TEMPERANCE – Barbara Cassidy delivers new existence to old items with a coat of paint and a bit of creativeness.
The Temperance resident owns and operates Classic Finds & Redesign, 8955 Lewis Ave. in her hometown, a store specializing in classic and antique furniture, upcycled jewellery, classic clothes, materials and linens. The shop also sells furniture paint and features do-it-oneself portray workshops and craft lessons.
“Inspiring creative imagination and encouraging you DIY” is the store’s motto.
For at the very least two many years, Cassidy has experienced a passion for antiques.
“My store has a range of classic goods from home furniture and lamps to linens and garments,” she reported. “I do have a vendor that provides candles and a seller that makes jewellery out of previous silverware. I also have handmade greeting cards.”
Things for sale are set up in vignettes through the retailer.
“I have a extensive wide range of variations and colors. My goods are not reproductions. I really don’t order wholesale,” she mentioned. “The the vast majority of my merchandise are a single of a form.”
Cassidy is always on the hunt for one of a kind classic objects and antique household furniture. Often points are in items or lacking sections and she enjoys the problem of putting them back again jointly.
There are moments when upcycling means getting a refreshing coat of paint and there are periods when an item is further than preserving and Cassidy will salvage the great sections and re-reason them into anything valuable.
“I’ve often been drawn to older items,” she said. “People ask me where by I get factors. I go to estate income, thrift stores, auctions, garage gross sales and come across goods by the highway. I have folks who will arrive in and sell me items or often I will go to people’s households if they have a whole lot to market.”
Cassidy’s intention when she opened the enterprise was to have a workshop where by she would paint household furniture, phase it and then market it on the web.
Her lookup for a quality home furnishings paint led her to not only use Fusion Mineral Paint but to have it in her retail outlet. 1 aspect of the shop serves as a do-it-yourself painting workshop, exactly where Cassidy offers a few varieties of home furnishings paint – mineral, chalk and milk. She also carries decoupage papers and Iron Orchid Designs goods like transfers, stamps and molds that can be applied to adorn home furnishings, windows, boxes and signals. Workshops are provided featuring the solutions she carries.
“I also target on items that you can upcycle,” she stated. “We take old costume jewelry and we make Christmas art out of it.”
Cassidy’s design is eclectic. She likes a small bit of anything and although she likes white and gray, she also likes colour, like navy blue, when it comes to painting home furnishings. She said black is constantly typical and a lot of of her clients like off-white painted items. The majority of the furniture is distressed and chippy, a glimpse that takes place when paint layers have chipped off to reveal additional paint or wood beneath.
“The vast majority of the items in the retailer are vintage and they are high quality merchandise. I like the craftsmanship and the excellent you get from previous home furnishings,” she mentioned. “I never like to see factors go to squander or end up in a landfill. I can select up a kneehole desk that’s missing a drawer. I can slash the top and make a person of the sides a nightstand. There is even now a thing purposeful from that desk. Occasionally you can take the components off and salvage that. Numerous of the more mature parts of household furniture are improved built and it can be repaired.”
Along with upcycling household furniture, Cassidy teaches how-to workshops and options to article a record of potential courses on her internet site. If four or far more persons are intrigued in having a specific course, she will operate with the group to routine a day.
“You never have to be creative to upcycle furnishings. I can train a good deal of it,” she explained. “But you do have to be in a position to glance at something and see it in a different way. You do will need some artistic eyesight.”
At a look
Business: Vintage Finds & Redesigns
Operator: Barbara Cassidy of Temperance
Handle: 8955 Lewis Ave. in Temperance
Several hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Shut Sunday and Monday
Services: Vintage goods and antique furnishings, upcycled jewellery, classic clothing, fabrics, linens and residence décor. Furnishings paint retailer and do-it-oneself workshops and art lessons provided.
Internet site: www.vintagefindsredesign.com/