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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

bayberry over peppercorn

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

bayberry over pumpkin

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

bayberry with toner

Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – bayberry, toner and more toner

candy apple over bayberry

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

colblue over putty

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

 

 

Customer Paint Projects Round 3 – More Kitchens

Continuing with our customers shared projects, here’s a project type that we haven’t shared in awhile – a REFRIGERATOR.   Nicole in Florida  sent this before

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during, using our Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, rolled on with a whizz roller –

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Remember, most paint projects always look scary after the first coat 🙂  Here is the final, perfectly placed in this lovely kitchen –

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Robin sent a few pictures of her oak kitchen going dark – using Mocha Reclaim

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If you have interest in tacking your own project using these paints, you will find easy links that, when you click on them, will take you to that product in our online store.

Katherine shared pictures of her island –  she mixed a quart of Off White reclaim with 8 ounces of the brown,  then used Toner to glaze it all –
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Pretty custom,  pretty cool!

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Karen shared some outdoor projects she dressed up using our American Paint Company chalk and clay paints –

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Stencil on top added another element of color –
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Lynda shared this cool mid-century chest she wanted to updatelynda_mod_buffet_before
 first making a few body alterations, then painting it American Paint Company Lincoln’s Hat and toning it with APC Dark Wax.  I’m pretty ure she had the metal panels made for the cabinet fronts (he had a metal frame made for the base as well) but you could get that look easily with our Metallic Kits.
Change something so it fits your needs –
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Amanda decided to update one of her childhood chests for her new condo
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She used our Cottage Paint Bold Black and stenciled on top with a light metallic.  Completely transformed –
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Linda decided on Linen reclaim to give their cottage cabinets a lighter feel
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 Maria shared this lovely transformation, using our Cottage Paint Vanilla with Botanical Black/Brown Toner on the base, and  Cottage Paint Truffle with our Black Glaze on the Top-
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The Cottage Paint is lovely to paint with – glides nicely and far, and it’s easy to glaze the next day w/out sealing it up first.  We also like that we can tint any color we need!  The Truffle is a perfect brown for a rich brown top, and adding our Black Glaze over top takes it to a deeper level.
Amanda, a local customer sent pictures of her awesome kitchen cabinet project.  This was how her kitchen started –
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She used our Pebble reclaim paint, and created a whole new kitchen!
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Did you notice, Amanda is a professional photographer!  Her work is lovely, if you’re Detroit local check her out.  amanda_rugal_kitchen_oak_before
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
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I need to take a minute, and share feelings in my gut that have been bothering me lately… 

 If you find these projects helpful,  if you find our blog posts informative and our videos instructive – maybe they give you that confidence boost to finally tackle a project,  then by all means, we really hope you can patron our business when it comes time to purchase your paints.  

These blog posts over the years have taken HOURS of time to put together, our FREE to watch instructive videos take time and effort to create, this website is costly,  maintaining a storefront, staffed with awesome help that daily service our customers,  local AND on the phone, is costly.  

These are all choices I make for my business… I do it with hopes that it builds a trust from you, and creates new business as a result.   To ALL of our customers, new and old, that patron our business, both local and online –  THANK YOU!!!    You are helping keep small businesses alive, and we value you.

I have known the owners of these paints for years – I love them like family…  for some reason they have decided that marketing these products through big box-online-presence stores like Amazon will be great for product line growth, with not much thought on HOW it will hurt their smaller retailers ( like us ) that have been with them for years, informing,  instructing, and teaching others about their paints.   They think offering it at these online stores will drive more business to us ,  however the REVERSE actually happens.

Painting  your cabinets isn’t an easy decision for people.  It’s a huge investment. They want to be well informed,  they want support along the way…. they’ll search online for any information they can find – blog posts like these for example.  Some will email questions, some will call with questions, and then they’ll pull the trigger to buy.

And they head to Amazon, and buy it there.  Why?  Because Amazon can offer free shipping – it’s what BIG-BOX-ONLINE-STORES do,  and it doesn’t cost them anything.

Our shipping rates are tight, and we actually refund back if we can on any excess shipping, but we can’t absorb the total cost for you.  But for the 10 or 15 bucks you might pay in shipping,  you will have personal support if you need it, and we KNOW these products.

So if you think saving on shipping is worth it, ask yourself this –

  • Does Amazon have great customer service?   Nope, good luck with that.
  • Do they have knowledgeable sales people that will talk to you on the phone, or respond to your email about specifics in color options or application?    There will be no personal support.  They don’t use it, or teach with it – their background is logistics and warehousing.

We are DONE fielding phone calls and emails from people asking questions about the paint process – some haven’t started yet, some are in process, some are done,   but when we ask for their sale #, so we can look up who they are, they tell us they didn’t get the products from us.

When you order your products from us, keep your sales receipt. If you ever need help, or have questions, simply call us or email us, and we will be here for you.  No questions asked – except for your sales number 🙂

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Ahhhhh….  I feel better getting that off my chest,  now where did I leave off?

Michelle updated her display piece with our  Black Licorice Reclaim and some Blackened Bronze to highlight all that pretty detail

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This countertop make-over was easy peasy –  the before

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and now

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Beats that 60’s yellow! She  used 2 coats of Reclaim Bright White and then 3 coats of Reclaim Sealer.

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And this from one of our customers in South Carolina-

Hi Patty,  A shiny brass chandelier before, I used Textured Basecoat Parchment and Toner. I smooshed and “tapped” Parchment all over.  Applied Toner heavy then dabbed with a paper towel to get the light and dark areas.  Thanks for your inspiration!!!!  Blessings,  Susie

Before, a lovely brass fixture, class and could stand the test of time, right?  Sure, unless you are changing the feel of a room, or your whole house – then you could either replace it with a new one, OR keep this one intact and give it a new look…

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and after

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Fabulous!

Christina was updating her daughter’s bedroom when she came into our store.  She brought a sample of the new bedding with her, to see what color she could use to update the oak furniture, which included a LARGE wall unit and another dresser…

I wish she’d have shared a before photo – she hated the hardware, but they were unique in size, making it difficult to replace without costing a fortune.  I told her to go right over the hardware – let it blend right in with the pieces –

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I know she used Reclaim, I just have to confirm if she used Mocha, or if she mixed two colors together – Mocha and ButterCreme– to get a softer brown (Mocha reclaim is a dark dark brown, like bakers chocolate).   We have a number of sample color boards in our store that we call BLENDS –  a mix of two, sometimes even three colors of Reclaim, in varying ratios – creating colors differet than the main deck – like these reclaim_paint_blended_colors

She also picked up some American Paint Company Coral Reef, and used that to paint this mirror

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Christina was thrilled with the results, and her daughter loved her new bedroom!

Caroline sends this:

Hi Patty,
Love the way these came out!
I used APC Plymouth Rock with your Dark Grey Glaze and APC hard coat.
Thanks for the inspiration!

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APC Plymouth Rock, Dark Grey Glaze and APC Hard coat.

Karen forwarded these great before and after photos, and says

Patty,
Sorry this took me forever to email to you. It was hard to get good lighting to really show them off.
2 coats Reclaim Linen
Molasses glaze
1 coat Reclaim sealer
Thank you for your advice! Love my kitchen again:)

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It is do-it-yourself-able,  it just takes a commitment to make yourself Get It Done…   and when you take the leap, your finish line will look like this 🙂

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The last one for this post,  Julia, one of our local regular lovelies, sent this

Here are some before and after pictures using your Aged Vintage Papers.

 

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Julia used various colors of our paints to create a basecolor, adhered the papers with our Sealer, blended the edges with our Perfect Plaster , and antiqued them with our APC Vintage Dark Wax

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LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!  And trust me,  I know she was have a joyous time while she was creating those vintage stools.   If you love this process, you can watch me doing a play by play on our Shelby DIY local TV shows – the Aged Papers one is Episode 5.

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.

 

Customer Paint Projects Round 2 – Amazing Oak Kitchen Updates!

Here comes Round 2 of clearing the slate for 2016,  sharing those projects sent in from our awesome customers .   What better way to inspire others right?

Kim shared this after photo of her painted kitchen cabinets,  White Reclaim and Pewter Reclaim on the island, a great combo!

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Caroline shared an adorable stool she painted-

Just want to thank you for the tips and my order.  I used the textured base coat and tips from one of your videos to paint this stool for my dog rescue silent auction.  It went for $85, very excited. I used the micas and dark glaze too.  The dog is from a stencil…
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and this fabulous before and after, using  Pewter Reclaim and our White Glaze
Here are pics of our kitchen redo of our house in Traverse City. Sure do love that Reclaim. I also used the Pewter in my bathroom. Love your store! Debbie Hollinger
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I’m sure you will notice every last detail in this kitchen update, I know I did!   They took one big $$ item in a kitchen renovation – dated oak cabinets – and made them perfect, and current,  simply with the use of our paints and glazes…
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 Great use of paint, love the color choice, paired with the rest of their updates – love the stone back splash,  the big farm sink, updated stainless appliances, adding clean hardware to the cabinets….
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Notice they removed the trim molding on these glass door panels

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resulting in a more modern look.  I love the fun pop of color inside

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And a surprise element on the back of this island  – instead of painting they faced it with old weathered pallet boards!!!   This is a kitchen you could easily see in any current home magazine –  I would want to live here year round.

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Jodi shared a pretty little jewel she created, using our Metallic Finish and Stenciling techniques – Mocha Reclaim, Metallic Blend and Toner –

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Nicole transformed  her oak kitchen cabinets with Pebble reclaim 

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a little dark but you can see the transition happening….

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Here’s a great angle, with better lighting –  I had to look back at the other photos, to see if the appliances or back splash had changed –  and they are the same…  Love how the updated cabinets bring the whole kitchen together, and the floor looks amazing  with it…

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Nicole also used the paint to update her oak railing

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She also painted a bedroom set that was still in great condition,  it just didn’t work as well into their cleaner, more transitional color scheme

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She used our Licorice reclaim,  truly like day and night…

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Susan from Mississippi shared:

My kitchen  just sold in a week. Everyone loved it, and people have tried to hire me to paint their kitchens.  I used the Textured Basecoat  Peppercorn and Paprika  – it was my first time using the paint 🙂

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you can’t tell in the picture above that the Peppercorn is layered over the Paprika, but in the picture below you can see it.

This is our Barnworn Finish, where you brush on Textured Basecoat color #1, let it dry ,  brush on Chipping Creme, let it dry, brush over it with Textured Basecoat color#2, let it dry,  sand and chip back to reveal color #1, then brush on a Toning Glaze .      Very cool, very custom –

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Sheri sends-

Hi Patty!
You ladies helped me in your store with the kind of paints to get, so I thought you might like to see the finished project. (This was my very first piece to redo!)
I sanded and restained the top. For the rest, I used reclaim licorice and added pewter mica to the clear coat to give it a little sheen.

I painted each knob and pull with the reclaim as well and added pewter mica on top with the clear coat.

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Gorgeous!

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Wendy from Chesaning, Mi sent a lovely message:

 …always hated the brass trim of the fireplace but, after replacing carpet with a bleached grey flooring and painting the living room walls grey with white trim, that fireplace trim had to go. I had one tablespoon of Reclaim Licorice and no time to wait for reordering but knowing how far that amazing paint goes, I opened my jar and got to work. After the Reclaim dried, I followed your blog on painting fireplace trim metallic to complement the new floor and modern look.

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Amazingly, I had enough of that tablespoon of Reclaim paint left in the jar to put a stencil on a small table to use in the ‘Provence’ style wedding and to finish a few frames! Your paint is truly fabulous and you are my inspiration.

Thank you Wendy!

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Pat shared a few projects –  this chest that she finished using American Paint Peacock, and American Paint Dark Wax 

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and this adorable nightstand, I think maybe this one was American Paint Rushmore? 

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and this was a tiki pole at her friends cottage, that she painted new life into, using colors of American Paint that she had left over…   the before

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and now, full of beach life!

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AARRRGGHH….  

I confess,  I had way more to share than I realized,  so I’m breaking this into 3 posts – why not, right?

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.

 

Jacobean Buffet, Dressed in Chalk Clay Paints of Grey

Several years ago I refinished this buffet, with our all natural chalk/clay paints, and a particular client had a serious eye for it…

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One time she came in, and it was gone.   I told her I’d keep my eye out for buffets – one could always be customized for her.

This large buffet became available, and I claimed it, with intentions of refinishing is similar to the last one…

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The first coat got about this far, and then it sat….

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for almost two years.    The customer wasn’t in hot pursuit for it, in fact I didn’t see them for a long stretch, so that made it easy to leave unattended.  And,  I’ve come to realize some pieces can’t be started until there is a vision for it.   I think what happened for me was my vision for that piece wasn’t the same one I’d done previously…

A few months ago I pulled this piece out from the pack, and started again, in a different direction

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The basecoat was a blend of American Paint Gunpowder, Tarnished Platter and Smoke Signal

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The top had imperfections and wasn’t a candidate for keeping the original wood finish, so I started with a couple thin layers of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats Parchment and a little bit of Putty to help hide the rough spots.  Maybe create a warm, weathered looking wood tone, like this

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I sanded and glazed the top

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and using the same  American Paint base colors, I went around again, shadowing and blending more color , this time popping the inner panels to a lighter tone using APC Uncle Sam.  When that dried I added a soft,  allover damask stencil to the door panels.

The warm top wasn’t doing it for me,  so I decided to take it brighter than the rest of the piece.   I used Caromal’s Textured Basecoat Wisteria , and then add a coat of Uncle Sam over that.  I gave it a very light sand,  to pop the wisteria through the chalky clay paint.

The condition of the top forced the paint finish to be more rustic, and with the top being so long, I still wasn’t 100% sold on it…

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It needed a glaze –   I don’t like glazing over  raw chalk/clay paint, just my preference – the control is better if it’s sealed up first, so I brushed on a coat of APC Topcoat to seal the paint, when it was dry I glazed the top with a mix of our Light Grey and Dark Grey Glazes.

I worked on the rest of the piece,  fine sanding and refining the paint finish, and then waxed it with APC’s Vintage Clear Wax.   If you haven’t tried this wax you need to – it’s my favorite wax around.   You can see below I’m still working my way across the front –

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I prefer dolling up original hardware but some of it was missing so I had to come up with another plan.  I chose larger resin knobs, painted, weathered and sealed them, then added a backing and some embellishments… They complimented the piece and the stencil

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Big fat legs….

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I was finally rounding the bend on this buffet, and thought iI was done…

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I took a few pictures when I was done , this one exposed  the drawers that I’d cleaned up using  some of my FE Stain and Seal colors –

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A raised sliding tray was treated with a botanical paper

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It was so rich looking… I wished the top would have been solid wood instead of veneer – then I could have salvaged it.   I liked this color combo, but one thing that you can’t see here, that I was struggling with was, the top was still kind of beat up looking.   For such a big, custom statement piece, I needed the top to be tops….

So I sanded the whole darn thing down to the start, patched and evened out the veneer spots that were worn, and then went to work creating a ‘faux’ wood grain top –painted_chalk_clay_jacobean_chest_wood_grained_top (4)

Wood graining is a technique I learned earlier in my ‘faux finish’ days,  and for me it’s a fiddler’s dream – tweeking and playing until you get close enough to you hope.  In this case I was already starting with a color (drawers), I needed to get it close to the same –

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I was very thankful that I got close…  maybe God figured I’d had enough go-arounds with this top and it was time to call this piece done?

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It was nice to roll this one out  –

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It didn’t last very long, and went home with the loveliest of clients

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I held back on embellishing the stencil design,  but if you look close, the wrap around band of trim sparkles with pretty twinkling crystals.   (Did I mention we now offer Swarovski Crystal packs, in varying colors/sizes for purchase in store and online? )

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When I started into my journey of finishing and furniture, Jacobean style was one of my favorite finds –  this piece was a joy to breathe new life into

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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 painting your own piece, check out our Workshop Schedule,  you can even register online.19