SCHAEFFERSTOWN, PA — When Pantone announced Emerald as its Color of the Year 2013, Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry was more than ready to offer its clients the jewel-­‐tone paint finish. And thanks to our unrivaled expertise in custom matching enamel paint to any color a customer may specify, we are able to deliver cabinetry in the exact shade of Emerald they have in mind, whether it’s the gemstone in a treasured ring, the saturated hue of a velvet fabric, or the lush glow of an Irish landscape.

“As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal, and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world. This universally appealing tone translates easily to home interiors.” Plain & Fancy can create an entire kitchen, bath, library, or any other room, for that matter, in the desired shade of Emerald, or use it on an accent piece such as a kitchen island, media center, or stand-­‐alone armoire.

“While Emerald is making headlines, we continue to get many color-­‐ matching requests for a wide range of different greens," says Plain & Fancy president, George “Butch” Achey. Recent examples of this include the ever-­‐ popular Granny Smith apple and the currently trending artichoke. In fact, they are just two of the more than 500 orders we receive annually for custom hues, often sent to us in the form of a paint sample or fabric swatch. Working with our encyclopedic color library, trained technicians with years of experience begin the matching process by selecting an existing base resin that’s closest to the desired shade. Using bench-­‐top mixers, the base resin is blended with high-­‐concentrate pigment tints, which are painstakingly measured out in 0.01-­‐gram increments until the correct color is achieved. The resulting paint is then hand-­‐applied to a pair of sample doors—one for the customer and one for our library—employing the same two-­‐stage technique used on the production floor: first a catalyst is added to help cure the finish; then heat is applied to create an extremely hard and durable surface. Once the customer has approved the match, full-­‐scale production can begin.

Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry, which creates handcrafted custom cabinetry for the entire home, was founded by the late John Achey in 1968 and is now led by his eldest son, George “Butch” Achey. The company manufactures its luxury cabinets in a 250,000-­‐square-­‐foot state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art facility in Pennsylvania, and distributes them through an extensive network of independent dealers. For more information on Plain & Fancy, visit or call (800) 447-­‐9006.

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