Thursday, December 2, 2010

A new world for me: cabinet and furniture finishes

I've been at big girl "camp" this week, hanging out at Faux Works doing the thing I love to do, but never have time to do. But this time I have been playing on cabinets and not walls. I met some great decorative artisans from all over the world (everybody wants to train with Barb). It is so exciting for someone like me who just does this stuff because I think it's cool, to hang around people like them. I have always been too overwhelmed to venture into the world of fine cabinetry and furniture finishes. Walls were all I could wrap my brain around, and even that was a lot to handle. But I have finally decided to stop thinking too much with all this stuff, and so I just registered to take the class...and now I wish I hadn't waited so long. Barb Skivington, in all her awesomeness, put together a basics cabinet finishes class for all us first timers in the world of wood surfaces and it was anything but basic. These finishes are Habersham, Woodland quality finishes (actually, they are even better). They feel as good as they look. I wish you could see how excited I get when I finally start grasping how these surfaces are created, it's like "ohhhhhhhhh, now I get it". Just thrilling for me! All the below photographs are courtesy of Faux Works website and Barb Skivington's masterful work. And yes, now I can do that! Oh how I love this stuff!




Amy

6 comments:

Between You and Me said...

proud of you for doing something that you love and are interested in learning more about...can't wait to see what you end up doing at your house...cause I know there's a project coming out of this! :)

sassy seamstress said...

hmmm...if only you knew someone that needed their cabinets redone???? i mean, you have a remodeled house and i'd hate for those skills to go to waste, or get rusty for that matter. i'll see if i can think of anyone ;)

leslieahardy said...

Thanks for the post and link to Faux Works. It looks like they have some really good products that will help me with my kitchen cabinet redo. I have contemplated painting them, but I am a horrible painter. I have decided that gel staining will be a better option and there is plenty of advice and resources online to help. I love the last looks of the black and cream kitchen. That's the looks I'll be going for.

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

I'm SO jealous! Those finishes are gorgeous and how much fun is it to learn how to replicate them?! Can't wait to see some of your work.

Pamela said...

I have always dreamed of taking one of these classes!

Jill said...

Just when I thought you couldn't get any more talented, you go and do something like that! I SO wish I could do that! Can't wait to see what you faux!

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