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Spotlight on Grafton’s Interior Designer.

Meet Heather Woodroe!

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Heather Woodroe of Prim Design is not only a gifted designer but a great supporter of Signature Finishes.

 We thank you Heather for falling in love with our Farrow & Ball® paints as well as keeping our many local artisans within our walls supported with frequent visits.  She truly believes in supporting her local community.  She collaborates with a whole team of professionals to service her clients and her work speaks volumes.  Let’s take a look at her before and after of her beautiful kitchen!:

FDF4FE1C-7236-4862-B370-E5E55C2EB5F0There is nothing wrong with this kitchen above, in fact it is perfectly lovely but if you have Heather’s vision you could image it more lightened and brightened with a vintage feel such as this:

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Wow!  It has both a clean modern feel with the white tile and gorgeous marble and her choice of Farrow and Ball® Lamp Room Gray® has completely changed the look of her existing cabinets.  The Modern Eggshell finish is a perfect choice for facing the rigors of day to day wear and tear.  She says it has performed beautifully to constant cleaning regiments.  I love that the peninsula has ample seating capacity and the extended counter space is brilliant that flanks the wall where she repurposed the two antique doors into her “chippy” finished wall.  The texture provides the perfect balance of adding warmth to this kitchen.

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Lamp Room Gray® is also her color choice in her laundry room.  She chose a more matte finish for her walls so the rich pigments in the paint will create subtle hues of variated colors as the rays of light change throughout the day.  (I love how our Farrow & Ball® brush board wall demonstrates the shift in color range as demonstrated on the curved sample boards.)  She can also rest easy as there is no off-gasses released as is the case when using latex paints.  Farrow & Ball paints are produced in Dorset, England since 1946 with the strictest of care in creating the finest ingredients for their products.  At 570 square feet for coverage on their Estate® Emulsion it is roughly 200 square feet more than your average gallon of latex with no smell as you are applying it.  You can paint your bedroom today and sleep in your room tonight without suffering that headache producing latex aroma.  There is no chance of a mistint as the paint is produced at the factory in large vats and then packaged on site so there is no miscalculating the formula.  The color palette is carefully curated at 132 choices with 7 different finishes for both interior and exterior applications.  Pick up a sample size in store or online and enjoy a superb designer choice today!

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The Asa Waters Mansion Called!

OK, actually it was the Millbury Women’s Club who called!

But, of course I am most grateful to oblige. IMG_5252I was invited to be the guest speaker at the women’s club and what an honor to speak to the lovely ladies of Millbury to discuss my business,  Signature Finishes.  I discussed how I have evolved as an artist from my career as a faux finisher to opening my brick and mortar in 2013 in Grafton, MA and my second location in Cape Neddick, Maine in 2014.  I brought many paint samples along and explained the difference between milk paint, chalk paint®, and wall paints.  I was pleased with the interest shown and a good number of questions asked.  Several ladies in the audience had taken a variety of workshops I offer so they of course were the rockstars of the group being well familiar with the products!

What a lovely setting they provided me.  If you are not familiar with the Asa Waters Mansion , it was designed by Asher Benjamin and is located at 123 Elm Street in Millbury, MA and was the home of Asa Waters, born November 2, 1769 – December 24, 1841, He was an American gunsmith and industrialist.  He earned a patent for turning a gun barrel in a lathe.  In 1823 he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, formed the Millbury Bank in 1825 and served as Vice President of the Worcester County Horticultural Society from 1843-1844.  One of his eight children became the mother of President William Howard Taft who also visited the mansion.  Quite the legacy of the building wouldn’t you say?  The beautiful building has been listed on the National Register of Historical Places in Worcester County since 1978.  At present it can be rented for weddings and special events and is truly a local treasure.  Several years ago I attended a Christmas tea hosted by the Mansion and it was such a special event to experience.

The Millbury Women’s Club sure can put on a spread! Such a beautiful array of food and desserts galore.  This is my kind of club to belong to!  LOL!  You will want to join for the community service but you’ll stay for the food!

The rooms are so well appointed and the architecture is so New England!  There is truly no place like home for New England colonial style.  It is a captured moment in history.

F3ED07C4-73BA-4D33-A008-90C1B0293BDFIt was an exciting evening for sure…tough to say good-bye but rewarding and a true honor to have been invited to speak on such hallowed historic grounds!

Thank you once again for the honor Millbury Women’s Club!

Best,

Maureen

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Another visit to The Country Living Fair.

Annie Sloan and an Antique Fair?

What could be more perfect?…

Two of my favorite pastimes combined: painting and antiquing?…count me in!   I don’t generally take much time off but how could I pass up another opportunity to take a paint workshop with Annie Sloan?  It is such a treat to be on the other end of the workshop scene.  Just show up and start to paint and then listen to all of the talk of the new upcoming products, hear the exciting direction the company is going and most importantly networking with fellow stockists!  I left the workshop with renewed energy and so many creative ideas it was very inspirational!   I’m sworn to secrecy about the new products but all in due time you will be as amazed as I was!…

IMG_5063I also had the opportunity to work in Annie’s booth at the fair and assist with a workshop that she amazingly taught with 75 participants.  We only had an hour or so to complete a stenciled tote bag and it was impressive the range of individuality that was shown.  I love that Annie likes to kick her shoes off!  She is so relaxed and free spirited and fun to be around!

She had quite the busy schedule teaching her stockists, hosting workshops for the public and several speaking engagements during the course of the fair as well as book signing and working with customers at the booth.  Everyone was very taken with this talented lady and what she has accomplished with creating a furniture painting revolution.  She is the originator of the one and only Chalk Paint®!

Aside from Annie’s booth being a big hit, I was able to peruse the grounds to visit the many vendors on exhibit.  I so enjoyed the show and all of the shopping and the weather was perfect as well.  Yes, I did happen to find a grand treasure to bring home…well several of course and you can look for a cleaned up and painted (or repainted) version of my treasures on the shop floor soon.  I will keep you guessing amongst the photos below.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Rhinebeck, NY I would highly recommend that you do so.  It is such a lovely area and an easy ride from central Massachusetts.  In addition there are some National Historic Parks such as the FDR Presidential Library and Museum as well as the Vanderbilt Mansion both in nearby Hyde Park.  Two national treasures and a must see for both.

Now I am looking forward to visiting the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH in the Fall! More workshops, more shopping and much more fun to be had!

Best,

Maureen

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The Country Living Fair

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I love it when I get to cross something off the perverbial bucket list!  Attending the Country Living Fair in Reinbeck, NY, visiting with my son who lives in NY (that is #1 of course) and attending a workshop with Annie Sloan is my idea of a full and rewarding weekend!

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The show was packed with a good variety of vendors and there were plenty of shoppers but the venue is so spread out that it didn’t feel overly crowded.  There was a great food selection, demos, book signings and all manner of live entertainment. There was plenty of elbow room to search for treasures and some of my favorites are captured below!  Love the painterly mural style panels from this vendor.

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LOVE these topiaries and anything garden related!

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Ironstone heaven and more well curated and arranged collections!

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My heart skips a beat at this well worn chippy cabinet.  So many trinkets that once lived in someone’s home,  garage, barn, business….each with it’s own story.  Someone once bought and cared for each piece until it found itself in someone else’s hands. If only each piece could tell us their story, it’s amazing to think about the history behind it all.  Antique lovers are said to be the keepers of the memories as we all collect something that reminds us of a bygone era or of a loved one who once owned a particular set of dishes or home decor item. We may not know what happened to their collection but we are now determined to scoop up every piece that reminds us of Grandma, Grandpa or Aunt Betty from yesteryear.  Such nostalgia is conjured up as you inspect each item for sale and wonder if an earlier ancestor had once owned such a piece.

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Next we moved on to the guest speaker where Annie Sloan graciously gave a talk on the art of repurposing furniture with her amazing Chalk Paint® product that she developed in 1990.  She called it Chalk Paint® because it dries to a flat chalky finish.  It was developed as a fast drying paint that could transform a piece with superior adhesion without much prep work as is necessary with other latex or acrylic brands.  She can be credited as starting a furniture painting revolution that has put an extremely user friendly product into the hands of non professionals and yet one can achieve a very professional looking outcome with a bit of training on the application of paint and waxes.  I am proud to be an ambassador of her Chalk Paint® brand and my favorite part of being a shop owner is to teach my customers about my passion to paint with a variety of workshops at Signature Finishes.   Once you start painting with this amazing product you will find it hard to put your brush down.  It is as much addicting as it is therapeutic to create something with your own two hands!IMG_4855IMG_6772IMG_4864Stay tuned for another blog post for some historically significant home tours while on my visit to the Hudson Valley…..

Thanks for following along,

Maureen

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Annie Sloan Image Medium

 

Have you ever tried the Annie Sloan Image Medium?  We have found it to be a phenomenal product.   In fact, it is far superior to other transfer gels or decoupage mediums that you may have used in the past.  It will give you a clean imprint when using  a laser image without a noticeable haze.  We love to create decoupage images on furniture and the image medium will do the trick beautifully!

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Check out the Graphics Fairy online to search for some beautiful designs.

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Transfers have long been a tricky process to be successful with but thanks to our seasoned expert, Cyndy Dwyer of Martinis at Noon she will uncover all of the tips and tricks to achieve success effortlessly!  Below is a sneak peak of our next Laser Image Pot Workshop that we have scheduled for April 18th from 6-8pm.  Grab your friends and enjoy double the fun!  Not only will you become proficient in transfers but you will also have the opportunity to create a furniture appliqué with our Iron Orchid Designs paper clay and moulds.  You will have full access to our Annie Sloan decorative Chalk Paint® in the colors of your choosing so each pot will reflect your own personality!  You bring your inner artist and we provide everything else!   Sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay informed.  Dates and workshop options vary monthly.

 

IMG_4458Happy Painting,

Maureen