Since 2005, Fashionable Finishes has had the privilege of collaborating with the area's finest designers, builders, and homeowners to create awe inspiring interiors with paint, plaster, and other innovative coatings. By utilizing superior cutting-edge materials, continually honing her craft with professional training, and providing unsurpassed customer service, owner and artist, Michele Molek works hard every day to deserve her reputation as the premier applicator of decorative finishes in and around Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and the greater Sandhills/Moore County region of North Carolina.
Owner and artist, Michele Molek, is a Licensed Faux Effects Professional Finisher. She has studied advanced paint and plaster techniques under nationally acclaimed Master Finishers and is a member of the International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL). She continues to stay abreast of the latest finishing techniques and design trends by attending training and industry events annually.
Michele is originally from a small town outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a child and teenager she could always be found doing something creative – painting posters for the high school football team, making prom bouquets for her friends, or just redecorating her room over and over again. When college rolled around, instead of following her passion for art and design, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Following her high school sweetheart turned husband around the globe as an Army wife, Michele worked with military families and disable veterans in a counseling role for several years. Her first attempt at decorative finishing came in 1996 when she did a glazed finish in her own kitchen. After that, she did a few other painting projects from time to time for friends, family, and herself. In 2003, after relocating for the final time before her husband’s military retirement, Michele found herself in North Carolina preparing to find yet another counseling gig. That was until a contractor visited her home and commented on her beautiful “wallpaper”. When he learned that in fact it was a painted finish done by none other than the homeowner herself, the contractor was intrigued and encouraged Michele to think about doing it professionally as the area was in need of such a skill. After some thought, she decided it would be a fun break from the stressful work of counseling and decided to go for it. She bought a bunch of finishing books, took a few classes, painted some sample boards, and opened Fashionable Finishes in 2005. Now, nine years later, that fun break from counseling is a thriving career that brings her much joy (and many body aches). Married for nearly 24 years to that same wonderful man who never knows what new painting project he will come home to, Michele is also the proud mother of daughter Reagan (19) and son Gunner (14).