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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.



Customer Paint Projects Round 2 – Amazing Oak Kitchen Updates!

Here comes Round 2 of clearing the slate for 2016,  sharing those projects sent in from our awesome customers .   What better way to inspire others right?

Kim shared this after photo of her painted kitchen cabinets,  White Reclaim and Pewter Reclaim on the island, a great combo!

k dalen kitchen_painted_pewter_white

Caroline shared an adorable stool she painted-

Just want to thank you for the tips and my order.  I used the textured base coat and tips from one of your videos to paint this stool for my dog rescue silent auction.  It went for $85, very excited. I used the micas and dark glaze too.  The dog is from a stencil…
and this fabulous before and after, using  Pewter Reclaim and our White Glaze
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 Hollinger
I’m sure you will notice every last detail in this kitchen update, I know I did!   They took one big $$ item in a kitchen renovation – dated oak cabinets – and made them perfect, and current,  simply with the use of our paints and glazes…


 Great use of paint, love the color choice, paired with the rest of their updates – love the stone back splash,  the big farm sink, updated stainless appliances, adding clean hardware to the cabinets….



Notice they removed the trim molding on these glass door panels


resulting in a more modern look.  I love the fun pop of color inside



And a surprise element on the back of this island  – instead of painting they faced it with old weathered pallet boards!!!   This is a kitchen you could easily see in any current home magazine –  I would want to live here year round.


Jodi shared a pretty little jewel she created, using our Metallic Finish and Stenciling techniques – Mocha Reclaim, Metallic Blend and Toner –



Nicole transformed  her oak kitchen cabinets with Pebble reclaim 


a little dark but you can see the transition happening….



Here’s a great angle, with better lighting –  I had to look back at the other photos, to see if the appliances or back splash had changed –  and they are the same…  Love how the updated cabinets bring the whole kitchen together, and the floor looks amazing  with it…


Nicole also used the paint to update her oak railing

nicole_nightengale_painted railing_before

nicole_nightengale_painted railing

She also painted a bedroom set that was still in great condition,  it just didn’t work as well into their cleaner, more transitional color scheme


She used our Licorice reclaim,  truly like day and night…


Susan from Mississippi shared:

My kitchen  just sold in a week. Everyone loved it, and people have tried to hire me to paint their kitchens.  I used the Textured Basecoat  Peppercorn and Paprika  – it was my first time using the paint 🙂


you can’t tell in the picture above that the Peppercorn is layered over the Paprika, but in the picture below you can see it.

This is our Barnworn Finish, where you brush on Textured Basecoat color #1, let it dry ,  brush on Chipping Creme, let it dry, brush over it with Textured Basecoat color#2, let it dry,  sand and chip back to reveal color #1, then brush on a Toning Glaze .      Very cool, very custom –


Sheri sends-

Hi Patty!
You ladies helped me in your store with the kind of paints to get, so I thought you might like to see the finished project. (This was my very first piece to redo!)
I sanded and restained the top. For the rest, I used reclaim licorice and added pewter mica to the clear coat to give it a little sheen.

I painted each knob and pull with the reclaim as well and added pewter mica on top with the clear coat.




Wendy from Chesaning, Mi sent a lovely message:

 …always hated the brass trim of the fireplace but, after replacing carpet with a bleached grey flooring and painting the living room walls grey with white trim, that fireplace trim had to go. I had one tablespoon of Reclaim Licorice and no time to wait for reordering but knowing how far that amazing paint goes, I opened my jar and got to work. After the Reclaim dried, I followed your blog on painting fireplace trim metallic to complement the new floor and modern look.



Amazingly, I had enough of that tablespoon of Reclaim paint left in the jar to put a stencil on a small table to use in the ‘Provence’ style wedding and to finish a few frames! Your paint is truly fabulous and you are my inspiration.

Thank you Wendy!


Pat shared a few projects –  this chest that she finished using American Paint Peacock, and American Paint Dark Wax 



and this adorable nightstand, I think maybe this one was American Paint Rushmore? 


and this was a tiki pole at her friends cottage, that she painted new life into, using colors of American Paint that she had left over…   the before


and now, full of beach life!



I confess,  I had way more to share than I realized,  so I’m breaking this into 3 posts – why not, right?

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.


A Long Weekend, Dedicated To The Place I Call Home…

Weekends  aren’t the same when you own a retail business.   A holiday weekend is no different.

Saturday evening was warm and sunny in Detroit.  I pulled up to our flower-pot-less house, and couldn’t help but notice the other houses around us, all perky with colorful flowers…   some were still out tending to their yards.


I did purchase 4  coco lined deck planter boxes a couple weekends ago –  my mom always hung planter boxes off her deck and I loved them – and filled them with colorful annuals, but that’s all I’ve done so far.

Yards…. outdoor spaces…  all of their pretty spaces just made me grumble at ours.  Does that ever happen to you?

It’s easy for me to get in a punky mood about our outside space.  The landscaping is new and puny compared to the more mature plantings of our neighbors,  we don’t have a service walk running from the driveway to the back yard, and I miss that.     Our driveway is super short, making it hard to back out and NOT hit any vehicles that are parked in the street…  wait – am I blaming the driveway for hitting my daughter’s boyfriends jeep this weekend?


If that’s not bad enough,  the backyard is sprinkled with power boxes.  They aren’t lined up nicely next to the house – no, it’s like they were tossed into the air and where they landed is where they stayed.    Because it makes no sense,  I’ve been unable to wrap my brain around the HOW’s to disguising them…

Needless to say, I let the negative thinking get me down – how could THAT happen, with all the Joyce Meyer I listen to?




Sunday morning after church I felt an urge –  not to plant, but to paint.   Honestly, I feel like God was saying to me

Hey,  why don’t you make that house feel like home?

I decided to tackle the library.   I’ve had 2 frames from Kirklands that I don’t use anymore – they looked kinda like this


and my plan was to use them to display my kids senior photos.  They’ve been propped in the library since last year when my son graduated.  Now, with my daughter in her last week of high school, was a good time to get it done.

Here was my Sunday project – the walls, prior, were builder beige…


I combined several colors of metallic plaster that I had on the shelves – Lusterstone Weathered Bronze, Lusterstone Silver Taupe, Lusterstone Ebony and a good bit of Moire Dark Granite, mixed them all together to get a carbon color, and rolled and troweled that onto the walls. The ceiling I whiz rolled with our custom Cottage Paint color Ash.


The frames I took apart,  whiz rolled the cardboard matte with Perfect Plaster tinted grey, and then a scraped layer over top.  I dragged Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, Chocolate and Parchment over the frames, and then topped it with a little Botanical Salvia.    I wish I had taken a before and after …


Sunday night I was exhausted,  it took me all the way until midnight to get the room back together,  but it felt good to finally get something done.

Monday, I woke up and decided to tackle the kitchen

kitchen before

I didn’t think it would take long, since there wasn’t that much wall space, but I was wrong….  I didn’t get the kitchen put back together until late in the evening…

I’ve said for sometime that I wanted to use Caromal’s Perfect Plaster in my kitchen – I love the simpleness of the finish – I whizz rolled the first coat and scraped on the second coat



The simple scraping of that second layer draws up that natural color –



I cleaned and packed everything up, then realized I forgot the two ends of our island!   Crap…   I’ll have to finish that this weekend.


All in all,  I love how it warmed up our space


Maybe next weekend I’ll add a few flower pots to the front porch 🙂

This is a big week for us – my daughter’s High School Soccer team start their race again for district, regional and the state title.  First game is tonight, and unfortunately I won’t be there due to a sold out Paint A Piece Workshop.    Go IKE!    After this week she is officially out of high school!

I also just received the link to our latest DIY show –  I’ll be posting that soon.

Happy painting!

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DIY Shelby TV Show #6 – Simple Painted Cabinet Finishes, Botanical

This show demonstrates applying two simple cabinet finishes to a standard oak cabinet door ,  durable finishes requiring no priming or stripping   –  just clean your surface well and begin!

A single color finish,  using Botanical paint, color Salvia


and a two-step finish, applying Textured Basecoat paint, color Paprika first,



then Botanical Paint color Mulberry



Finally, finishing off the finishes with a glazing technique and topcoating



Watching, you will see how truly simple enough painting your cabinets can be, when you use the right products.


You can find all our DIY tapings at Shelby TV,  or you can click on our ‘Watch Videos’ link in the right hand column of our page.

Hope you enjoy!

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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.






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