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About jody toole

Jody Toole began his career in the painting and finishing industry in the early 1970's. In 1978 he was issued Contractor's License # 357067 (Class C33 Painting & Decorating) by the state of California. At this time he and a partner ran a painting & finishing business. In 1986 Mr. Toole, along with his partner, co-authored a book for painting contractors- Paint Contractor's Manual. As of this writing Paint Contractors Manual is still in print and to date has sold almost 40,000 copies. Today Mr. Toole runs Jody Toole's Professional Finishes as the sole owner. When asked to describe what his company does this is what he had to say- " We put color on wood. We hand mix stains and glazes. We do color matching, distressing, antiquing, refinishing, painted finishes and paint & glaze finishes. Some of the 'looks' we create are Tuscany, French Country, Italian Classic, Rustic, and traditional paint & glaze finishes." And his guiding philosophy- " Get the color right. Above all else, get the color right. And then get the "look." And when these two are right and your customer is beaming then give them a long-lasting durable finish."

Glaze Over A Stain Finish- Brentwood, CA

This desk and file cabinet set was done for Heritage Cabinets. Wood- alder Finish- sealer and a coat of stain (brushed on), then another coat of sealer followed up by a coat of glaze (raw umber and van dyke brown) … Continue reading

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Paint Contractor’s Manual

The inspiration for Paint Contractor’s Manual came about when I started looking for a book on painting and could not find one. Not in Trade Schools, union apprentice programs or bookstores. I did find a book in the library but … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting Unknown Painter’s Work

Hi Jody, It was nice talking to you last Tuesday.  Thank you for giving us your professional opinion on what to do with our cabinets that were painted and then just 1 month after cracked. I have attached some pictures … Continue reading

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Marina del Rey, CA

Job of the Week….again. Big, big bedroom cabinet, finished to match the bath cabinet we finished  a couple of months earlier. Custom mixed cherry stain ( Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber and Raw Sienna) top coated with vinyl sealer and three … Continue reading

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How Green Is My Simi Valley?

I have been derelict in my postings. This Green Job of the Week was actually completed about three weeks ago. The noteworthy aspect of this job is that it was all done onsite using Green finishes. The kid’s toy cabinet was finished with … Continue reading

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Lacquer Painted Cabinet- Art District, Los Angeles, CA

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Cabinet Finishes- Venice, CA

Job Of  The Week- 3 Oct. 2009. Wall unit and kitchen island made of rift oak, stained gray with a satin pre-catalyzed lacquer finish. The stain was a mix of Titanium White, Lamp Black, Burnt Sienna and  Raw Sienna. Still Life- … Continue reading

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The Chieftess- Glendale, CA

The Chieftess is “The Chieftess” because she is married to the Chief. Chief of Police that is. So, you gotta do a very, very good job when you work for “The Chieftess” or you might wind up in the slammer. … Continue reading

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Faux Finishing, Pasadena, CA- Another James Barry Job

This weeks, Job of the Week, features a faux finish-Ralph Lauren’s Suede. This is available at your local Home Depot and is marketed as a finish that any do-it-your-selfer can do. And I’m sure you can but for me it was … Continue reading

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Bath Cabinet, Marina del Rey, CA- For James Barry, Barrybuilt Corp.

Job of the week for -The Hiking Woman – of Marina del Rey. An elegant bath cabinet of cherry wood finished with a custom hand-mixed cherry stain of burnt sienna, burnt umber and raw sienna. Top coated with a silky … Continue reading

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