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Decorative Painting Finishing School Mark Tillman
Decorative Painting Finishing School Donna Mock
Decorative Painting Finishing School Carmen Vergara
Decorative Painting Finishing School Lessandra Martins Melo
Decorative Painting Finishing School Anita Yeh
Decorative Painting Finishing School Sarah Hines and Mets Schilstra
Decorative Painting Finishing School Eulojio Ortega
Decorative Painting Finishing School Alison Ubert
Decorative Painting Finishing School Diane Kessler
Decorative Painting Finishing School Donna Flecchia
Decorative Painting Finishing School Joanne Ledbetter
Decorative Painting Finishing School Rachel Sejas
Decorative Painting Finishing School Cheryl Phan
Decorative Painting Finishing School Carrie Chimenti
Decorative Painting Finishing School Ann Simpson
Decorative Painting Finishing School Natalie Gorden
Decorative Painting Finishing School Marlene Mancilla
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Decorative Painting Finishing School Kathy Anders
Decorative Painting Finishing School Alyse and Amy Leventhal
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Decorative Painting Finishing School Carey Seven
Decorative Painting Finishing School Bryan King
Decorative Painting Finishing School Patricia Presto
Decorative Painting Finishing School Kass Wilson
Decorative Painting Finishing School Heidi Cinker
Decorative Painting Finishing School Shari Fry
Decorative Painting Finishing School Leigh Jones
Decorative Painting Finishing School Diane Beard
Decorative Painting Finishing School Ruth Giovannetti
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Decorative Painting Finishing School Ed Gonet
Decorative Painting Finishing School Bonnie Norling Wakeman
Decorative Painting Finishing School Kelly Weik
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Decorative Painting Finishing School Gracie Reed
Decorative Painting Finishing School Allyce Lees
Decorative Painting Finishing School Terry Gavigan
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Decorative Painting Finishing School Deb Spertus
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Decorative Painting Finishing School Jenna DeFalco
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Decorative Painting Finishing School Debbie Brown
Decorative Painting Finishing School Cynthia Davis
Decorative Artisan Dawn Bray
Decorative Faux Finisher Christine McIntyre-Hannon
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August 2006 Rhonda Barber
August 2006 Laura Ross
August 2006 Nancy Schnell
August 2006 John Michaels
August 2006 Debi Vaninger
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August 2006 Bruce Thalman
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Dan Gangler
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Kay Reyes
Mary Johnson
Ed Hartfiel
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Laurie Ebert

 

Artisan of the Month
Donna Flecchia or Classic Fauxs and Finishes

Having already worked in the corporate world as an administrative assistant, Donna Flecchia longed to explore her creative side. With her children being older, the timing was right. “I always had an interest in antiqued and distressed furniture, but had no idea what products to use or where to purchase them,” said Donna. When she and a friend decided to take a glazing and plaster class Donna knew she was on the right path. “Being able to learn from professional instructors about the many products out there was amazing.”

In the beginning, Donna and her friend partnered up, beginning small with mutual friends. Not long after, Donna decided she wanted to expand while her friend had another opportunity and went her own way. “In 2012, I went to IDAL in Reno, the first national convention I’d attended. Since then, I’ve taken many workshops around the country to expand my portfolio and learn new skills and techniques. I attended the last IDAL convention in Fort Worth last fall.” Donna soaked up every bit of knowledge she came across through classes, workshops, and conventions to expand her own skills and provide the newest products and techniques for her clients.

“I wanted to take it to the next level and so I started my own company five years ago,” said Donna. She worked off of referrals, sent out a monthly newsletter, and through an interior decorator. “I have an interior decorator that I work with and I go to networking events. This year has been extremely busy.” Residential is a majority of her work, but she also does commercial jobs. Donna’s business, Classic Fauxs and Finishes is based out of Burlington, Massachusetts and she works in the metro north area and Boston west and north.

Networking, advertising, and continued education are important to Donna; something she knows will help grow her business. “I met Kathy Carroll online and emailed her about taking a private class. I loved the class, the individual attention, and that I could select what I wanted to learn.” Donna purchases many products from Kathy, including several of the Proceed line, Blue Pearl Metallic Pastes, custom tinted metallic paints, and many more. “Kathy and Sue are very helpful, especially when a client requests a finish and you are looking for the best products to use. They tell you what to use and how to use it. There are a lot of products they carry and they also custom tint General Finishes to any color, which I like because it gives my clients more color options for cabinets,” said Donna.

When Donna received a referral to refinish kitchen cabinets, she knew it was time to diversify her business. “I hadn’t refinished kitchen cabinets before so I called Kathy and went out to her studio to learn how to use the sprayer. I did and took on a kitchen job which turned out beautiful.” Donna used General Finishes Milk Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects purchased from Kathy Carroll. “I loved how it came out and my client’s reaction.” Word of mouth spread and referrals quickly came in. Now Donna is booked solid with kitchen remodels, custom wall and furniture finishes.

To be a successful business owner, knowing how to excel at both the artistic and business side is essential. Donna receives a majority of her work through referrals. In addition, she networks, works with a decorator, and advertises in several areas. And it pays off. “I do a monthly newsletter and feature my new projects in it. I advertise on Houzz.com and have received jobs from both. It’s snowballed and taken off,” said Donna. Now, kitchen remodels are making up fifty percent of her business. “I’ve done seven big kitchens so far from referrals.”

After doing a job for Home Advisor, Donna gained new clients from people finding her online and seeing her work. Even Pinterest has proved to be a successful advertising venture. “In the last two and a half years I’ve received about 1600 re-pins on a fireplace that I did and posted on Pinterest. “The brick fireplace is one of my favorite ones because it’s such a huge transformation. I never did it before. I called up Kathy and Sue and asked what products they recommended and they walked me through them. I showed my client some samples and she loved the fireplace. That’s the one that’s gotten a lot of re-pins. People all over the world have asked how I’ve done this.” When people see the fireplace and notice she’s local they call her for work. “I’m always getting re-pins and requests for this one.”

Donna is busy doing everything from custom walls to kitchen remodels. Another favorite job that comes to mind is a bathroom she did for a client. “I did a really nice finish in a bathroom and it was one of my favorite samples. I always wanted to do a finish with this sample and it turned out great. She loved it and I ended up doing it again in another client’s bathroom. It’s a metallic finish with glass bead gel and stencils. It’s a multilayered finish, very pretty.”

Being able to express herself creatively, to see the job through from beginning to end, and witness the happiness her work brings to her clients is one of the main reasons Donna loves her career. “Another reason I like having my own business is the flexibility and being able to make my own schedule. I really love to see the finished wall or piece of furniture, my client’s reactions, the process, and seeing that you can take a piece of furniture and give it new life,” said Donna. Happy with the path she’s on, Donna plans to continue to grow her thriving business.

To learn more about Donna Flecchia or Classic Fauxs and Finishes please call 339.234.0781 or visit www.classicfauxsandfinishes.com

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

 

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