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The Vintage Paints & Plasters Studio is a paint store with an attitude calling it’s training facility and contract service the FURNITURE REFORM SCHOOL. We offer designer finishes with choices. Elegance or vintage charm, period design styles or reclaimed weathered looks by stocking natural mineral paints along with our acrylics. If your goal is to “make it mine, one-of-a-kind perfectly mine” then welcome to the REFORM SCHOOL where it happens.

Our curriculum gives out-dated, outcast and blemished furnishings a new life, a 2nd chance. Your diploma is accomplished using our products and learning from our knowledge and skills. Our products are user-friendly for professionals as well as to diy-ers and we provide basic training and advanced workshops. Come by and see our samples on display or to buy 2nd hand furnishings in our warehouse to become suitable for your home.

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OUR STUDIO SELLS DESIGNER FINISHES AND OFFERS APPLICATION WORKSHOPS FOR THE PROFESSIONALS AS WELL AS THE DIY CROWD AND ALSO RESCUES OUTDATED AND BLEMISHED FURNISHINGS LOVINGLY REFERRING IT AS MY REFORM SCHOOL.

HAVING BEEN IN THE CONTRACTING AND DECORATING BUSINESS FOR 43 YEARS AND WORKING ON LARGE PROJECTS AND WALLS DURING THAT TIME HAS NOW BEEN CONDENSED FOR MY RETIREMENT TIME TO REFINISHING FURNITURE AND TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE LEARNED FROM MY EXPERIENCES.

WALLS ARE PRIMARY SURFACES FOR OUR DESIGNER FINISHES BUT FURNISHINGS AND ARTIFACTS ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO THE DESIGNERS AND NEEDING SPECIALTY FINISHES TOO. THUS I HAVE GATHERED PRODUCTS TO BE USED TO “KNOCK OFF” THE PRICEY FURNISHINGS FOUND AT RESTORATION HARDWARE, ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE MAGNOLIA MARKET HOME STORES.

THOSE STORES REPRESENT CURRENT DESIGN TRENDS AND TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AND SO THOSE FINISHES ARE ALSO SOLD AT OUR STUDIO. “HACKS” ARE NOT LIMITED TO ONE STYLE OF DECOR AND DECORATION SO WE MUST STOCK MANY BRANDS. WHEN I BEGAN THINKING ABOUT FURNITURE I REALIZED THAT I NEEDED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT SO CONTACTED MOHAWK INDUSTRIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT REPAIR AND REFINISHING PIECES. THEY PROVIDE PRODUCTS AND TRAINING FOR THAT MARKET. I ALSO LEARNED ABOUT HOWARD’S RESTOR-A-FINISHES TO REVIVE AND REFRESH TIME- WORN ITEMS.

OLD WORLD LOOKS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES BUT NOW THE SHABBY CHIC LOOK IS MORE REFINED IN THE PRICEY STORES. THIS LOOK CANNOT BE REPLICATED USING ACRYLIC “PLASTIC” PAINTS SO THE CHALKY- LOOK PAINTS BURST ON TO THE MARKET 10 -15 YEARS AGO. IT QUICKLY BEGAN BEING CALLED “THE MAGIC PAINT” SO I ATTENDED ANNIE SLOAN’S AMERICAN TOUR IN 2012 IN S.F. I FOUND OUT THAT THERE ARE MANY VENDORS AND BRANDS AND BEING A RESOURCE FOR PRODUCTS FOR GLOBAL- CULTURAL STYLE WE WOULD NEED TO STOCK SEVERAL BRANDS PLUS MILK, CLAY, AND CASEIN PAINTS. EMBELLISHMENTS AND ORNAMENTS AND STENCILS AND IMPRINTS COMPLETE OUR DESIGN PORTFOLIO.

MATCHING THE LOOK FROM THE PRICEY BOUTIQUE STORES REQUIRES MIXING PAINT MATERIALS SO MY OLD WORLD FURNITURE PAINT (OWFP) CAME INTO BEING. CURRENTLY JOANNA GAINES MAGNOLIA MARKET HOME DECOR IS REALLY HOT SO WHEN YOU COME TO THE STUDIO YOU WILL GET TO SEE IT DISPLAYED ALONG WITH THE OTHERS.

How

User-friendly products for refreshing and reviving a dirty or dull surface gently using a petrol based wax such as Fiddes Wax that cleans & polishes the surface. Minor blemishes can be revived using their tinted waxes. Deeper scratches need Howard’s Restor-A-Finish with Feed & Wax.

Repairs & touch-ups done using Mohawk products requiring some training which I have gone through. I also offer advice and sell the products to DIYers. Also have a selection of ornaments.

The next step up is Re-staining or toning an existing finish using gel stains from General Finishes or Stain & Seal from Faux Effects & their glazing mediums.

We stock professional grade water-bourne topcoats; G.F.’s High Performance and F/E Varnish Plus and C500 pre-catalyzed. Want the pre 1950’s look on furniture? Then shellac, not in a can but flakes dissolved fresh with pure alcohol.

Seen colors on furniture but can’t match it in a paint store? Maybe because the color is an organic tinted paint and not from industrial universal tints. Also probably noticed that the color is not opaque but comes from with-in. That comes from chalks, clay or casein types of paints; we stock several brands. Know that casein paint can be made from dairy or vegetable proteins? Milk paint is of Western European and North African origin and vegans from Eastern Germandic and Scandinavian peoples with UnEarthed Paints coming from Germany. Traditional Old Fashioned Milk Paint is lime based and Sinopia’s Artisanal milk paint is borax-based tinted with earth pigments from all over the world; both beautiful. General Finishes and Faux Effects make acrylic based milk and chalky looks for cabinet and furniture makers. By knowing all of this helps your design process.

The rage currently is weathered and distressed looks you see at Restoration Hardware , Pier One & Anthropology that are difficult to replicate and being more refined and sophisticated than the Annie Sloan layered finish, crackled & with a ‘dirty’ wax. We have the answers.

Again we teach the techniques here. We are truly The Reform School!

Reinvent

Let’s re-invent furnishings by up-scaling, repurposing or transforming them. Refinishing furniture is our primary objective, yet blank walls and tabletops scream for attention and this is where YOUR personality is displayed. Letting your visitors see your artistic expression be it classical and traditional or quirky and whimsical.

Salvaged architectural pieces and broken down items can be used in your garden or repurposed into your decor. Ceramics and pottery can be revived too and artworks and collectibles are called collections. Vintage shouldn’t look man-made and mineral based paints show their best look here and waxing brings out even more of the old world charm. Chalks, clays and casein paints have an undulating effect in a natural way.

An inexpensive thrift store lamp and its shade is made perfect in your decor easily by re-painting, artwork revamped by varnishing and a mirror reworked by adding ornaments. Period style furniture changed with embellishing and color changes. It’s all about saving money here.

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1050 San Jose Ave #106, Clovis, CA 93612559-277-2303559-281-1834If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We do our best to make your life happier and easier! See you soon!

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Located on the South West corner of Cole and San Jose street #106