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UPCYCLING FUN | Taking the Old to Fabulous


GIVING ITEMS FROM YESTERYEAR A NEW LOOK  As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and chances are you are on the treasure side of it. Welcome to the world of upcycling. Whether you are a DIY expert or someone who just loves to dabble in turning old into fabulous, here are some cool ideas to help you along with your hobby, and also some unique places to visit that share your same upcycling interest.

CHALK PAINT AT VELVET GRACE – Chalk Paint® is the unique decorative paint developed 25 years ago by Annie Sloan for furniture, floors and walls, drawing on a lifetime of research and experience in working with paint and color. It can be found at Velvet Grace in Oswego. There are also classes available to learn how to use this must-have in upcycling old to fabulous. Chalk Paint® adheres to most surfaces and creates gorgeous results both quickly and easily. ​Use it for a textured finish, a distressed finish, a smooth contemporary finish or even as a wash! Learn more online at www.velvetgrace.net or stop by Velvet Grace today at 4025 US 34, Oswego, (630) 636-6570.

GIVING ITEMS FROM YESTERYEAR A NEW LOOK – As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and chances are you are on the treasure side of it. Welcome to the world of upcycling. Whether you are a DIY expert or someone who just loves to dabble in turning old into fabulous, here are some cool ideas to help you along with your hobby, and also some unique places to visit that share your same upcycling interest.

RESTYLE NAPERVILLE – The eclectic mix of unique finds at this local favorite will leave you smiling from ear to ear! Stop by to see new items daily. They promote the reuse, reclamation, re-purpose, renewal, and recycle of all elements of style for the home....all while supporting two local charities with donations: Sharing Connections Furniture Bank and World Mission/Exodus. Picture From their Facebook Page 2S610 State Hwy 59, Warrenville • www.restylechicago.com

DRAB TO FAB FURNITURE UPCYCLING CLASS – Transform yard-sale finds into items that showcase your style! This class teaches techniques to unearth and fix up those hidden gems. From items forgotten in basements to cast-offs picked up at the thrift store, professional decorative artist Ann Marie Auricchio shows you furniture upcycling tips to transform ordinary objects. You'll learn faux finishing, distressing and cracking, how to use silver leaf, and sophisticated stencil and tape techniques. Ann Marie will also teach you how to identify styles and eras of furniture design, as well as the secrets to distinguishing which items are worthy of upcycling and which are better left untouched. Master the art of "upcycling" all types of household items quickly, easily and inexpensively! Class by Ann Marie Auricchio. Order online today. $29.99 www.craftsy.com/other/classes/drab-to-fab-furniture-upcycling/35337

WORKSHOP 200 AT AVENUE 222 GENEVA • AUGUST 5 • 12-2PM – NEW! Bring in a small piece of furniture to paint. This class will give a brief introduction to the Rethunk Junk by Laura Paint Line and then we'll jump right in and start painting a small piece of furniture you bring in with you. A Wood Chair, Small Accent Table or End Table are perfect choices. You should be able to lift it yourself and it should fit into the front seat of your car. The best candidate for this piece is one that has good bones and has no major flaws. We're here to paint not to do any indepth carpentry! You will have time to prep your piece and give it 2 coats of paint and it's done. Rethunk Junk paint dries quickly and has a sealer in it so at that point you're good to go. You will receive a demonstration of glazing and additional sealing for items in high traffic areas. Class includes a quart of paint! This class is approximately 3 hours. 50% due at sign-up and the balance due at class. $95 www.avenue122.com/new-products/workshop-102

We hope you enjoyed this fun feature! Happy upcycling...... #GlancerMagazine

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