Welcome to Richmond, Brocante Home!Posted: November 20, 2012
Thanks for bringing Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint to the Capitol City
You have been reading about Annie Sloane’s chalk paint for awhile now as I have been freshening up the old brown furniture around our abode. My source for the paint has been the fabulous French shop in Irvington, Brocante Home. Though it’s a bit of a hike from the West End, every time I head to the Rivah with friends, we make a point of stopping in and leaving with at least one new can of paint.
The owner of Brocante Home, Rachel Pugliese, loves to teach her customers about the wonders of this paint. In fact, most Thursdays you can find her in the store paintbrush in hand transforming an old piece into something wonderful. She is always full of tips and has started offering two-hour workshops to help her customers get comfortable with this easy and clean medium for transformation. She has even named the workshops “Paintbrush and Pearls” to further her point.
One of the posse and I decided to try the workshop the other week, and sure enough Rachel was wearing her pearls as she took us through different finishing techniques to use with the chalk paint and waxes. Of all of her pearls of wisdom gathered from experience, the most valuable to me was the importance of buffing after waxing and sanding. A really good going over with 800 grit sandpaper makes all the difference to the final look and feel of the piece.
The other information that we picked up during our workshop was that Brocante Home has just opened a small outpost in DéCOR, the design center in Carytown! For now, Brocante’s floorspace is mostly Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, but the shop has plans to expand as room becomes available in this wonderful design haven. Several local designers have set up small shops within these walls, and Brocante Home is the perfect addition. Rachel also plans to be on-site on Wednesdays so that she can answer customers’ questions about the chalk paint.
Now you have no excuse to postpone your own furniture transformations. The paints are nearby, as is the expertise. Plus the paints are so easy to use that you can just set up a workshop in your living room just like this Avad Fan.