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Our Spray Booth Is Ready for You

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The Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes wants to remind you that we offer a full menu of services for the faux finisher and decorative painting professional: a fully-equipped spray booth system.

The use of our spray booth, which comes supplied with an HVLP, enables you to take advantage of its many benefits, including:

  • Superior finish for your project.
  • Less paint and primer used.
  • Faster and even drying.
  • Elimination of dust and small particles.
  • Large enough to accommodate furniture and cabinet doors.
  • Economical at just $50 per day for the spray booth with use of the HVLP.

Joanne Voll of Creative Finishes highly recommends it to other faux finishers and decorative painting professionals and plans to come back for more. Because of the lack of space in her home studio, Joanne decided to try the booth. Her first project involved dining room cabinetry that needed to match the color of her client’s new furniture.

"Using the spray booth, I was able to achieve a much more uniform, professional-looking finish since there were no drips or brush strokes," Joanne explained. "My clients were pleasantly surprised at how the cabinetry perfectly matched their new dining room table. They were so impressed with the end product that I plan to use the spray booth again to add a stencil design at the top of the same cabinetry."

You, too, can experience similarly impressive results by using the spray booth at the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes, a decorative painting studio. Call 800-797-4305 (outside Illinois) or 630-653-2400 (in Illinois) today for reservations.


Custom Tinting Machine

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The Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes is happy to announce the arrival of its new custom tinting machine.  We are now able to meet all of your acrylic tinting needs with the help of our tinting expert, Margaret.  Bring us any color and we will match it for only $17.50 plus the cost of the product and tint.  After the first time we match that color, there will be no additional fee to reproduce it in the future. 

We are also able to match any of our competitor’s colors for no additional fee.  For example, we are able to tint our Metallic Texture product to match any of Lusterstone’s colors for no additional charge.  Another benefit that we are happy to be able to offer our customers is our own exclusive palette of colors, which is being added to daily.  Our Custom Colors by FBK are available for purchase from our store.  You can also order Metallic Paint and Metallic Plaster color cards of our Custom Colors by FBK at no cost. 


Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes Holiday Hours

  • December 23rd open
  • December 24th - 25th closed
  • December 31st closing at noon
  • January 1st closed
  • January 2nd open

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Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes and Faux by Kathy are dedicated to their customers. That’s why the shipping rates have remained the same for two and a half years. No matter what, the clients always win.

When asked about the shipping policy, Kathy said:

“We have a calculated dollar amount of freight that’s charged and posted on the website. It is not by weight. When you ship it is by weight. If someone buys something and it’s higher in dollar value, like $300, and it only weighs four or five pounds, we will always charge the lower amount in shipping. If the shipping exceeds the amount on the chart we do not go back and ask for more money. Either way, the artisan comes out on top.

When an order is placed, we strive to ship it out that same business day. We let them know instantly if we are short on something. Our goal is to keep them on schedule, not hold them up.”

Formerly in the field herself, Kathy knows how important it is to receive the product on time. Worrying about shipping costs is not what she wants her business to revolve around come time to ship. It’s about quality, customer service, and reliability. Time and again, she delivers.


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Would You Like to Be Artisan of the Month?Faux By Kathy Decorative Artisan of the Month

Have you ever wanted to be featured as an Artisan of the Month on our website?  Now’s your chance!  All you have to do to be considered is contact our office.  If you are selected, you will need to be available for a 30 to 45 minute phone interview and provide us with at least 10 pictures of your work, and a picture of yourself to be featured with your article. 

The increased visibility alone is worth it!  What have you got to lose?  Contact us today!


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