Second Time Around

April 5, 2017 - garden totes

Beacon emporium specializes in refinishing paints

By Alison Rooney

When Jessica Cole and her father motionless to pierce closer to his family in a Hudson Valley, a cost of shipping their seat from Las Vegas was so costly they sole it instead.

The devise was to buy new seat in New York, though of march that was also costly and fast depleted their budget. Undaunted, Jessica strike flea markets and yard sales. She found copiousness of furniture, though many indispensable refinishing.

How tough could that be? After doing investigate online, she shortly was collecting “oohs” and “aahs” from friends, family and neighbors. A side business — ideal for a mom of dual immature children — was born.

Cole with a preference of Chalk Paint (photo by A. Rooney)

That sideline has given incited into a Beacon storefront, Knot Too Shabby, where business can squeeze paints and other finishes for refinishing as good as take workshops to learn how to do it.

Having schooled about Chalk Paint, a code from a British association Annie Sloan, Cole adopted a no sanding, decoration or stripping techniques. Scouring yard sales, she schooled by doing, and started “flipping” refinished seat for a reasonable distinction on Craigslist and Facebook.

The initial square she refinished sole within hours for $350. “One square incited into five, and it snowballed from there,” she recalls. “I was offered pieces and holding veneer requests, infrequently adult to 10 per week.”

Examples of seat handily double as showcases for many of a other equipment found during Knot Too Shabby. (Photo by A. Rooney)

People began asking, “Do we have a store?” and where to find Chalk Paint, that can’t be purchased online. Her husband, who is a military officer in Westchester County, assured her to consider about a sell space. She contacted Annie Sloan about apropos a dealer, or “stockist,” for a products. After a prolonged phone talk in that she described her prophesy for a store, she was sent by sight for a revisit to a company’s domicile in Louisiana.

She did not go into a try cold. After flourishing adult as a “military brat” in a south and southwest, Cole landed in Las Vegas, where she worked in pattern and construction and in a engineering dialect during MGM Resorts before relocating east.

Cole says she enjoys heading workshops during a store, that are 3 hours prolonged and hold outward store hours. “My passion is training people how to do it themselves,” she says. Chalk Paint 101 teaches participants how to use 4 simple finishes, while 102 delves into specialized techniques like bullion leaf, decoupage and stenciling. Cole is formulation workshops on kitchen cabinets and skeleton to open a garden behind a emporium for crafting parties and outside workshops.

Saltwash is a renouned product during Knot Too Shabby. (Photo by A. Rooney)

Although a unsettled farmhouse demeanour is popular, Cole says “it’s not all rustic.” The water-based paints come in 35 colors and are odor-free, dry fast and belong to metal, glass, cosmetic and flare bases, as good as wood, she says.

Cole estimates that 85 percent of her business come privately for a paint. “Most know I’m here; they come from Connecticut, lots of Westchester, opposite a stream and even from a city for a workshops,” she says. Knot Too Shabby also bonds nod cards, handmade signs, pillows, totes and jewelry, and there are additional seat pieces stored offsite that are common on Facebook.

Knot Too Shabby is located during 155 Main St. Call 845-440-8001 or revisit

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