wine,  or food is welcome during your painting class.  We offer water, coffee, and light snacks;  dishware and paper products are also available.    No one under the age of 21 will consume alcohol. 

CANCELLATION POLICY  Deposit is transferable to a future class w/in 4 weeks, provided we receive 36  hour notice of cancellation, otherwise deposit is non-refundable.   Class size min  6   max  10.  Classes less than minimum will be rescheduled.

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OUR CURRENT WORKSHOPS:

*   LEVEL I    BASIC FINISHES           $65        2 hours

This workshop is perfect for someone brand new to our paints and finishes.  In this class you will work with Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats, Reclaim Paint, and American Paint Co Chalk/Clay based paints and will learn and create SIX unique finish samples

Reclaim Glazed, Textured Basecoat Toned,  Textured Basecoat Barnworn Finish w/Chipping Creme and Toner,  Textured Basecoat topped with American Paint Company  and APC Dark Wax,  APC Single Color with Topcoat, APC Layered Color with Wax-DSC_0700

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Reclaim Glazed, Textured Basecoat Toned, Textured Basecoat Barnworn Finish w/Chipping Creme and Toner, Textured Basecoat topped with American Paint Company and APC Dark Wax, APC Single Color with Topcoat, APC Layered Color with Wax-

Includes all instruction and materials/tools/paints needed to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

Wednesday   April 2nd     530-730pm

Thursday  May 8th    530-730pm

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*   LEVEL I/II   PAINT A PIECE      $110               4 hours   

(repeat for $95)

Who’s looking for an evening out?  Be it an escape from a rigorous daily schedule, an outlet for some creativity to flow, an evening spent in company with other attendees,  maybe even a few of your friends…   we ALL need one of these every now and then right?

If you are interested in painting your own piece, but don’t know where to start,  this workshop is for you.    Join us for an evening, or a Saturday afternoon,  walk in with a tired piece of furniture, and go home with a brand new look!

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HOW DOES IT WORK?  Bring a chair or small furniture item (end table, nightstand, shelf, mirror, several drawers to a larger piece, several cabinet doors from a cabinet project ) THAT YOU CAN CARRY IN YOURSELF.  Read on:

This part is important – SIZE MATTERS!    

As a guide, pieces OVER 24 inches wide need to be pre-approved or you will incur a upcharge.

If you are bringing PARTS to a larger piece, say drawers to a dresser or desk , 2-3  large drawers (wider than 18 inches)  or 5-6 small drawers (12-18 inches wide)  is a good estimate.   

If you bring in doors from a vanity, plan on 3-4  cabinet size doors, depending on the finish you select.  Armoire type doors plan on 2.

If you bring in something too large you will not be able to finish it in the time allotted, not to mention you will infringe on the next person’s space. 

See this post if you have any questions on piece size.   

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU:

  • Make sure your item meets the size requirements
  • Arrive with a clean and dry piece. 
  • If your piece has chips or chunks, and you DON’T want to see those flaws, then repair your piece before you arrive.  
  • Remove all hardware,  and fill hardware holes if you do not plan on reusing that same hardware. WE CAN NOT FILL HOLES IN CLASS.

PICK A FINISH:  we have over 300 displayed sample finishes and finished furniture pieces in our showroom, to inspire you.  Choose Chalk/Clay Paint  single or layered color, Caromal Colour single or layered color,  Chalk-Clay/Caromal Colour combo,  or one of our Metallic Finishes.   You can even add a stencil if we have one that works for you.  We recommend that you pick, or know what finish you want to do PRIOR to the workshop day.   Our goal is to get everyone started as soon as possible upon arrival.  If you can not pre-choose then it is a good idea to arrive 1/2 hour prior to class for finish selection.

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THEN WHAT?  Get to work! Our expert staff will help guide and instruct you from start to finish.  Have fun learning about our paints, even better see what other finishes are being created around you.    Head home with A BRAND NEW PIECE and the knowledge and confidence to continue in your refinishing endeavors.

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WORKSHOP ITINERARY:

  • 530pm arrival  (arrive 5pm if you do not know your finish)
  • 530-545pm  set up work space, review finish selected
  • 545pm brief instruction on paints/finishes
  • 6 – 9pm painting  layer 1, layer 2, drying, refining
  • 9-930pm  topcoat application and drying
  • 915-930pm  review and checkout process

Tuesday  February 11th,  530pm-930pm  2 open

Saturday,  March 1st, 11am-3pm   4 open

Saturday, March 29th, 11am-3pm  8 open

Tuesday, April 15th 530pm -930pm   6 open

Saturday, May 3rd  11am – 3pm

Saturday May 31st, 11am – 3pm

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*   LEVEL II   Specialty Finishes   

$120   3 1/2 hours    

Have you worked with our paints, painted a few pieces, and are looking to learn some new techniques? Sign up for one of these workshops- each will offer 4 unique 12×12 finishes, using a number of goodies – crackling, glazing, waxing, gilding, foils, mica, metallic waxes, embellishing,  stenciling, textured effects.

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This is a sit down workshop, but nothing about it is low key – you will not be sitting still, as each sample involves multiple layers with a whole variety of products and techniques.  Be prepared to expand your knowledge.

Previous WORKING knowledge in the use of our paints is recommended  as we do not go into depth on how these paints work

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Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

Textures Collection        Thursday, March 20th, 530-900pm

Restoration Hardware Collection      Tuesday, April 29th,  530-900pm

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PHOTOS TO COME…

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*   Simple, Elegant Wall Finishes   

$110   3 1/2 hours

Did you know, Caromal Colours Glazes and Perfect Plaster were created for ease of use, AND with the DIY homeowner  in mind?  Join us for this workshop and learn glazing and textured plaster wall finishes.

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Glazing and Stenciling

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Textured Plaster

You will create four wall finish boards – two glazed finishes (one with an all over stencil), one textured plaster with glaze wash, and one layer plaster finish.

These finishes are perfect for any room in your house, and can even be applied on furniture.  Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

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Wednesday,  March 12th   530-900pm

Tuesday, May 13th  530-900pm

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*   Painting Cabinets  

$75   2 1/2 hours

You’ve heard great things about our paints and you’re ready to commit to painting your cabinets – laundry, bath, kitchen or bar .  If you would feel more confident having some guidance as you begin, then this class is for you.    You will be required to bring up to 4 cabinet doors to paint, in the color of your choice.  Choose from Textured Basecoat single color, Reclaim single color, or Chalk/Clay single color.   You will paint your doors (one side), refine them, and seal them as required.

Go home with your doors and the knowledge and confidence to paint the rest,  or bring  back your doors to one of our Glazing Cabinets workshops, and learn how to apply a glaze finish. Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

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Cho0se one color Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat, Caromal Reclaim Paint, American Paint Company

Note:  We paint one side of the doors only – most choose to work on the outside, however, you can ‘choose’ your side.    We slow dry each layer, and need to keep on a tight schedule – attempting to paint each door in a different ‘color’ or ‘type of paint’ will slow down the whole process and you will never complete your doors  in the allotted time,   therefore,  only ONE color can be selected. 

Saturday  March 8th   noon – 2:30pm

Saturday   April 19th   noon – 2:30pm

Wednesday  May 21st   5:30pm-8pm

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*   Glazing Cabinets   

$50   1 1/2 hours

You’ve heard great things about our paints and you’ve already painted your cabinets – laundry, bath, kitchen or bar .  Now you want to give them a lovely, professional glazed finish.  If you would feel more confident having some guidance as you begin, then this class is for you.

You will be required to bring up to 4 NEWLY PAINTED cabinet doors to glaze.  Choose from Caromal Colours glazes, Beautiful Glazes and Textureline Glazes.  You will glaze each door (one side).

Go home with your doors and the knowledge and confidence to tackle any cabinet project in your house.   Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes.

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NOTE:   The Painting Cabinets Workshop is NOT required to take this workshop.  If you have worked with our paints before and choose to paint your doors at home – awesome,  just be sure your doors are completely dry (Reclaim dry at least 5 days)  prior to class.  If you are painting with APC Chalk/Clay paint you will need to have one coat of APC Topcoat Finish applied to your painted doors at least 2 days prior to class.

Saturday  March 15th   12:30pm – 2pm

Saturday   April 26th   12:30pm  – 2pm

Wednesday  May 28th   6pm-7:30pm

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*   Cool Counter Top Finishes  

$120   3 1/2 hours

This is the perfect workshop for anyone looking to update their counter tops with more than just a one color paint look.   These hand crafted paint finishes are durable, definitely DIY friendly and guaranteed to wow your friends and family.

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Four finish techniques will be taught, and you will create a 12 x12 sample finish of each one.     All finishes are created using our durable paint products –   your toughest job will be deciding what colors you want to use on your counters!

NOTE:  You will not be choosing your own colors when creating these finishes- we will be re-creating each of the finishes on the class ‘storyboard’ (see below).   We have a growing number of  finished samples in the showroom that can be used as a guide in deciding color for your home project.  Once you get the technique down , you will have a better understanding of how to get to your desired look.

Includes all instruction/materials/tools paints to complete your finishes, and a 10% discount voucher for product purchase.

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Saturday  February 22nd     noon – 330pm

Tuesday  March 25th   530pm-900pm

Thursday  April 24th  530pm-900pm

Saturday   May 24th   noon-330pm

REGISTRATION  You can register in the studio, by phone  888-819-1490, 586-275-9586  or email fabfinisher@gmail.com

50% Deposit is required to hold a spot.

CANCELLATION POLICY  Deposit is transferable to a future class w/in 4 weeks, provided we receive 36  hour notice of cancellation, otherwise deposit is non-refundable.   Class size min  6  max  10.  Classes less than minimum will be rescheduled.

 

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BYOB:  Bringing your own beer, wine,  or food is welcome during your painting class.  We offer water, coffee, and light snacks;  dishware and paper products are also available.    No one under the age of 21 will consume alcohol.

You can find that workshop information here https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/caromal-colours-workshops/