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Versatile Versiplast

Decorative Faux Finishers Michele and Daniel Keir Portland OregonMichele and Daniel Kler have been working together in the faux industry for the past 8 years.  Their business, Art & Design in Portland, Oregon focuses mainly on walls, cabinets, and murals.  However, they feel it was not until a few years ago that they discovered their full potential.  It was then that they took a course in Seattle from Kathy Carroll on Versiplast, Crackles, and various other products and techniques.  Michele says of the class “it brought us to the next level showing us how to use high end products to achieve beautiful and sophisticated finishes.  Kathy was amazing!”  Michele also adds “I have never taken another class that was so helpful, informative, and inspiring.”

Since taking the class, Michele and Daniel have had many occasions to talk to Kathy.  Michele says of the help that she’s received from Kathy, “I appreciate that Kathy is always there for me.  She has even helped me from home.  Her help is invaluable to me.  Other companies are not like that.”

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Decorative Bathroom before new faux finish Decorative Bathroom before new decorative finish

Recently, Michele and Daniel were hired to finish the women’s restroom at The Harborside Restaurant in Downtown Portland, Oregon.  The bathroom was outdated with its 4’’ pink tiles, and originally the owners had planed to remove and replace the tiles with 12” tiles.  However, when the economy took a turn for the worse, they were unable to follow through with their original plans.  That is when Michele and Daniel came to the rescue.  After making several samples to match the tile that the Restaurant owners had chosen, Michele, Daniel, and two of their employees went to work transforming the bathroom.  First they began by priming the tile walls, and then continued on by layering the walls with Versiplast to create the faux 12” tiles.  Finally, they applied the faux finish to the “tiles” to match the tiles on the floor.  By using Versiplast, they were able to complete the room in 4 days.

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The results they achieved in this space are amazing!  It is no wonder that Versiplast is one of their favorite products to use.  Michele says of the product, “we do a lot with Versiplast.  I often combine it with other products to create different looks.  With Versiplast, you do not have to worry about it drying to quickly or getting sticky.”  After trying other plaster products, Versiplast was also the only plaster that they could find that would not shrink.  A glowing recommendation for a very versatile and effective product!

For more information on this project or Art & Design, please contact Michele Kler at 503-481-1666 or visit their website transformedwalls.com

Kathy’s visit to the Houston area

Heritage Paint and decorating centers Houston TexasKathy Carroll spent the last week of August in the Houston area visiting Heritage Paints, a new distributor.  During this time, she attended their open house that took place Wednesday through Saturday at their Sugarland location.  The open house offered attendees the opportunity to observe demonstrations of the new product lines being offered at the store:  Versaplast by Briste Group, DuRock, as well as the Bella product line.  In addition to demonstrations of basic techniques using the new products, those in attendance were also able to try the product for themselves in hands-on demonstrations.  Kathy is very happy to be able to help Heritage Paints bring these fabulous products back to Houston, and would like to thank them for a great experience.

Kathy will be returning to the Houston area, visiting the Bayou City Artisan Chapter of IDAL October 14th-17th to teach a class. The class will have students completing 12 sample boards with finishes ranging from classical to contemporary in style.  For more information on the course please contact the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes.

Bruce Thalman Vertical Concrete in Decorative Action

Bruce Thalman New York Decorative Artisan and Faux FinisherWhen Bruce Thalman was invited to the Chicago area to help his brother and sister-in-law with an update to their kitchen, he decided to check out classes being offered in the area.  He came across Nathan Giffen’s Vertical Concrete class being offered at the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes, and made plans to take the class while helping his family.  Little did he know that this class would lead him to completely renovate his brother’s kitchen as well as provide him with a new eco-friendly option for his clients in New York.

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Kathy Carroll’s Demostrated Decorative Techniques in Atlanta

Atlanta Georgia Decortive Finishes School Faux MaisonOn August 5th, Kathy was at an open house for Faux Maison in Flowery Branch, Georgia.  For the large numbers of lucky artisans and interior decorators that attended, there were ten hours of great demonstrations and opportunities to try the products hands on.  Among the product lines being demonstrated were Golden’s Proceed, Perfetto, Blue Pearl, Briste Group/Durock, and the Bella line of products.

Faux Maison is one of the newest distributors of Kathy’s product lines.  Kathy says that she knew that it was going to be a great trip the moment that she arrived and found that her rental car was a convertible.  Her optimism was further reinforced when she saw Faux Maison’s beautiful studio.  She says of the event that “it could not have been any better.  Great people, great food, and a great time.”  Kathy would also like to extend a special “Thank You” to Mendy Dunigan and Tara Jones for their hospitality and for inviting her to their beautiful studio.
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