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Jewel Stone
IDAL Heartland Chapter Professional Update Class – SOLD OUT
Classic Furniture and Cabinet Finishes
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Creating Granite & Marble with "One Bucket System"

Aurastone logoIf you are looking for a finishing system with unlimited possibilities, Aurastone is the product for you.  Speaking with Susan Anspach, Corporate Instructor, and Clint Badger, Controller, they describe the remarkable versatility that Aurastone brings to the artisan.  Susan says, “Aurastone can replicate basic granite to an exotic stone.”  Products include Aurastone Finish Blend, Auraclear, Aurashades, Auraflakes, Auraseal and Auraglass.  Aurastone streamlines efficiency and profitability.  The possibilities are truly endless. 

Auraston product samplesTheir finishing system is referred to as a “one bucket system” that involves 2 or 3 steps.  It is a unique system that cuts down the installation time by approximately fifty percent.  Not only is it environmentally conscious with its low VOC components, it does not require the costly demolition of the old surface.  When applying Aurastone it “can completely overlay the existing stones and tiles, or a new top can be fabricated.” Susan describes.

“Aurastone can do 100% hand made custom looks at exceptional cost savings” according to Clint.  The looks are truly inspiring.  The colors that are impossible to achieve with granite due to the color choice are possible with Aurastone.  The colors have a depth and beauty to them that enable Aurastone to stand alone in custom finishing systems.  It is also stronger than granite.  “Granite and marble are considered brittle.  Aurastone can expand and contract without cracking and chipping.  It absolutely will not accept stains, even iodine.  It is USDA approved where irregular stones are not.  There are limitless edging and coloring possibilities.”  Clint explains. 

Aurastone delivers exotic, custom looks, efficient installation and profitability where the sky is the limit.  This product is exceptional on floors, counters, walls, ceilings and exteriors.  With the ability of cost saving by avoiding demolition as well as the low cost of the product itself, the ease in installation and the beauty of the product, Aurastone is a phenomenal product.  With the ease of this finishing system and the limitless possibilities in custom design it is a must have for your next project!

You’re Golden with Golden

Golden Artist Colors products Proceed Professional Decorative Painting System

Are you looking for a high quality product that you can trust?  How about a product that delivers job after job, time after time? The Golden Proceed Product line is just what you have been looking for and so much more.

The Golden Proceed line has an unsurpassed product line as well as a Toolkit with three levels of workability that is worth looking into.  The product is developed to be intermixable allowing the artisan to create any custom blend that is desired.  This is an invaluable tool that opens up a whole new spectrum of color and texture.  The Toolkit has the ability to function in three different levels.  The first level is simply as is.  Apply the acrylics for a quicker drying time for a fast, professional finish.  The second level is where the professional artisan is able to blend the acrylics to develop unique finishes.  The third level is for the highly advanced artisan.  On this level the artisan is able to create a custom texture by adding different materials. 

Golden Proceed ProductsThis opens up a whole new playing field for the artisan.  “The product is easier to work with.  There is the cost savings, the predictability, workability and the known trust factor of the Golden Artist Colors name.”  Kathy Carroll explains.  With its ease of use and its high quality performance, Kathy has put forth the effort of creating a cross over chart. Kathy says “If they can’t find this in Faux Effects then try this in Golden Proceed.”  With Kathy’s convenient cross over chart there is an ease of comparison to try Golden Proceed Products.  For example, if LusterStone® has been a product of choice, try Golden Proceed’s Metallic Texture.   If once a fan of Sandstone® try the Rough Irregular Texture from Golden Proceed; the chart makes the ability to try the Golden Proceed Product simple and the products are amazing.  As Golden’s #1 distributor, Kathy has found the product to meet and surpass all of her expectations.  “My belief is if they try it they won’t go back!”  Kathy says.  If you have not already, give Golden Product Line a try today!

Golden Proceed Product conversion chart wit Faux Effects products

Exciting New Classes!

Hurry and sign up while there is still space available.
Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes has several exciting, new classes. 

Hurry and sign up today.  Classes are filling up fast.

Jewel Stone

Classic furnitur and cabinet finishes

March 15th – 16th - Jewel Stone

March 17th – 18th - BOLDStone

March 21st – 22nd - Aurastone

March 25th – 26th -
IDAL Heartland Chapter
Professional Update Class

April 4th – 6th - Classic Furniture and Cabinet Finishes

April 12th – 13th - Jewel Stone

April 14th – 15th - BOLDStone

April 21st – 22nd - Aurastone

Private classes are always available by appointment only.  Please call The Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes to schedule instruction with Kathy Carroll or one of her qualified assistants.  These highly sought after appointments are wonderful to get the one on one time to cater to your specific needs.  These private sessions can be very intense with lots of samples developed.  It is your time and you will decide what it is that you want to learn.  We look forward to spending time with you!

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March Sample Pack
Keep your portfolio up to date with high quality boards sent right to your door each month!  Each Quick Inspirations sample pack includes a 9 x 10 sample with a recipe for the finish as well as three 3 x 3 color waves.  What an amazing addition to your portfolio without the demands on your time!

Try our sample pack for only $27.50.  For the most cost effective savings order a 12 month supply at only $260 and receive a new Quick Inspirations sample pack delivered to your door each month.  Call now, we look forward to hearing from you!

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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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