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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

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Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 5pm

Thursday 10am – 7pm

Saturday 10am – 3pm

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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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Say YES!

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 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

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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?

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
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Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday   10am – 5pm
Thursday   10am – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 3pm

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