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Top 10 tips for refinishing furniture for profit

Do you think you would like to try your hand at refinishing furniture for profit?  Do you seek a job that allows you to be creative, maintain a flexible schedule, and has great personal rewards?  Following these tips will help lead you towards success.

Display piece by Painted LLC

Display piece by Painted LLC

1. Have a contract!
Listen up, this is majorly important!!! If you do commission work, start out with a contract.  Protect yourself and get paid for all the those inevitable add ons and all of your hard work. Your clients will respect you for being professional, don’t be afraid to be clear from the beginnings that you are paid according to specifications outlined in the contract. Most of us have had that difficult customer with 20 change orders and you don’t want to go into that relationship without some backup. Specify costs for paint, distressing, glazing, finishing products and size and detail of piece. Don’t forget to include no refunds and costs for touch-ups down the road if available. Communicate with your clientele by setting clear terms and expectations as well as negotiating the ever important factor… price. Send updates, keep them abreast on the schedule if you are ahead or behind, and reassure them that their piece is in good hands.contract

2. Do not cut corners!

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Snow Owl Dresser by The Salvaged Boutique

Us furniture painters, we are a breed that is one in the same usually. We have a touch of ADD, love starting a project but sometimes dread finishing it, and many of our at home projects may be waiting on something as simple as putting on the hinges (I am totally guilty!) I painted my buffet 2 years ago and I never put the hinges back on. You cannot skip the small stuff with a paying customer. Consider lining the drawers, making repairs so that your project is solid, painting the back of a piece even though it wouldn’t likely show when pushed up against a wall, and replacing loose, or damaged hardware. Small upgrades on hardware can dramatically affect the value and curb appeal of your restoration.  And most importantly FINISH THE PROJECT! Do not give to your customer saying you just need to wax it, or they will need to fix the drawer slides. Give them a solid, beautifully finished piece that keeps them coming back for more of your creations.

My Buffet I painted in Joyful with black walnut glaze... still missing hinges! Oops

My Buffet I painted in Joyful with black walnut glaze… still missing hinges! Oops

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Robins egg desk by The salvaged Boutique

3. Do not undercut your value and the value of other painters!
This should really be #1!
Some points to remember;
A. Furniture is not made the same these days, they do not last 150 years like that Eastlake dresser you may be refinishing. The materials used in most antiques cost an arm and a leg in today’s market (hence the reason furniture is no long “crafted”.)
B. Your time is valuable! Murphy’s law applies here more than ever. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. Think about the time it will take you to finish a piece and then add 20% more time as a buffer. This will help protect your profit margin and give the customer a realistic time frame when their piece will be finished. This may help eliminate the “When will I have my finished piece?” questions from clients that may lead to you feeling rushed, and you need to proceed without the need to hurry your projects.
C. You are stepping into a job market where your presence could potentially take business from fellow colleagues. In this small niche of the market you will find some of the most helpful people. We will reach out from far and wide to offer you tips, techniques, advice, and emotional support on business and personal alike. In my past professional life I have been a forester, a debt collector, and a tree trimmer. In these trades, I thought most everyone was too caught up in the rat race to help a fellow comrade.  Furniture rehabbers will share their knowledge, offer advice, and guidance.  This unique quality of the furniture business, is the second most rewarding part (#1 obviously being that paint is therapy) of a job that offers mentors around every corner. You would be hard pressed, to find another profession where individuals are more forthcoming with shared tricks and trade secrets with one another.  With that being established, please do not price your pieces to undercut your fellow friends that may have helped you everywhere along the way. Painting and restoring furniture is hard work, and yes it is our passion, but we should value that it is a respected line of work that you shouldn’t price yourself or others out of work.  If you just think about the economics of it long term, you can’t help but predict the crash of this business that is the livelihood of your fellow painters.  Pricing your items at or below bargain basement prices takes away from the legitimacy and value from this line of work. Offering your customers a fair price is important, but be mindful of the time and effort that goes into restoring furniture.  One thing is for certain, your brothers and sisters in the field will respect you for pricing your work based on your value, and you may even gain referrals from them because of it. We all have other painters we refer to when we get overloaded. You will reap benefits and create great networking relationships. You will never tear down your own business by building others up!

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Smokey Quartz nightstand by A Shade of Teal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Staging is Important!
Staging your furniture for resale or for your portfolio of work is more important that some may realize. You may have talent coming out of your ears, but if you have a poor camera, a dimly lit staging area, or a drop-zone filled with the kids toys in your pictures, your work could go unnoticed and under-appreciated. Take the time to make sure the correct color is revealed in pictures, experiment with the lighting on overcast vs sunny days, and make sure to capture your pieces beauty. Be sure if you use filters, it is to only enhance the artistic appeal of the photo, not to change the finish of the furniture. Below is an example that demonstrates just how important proper staging can be to selling.   My friends at Brumley Gap Designs intentionally took a bad pic for this example.  They are very talented folks and agreed to share these.  These photos are  of the same desk, which one would you rather buy?  Notice how not only is the second pic beautiful, it captures the true finish of the piece.
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PROPER FURNITURE STAGING

Black desk by Brumley Gap Designs

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Ewok finds it necessary to become part of all of my staging.

Ewok finds it necessary to become part of all of my staging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Tract your profit and loss
Ok, admittedly this is the one that is not the most fun, but it is essential! I recommend QuickBooks online because it will sync with PayPal and other payments services and credit cards. You may think that it’s all profit but take into consideration gas for delivery, product investment, accessories for the job like tools, drop cloths, sandpaper, hardware, and other incidentals. They add up, and quickly eat into your profits. All of this tracking no only helps you gain an insight to your business value, but will help 10 fold once tax time arrives. Many furniture painters quickly realize that the business growth is exponential and many have to obtain LLCs and other business licenses sooner than later. This responsible business management practice will also show clients that you are so much more than a crayon and paper welding individual with a paint brush ready to paint your family’s heirlooms.

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Sea Salt painted desk by the Salvaged Boutique

6. Know when to say NO!
This part can be hard for many. If a project is outside the scope of your abilities (either artistic, mechanical, or simply time constraints) say NO! It is better to send a customer to another fellow painter and establish a great business relationship, as well as helps those around you that may be seeking work. If you do not have the time to finish a piece in a respectable amount of time, you are doing yourself a disservice my saying yes. take on what you can handle, and accept help if you are getting bogged down with custom work.

7. Paint what you love when painting for resale.
On pieces that are not a commission project, you may consider painting something you don’t really love in the hopes it will sell because it is trending. Why is this a bad idea? You are providing a product that the people obviously like so how could that be bad?
#1. You won’t take the same pride in your piece. Your work is your signature and however small it may seem, is all part of your legacy.
#2. You won’t have as great of a time painting, you will wish the time away instead of relishing in it. Remember the reason we do what we do, because we gain joy from it.
#3. You become known for your work, every piece is part of your portfolio even if you don’t intend for it to be. Paint and create what you love, Don’t be afraid to try new things, but don’t just jump in on the chevron bandwagon if you hate chevron but think it will sell.  It is all about being authentic, and creating a brand for yourself and your creations.  Furthermore, if you see a project that inspires you, apply your own spin on it without completely copying an idea that originated from someone else’s creativity.  We all look for inspiration but it is important to apply your own unique qualities to your finishes and projects.

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Creme chairs painted by The Salvaged Boutique

8. Utilize the free tools available to you through social media!
Many furniture painters reach a huge customer base by utilizing social media like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, periscope, YouTube, and more. The advertising market is making a huge shift in marketing trends and the good news is, most of it, is free! You may consider writing a blog to showcase your work while helping others learn techniques and tips for restoring furniture. Your blog may become a resource for potential customers to view your projects and seek inspiration on pieces for commission work. Show the magnitude of your talents and abilities and set yourself apart from others by creating your brand. Creating events on Facebook, or promoting events you are selling at, helps yourself as well as others selling there. Think of joining more local sales sites, auction sites, or other sales websites to reach a larger audience. Promote your favorite projects and let your work speak for itself.  Remember to follow the rules of each Facebook sales group and respect them!

9. Make sure you invest in the necessary tools to do your job!
This may be the time that you put away your hacksaw and invest is some serious tools. Know how to use them and don’t skimp on the quality of finishing products used. If you know a poly is prone to yellowing, obviously don’t use it on a piece because it is cost effective. Invest in good brushes, a good camera, obviously a cling on paint brush since they are clearly the best! Find which tools and products work for you and don’t be afraid to try out some new ones along the way. Be proud of your stash of goodies and take care of them. Paint brushes shouldn’t be disposable so take care of them (this is a hard one for us painters… again with the ADD… I need to wash out my brush… Look! A squirrel!)Cling On! Brush Care

10. Balance
This has been the single hardest step in my own career. I don’t have the answers on how to win the battle with this huge obstacle we all face. I do know, time for family must be made. Many of us choose this career path to spend more time with family, if you are successful, you will inevitable battle this dragon.  Take time to include family in your

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projects if they are receptive, or have a little project for your kids to finish when working alongside you. Hey it keeps them off the streets, right? I have a bunch of cabinet doors my daughter keeps painting for me when we paint together. She gets a huge kick out of it. Yes, sometime I shoo the kids out of the studio too, they can be a real damper on productivity lol. Finding a balance is imperative to a successful business because if your family supports you, there is no end to the places you will go!

Cabinet door painted by my daughter Claire at age 5.

Cabinet door painted by my daughter Claire at age 5.

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Mermaid Kiss by Wendy Wilshek

I hope you have found this top ten list useful and maybe, you are just having your aha moment when you realize you should be getting paid to paint. If this is the case, I know some of these tips could spare you the hard learned lessons that some of us have encountered along the way. Good luck and go paint! It’s your happy place, after all.

 

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Working on the family balance with Grandma and my girls

Working on the family balance with Grandma and my girls

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Wise Owl Glaze -are you doing it wrong?

Wise Owl Glaze is one of the most amazing and dimension creating finishes.   So many folks are confused about the process so I decided to share application and technique details.  You may be doing it wrong, but you may be doing it right!   Read on to find out.

What is glaze?  Wise Owl Glaze is a water based finishing and dimension creating product that contains either flat or metallic pigments depending on selection.  It can create unique character as well as act as a sealing product simultaneously.  It may be used over painted pieces or alone over wood for a gel stain finish.  Glaze is a thinner consistency than paint and is designed to be applied and immediately wiped away to create a desired finish.

Black Walnut Glaze over Sea Salt

Black Walnut Glaze over Sea Salt

Some Common Mistakes;

  1. Expecting perfect uniformity

Glazing your piece will not result in absolute uniformity, nor should it.  The beauty of glaze is in the imperfections.  Glazes should be used to create a faceted finish with dimension.   The end result should accentuate detailed areas and curves of your piece.  It should be allowed to collect in the details, create a patina, or mimic a time worn effect.  Not all glazes are used to antique pieces, Opalescent Pearl Glaze, for instance, adds a subtle luminescent pearl effect.  Black Walnut Glaze is used to create a vintage patina and to tone down brighter colors by adding a deep antique brown wash to your finish.  Since it is designed to be applied and wiped away, seeking a perfectly uniform finish would be near impossible.  Glaze can mimic what years and years of time can do to a piece.  Imagine age and rustic staining collecting in different areas depending on wear and finish.  To recreate this is a balance, you must dance between too far distressed and not going far enough.   You should think about what time would do to a piece.  Focus on letting glaze settle where it may and experiment with different techniques of application and different tools to wipe it away to create different effects.

Wise Owl mortar Glaze over Snow Owl

Wise Owl Mortar Glaze over Snow Owl

Buffet painted in Joyful and finished with Black Walnut Glaze

Buffet painted in Joyful and finished with Black Walnut Glaze

  1. Glazing over a surface that is less than buttery smooth

Chalk based minerals paints are porous.  It is he negative pore space (tiny air molecules in the paint matrix) created by the minerals that allows the supreme adhesion of the paint.  These little microscopic holes in the paint create tiny hills and valleys in your surface and can produce a muddy appearance when glazed if a little prep isn’t employed.  A smooth surface will allow the most control while glazing.  Furthermore, you have less of a chance of allowing lint from your cloth from entering your finish from the texture of the surface you are glazing.  An unsanded surface will soak up more glaze and can quickly muddy up your entire finish, sometimes creating a more dramatic effect than was intended.  Some detailed surfaces cannot be sanded, so glaze will be absorbed more in these areas and will add to the vintage effect.  To prep for glaze, lightly sand your painted surface with 350 grit or above sand paper or a sanding block.  At this time distress if desired, focusing on the details and edges of your piece.  Once again, you are attempting to recreate a time worn effect.  Over the years, the edges and detailed areas of painted pieces are expected to get the most wear and tear, so focus your efforts there for a more authentic finish.  After sanding, wipe away dust created from sanding with a lint free cloth.

Black Walnut used to accentuate detail over Joyful.

Black Walnut used to accentuate detail over Joyful.

Intended imperfections add character to this drawer painted in Gray Linen and glazed with Mortar.

Intended imperfections add character to this drawer painted in Gray Linen and glazed with Mortar.

 

  1. Using the wrong tool to apply and remove glaze

Lint does not belong in your finish.  If you use a new fuzzy washcloth for application or removal, some of the lint can be transferred to your finish.  Glaze can be applied using a paint brush, sponge, or cloth.  One of my favorite tools to apply and wipe away glaze is a business sock.  This provides ease of application since they usually don’t have much in terms of lint compared to let’s say, a gym sock.  You can also have more control of your finish by putting socks on both hands.  Yes, like a sock puppet, time to play glaze hands!  Use one hand for application working in small but long sections.  Dip sock hand A in a little glaze and then wipe away immediately with sock hand B.  Continue working while avoiding overlapping the finish since glaze can remove glaze so overlapping areas can result in a lighter glazed finish and produce a striped effect.

Restful finished with Black Walnut Glaze

Restful finished with Black Walnut Glaze

 

  1. Over working your glaze

Glaze has a relatively quick dry time and you need to work efficiently.  Continuing to wipe away glaze over and over as it begins to dry may muddy up the finish quickly.  Make a few passes until desired amount of glaze is removed from finish, and move on.  Applying too little glaze will shorten your working time, so make sure to apply an adequate amount to length work-ability.  If you don’t like how the glaze is laying down in a particular area you may apply additional glaze to remove some of the glaze finish and begin anew.   This technique has a short window and can only be employed before glaze is fully dry.  If you want a more dramatic glaze effect than your completed finish, glaze may be applied a second time as long as the first coat has fully dried.  Glaze colors may also be layered for added dimension.

Gray Linen glazed with Opalescent Pearl Glaze for a luminescent finish.

Gray Linen glazed with Opalescent Pearl Glaze for a luminescent finish.

 

  1. Using too much elbow grease to apply or remove glaze

Glaze needs to be applied and removed with a soft hand, pushing too hard is simply recreating the wet distressing technique (using a wet cloth to remove paint instead of distressing with sandpaper.)  This technique is great if you would like to use the glaze to remove paint in some areas, but if you are unintentionally pulling up paint, you need to employ a lighter touch.

 

 

  1. Starting your glaze application of the most visible part of your piece

If you are glazing a table, you do not want to start right on the top where your glazed finish will be most visible.  You will warm up as you go, and although I have glazed many pieces, I still prefer to start by focusing on the legs and bottom of my piece first.

Opalescent Pearl Glaze over Vintage Duck egg.

Opalescent Pearl Glaze over Vintage Duck egg.

River Rock Rocker with Black Walnut Glaze

River Rock Antique Rocker with Black Walnut Glaze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consider practicing on a smaller piece until you decide on the right application method and tools and techniques to create your desired finish.  You may find your own techniques that work best for you.  Finally, glaze produces a strong finish, but a polyurethane (oil based poly), polycrilic (water based poly) may also be used if desired for added protection on high traffic pieces.   Be mindful that if you wax or hemp oil over glaze, it will need to be buffed thoroughly, since there will not be much in terms of pore space for the wax to be absorbed into the surface.  Glaze is my favorite of all finishes and reaps the most curb appeal in my book.  If dimension and character is your goal, try it and see for yourself.  Check out our Color Selection Guide post for some recommended glaze pairings.  As always, happy painting!

 

 

 

 

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Vendor Opportunities – Become a Wise Owl Retailer

Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint Vendor Information

Become part of a company with green values that can make you green

Wise Owl is looking for qualified vendors and retailers to carry our ever growing line of Chalk Synthesis Paint and our full line of finishing products. Become part of our expanding team with Michigan roots. We have eliminated harmful chemicals and unnecessary additives from our mineral paint and finishes while providing a superior product. Wise Owl was created from a love of re-purposing and reusing and we want our finishes to reflect the values that our company was founded on. Our environmental focus even extends to our website hosted on a green server that purchases wind energy credits to offset energy usage. Yes our server is powered using wind energy!

It is poetic that after the economic changes that we have witnessed and experienced, we find ourselves turning to re-purposing. To make something that may have been discarded into something of beauty, is rewarding and reminds us to be resourceful. We are proud to inspire your projects and we will continue to offer new and useful products along with a color selection to fit everyone.

While continuing to expand our product line and customer base we have been able to maintain exceptional products. In addition, we are keeping consumers and vendors costs low in contrast to the rising price tags paint companies are imposing on their consumers. Our Minimum startup investment for retailers remains affordable to support small businesses.  We offer protected territories and no minimum monthly quotas.  We also have affordable and speedy shipping, and a one stop product line featuring solvent free natural waxes, hemp-seed oil, glazes, VOC free paint, Matte and Satin Varnishes, Cling On paint brushes and more.  We provide all marketing material including posters, brochures, and all how-to resources for you and your customers.  You do not need to own a brick and mortar store in order to qualify.  Many Wise Owl Distributors sell online, teach classes from home, or rent spaces in stores and attend vendor events and shows.

Vendors will receive unparalleled support from a team that is very connected, shares projects, customer ideas, feedback and shares tips and tricks of the trade. Enjoy a protected area, no minimum monthly purchase amounts, and small opening order minimums to qualify for wholesale.  Contact us for more information about carrying an exceptional line of versatile VOC free paint, all natural and solvent free waxes, all natural hemp oil, Cling Ons, glazes, and amazing paint and wax brushes. Both individual distributors and vendors with storefronts are considered. We will continue to evolve, join the fun!

 

Sincerely,

Karen Chouinard
Owner Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint
Chouinard Custom Furnishings LLC
Contact us for more info at [email protected]

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Wise Owl Paint’s Color Selection Guide

I have received many requests for advice on which colors to select so I put together this post featuring all of our colors. Included is some suggestions for pairings and finishes.  Each color includes a description of the shades to help you make the best choice on colors and finishes.  I hope you find this visual color selection guide helpful.

SNOW OWL

Bright white that is white, extra white, with a side of white! If white is not a color but a lifestyle for you, this is your shade! Use clear wax to preserve the stark white quality to this clean crisp white.

The perfect off-white, not too stark, not too creamy. This shade has just enough warmth to feel inviting while still remaining bright.

The perfect off-white, not too stark, not too creamy. This shade has just enough warmth to feel inviting while still remaining bright.

The quintessential French crème, a succulent heavy cream shade with warmth that is not perceived as yellow but a rich shabby white.

A whisper of Gray that is on the white spectrum with a hint of cool gray.  Vintage Duck Egg is my personal favorite to pair with Limestone.  Driftwood wax is a beautiful finish that adds subtle dimension to this shade.

Perfectly balanced true gray. Just enough cool and warmth to be situated in the middle of the gray spectrum. Accent with peppercorn for a 2 toned beauty but also coordinates with any shade because of its versatility. Try Black Hemp oil wax paired with it for added dimension.

Almost a graphite, this rich gray is a beautiful yet dramatic choice for cabinets and more. Deep cool gray that is a favorite paired with Higgins Lake, Joyful, and complimented perfectly by our Black Walnut Glaze.

True and deep, this jet black is perfectly complimented by pearl wax for a luminous washed black, or white wax for a dramatic vintage chalkboard feel. Black or clear wax can also be used to preserved this pigment drenched black.

The most versatile of all shades, a greige with equal parts gray and beige to create a tone that lends itself to cool and warm accents equally.  Use umber wax to warm up this color or black wax to create a vintage patina.

The more dramatic counterpart to Gray Linen, a richer shade of greige that is reminiscent of homemade hot cocoa with enough gray to reserve its place as a versatile neutral. Glazed in Black walnut glaze or waxed in black hemp oil wax, this neutral will reveal unexpected richness.

Cocoa meets milk chocolate in a luxurious medium brown. Shades of taupe make this warm neutral a gorgeous compliment to most colors.

Dark Chocolate warmth with a walnut tone envelops this rich brown.

A rich bronze that is a wonderful combo of cool dramatic gray and dark chocolate brown.  A unique shade that is beautiful paired with Vintage Duck Egg, Gray Linen, and more.

Beachy salty air inspired this shade of lovely.  Gray, Blue, Green, and White all combine to produce a color that seems to change throughout the day depending on the suns influence.  Pair with Smokey Quartz, Peppercorn, Limestone, Gray Linen, or Snow owl.  Pearl wax or Pearl glaze can be used to add luminescence without being over the top.

A pale blue with brightness like a Robin’s Egg in spring.  Complimented by whites, Begonia, Coral Reef, Limestone, and Gray Linen.  Driftwood wax is a finish that adds a subtle dimension.

One of the most loved and best-selling colors in the Wise Owl Palette.  A truly versatile blue that has a slight turquoise cast while remaining an approachable and very complimentary color to most every shade.  Pairs with all neutrals and Driftwood Glaze has quickly become a favorite finish.  It’s safe to say that Higgins Lake plays nicely with all colors.  Inspired by Its namesake, a clear and almost Caribbean looking lake in Michigan.

The Perfect turquoise!  Just enough green to showcase shades of blue with a slight gray cast to make this an accessible pop of color without being over the top.  Black Walnut Glaze and Joyful were meant for each other where vintage patina is desired.  It’s no secret that this is my personal favorite and it remains our best-selling color next to Vintage Duck Egg.  It is a versatile color that can be paired with every one of our finishes beautifully.

MERMAID KISS

Paint is therapy and this gorgeous turquoise is your happy place!  Bright, fun, electric, and versatile.  Tone down with black walnut glaze for a vintage patina or use white wash glaze to soften this shade.   Umber wax can be used to create a union of opposites attract.  Peppercorn and Coral Reef are two personal favorites to pair with Mermaid Kiss.  This is a bright, energetic pop of color this is simple stunning paired with so many colors.  Try it with antique Red for a surprising harmony.

A medium-dark rich turquoise that is a welcome shade of drama and fun.  Pair with Peppercorn, Smokey Quartz, Whites, Coral Reef, Neptune, and more.  Black or Black Walnut Glaze are finishes that create depth when used with this color.  The Shades of Blue Moon Wax pairs metallic turquoise wax and opalescent pearl wax in 1 product, creating a finish with unique subtle sparkle and white washed dimension.

Green blue and gray meet, creating a shade reminiscent of lichen growing on a tree.  A beautiful pop of color that is almost on the neutral scale because of the natural shade.  An elemental soft green gray often found in nature that is pure perfection paired with all neutrals.

A tranquil green with plenty of blue and a touch of gray.  A soothing shade of turquoise that is on the greener side of the color scale.  Gray linen, Grecian Clay, Peppercorn and Foothills are some of the neutrals that compliment this color.  Black glaze and Umber Hemp Oil wax are great to create a vintage patina and create dimension.

A medium vintage natural shabby chic green that is simply lovely.  A muted green compared to our brighter 1950’s green.  Black Walnut or Black Glaze is a beautiful compliment but Tourmaline remains a receptive color to all of our finishing products.  Crème and Tourmaline pair together to create nostalgia and paired with petal you may be reminded of spring peonies.

A fun and flirty garden green.  This color can remain more modern if finished with clear wax or it can be the perfect shabby chic green finished with Black Walnut Glaze or Black Hemp Oil Wax.  Pair with petal for whimsical charm or Coral Reef for tropical and bright attention grabbing color.  Limestone is also a wonderful compliment to this green inspired by a gardens new spring growth.

A blue unlike any other.  This color features deep shades of denim and of emerald green creating a finish that draws the eyes in no matter where it is in the room.  A lighter and beautiful compliment to Bowie, another show stopping blue.  Black Hemp Oil wax, Umber wax, Black glaze, and White Wash Glaze are a few favorite finishes on this blue that is complimentary to grays and browns alike.

Creature of the deep sea, an emerald green dark dramatic turquoise.  Drenched with emerald and turquoise pigments, complimented by all shades of turquoise but also stands alone as a unique color selection. Pairs with many color palettes.  A brave selection that reaps the benefits of adoration.  Black Hemp Oil wax, White Wax, and Silver Wax all create unique dimension when used with this shade of abyss.

Dusty blue inspired by an overcast day.  A touch of brightness from cornflower blue and gray to tone down this perfectly shabby pale blue.  Black Hemp Oil Wax and Driftwood Glaze are beautiful finishes paired with this color.  Limited edition Spring 2016.

Inspired by nature, this stone blue gray creates harmony with Limestone, Nebula, Smokey Quartz, or Peppercorn.  Black Hemp Oil Wax and White Wash Glaze are just a couple of finishes that create dimension with this natural shade.

One of the most unique shades of slate blue.  Green and gray undertones and a touch of warmth make up this shade that speaks of slate stone and natural beauty.  To say it has “Jen ne sals quoi” is an understatement since this color is definitely something more than words can describe.  Limited Edition Spring 2016

Deep and dramatic jewel tone purple.  If purple had a navy, her name would be amethyst.  Grown up beauty revealed in an updated childhood favorite color.  Driftwood and silver wax are unexpected finishes that produce a unique elegance to this shade of richness.

Nautical Navy Blue that belongs next to Snow Owl, Limestone, and Gray Linen.  Lake house living and rustic finish lovers agree, this blue is timeless and rich.  White Wash Glaze and White Wax creates a beachy sea salted feel to this respectable color.   Beyond agreeable with Republic Red and Beeswax in addition to many more colors.

BOWIE

A true show stopping peacock blue.  Navy with a slight emerald cast create an unforgettable and one of a kind color.  Dramatic and attention demanding, it is a gorgeous accent to whites, Gray Linen, Smokey Quartz, and more.  Limited Edition Spring 2016.

Pale Peony Shabby Chic Pink!  This girly shade is a dusty pale spring pink that is timeless and will forever be modern and vintage at the same time.  Black Wax adds vintage patina or Gold or Pearl Glaze glamorize this girly favorite.

Tropically drenched coral pink with dramatic influence.   Excellent paired with Deep Turquoise, Mermaid Kiss, or 1950’s green.  A modern alternative to pastel pink for little girls and all other lovers of pink!

Tropical charm in a rich coral pink with peachy orange beauty.  A favorite with Deep Turquoise, Mermaid Kiss, Antique Villa, and many more.  Tone down with Black Hemp Oil wax for glam up with Pearl Glaze.

A captivating Americana red, reminiscent of a faded flag with vintage flair.  Complimented by Anchor, Beeswax, and more.  Black Walnut glaze adds old barn patina to this shade.

A cranberry red that was inspired by a vintage Union Jack Flag.  Just enough brightness and red pigment to be attention grabbing with a slight vintage cast to it.  Black Glaze adds dimension and brings out more of a vintage finish.

A golden harvest color that is a natural shade of rich yellow, a true representation of beeswax, this color is complimented by reds, grays, and more.

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