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BOLDStone Preferred Installer Class at Paintland

Have you been looking for an opportunity to become a BOLDStone Peferred Installer?  Kathy Carroll will be teaching a BOLDStone Preferred Installer class at Paintland in Franklin Park, Illinois.  The one-day class will be offered on November 22, 2010.  The cost of the class is $295, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

During the class, participants will become proficient in the application of BOLDStone and Topcoat.  Along with top-notch instruction, participants that complete the course get the added benefit of job leads directly from BOLDStone.  Only Preferred Installers are able to receive referrals.

Sign up today and learn the ins and outs of this hot Green product.

Open Décor Show 2011

Open Decor Show in Naples Beach Florida Decorative Artisan ClassesThis year’s Open Décor Show is drawing nearer.  The dates for this year’s show are February 3rd-6th at the Naples Beach Resort in Naples, Florida.  Come join us for an unbelievable educational and networking opportunity designed specifically with the decorative professional in mind.  This year the show’s networking mixer will have a martini theme.  Come out and network with others in the business, and share in fellowship with new and old friends as you enjoy a martini. 

Open Decor Show in Naples Beach Florida Certified Boldstone ClassesOur own Kathy Carroll will be teaching at the show offering two different options to expand your professional portfolio. She will be teaching a “martini class” in honor of the show’s mixer theme.  During the class, participants will create 12-14 different samples, with martini names, using a variety of different products.  This class will give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with new products while expanding your portfolio with hot new, highly-sellable finishes.  The second course that Kathy will be teaching is the BoldStone Preferred Installer course.  In this class, participants will learn all of the ins and outs of working with BoldStone. 

Kathy Carroll is especially excited about attending the Open Décor Show saying “This is a really great show every year.  At this show you are treated better than at any other show that I have attended.  It’s first class all the way!”

For more information about the Open Décor Show including class costs and dates please visit their website opendecorshow.com.

Introducing New FBK Product - Quick Inspiration

Are you looking for a way to breathe new life into your existing portfolio?  Maybe you just need a bit of inspiration.  Beginning in December, we will be offering a new item called Quick Inspiration for purchase in our store.

A Quick Inspiration kit includes a sample finish, recipe for the finish, and 3 different possible color ways for the finish in addition to the original.  A different kit will be offered each month.  The price is $27.50 per month, or $260 if you subscribe for 12 months. 

We look forward to bringing you this great opportunity to expand and update your portfolio without the time and expense of taking a class!  

Custom Tinting at the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes

Have you been trying to get a perfect color match to no avail?  Look no further!  At the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes we have the winning combination of our expert color matcher Margaret, and our custom tinting machine.  With just 24 hours notice, we are able to match any color for you that you may need.

Whether you are looking to tint acrylics, lime or metallic plasters, or glazes, we have you covered.  The cost to match a new color is $15 plus the cost of the product and tinting material.  After the initial match on this color, there is no additional fee to reproduce it again. 

For more information about our custom tinting services, please contact us at the studio.

A Must Have Tools

The Spinout

Spinout paint roller cleaner and flufferAre you tired of washing out your paint filled roller heads by hand?  We have the perfect solution for you!  The Spinout paint roller cleaner and fluffer is an inexpensive and easy to use tool that takes the work out of cleaning your paint soaked roller heads. 

The Spinout attaches easily to a faucet or garden hose, and is able to clean rollers ranging in size from 4 to 9 inches.  In just 5 easy steps, your roller is clean and ready to use again.  Kathy especially loves this product and has them set up for use at the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes.  We are very excited to be able to offer this product to our customers, and at a cost of only $19.95 how can you lose?

Buonfresco’s Repeating Rose Stencil

Kathy Carroll first introduced this beautiful stencil to her students during some classes that she taught in the Atlanta, Georgia area this summer.  The participants in her classes at Faux Maison and This Faux House fell in love with this stencil.  The reception was so enthusiastic during these classes that she just had to share this stencil with all of you! 

Kathy will now be offering this stunning multi-use stencil in her store for $94.50.  The dimensions of the stencil are 30” wide x 31” high.  Its large format lends itself to today’s contemporary designs, while the rose itself is a traditional and classic picture of beauty.   With wallpaper being so popular right now, this stencil has been a hit because it lends itself to creating an all over, patterned, wallpaper effect. 

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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