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Turquoises, or Painted Pink Whimsy?

My plan was to start a shades-of-pink piece, after all I was really feeling the urge….  but my daughter dropped in at the store one day, and stopped me , saying I needed to pursue the blues she’d begged for….

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I listened to her and went shades of turquoise, using our all natural chalk/clay paints of American Paint Company.    It turned out lovely, and sold pretty quick…

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That lead me to this piece, using similar colors of American Paint Company’s paint colors,   Shoreline, Surboard, and Uncle Sam

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and that one sold pretty swift as well.   While I’ll admit there IS another piece lined up to be doused in turquoises,  I did manage to squeek out my urge for pink.

On a triple tier table, I used American Paint colors Uncle Sam (white), Powder Room (lighter pink), and Rose Garden (deeper pink)… the stem was painted Caromal Botanical Peony, a light blush pink-

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I added a whimsical stencil, varying the color with the base,  hot glued a decorative ribbon to the base neck, and added a few Swarovski crystals because it’s just impossible not to –

American Paint Co – chalk/clay paint and all natural wax

I sealed the piece off with APC’s all natural Clear Vintage Wax, my  absolute  first choice GO-TO wax…   it’s just so easy to scrub onto the chalky clay paints, merely wipe off the excess then wait an hour or two to buff to a lovely sheen.

The pinks are hard to capture on camera – this photo below is how my eye really sees the colors, in person –

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whereas this photo to follow is more salmon pink –

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Such  a whimsical piece – I’m not a usual fan of the tiered-vintage tables, but this one speaks youth bedroom or play room for sure!

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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  Th 10am-7pm and Sat 10am-3pm.

If you live too far away, that’s ok,  we ship daily,  offering our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories –  find us at  store.fabfinisher.com.

If you’re interested in painting your own piece, check out our Fall Workshop Schedule, which now offers online registering :)

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!

American Paint Freedom Road Grey Gray – Waxed Black and Brown

Freedom Road is one of our top sellers –

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American Paint Company‘s medium grey gray

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

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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

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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.

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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 –

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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 –

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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

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Would you have expected this color?

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

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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 –

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

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

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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…

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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.

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Happy painting!

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Shelby DIY Episode 10 – Painting Metal and Glass Outdoor Furniture

Hope you enjoy this one !

Happy painting!

WE ARE A FULL SERVICE RETAILER COMPETITIVELY PRICED

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.

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

BOTANICALS

COTTAGE PAINT

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

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.

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