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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…


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.

black before

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



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!

fireplace before

How’s this for a simple update?

after fireplace

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:




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


What a difference!!  CHANGE


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


Leah transformed her armoire using our paints –


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


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!


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?


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


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


LOL,  these are REALLY some feet to add 🙂


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 –


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

sue 1

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

sue 2

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…

sue 3

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 –

sue 4

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.


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.



Sonja Reclaims Her Oak Kitchen Cabinets – Before and After

Thank you for offering the Reclaim paint. It made an amazing transformation in my kitchen. I am sending you photos of the results.

Sincerely,  Sonja –  Auburn, WA

 old kitchen 1

Kitchen Cabinets 1

Can you believe the transformation?

old Kitchen 2kitchen cabinets 4

Sonja used the Reclaim paint (color PEBBLE) by Caromal Colours,  a great DIY paint  that offers top of the line adhesion, durability, and easy of use (roll on)

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old kitchen 5 old kitchen 3

kitchen cabinets 3

This is a brand new kitchen!

Kitchen Cabinets 2 Kitchen Cabinets 1

Love it Sonja, thanks so much for taking good before and after pictures,  and for taking the time to share them with me 🙂


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Angela RECLAIMS Her Kitchen Cabinets With Caromal Colours….

https://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/well-whod-a-thought-linda-tinted-her-reclaim/I love happy endings…

You can find Angela (and her new kitchen) over at Jenkins Nest

Angela used Caromal Colours new Reclaim line of DIY paints – no sanding, stripping or priming is involved – just make sure your cabinets are clean, wax free, and dry and you’re good to go!

Her color choice?  Off White

You roll it on (usually 2 coats) and let dry.  Reclaim has a built in sealer as well for instant durability and sheen

Angela glazed her cabinets (wait 3-5 days before glazing) with the Reclaim Antiquing Glaze – roll or brush on, and wipe off – that simple!

I love her updated hardware!   Head to her blog to check it out

Thanks for letting me share your awesome makeover Angela!

RECLAIM  comes in 4 colors,  Bright White, Off White, Sage and Latte,  and later this week Caromal Colours will be introducing 2 more –  Licorice and Mocha!   For more information start here.

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Well, you found the right place – I have loads of information here, so stick around awhile and peruse all my Caromal posts. Here you’ll find  concise photos,  how to’s and tips on application.

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Oak Cabinets Painted And Distressed Black Via Caromal Colours

This year working right into the week of Christmas left me scrambling to clean, decorate, shop, wrap – you know,  all the  hulabalo0 – those last couple days before.

When we were cleaning the lower level I popped into the bathroom and

Oh crap….  didn’t like that look.  Okey, I could explain to my family (we were hosting Christmas this year) that this was an experimental cabinet red0 (see this post for the project),  but then it occurred to me that this half done look wasn’t going to fly come next month when we put the house on the market…

So I stopped in my cleaning tracks and whipped out the cabinet.  You can all relate to that ‘being sidetracked‘ moment right? 🙂

These cherry stained oak cabinets covered in just one  chip-brushed coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat (color Peppercorn), and I only used about 1/3 of the quart – but I didn’t do the inside door panels and I didn’t do the side of the cabinet next to the toilet…

After I sanded to distress, I brushed on the Toner and wiped it off, then topcoated with the Min-wax wipe on poly….

One thing down, twenty-kajillion to go!


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