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An Exciting Week, Live in the D…

This past week I was honored to make an appearance on Channel 4’s morning show  Live in the D, for their March Madness Makeover on updating furniture.

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Michelle Oliver, a video reporter from WDIV, visited our store looking for an easy way to makeover her dresser.  She taped some of her visit,  choosing a paint color and some how to tips.

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and went home with everything she needed for her makeover project.   She wanted her dresser painted a soft white, but was interested in dressing up the top, maybe even adding a stencil ….

On the live show we demonstrated how to add a foil element to her dresser top, and adding extra detail with stencils.

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I wish we could have had a whole hour to discuss ways to dress up a simple paint finish –  it’s what drives my creativity –

~ the art of embellishing your piece ~

Of course, a simple paint finish is classic,  like this bedroom

and these curios that my client wanted black

(before) Right Cabinet, (after) using Reclaim Licorice

(before) Right Cabinet, (after) using Reclaim Licorice

“Just” paint,  maybe layering colors, and a little sanding/wiping to reveal is another easy makeover,  like this gorgeous Florentina  bed from Habersham Home

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or this fun piece

Side table painted in several layered colors APC Chalk & Clay paint, waxed

Side table painted in several layered colors APC Chalk & Clay paint, waxed

Maybe you paint a piece, and a month later you decide you could live with a little more pizazz… what then?

Applying a glaze would be an easy way to add dimension to your painted finish. Glazes can be applied over any non-waxed paint finish that isn’t flat or raw.   We offer many choices of glaze colors, both in store and online

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Using a thicker, textured paint like our Caromal Textured Basecoats as a first layer color, and then another paint/color over top will allow you to reveal back, easily, to a real cool worn look

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You could also add a thicker stencil, embedded between your color layers like I did on these back panels, using our Textured Plaster or Stone products

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and on the front of this piece under a silver metallic finish…

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Jazz it up more with some Swarovski shimmer

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we offer a great selection of Swarovski colors, both in crystals and pearls

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This piece had a lot of adds – the embedded plaster stencil design on the whole front, buried between American Paint Co. Chalk and Clay paint colors,  Swarovski Crystals, and our new Varigated Blue Gilding Leaf, on the top, accents and hardware

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The same idea on this chest,  “only the names have been changed to protect the innocent”  –  (just kidding Ö anyone remember Dragnet as a kid?)

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Ombre chest, painted with American Paint chalk and clay blacks/greys, our black texture plaster for stencil relief, sides feet and hardware accented with silver leaf

You could add a stencil element, here, there,  or everywhere, with the use of a stencil and another color of paint or glaze.  We offer an excellent selection of durable and reusable stencil designs

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American Paint chalk and clay paints in various pink shades, each tier stenciled, shimmered with crystals, feet accented with silver leaf

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One of my all time favorite pieces, silver finish with stencil accents

It’s hard for me NOT to add something somewhere….  it doesn’t always have to be the front and center focus, like this red secretary –  it can be subdued, tucked away off to the side like the silver vanity

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Maybe a change to the top would work for your space – FOILS  are  fun

Foiled cheetah top, American Paint chalk and clay Wainscott and APC Wax

Foiled cheetah top, American Paint chalk and clay Wainscott and APC Wax

and there are many color pattern to choose from.  Michelle chose Woodhaven Gold for her dresser top, which we demonstrated on TV

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Or foil just your hardware, or feet, or drawer fronts….

Combine foil AND stencils- this table is ‘just’ turquoise, but the top changed it’s whole look

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Weathered Copper for this “Clock Table”, created with American Paint chalk and clay paints and wax

This table base is a weathered white, painted in hopes of landing in a summer home.   Adding a stencil to the top makes this side table more functional, using a foil pattern on the top makes it more unique

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We offer hundreds of lovely paper designs,  a great way to add interest to furniture

Base -Caromal Parchment with a glaze, Top - American Paint chalk and clay blended shades of green, waxed.

Base -Caromal Parchment with a glaze, Top – American Paint chalk and clay blended shades of green, waxed. Aged paper Botanical print added to drawer front.

You can add a paper clean like above, or weather the edges like these next couple

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You can grasp the basic how to’s of this on my video links page – look for Episode 5, How to Apply Aged Papers to Your Surface and Blend the Edges

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I also offer a Workshop involving mounting and aging papers – this one is tomorrow but its sold out

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A great way to kick up the POW factor is using dimensional patterns, with more creative products like textured plasters, stones, and decorative acrylic waxes.  Our Specialty Finishes Workshop involves layering and creating finish looks with these type of mediums, which you can incorporate to any surface

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There are so many ways to play and experiment…. and create

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Cottage Paint Black base with a mixed Brass Wax, a textured plaster top with metallic and waxes

 

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Our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Olive, with a mixed Black Wax, inside finish created with plaster, stencil and glaze

 

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A silver metallic finish with decorative raised panel, using tinted textured plaster through lace and a shimmer mica wax over top

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, we ship daily,  offering our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories – store.fabfinisher.com.

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Layering Foil And A Custom Mix of American Paint Clay Chalk Mineral Paints…

So we’ve got these fun metallic foils available, by the foot, available in store and online

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An easy enough way to add some pop and pizazz to furniture, trim, accents…

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Foils can be applied over a painted surface-

– I don’t foil over an existing furniture finish – I paint or seal the piece first

– over Caromal Colours Reclaim (built in sealer)   let dry 36 hrs before foiling

–  over chalk clay mineral based paints – it will pull right off unless SEALED first.   Do not seal with wax,  as the foil won’t adhere properly,  I seal my American Paint clay mineral paint with APC water based Topcoat Finish.

BE PATIENT.   Don’t paint your piece and topcoat all in four hours and then expect  to foiling five minutes later – your base needs to be cured or the sizing will pull your finish off.

Foils work kindof like kiddy transfer tatoos – you rub them over a sealed, sized, surface – then remove the paper to reveal your finished product.  Most foil patterns do not transfer 100% off the paper – expect about 80-95% transfer.  Because of this, your basecoat color DOES matter as you will see traces of it.

We have a simple video in the works, showing the step by step application of Metallic Foils, and we’ll post that as soon as it’s available.

  1. Make sure surface is sealed.  Pay attention to your basecoat color and how it will play with your foil pattern.
  2. Apply one coat of Sticky Size/ Wunda Size and let set up to a tack (about 15-30 minutes).   You can brush or roll, but be careful of brush strokes as these can relay through to your foiled finish
  3. Lay a sheet of foil over the tacky size, solid size down (you should be looking at your pattern ) and scrub with a coarse scrubber to transfer the foiling.  metallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, paitned furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com
  4. You can seal with a water or oil based topcoat – I like to use American Paint’s Vintage Dark Wax as it adds a little depth to the finish.  Use a glossier topcoat to create a high sheen, cool over the foils.

Cheetah Foil

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Copper Green Slade

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Weathered Copper

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Click on this photo to read the post about this spiffy little clock table.

I played around on this accent table –   it was white when I got it and I used a black texturebase to create a raised allover stencil design on the top

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I was yearning for something burnt orange, so I cooked up a custom color, using American Paint’s Magenta and Orange Grove

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I brushed on the first coat, then a thinner washed coat, and once dry sealed it with APC Topcoat Finish

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Once  thoroughly dry and cured (obviously I went quicker on this one) I applied one coat of the Sticky Size – it will go on milky and tack up to a clear

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I transferred Woodhaven Gold Metallic Foil onto the top using a scrub brush

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then I drybrushed American Paint Shoreline,  a fabulous bright turquoise – great for adding a nice patina

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It was hard to stop

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and when I was satisfied I realized I’d covered most of the foil 🙂

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The base got a last wash of the custom burnt orange

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and when it dried I started to lightly sand the finish to clean it up (you can see the right side is sanded and looks powdery)

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I sealed the paint with American Paint’s Vintage Dark Wax

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the bestest, most awesome wax in the world-

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scrub it on

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and waxed the top too

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The wax antiqued that gold foil up nicely

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But then….    it happened.

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I couldn’t live with the orange legs longer than an hour…  I grabbed Born on the Fourth of July, a great dark blue from American Paint, that changes colors as you water it down ,  and painted the whole thing, top and bottom.

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Then I didn’t like the top being the same color as the bottom so I painted the top Cannonball, a black from APC.   Then sanded the bejesus out of it metallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, painted furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com

and waxed the whole thing one more time, this time with American’s Clear Wax

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So much for foiling the top!   The cool thing, though, is – you can ‘see’ spots, here and there,  in the top finish,  of the gold foil…metallic foils, fabulous finishes paint studio, chalk clay mineral paint, american paint company, caromal colours, reclaim, painted furniture, workshops, metro detroit, michigan, shop.fabfinisher.com

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Love it now!

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Before And After Fireplace, Painted Mantel And Doors

Thought I posted this but I didn’t, so I will now –

This is Diane’s before

Diane’s taken several workshops and have completed a number of awesome paint transformations in her home.  This time she did a metallic finish on her fireplace mantel, and a rubbed bronze finish on her door insert

How’s that for a tranformation?

Lovely.  She used Reclaim Mocha, Warm Silver, Silver,  Blackened Bronze and Toner.  All those goodies are available in store or online – read on…

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Isn’t This New Sample Cool? Cracked Green Foil Finish

Played around the other night, for the  just perfect finish for a client …. pulled out a light green foil-

So many possibilities with metallic basecoats and  foils…   here’s another I played with tonight , done using Crescent Bronze Bronzetone and a fun patterned foil, both from Kathy Carroll’s store in Chicago-

this one was over silver using Cashmere Gold Foil

or this one, just slightly different – over silver , I used some Maltese  Foil, Pewter Foil, and a little bit of Silver Halogram-

and so the portfolio grows!