Tag Archives: restoration hardware

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


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


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


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



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 –

Pretty custom,  pretty cool!


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


Stencil on top added another element of color –
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 –
Amanda decided to update one of her childhood chests for her new condo
She used our Cottage Paint Bold Black and stenciled on top with a light metallic.  Completely transformed –
Linda decided on Linen reclaim to give their cottage cabinets a lighter feel
 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-
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 –
She used our Pebble reclaim paint, and created a whole new kitchen!
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
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 🙂



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


This countertop make-over was easy peasy –  the before


and now


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


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…


and after



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 –


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

mirror before


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!



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

Karen forwarded these great before and after photos, and says

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:)



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 🙂


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.





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


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.



American Paint Freedom Road Grey Gray – Waxed Black and Brown

Freedom Road is one of our top sellers –


American Paint Company‘s medium grey gray


A lovely color on it’s own, very Restoration Hardware


Applying APC’s Vintage Clear Wax, tinted with  black pigment (aka make-your-own-black-wax) will intensify the color as you can see on this small nightstand I finished


I layered Freedom Road over APC Waistcoat, and then sanded back to refine the finish.  Because the original piece was haphazardly painted white, it took little to no effort to reveal peeks of white through the colored paint.  So far, the drawer and side trim have been black waxed.


Over the top I only applied a coat of Freedom Road. When it dried I applied a quick watered down brush coat of Reclaim Sealer, just to seal up the paint. Once dry, I brushed another liberal coat of Reclaim Sealer mixed with water, positioned my Aged Botanical Paper over it, then proceeded to adhere it to the furniture top.  To see this exact process you can watch my DIY Episode 5 found on our free videos page apc_freedom_road_waistcoat_black_wax_botanical_paper4

You can see the piece, tucked in the corner below –


Applying American Paint’s Vintage Dark Wax, a pre-tinted brown, will change the whole look and feel of Freedom Road.

This vintage radio cabinet started with a layer of APC Home Plate –


Once dry I applied the APC Freedom Road, and sanded back (once dry) to reveal some of the Home Plate and original finish. To seal it up I used APC’s all natural, very easy to use, Vintage Dark Wax  – scrubbed it on with a brush and softly wiped the excess back


Would you have expected this color?


The dark wax will take the grey to an kakhi/olive/green tone.  No grey no more!


The top I took in a little different direction. First, I brushed a coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate

when that dried I brushed a thin coat of APC Home Plate, sanded it to reveal the Chocolate texture, topcoated it with APC Topcoat Finish,  a more durable topcoat alternative to wax, and then gave it a wash with a black and brown glaze –


I painted the inside Home Plate as well, and tucked a stencil on the back for fun



The back got a fun wash of APC Waistcoat and a little Freedom Road.... no topcoating on the back –


But quite a different spin on grey.    I prefer using my powdered pigments and/or mica’s either mixed into a Clear Wax or into a Clear Glaze.  I’m not a fan of tinting my topcoat…

radio cabinet freedom road

We’ve got a great selection of  almost a dozen Powder Pigments, and a dozen more Mica Powders to choose from.  If you like to paint and create, these are a must have.  A little goes a long way, and once mixed still hold a decent shelf life.


Happy painting!


We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods – if this describes you, please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process. Our customers from a far are just as important as our local customers – when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.








Closed Sundays and Mondays

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 5pm

Thursday 10am – 7pm

Saturday 10am – 3pm

If you want to place an order, click on the store button below.

store_fabfinisher_com store.fabfinisher.com

Mandy Paints Her Pottery Barn Dining Room Table, A Restoration Look

We love Mandy…   She will come into the store with a particular project in mind, her  young son usually in tow (who is fabulously behaved), with a particular look in mind.   She looks for a little guidance  – what does she need to acquire that look –  gets what she needs, and off she goes.

Not long after, Mandy will stop back,   excited to show us her before and after transformations…   can you ask for a more rewarding job than ours?

This was her most recent,  her table and chairs before –  looked fine, still in style,  matched fine,  but she wanted MORE ….


REAL…     signature…    COZY…    livable….   DIMENSION…

caromal colours, textured basecoat, american paint company, topcoat finish, pottery barn, restoration hardware, painted furniture, gustavian, french

Just perfect!

caromal colours, textured basecoat, american paint company, topcoat finish, pottery barn, restoration hardware, painted furniture, gustavian, french

She was thrilled with how it turned out,  and so were we!

caromal colours, textured basecoat, american paint company, topcoat finish, pottery barn, restoration hardware, painted furniture, gustavian, french

Mandy used

1) Caromal’s Textured Basecoat Parchment as her basecoat, brushed on. Let dry.

2) American Paint Company’s Cannonball Black brushed on, thinned a little w/water. Let dry.

3) Sand to reveal texture.

4) Stencil with American Paint Freedom Road.  Lightly scuff to age.

5) Topcoat with American Paint Topcoat Finish.

caromal colours, textured basecoat, american paint company, topcoat finish, pottery barn, restoration hardware, painted furniture, gustavian, french


Everything is stocked at our retail location in Shelby Township, and we ship international as well,  even the brushes, sandpaper and stencils!


BE  inSPIRED  with  US

You can find our workshop details  here  Workshops.

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit-

we’ve got a great variety of paints to fit your EVERY need!

new summer hours






FRIDAYS     10AM – 5PM




We ship , everywhere  even international!

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods  –  if this describes you,  please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process.   Our customers from afar are just as important as our local customers –  when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.


We are a full service retailer competitively priced






If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

chalk clay paint, caromal colours, reclaim, fabulous finishes, shop online, shop.fabfinisher.com