I had this grand idea that I would buy flea market and yard sale finds, and refinish them to make them look new again. Then it dawned on me…I had no idea how to do such a thing. The only piece of furniture that I refinished looked so bad that I ended up sticking it in a closet to use as storage! So I did the thing any person in my shoes would do…Pinterest to the rescue!
I quickly did some research and came to find that this Chalk Paint® stuff looked pretty easy to do!! No sanding, priming, or stripping?! I’m in! Not to mention that I LOVED the shabby chic look..HELLOOO Joanna Gains!
Needless to say, our home is now fully furnished, every piece has been refinished along with my bathroom vanities, kitchen cabinets, picture frames, masons jars, and whatever else I could get my hands on! Friends and family would walk into our home and couldn’t believe that I had done all of this work. Soon, I began hearing things like “You should do this on the side” or “Can you refinish something for me?”
What began as a necessity, quickly turned into a hobby. I began flipping pieces and listing them on yard sale sites. One piece turned into five pieces, which turned into twenty pieces, and it snowballed from there. I was selling pieces and taking refinish requests, sometimes up to 10 per week! That’s when my hobby turned into a business.
Opening a store was not an immediate goal, as I was just trying to keep up with the painting projects. My customers would always ask me if I had a store or if I was selling the Chalk Paint®. Then it occurred to me, how amazing it would be to bring the Annie Sloan brand to the Hudson Valley?! So, that’s just what we did. Our little store is nestled in the quaint shopping area of Main Street located in Beacon, NY. There, I am able to teach workshops, provide Annie Sloan products, as well as offer my many unique home furnishings and décor. So stop on by to take a class, browse our store, or just to say hello! We love to meet new faces and spread our love about Chalk Paint®.