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Paint It!™ and Stain It!™

Its here and is the hottest thing around. Lays down flat, no chalky feeling, great adhesion, beautiful colors, and with incredible cost savings.

Paint It! Stain It! sample of wood cabinet refinished Van Dyke BrownFor the past six months, Paint It!™ and Stain It!™ have gone through rigorous testing by Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes and Great Walls Supply, Inc. Since its release it has been virtually impossible to keep on the shelves. Mike Coles, owner of Great Walls Supply, says, “We ordered 100 cans and thought that was a lot when they arrived on Monday. By Tuesday they were all gone. We ordered 300 more and they will be here in the next thirty minutes. So many customers are calling about it. It’s a hot product and here’s why. It doesn’t give you the chalky feeling. It lays on very flat. It has great adhesion capabilities.

It costs $26.50 a quart and sells by the gallon and 5 gallon size.”

It’s clearly in high demand, but by whom specifically?

Mike says, “We sell to a lot of professionals and DIYers. We have a number of professional reconditioning furniture stores that buy it as well.”

Paint It! Stain It! sample of wood cabinet refinished Greek IsleWhat is being said about Paint It! and Stain It! by those who have tried it?

Kathy Carroll says, “ We’ve receive such high praise. It’s a one-coat finish and has the ability to use other products to top coat besides wax.”

Mike says, “They can’t understand how it’s so inexpensive. It’s so easy to use, lays down flat, ready to go out of the can. It’s homogenized, no brush marks, and people like working with it.”

What applications are Paint It! and Stain It! primarily being used on?

Kathy says, “We’ve sprayed a kitchen with it and have done many pieces of furniture. A table and dresser that we picked up and brought back into the studio were painted in Baltic Black for a translucent quality. We’ve currently topped Paint It! Stain It! sample of wood cabinet door refinishedPaint It! with Stain It!, Liberon Wax, Modern MasterClear® Supreme and Aqualente™ Water Borne Pre-Cat Lacquer with beautiful results. Our homepage has a hot link for Paint It! and Stain It! for additional information and to view more colors.”

Mike says, “People predominately use it on furniture restoration and cabinet finishing. They are saying the combination is unique in the industry compared to anything out there. With competitive products it would take multiple coats and a large amount of work to equal Paint It! and Stain It! It’s unique in its field to reduce the amount of work and money spent on competitive products. With this product we are able to cut out two steps, that’s time and money.”

While Stain It! currently comes in 9 standard colors both Paint It! and Stain It! can be customized in any color or metallic imaginable.

Stain It! Colors
Metallic colors Standard colors
  • Zink
  • Champagne
  • Copperhead
  • Black Walnut
  • Rich Mahogany
  • Van Dyke Brown
  • Clear
  • Amber Honey
  • Black

Mike and Micki, wife and co-owner of Great Walls Supply, have announced Calm Colors and Colors of the World for Paint It!. In conjunction with Great Wall Supply, Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes is sharing colors back and forth.

Paint It! Colors
FBK colors Calm Colors
  • Durango
  • Greek Isle
  • Marine Blue
  • Autumn
  • Cottage Grove
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Covington
  • Grounded II
  • Rosemary
  • Summer Haze
  • Flaxseed
  • Serenity
  • Imagine
  • Dream
  • Renewal
  • Calm
  • Peace
  • Abundance
  • Angelic
  • Recharge
  • Joy
  • Blessings
  • Grounded
  • Whisper
  • Lovely

Paint It! Stain It! sample of wood cabinet door refinishedQuestions are welcomed and encouraged. Kathy says, “Stop in the studio and we will teach you how to use it at no cost. Or call or email us and we will send out a color chart free of charge. We’ve also been doing a lot of sampling upon request. There are even 16 ounce samples available for $16.95.”

If you haven’t already tried Paint It! or Stain It! Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes or Great Walls Supply welcomes phone calls, emails, or simply drop by the studio to see what it’s all about. In high demand, Paint It! and Stain It! is flying off the shelves faster than we can stock them. You will be amazed with the richness and quality of the product, ease of use, and elimination of time consuming steps that result in increased profit margins. We are excited to bring Paint It! and Stain It! to your business or home today.


Transcend Time with Grassello

For thousands of years Grassello’s old world elegance has graced homes in Italy. As it travelled through the years and countries, Grassello has been a classic interior choice.

Grassello decorative lime plaster finish by Grassello by Dimensions is VOC free and a natural mold and mildew inhibitor

A hundred percent lime based, Grassello by Dimensions is VOC free and a natural mold and mildew inhibitor. This environmentally friendly plaster has a rich depth and stunning beauty. Kathy Carroll says, “The result is a magnificent look for any wall, living room, dining room, or foyer. It’s easy to use and after a period of time it turns back to stone.”

In order to reach the final product, several layers of Grassello must be applied. Typically, for a lime plaster, that process can be anywhere from three to as many as seven layers. With Grassello by Dimensions, only two are needed. The best application method is two coats by trowel and burnish for a high sheen.

Grassello decorative lime plaster finish by Grassello by Dimensions is VOC free and a natural mold and mildew wall

Grassello exudes a glorious depth and texture. It can be tinted to any color. It is irresistible. Classic. Touchable. Grassello by Dimensions a look that stands the test of time.


Unparalleled with Glass Beads

Faux by Kathy Glass Bead Wall close upIt draws the eye, captivates with its beauty, sparkles, and adds elegance. The Glass Bead Decorative Finish is like no other. The glass beads reflect the light and enhance the ambiance in the room.

The applications are exciting: walls, columns, headboards, and tables. As Kathy Carroll says, “Your imagination is your only limitation.”

Kathy knows no limitations. “It has taken over four years to figure out how to do it. There are no track marks, no spaces. It can be done in light or dark, made in any color you want.”


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This is the only product of this type that provides a seamless, timeless and simply beautiful application. Kathy says, “The products to use to make the finish are the Bella Glass Beads and the Bella Primo Primer Specialty. Both are on the website in the Faux by Kathy store. It’s a spectacular contemporary finish perfect for commercial and residential applications.”

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This finish is so stunning it will quickly become a favorite. Let your imagination lose with the Glass Bead finish. Call and place your order today, we look forward to hearing from you.


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