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Back From the Land of StickYourHeadInAHole

Gads, I don’t even want to look at the date of my last post – I get it, I’m way overdue.  What can I say?

Life gets in the way sometimes.

So without further ado,  lets share some projects!

I didn’t manage a picture at the very start, but this desk had a typical wood stained, varnished finish on top.  I used the Citristrip stuff to clean off the first layer.   Then I grabbed Caromal’s Textured Basecoats, in the Putty color –

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While the base was drying, I got out the American Paint Company all natural Antiquing Wax, in a pretinted ‘dark’ color, and scrubbed that on the rawer wood –

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This is my favorite wax, by far,  over painted finishes, but I hadn’t really used it in this manner –  O M G…….

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How beautiful is that wood turning?   Just scrub it on,  and I mean SCRUB –  don’t daintily paint it on, because you’ll waste a bunch, good for me cuz you’ll come back to buy more, but that’s silly, and wasteful – scrub it on – I prefer a natural bristle brush to get it deep and gritty,  and get your whole surface covered.  Let it seep in for a couple minutes, then wipe off with a soft cloth.

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You NEED to wipe that excess off, or your surface will forever feel sticky.  Once the excess is off, let your surface dry out for a few hours, then buff it with another soft cloth.     So easy, and feels amazing.

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When the Putty was dry, I took the middle drawer, and a stencil, and the Putty, and stenciled a thicker relief stencil.  No photo, but you can see the stencil in the picture below where I brushed APC Cannonball over the Putty and stencil, let it dry, then sanded to reveal the Putty texture and relief –

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I finished covering the base with American Paint Cannonball (you can thin it a little to get it to glide even better)

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The APC Chalk/Clay paints dry pretty fast,  once the black was dry I used a 180 sandpaper and gave the whole surface a light sanding .  Twofold,  the sanding breaks through the top color, revealing the dimensional texture below, and it also gives the painted surface a nice soft feel.

I used that same American Paint Vintage Dark Wax, to seal of the paint finish, and buffed it to a pretty sheen when it was dry.

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I cleaned and refinished the hardware using the same paints, a sealer, and a few Swarovski crystals, and added some stenciling inside the drawers –

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Are you local to the Detroit area and interested in updating your OWN tired furniture or cabinets?   Come visit – we’re located at the corner of 23 Mile and Van Dyke in Shelby Township,  48316.   Check our home page for hours of operation, as they vary per season and holidays.

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,  our fall schedule is posted in store and we are in the process of adding the dates online –  register online or stop in and visit.

HAPPY PAINTING!

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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

Workshop Creations – Our Customers Are Fabulous!

It’s been quiet around here…   we’re in the ‘TRANSITION’ stage right now, meaning,  everything on this blog, from day one until the last post before this, has been bundled up and moved over to it’s ‘new home’.   The ‘NEW HOME’ is technically  fabfinisher.com, my website, which presently POINTS to this blog  (fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com).

It’s confusing to say the least, I know…

When the dust settles FABFINISHER.com will be our official site, housing not only this blog,  but also our online store (store.fabfinisher.com),  our free video library,  and workshop schedule.  Everything we do will be living in the same house 🙂

It was suggested that I not post until the behind scenes stuff is done, but  it’s taking too long.   Instead of waiting it out, the impatient me chooses to post, and when our NEW site launches I’ll just have to manually move it over there too.  Anyway,  just thought I’d share all that mumble jumble in case you’re wondering what the heck is going on over here!

How about some of our workshopping action, to celebrate our new online WORKSHOP EVENTS SCHEDULE?

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There are a lot of photos linked to this post – they are the last of our Paint a Piece Workshop photos from 2014.    Hopefully you can see how varied the pieces are that come into our workshops and the many fresh looks that they go home with.

If you’d like to join us for one of our Workshops please feel free to click on our Schedule of Workshop Events, where you’ll find our various workshops scheduled through December – you can even register online!

Hope to see you painting with us!

A Traverse City Kitchen Cabinet Redo – Reclaim Paint

A recent email from one of our lovely customers  –

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 H.

I know that bathroom well – one of my favorite redos

She used Caromal Colour’s Reclaim Paint – PEWTER

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and our White Glaze

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Just as sweet,  here is the kitchen

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saywhat

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Say YES!

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