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At The Fab, Paint Can Top Anything…

Love this time of year – the berry sprigs, pine needles, and snow tipped branches packed away, and blooming flowers take their place.  I arranged these pretty stems in a burlap container that I stenciled using our Postage Stamp Stencil and Caromal Colours Stencil Creme Mother Earth

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This black metal vase turned patina easily, dragging Botanical Paint Aster, Moss and a little Gardenia.  No topcoat is required, as the Botanical Paints will stay put once dry,  but the finish will be chalky flat –  Fabulous_finishes_painted_chalk_clay_urn

A barn door was already crackled, easily achieved using Cottage Paint’s Easy Crackle and Cottage Wonderous White,  or Elmers Glue and American Paint Company Navajo White.  I added a stamp stencil using Caromal Colours Stencil Creme Mother Earth

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This frame, originally teal and zebra,  changed it’s look using Reclaim Nantucket Blue.  I applied a dimensional FISH BONES stencil using Texture Plaster, and stenciled a metallic crown, decorating it with Swarovski Crystals. Did I mention we’ll be adding those to our online store this week?  I found a fun lady-catches-big-fish picture to display, knowing it would appeal to one of our many cottage/boater customers.    It wasn’t around long…

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This basket is original – a weave of grapevine and moss…  it holds plaster ornaments that I gilded, using several variegated patterns of leaf.   If gilding interests you, take a peak at our online video from Shelby TV Episode 1

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I acquired this pair of ‘fruit art’ from an estate sale.  They were horribly gaudy – painted goldish plastic resin.  I painted them with Caromal Textured Basecoat Candy Apple Red, to give them some ‘uummph’ ,  and then topped that with Reclaim Black Licorice.   I painted the fruit and leaves with Modern Masters Metal Effects Bronze and Copper, (arriving online soon), and then oxidized the metal paint using their Green and Blue Patina Aging Solution (arriving online soon).  Lastly, I applied Caromal’s Antiquing Toner

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Not something you see often…

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We had several decorative wooden balls in house, in a state of boring brown… I dry brushed them with Botanical Aster, and dry brushed the vintage chair spring with APC Navajo White.  These springs are so fun,  I can’t believe they were an integral chair part of past…

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Smaller shelf units, wooden stools, ladders, make great items to decorate with paint, and then display fun wares…  this one was painted with Caromal Textured Basecoat Pumpkin, Botanical Aster, and then stenciled with Caromal Stencil Creme Mother Earth.  

It already has found a new home :)

With the nicer weather comes that crazy  hot, afternoon sun, beating in the front windows…  the UV film doesn’t cut the mustard.   We brainstormed about mounting drape panels on the big windows that flank the door – we could swag them to one side until its SUN BLAST time, then let them down. Gonna try that.

But what about the small window over the door?     I used one of our repeat medallion stencils (see the four parts?), and a plastic gift card to apply, via scraping/blading, Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn

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and from the outside…

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Which takes me to these pretty young things… This year’s door greeters –

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I had these 2 urn planters from several Christmases ago.  Originally, they were single, prelit, pine ball topiary’s, in a resin urn.   That first year was a huge disappointment – the cords submerged in water, then froze over,  so you couldn’t even get to the wires to fix them.    I brought them to the store after Christmas, plucked the bad stuff out, and used them as decorative store displays…

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They took up a lot of room though, and I wanted outdoor planters, so I decided to go BIG on these planters…

I found fake ‘tall boxwood topiary’s ‘ at Big Lot, and inserted them into the original pine balls,  making sure they were secure.   Then I went to work adding various flowers and foliage to each base.

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The paint finish on the urns looked worn – I refreshed it using Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika, dry brushed Cottage Paint Bold Black, sprayed on gold Webbing veins, then gave it a coating of Caromal Toner.  Once good and dry I applied a coat of Reclaim Indoor/Outdoor Sealer, since they will be outside.

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The tops needed some whimsy,  I added wood twigs, and green sprigs, and bird nests, and bows… even a few little crystal thinga-majigs on wire…

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Aren’t they fun?

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The before frame

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I used a similar process that I did, up above, on those resin fruit frames – oxidizing metal paint with a blue and green patina.  It blended so perfect with the photo…

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Naturally old world worn looking…

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Another frame I painted, this original was black – I dry brushed it with Caromal Textured Basecoat Putty, Botanical Willow,  and Gardenia and decorated the inside with an Aged Paper Receipt

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Different paints, different textures, different results… use them on their own, or mix them together like I did here –

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This metal stand was raw bright tin colored.  I painted it Cottage Paint Gorgeous Grey (one of our custom colors), then stenciled it with Caromal Stencil Creme Winterberry

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Stenciling more burlap containers…

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Stenciling a stuffed mannequin,  painting tin tags…   both seem to come alive with paint –

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This original vase was one of my own – a glossy greenish ceramic vase,  now vintage white, and home to a lovely bird house…

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Our goal is to get you thinking outside the box… color outside the lines

If you are local to Metro Detoit, , join us in store -we are open Tuesday through Saturday.  If you are residents of Shelby Township or Utica you can watch us on cable TV – check Shelby TV for broadcast times, otherwise, anyone can find us on Youtube – search for Shelby DIY, and watch the DIY shows from there.

This week we’ll be busy wrapping up this dining set, for a customer – from wood to a soft black –  it’s getting a lot of looks from our in store customers…

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I just finished this one, part of a Dixie set I acquired several years ago.  I’ve been saving this one, not sure for what – maybe for just the right time…

I love the top – what was once formica is now a pretty wood grain-

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Excellent storage, once more, a piece I’d love to take homedixie_chest_custom_painted_chalk_wood_grain

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And lastly, a shout out to our daughter, who celebrated her 18th birthday this weekend

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Time sure flies…    God bless all our children…

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What do you have to paint?

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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.

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Painted Cabinet, (Country)Barn Red and Vintage (Velvet) Yellow

American Paint Company, our all natural chalk and clay paint line, offers a main line of colors, available in samples (4 ounce) and quarts

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Along with the main deck, they have a Limited Edition collection of twelve  ‘test the market colors’.  Those are offered in samples (4 ounce) and pints.  Later on, it will be determined which colors were popular/unpopular, and they’ll absorb the ‘YAY’ colors into the main deck, and say goodbye to the ‘NAY’ colors that pooped out…

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I felt an instant love for the Country Barn and Vintage Velvet, two colors I’ve had available in our other paint lines, but not in chalk/clay paint form.  I wanted to use them first.  The perfect piece –

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I used APC Country Barn, APC Vintage Velvet, and some APC Shag Carpet (orange) , all dumped on the same plateapc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0002

and applied a first coat

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On the two oval door front panels I used our Aged Papers design sps303 and sps304 and adhered them with Reclaim Sealer,    When they dried I blurred the hard edge using Perfect Plaster – then painted the whole piece  with APC Vintage Velvet,  and a little bit of APC Waistcoat blended in.

If you want to learn more about how I like to use Aged Papers, head over to the VIDEOS page and watch our TV Episode #5 .

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sps303 Aged Paper Music Sheets

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I prefer using Reclaim or Botanical or Cottage Paints INSIDE things, because it can be left as is once dry.   If I used chalk/clay paint I’d be inclined to properly topcoat before moving on….

Once the inside got a soft coating of color, I worked on the mutton bars.  They were based with Reclaim, then painted with a shimmery creamy metallic finish (achieved by mixing several colors together) , and topped off with fine glitter powder, blown on,  for extra shimmer.  It’s subtle, but you can catch a glimpse of shimmer through the glass –

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I sanded to refine the outer finish, revealing pops of that pretty Country Barn red underneath…  When I was satisfied, I applied American Paint’s Vintage Clear Wax (fab fab fabulous!!) to seal up the paint.  In this photo you can see the one side that isn’t waxed…apc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0010

If you haven’t used American Paint Company’s Wax,  you are missing out.   I think  I’ve used most waxes out there – Paste wax, A Sloan wax,  Beeswax,  Fiddes, Liberon…    APC’s is soft, light, free of any smells or solvents, glides on with ease, dries fast, and buffs to a lovely sheen.   While it doesn’t offer a super rock hard finish, it does offer the protection of a waxed furniture finish-apc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0011 apc_country_barn_vintage_velvet_chalk_clay_wax_aged_papers0012

Inside the cupboard –  so soft like sweet butter, compliments the eye-catching color on the outside – a perfect marriage.

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I gave the inside drawers and cabinet a fresh coat of stain…

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I love this original hardware – pretty left as is..

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Because I can’t help myself, I did add a few Swarovki to the handles :)

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Stained the back, not a necessity, but I like to completely finish my pieces –

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Amazing, how much depth there is in the finish – it’s what I love about APC’s products…

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That color warrants attention, don’t you think?

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If I had room at home….

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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

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Mixing Reclaim Colors, Stencil Workshop, Silver Vanity, Paint A Piece

This week I took some pictures of Reclaim sample  boards that we’ve done for the store.

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For those not familiar with this paint,  it’s our number one seller for cabinets

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Reclaim Paint is available in twelve premixed colors-

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Additionally,  we’ve created a good number of custom painted boards, where we’ll mix together 2 colors, to get to yet another color option.

It started with these,  where I mixed two colors of Reclaim together, Pewter and Offwhite.  Both boards are based with Pewter/Offwhite, one just has more Pewter, one has more Offwhite…

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Custom color boards, mixing Reclaim Pewter and Reclaim Offwhite together, at different ratios. The paints are lovely as a color on their own, or you an add an overglaze, in a number of color options, to add more interest – an antiquing effect.

This cabinet door is finished in a custom blend – 4:1 Offwhite to Pewter, meaning 4 parts Offwhite, 1 part Pewter.  Don’t let the thought of mixing/measuring intimidate you , we keep the mixes simple enough, and will guide you along every step – what you’ll need, how to mix, how to prep, how to apply…

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Reclaim Paint mixture,with Molasses Glaze, over an old oak kitchen door

The custom mixes have been quite popular, so in recent weeks I’ve created more samples

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If you click on each photo, you can see the colors/labels etc …   I’ve sprinkled in some of the single color boards, to give a reference

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Amazing how many combinations you can create, right?  There are many more we don’t have to show,  but you are more than welcome to cook up your own.reclaim_paint_custom_mixed_colors_shop_fabulous_finishes_online

Time to update a bath, your laundry room, or kitchen cabinets?  Stop by the store and check out the colors in person.  Look for our hours below.

This past week we hosted a Stenciling Workshop – at $75 ($65 for previous students), you create five different samples, all using different stenciling methods.  From the workshop:

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Stippled Paint Stenciling, using various paints – Reclaim, Cottage Paint, American Paint Company

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Two Tone Shadow Stenciling

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Embedded Stenciling

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Raised Texture Stenciling

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Traditional Stenciling, with Creamy Stencil Creme and Glaze

We offer an eclectic mix of WORKSHOPS, and try to vary the day/time so we can accommodate everyone’s schedule.  Sign up with a friend or partner –  and look forward to an evening, or afternoon, of filled with fun, action packed activity, and loads of paint knowledge…

Our Aged Paper Workshop

Our Aged Paper Workshop

Wrapping up the week, I finished this piece for old vanity for my client –

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Taking pictures in the workroom make horrible photos, with all the clutter and messy shelves as backdrops…   I ‘fuzzed’ out the background on this one, so at least you can see the whole set.   It came to me dressed in a previously painted, tired, yellow color.

I gave it one of my metallic silver antiqued finishes, and wood grained the top-

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My Fabulous Finishes style has always been a little over the top,  dressing pieces up with pretty feet, decorated drawers, crystals always (even if I hide them on the back), even shimmer if I can get away with it… this customer wanted it fabulous :)

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Metallic finishes are one type you can create in our Paint a Piece Workshops. We aren’t able to do the dimensional stenciling in that workshop (like above) but we do teach that in the Stenciling Workshop.  I often get asked if I teach my woodgraining tops and I don’t.   My tops are a layering process, often different each one I do…  I don’t follow recipes, I just figure it out as I go until I get where I like it.    If you’ve ever instructed, you’ll understand – that’s a tough and frustrating thing to teach, which is why I don’t.  We do, however, offer simpler methods for achieving a wood top look.

It’s a perfect weekend here in Detroit – 70’s and sunny – planting season is here.  Need to fun up your patio area?  Check out our latest TV episode where I show how you can turn various household items into outdoor works of art!

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The latest Shelby DIY TV Show, is live – you can watch that here

We ended the week with a Paint A Piece Workshop.  Every now and then I fail to capture photos of the evening and last night was one of them,   however,  I DID get some as they were leaving the store…

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American Paint Company Chalk Clay Topiary with APC Dark Wax

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika with Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), and Reclaim Glaze. Stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika with Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), and Reclaim Glaze. Stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment, Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), Dark Grey Glaze, stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment, Cottage Paint Stone (our custom color), Dark Grey Glaze, stenciled with Earth Stencil Creme.

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Cottage Paint Patina (our custom color), with Tea Glaze

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Cottage Paint Patina (our custom color), buffed.

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Cottage Paint Patina (our custom color), with White Glaze, stenciled with Snowberry Stencil Creme.

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Metallic Finish with Toning Glaze, stenciled Earth Stencil Creme.

Back to work, on this lovely piece –

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If you’re local, look for us in this weekend’s Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Homestyle Magazine.  Maureen Feighan has a feature on the fever of  DIY in Detroit.     Enjoy Spring, have a blessed week~

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Mother’s Day is next weekend –  head in and bless mom with a gift certificate to Fabulous Finishes,  good toward all purchases and workshops.  She might like these lovely new Aged Paper ladies,  in for Spring

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spring projects!

need paint?

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.

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BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

 Closed Sundays and Mondays

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Thursday   10am – 7pm

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Time Flies, Even When You’re Not Having Fun!

April arrived, set to be a busy month.  Easter morning we were on a plane, flying out of Detroit, on our way to a big ship in the ocean, chaperoning our daughter and five friends during spring break.   A year ago we were on our way to Mexico for my son’s spring break…

Milestones like this make me think back, way back….   when did my kids grow up?

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It was busy the week before I left –  multiple workshops, and I’d been working on completing this custom painted vanity for a client –

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They wanted it similar to this piece I’d painted –

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I used American Paint Company Voyage, and Stenciled with various APC colors, and sealed with APC Hardcoat and Topcoat Finish

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The week off was a lovely change – the weather was perfect every day – I soaked in the vitamin D and much needed sleep

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Even while away from work, I’d find myself noticing things – like this guy’s shirt that looked like one of our Monahan Botanical papers

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or the paint colors as we ventured on island excursions…IMG_4541

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It was a joy sharing fun moments with this crazy group of five –  I made sure to take a zillion pictures, so they’d have them to look back on…   spring_break_fabulous_finishes

I was drawn to this designer – such artistic detail

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Boy if I won the lottery….   :)

lev1lev2Home Sunday, back to work Monday,  feeling a need for another week off just to recover.   These flowers arrived, a pretty thank you for watching over the girls…

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The week was a whirl – I  got moving on a customer’s vanity – she wants a metallic finish with a wood grained look on the top

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I’m about 2/3’s done…

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I had to quote painting a 15 foot statue (she’s in parts) for a popular yearly music festival music – Electric Forest –  held in Rothbury, Michigan.

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If I get the job, they’d deliver her to my studio in a large crate  – a crate full of body parts :)   How cool would that be?   Would love to turn her into an earthy queen of the forest…

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We rolled into a mid-week Paint A Piece Workshop –

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before

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after: layer 1 Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment, layer 2 American Paint Company Shoreline, sanded, APC Topcoat.

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before: this whole piece had an existing crackle finish

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after: Cottage Paint Custom Color Gorgeous Grey, top stenciled with another custom color, Ash

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before:

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after: awesome barnworn finish by Caromal Colours – layer 1 Textured Basecoat Chocolate, layer 2 Chipping Creme, layer 3 Textured Basecoat Parchment, sanded with mouse, layer 4 Caromal Toner.

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Even though we were past time, I showed her how to apply a raised textured stencil with the Chocolate – it turned out so darn cool!

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before:

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after: a Cottage Paint custom tinted color, Groovy Green, with our White Glaze. Stenciled with Caromal Colour Stencil Creme White.

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before:

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after: a Cottage Paint custom tinted color, Ash, stenciled with American Paint Company Coral Reef.

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before:

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after: a custom Cottage Paint tinted color, Slate, with our Black Glaze

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before:

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after: layer 1 on top, to hide some damage: Textured Basecoat Wisteria, layer 2 on whole piece, Cottage Paint custom Gorgeous Grey. Topped with our White Glaze.

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before:

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after: Cottage Paint custom Gorgeous Grey with our Black Glaze

This past week we also received another customer ‘to do’ project…  six chairs and two curios –

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A black finish with some reveal is requested,  trust that I REALLY tried to talk this client into a DIY project, but she wanted no part it.  Looks like we need to get busy painting!

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Saturday ended this action packed back-to-work week, with another monthly taping of Shelby DIY TV.   This show will discuss taking items you can find around the house,  painting them in a variety of ways,  and then protecting them with Caromal’s awesome Reclaim Indoor/Outdoor Sealer

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Old pots and pans can make great outdoor (even indoor) wall art –

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same with very over sized grilling tools

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What about the cheap clamp light – granted, not made for outdoor use, but I’d use this under my patio umbrella for a night of ambiance…   just take it inside when the evening is over.

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A Salvation Army find – 2 identical Fisher Price plastic trucks – in the TV show it picks up a load of pansies :)

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How many of us have these glass vases from past flower deliveries, stuffed in a cupboard?   Perfect for decorating your summer table…

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Even plastic ware can get a new look –

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This strainer was stinkin cute with the pansies in it –

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I’ll share the link this week once the episode is live.

I ended Saturday waxing the purple piece – purple_ombre_paint_chalk_wax

I’ll buff it this week, and probably should put the glass back in it. Is it just me, or do you also prefer these sans glass?   A few minor ‘tweeks’ and this one will be complete .

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It’s good feeling to be back –  until next time,  happy painting!

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