Michaela Harbert, Founder and President
Originally from the United Kingdom, Michaela came to Ohio to study Interior Design. In 1995, she decided to make the United States her permanent home. In the following year, her faux finishing business was born. Michaela’s artistic talents have graced everything from swimming pool and full-room murals to concrete floor marble-ization and faux-finished walls. While working on a client’s home, Michaela was asked to “do something with the kitchen counters”. She experimented and was successful in developing an extremely durable and beautiful finish for Formica countertops. Her business then evolved into what is now known as Countertop Transfauxmations®.
Over several years, Michaela developed and simplified her countertop refinishing process, creating many finishing styles that replicated granite or marble in homes around the Cleveland area. The News Herald, a local newspaper, published an article about her services and refinishing countertops became a popular alternative for those looking to upgrade their kitchen and bathroom counters on a budget.
During her three children’s earliest years, Michaela realized that she wanted to bring her expertise to a greater client base. She decided to develop a website to showcase her unique process for counter design. She then formed her company, BY YOU, LLC, and launched a Do-It-Yourself DVD to teach home owners how to refinish their counters themselves.
The 2006 Cleveland Home and Garden Show was the backdrop for the launch of Michaela’s Countertop Transfauxmations® DVD. It proved a monumental success! Counter refinishing was a brand-new concept and the DVD sparked great interest.
Michaela was invited on WKSU TV to explain the Transfauxmation process. After our spot aired on WKSU, the station reported that they were inundated with calls! Michaela was also invited to appear on such local TV shows as Cleveland’s Chanel 3 news, Robin Swoboda’s “That’s Life”, Jacki Smith’ 5:00am News,” and “Good Company” with Eileen McShea. The national stage was not far behind and we are quite pleased to share that, in 2008, Countertop Transfauxmations® was featured on the Rachael Ray Show!
In 2009, Michaela and By You, LLC changed its focus from the DVD to the more personalized approach of In-Home Service in response to client requests.
The substantial amount of positive feedback we have received solidifies what we already know. Countertop Transfauxmations® is the premier process for creating beautiful countertops on a budget!