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Aged Paper, Plaster and Canvas Workshop

This week we hosted an Aged Paper, Plaster and Canvas Workshop dealing with mounting papers on canvas, building and blending a border to mask the image edge using paint, plaster and wax.

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The Aged Papers are addicting, we stock  a huge assortment, which makes choosing difficult…

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The papers are 11×17,  and can be used in a variety of ways.   You could

  • slip them in a frame as is
  • line a drawer
  • create a focal wall
  • decorate larger furniture surfaces, like inside a china cabinet fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0243
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  • adding a design element to furniture panelsfabulous_finishes_studio_chalk_clay_chest_paris_wood

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  • create a piece of art
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Our current Aged Paper Workshop creates art on canvas.

We begin by painting the canvas with a base color we choose, then we dry.  The paper’s edges are scored, and then the mounting process begins, using our Durable Matte Sealer with a squirt of glue mixed in.

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We work to smooth out wrinkles and bubbles, then once our art-in-process is dry we begin layering a combination of plaster and paint – a little here, a little there, some scraping, blending, fiddling, some more plaster or more paint, blend and fiddle some more…

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This is the longest stretch of the workshop – it relies on each person’s own eye, deciding ‘where’ they want or need more color or dimension, it’s not an exact science,  it’s just a feelie kindof thing,  and it’s cool to watch 🙂

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Once the fiddling is complete,  our canvas art is dried, and then a wax color (or colors) is selected, to finish off our piece.   I love American Paint Company’s Vintage Waxes – I rave about them a lot, and for good reason – they are simply the best!

I use  APC’s Vintage Clear Wax to create colored waxes by adding pigment tints – like one canvas used a blue wax in the final pass – I’ll add our mica powders to create various shimmer wax colors as well.   I create each color or shimmer into it’s own snap-deli container, so it’s an easy go-to-grab when I need it.

We used a variety of wax colors to finish off the canvas’s –  APC’s Dark Wax, which gives an umber vintage effect, and APC Wax custom tinted to Brass, Aged Gold, Pearl, Pewter, Shimmered Silver, Blue, and Black.

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Pretty fun night – thank you ladies!!

The plaster we use, to blend and layer the edges is Caromal’s Perfect Plaster

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It’s unlike any of our other plasters – it’s whippy, think paint folded with whipped crème, then sprinkle in some seeds or specks of little things that bust open when you scrape them.   I wont’ apply the paper’s without it.

It’s also cool as a wall finish, which is it’s original intent (LOL)

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I forgot to add a link to my videos page,  here  , if you check out video #5 it’s a short Shelby TV segment on this paper type application on a small stool.

Have a fabulous Spring Weekend!

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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One Of My Favorite Dixie Chests …a Reclaim Test

I acquired this Dixie furniture when I was at my first store,  four years ago.  The picture cuts off the dresser on the left is actually a triple, and around the corner were two narrow bookcase units

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I don’t usually buy up full sets of furniture, but I loved the style and the condition was mint.   The pair of nightstands and armoire chest moved on to my current store, and this past Spring I decided they would be perfect for my next paint project –

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I decided to try a mix of our Reclaim paint and Botanical paint.  Reclaim is a waterbased low voc paint that bonds to near any surface, and unlike the other paint lines we carry, it also has a sealer in it. But Reclaim is not a ‘brush on’ type paint like our other paints – it functions best as a rolled on paint . If you brush Reclaim it will show application marks  aka brush strokes, especially the heavier you apply the paint.  We tell our customers if they have to brush the Reclaim , say parts of a chair or areas that are hard to roll, then apply the paint in light layers and try to keep your application strokes the same.

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The Botanical paint, also created by Caromal Colours,  is more like a chalky type paint, low voc’s, and most often is applied by brush.  It actually brushes out lovely, and doesn’t HAVE to have a finish coat over it to stay put, but it dries out to a flat chalky feel.  Colorwise, the lightest neutral of Botanical is Gardenia, an offwhite (top left).

I mixed part Botanical Gardenia, Part Off White Reclaim and part Bright White Reclaim, and started applying, thin, by brush

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After one coat, I realized this wasn’t going to be a 2-coat finish.  I tried to find the right balance of paint to leave behind, without it looking too stroky…  what worked best was almost dry brushing the paint,  slow and steady

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My plan for the chest was to add stencil designs on the two front door panels, but I didn’t want it to complete with the neutral finish of the piece, so I used our Textured Plaster and tinted it darker, using several of our Powder Pigments, to resemble the hardware that I planned to use –

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and bladed it through one of our thicker stencils

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The original hardware would be refinished to a brass/bronze color, but I wanted something special on the top drawer.   I used several decorative backs, added a metal whispy knob, painted it to a pretty brass/bronze color, and added Swarovski crystals to complete the look

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You can see in this photo how the paint is in various stages of coverage, the upper section still showing it’s original yellowy colorfabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_raised_plaster_damask_door_panels (5)

I let both panels dry, the went back to dry brushing, to get the finish even and solid, including completely covering the plastered stencil relief

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After that I went to work dressing up the piece, giving it those added touches that I love, to make it a one of a kind special…   I stenciled the inner drawer fronts,  and gave the inside and out of each drawer a freshening up of colorfabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (6)

The top, originally that pear yellow color formica, needed to go deeper, I envisioned a pecan color to coordinate with the hardware, so I started to layer to achieve that result –fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (7)fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (1)

It took me a good six passes to get an even finish with this application method.  Typically, our brush on paints (APC, Cottage) can be applied not-too-thick-not-too-thin, then a second coat thinned with water that pulls it all together.  With this blend of Reclaim/Botanical, wetting of the paint, or thinning it down and applying it, more often than not caused the under layer to reactivate and lift off…  thus more layers of very thin paint applied was the best way I found to reach total coverage.  When it all dried, I light sanded the flat panels with a 400 grit, and sanded the door panel relief with a 200 grit sandpaper to pop the design –fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (2)

The remainder of the hardware was refinished to the brass/bronze color, sealed and embellished with Swarovskis’s to complete the look

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Once the paint finish and top were complete, I mixed our two sealers- Durable Waterbased Satin Sealer and  Durable Waterbased Matte Sealer, to create a 50/50 blend of satin/matte, and applied that to the whole chest.  Even though the Reclaim has that built in sealer, I recommend adding an extra topcoat if

  • its going to be a high use piece
  • if its for youth
  • if its a light color (think hard to keep clean) finish
  • if I desire more (or less) of a sheen than what my paint dried to
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 I’m really pleased with the top
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Of course, the feet had to be glammed up
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and the back 🙂

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Definitely one of my favorite chests, not just for how it ended up looking, but for the whole package – the lovely design and furniture quality

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Look at all that storage!dixie_chest_custom_painted_chalk_wood_grainWhen it came time for the petite nightstands, I finished them pretty much the same way except for the tops.   The tall chest had that  ‘fantasy/faux’ wood grain finish,  where I tried to get to that color tone that I saw in my head. In those cases I have no recipe to follow, I just trial and error until it works.   I  would have a miserable time trying to recreate an exact match.   Plus the nightstands were lower and I felt a darker top would weigh the pieces down…..

I decided to use the tinted plaster again, but this time blade it through a pretty patterned lace.  In the picture below, you can see the tops are a caramel color – it’s the lace patterned tinted plaster drying

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Here, in the photo below, I’ve already painted over the dried plaster lace on the tops

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Yay!  I sanded tops and the tinted pattern popped through, leave just enough to dress up the tops.  I sealed these pieces with my 50/50 mix as well

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The pieces coordinated well with each other, and just last week a customer put a claim on the trio

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These pieces drew an awful lot of interest in the store, as the ‘I want that type finish’ to paint on my own piece.  What we show them, instead, is an application method of rolling thin layers of the Reclaim paint on, like we do for the cabinet finishes we show, or rolling a Reclaim/Botanical mix on.  This way in 2-3 passes you should have solid coverage, and with that little bit of 400 grit paper, your finish result will be a lot like this set.  I even have a video visual, from one of the local TV shows we did, showing that application – you can catch it here – Episode 12 offwhite_custom_painted_french_provencial_chest_standThis winter weather has been amazingly mild for Michigan, and already I’m starting to get itchy for Spring…  here’s to another great week!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Customer Paint Projects To Share – Round 1

Happy 2016!   I swear the older I’m getting the faster time seems to be flying…

I thought I’d start out this new year cleaning the slate of ‘Customers Projects that Need Sharing’.   It’s the best way to inspire others that might be a little hesitant trying our products.   And a shout out to all our amazing customers that are willing to share their projects – I really appreciate it!!

This customer used our Mocha Reclaim to paint right over her original PAINTED WHITE spindles.  Over one hundred of the,  no less! stairrailsafter1

Instead of investing some serious $$ to replace the white spindles for wrought iron, she thought she’d try painting them instead…

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The darker spindles changed the whole feel in her foyer, and she was thrilled.

Tamanna’s first project was this buffet – she acquired it for the great bones, not the color.  Her goal was black with a glossy topcoat.

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she used Reclaim Licorice, and a glossy wipe on poly,  and LOVED its ease of use.

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She was back in this past weekend, to search for the perfect grey color for her kitchen cabinets.  She asked about painting the granite around two fireplaces, and went home and used one coat of her leftover Reclaim Licorice on both!

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How’s this for a simple update?

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Another client, came in this past weekend – back to find a color to paint her kitchen island cabinets.   She said,  “Let me show you  – I painted my kitchen with with your paints and love how it turned out…”   and she pulled up photos on her phone:

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She used White Reclaim and our Coffee Glaze, and finished the update with new hardware

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What a difference!!  CHANGE

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She’s going darker on the island to give it a whole different feel –

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Leah transformed her armoire using our paints –

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which paint, I’m not QUITE sure – maybe American Paint? Cottage Paint? Caromal?

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It doesn’t matter- what matters is it looks pretty darn nice on that dark wood floor – she used one of our Stencils and repeated it down the sides, even added a little Swarovski Crystal Bling!

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Diane gave this kitchen a great new feel, taking the original cabinets to a Sage Greenreclaim_sage_cabinets

I wish we had the befores for this kitchen,  stained cabinets with a stained floor was probably ALOT of stained wood which,  isn’t a bad thing, but look how lovely this sage is against the floor now?

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Hardware was a new addition, as well as the decorative ‘feet’ tucked in next to the toekick…

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You can find many varieties online, just search on ‘wood cabinet feet’

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LOL,  these are REALLY some feet to add 🙂

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Jackie shared two of her projects, both crafted using our Aged Papers and Botanical Paints ….  this one looks like Botanical Iris, and the paper is the blue damask

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and this lovely looks to be Textured Basecoat Peppercorn with Botanical Dandelion over it, sanded back for reveal.  The Aged Paper is one of the botanical Sunflower prints.   Our paper order arrives this week, and due in are new Valentine and Easter prints – can’t wait to add those to the store –

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Sue shared some of her canvas art, created using Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, The Aged Papers, American Paint Co. chalk and clay paints and American Paint Co. Dark Wax

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How cool are these?  Love her creativity and play on texture …

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including the use of Stencils to created raised relief.  We offer a great selection of stencils, and make a point to note which ones are better suited for building relief…

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Some of our large stencils may seem a little pricey,  but they are worth the investment if you plan on finishing more than one project.  Most of our large ones are thick and extra sturdy, allowing them to be used and cleaned over and over again.  The larger size also means a more extensive pattern, which can be used in many ways – stack them for an allover effect, use the whole design or just a few parts of it –

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For great tips and step by step on using the Aged Papers, you can head to our DIY Video Page and click on Episode 5 “How To Apply Aged Papers to Furniture”.

I am going to break this into several posts, that way it won’t run on forever, and I can get this part live.   I’ve committed to getting all the shares posted, so Round 2 will be up this week as well.

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If you’ve been wondering what’s new, given the LEAN posting these last months:

  • STILL waiting to tie up loose ends with the blog transition
  • new items are regularly being added to our online store, recent add:chalkclayminipack
  • this piece sold to a customer in Texas and moved out this past weekend soldbuffetgoldleafgleaners
  • started this New Year in a new set of wheels~  whoot whoot!IMG_6813 (1) (2)
  • got to spend an amazing four weeks enjoying both kids who were home from school for Christmas break.  Love love love them, and had to bid them adieu today 😦
  • working on finishing this curvy piece, created with a variety of American Paint chalk and clay paints, an enlarged Aged Paper, and a top I took back to original wood, and stained using our new Fabulous Wood Topper product that will be debuting this month 🙂paris_aged_paper_chest_drawers_chalk_clay_paints_fabfinisher

 

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 painting your own piece, check out our Workshop Schedule,  you can even register online.