In March 2013, environmentally-friendly Vintage Made Modern opened its doors in Greenville, South Carolina. The store offers Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, fabrics, tools, books and workshops on upcycling vintage items from shabby to chic using several paint and wax techniques.
Owner Lindsay Oehmen, young mom to two adorable little girls, attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is a local Carolina girl who, besides NYC, has also lived in the ABC cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, where she has been influenced by high profile decorators. She gives you that high style background at a very affordable cost in Vintage Made Modern.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is popular due to its low content of volatile organic compounds and ease of use, being so easy that Lindsay’s children paint vintage items with it. It does not need any priming, dries quickly, allows walls to breathe, and can be used for interior or exterior painting, so is great for patio sets. It provides excellent coverage, adheres well to everything from varnished wood to old waxed pine, and the brushes can be washed out with water.
There is a very pleasing palette of 32 colors which can be mixed for more variations with Lindsay’s help. With none of the paints except graphite containing black, the colors can be combined and never get muddy and dull. It is perfect for the French or Swedish look. See the slide for the hand painted color chart. Just reading some of the names makes you feel like a world traveler–Barcelona Orange, French Linen, Florence, Scandinavian Pink, Antibes Green, Greek Blue.
The chalk paint works well on wood, iron, leather, particle board or MDF (not a green item but it is better if you already have it to seal it), matte plastic, terracotta. Some of the projects finished with it which you may see in the store are chandeliers, lamps, kitchen cabinets, vanities, armoires, chairs, desks, dining room sets, dressers, mirrors, picture frames, side tables, and candlesticks.
In addition to the gorgeous earth- and people-friendly finishes, the store carries the Annie Sloan line of high-end all-cotton fabrics, many French-inspired prints for curtains and upholstery, Annie Sloan tools, brushes and waxes, and her books such as Creating the French Look, Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More, and Quick and Easy Paint Transformations.
Sign up for one of the workshops like Chalk Paint® and Wax Techniques and Fundamentals where in three hours you will learn how easy it is to work with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint®. In a hands-on small group setting, five painting techniques, mixing and applying clear and dark wax, modern, rustic, two-color distress, lime washing and color washing techniques are taught. The cost is $95 and includes all materials. There is even a rooftop patio for classes when the weather is nice.
The next scheduled workshop, Paint Your Own Piece (PYOP) which is the follow-up to Intro to Chalk Paint®, is for two hours on Thursday May 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $65. You bring a small item from home that you want to transform and all necessary supplies are provided with guidance on how to do it.
The store is located in the Park Square Building next to Gretz Creative, The House Plant and Eric Brown Designs at 1322 East Washington Street, Suite C2, Greenville, S.C. The hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and open Monday by appointment only.
Watch the attached video on using Annie Sloan finishes. Check out Vintage Made Modern’s facebook page where you can purchase items, see samples of before and after projects, sign up for workshops on the techniques, and read the blog for tips and hints. Read the Spring 2013 issue of At Home, pages 137-141 in the electronic version, for an article featuring Lindsay Oehman and the store with pictures of before and after projects.
You can email Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org, text or call 864.385.5004. Have fun while supporting a new green local downtown Greenville shop; live green by repurposing vintage items using environmentally friendly paint.