Thursday, 07 February 2019 16:13

Why D.I.Y. When You Can D.I.T.?

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Chalked Painting Workshop, which opened on Jan. 2, is taking a new spin on Do-It- Yourself (DIY) projects. At the new business located at 33 Church St. in Saratoga Springs in a shared space with Green Conscience Home and Garden, customers can revive old furniture and Do-It- Together (DIT) with the help of Pam Krison.

DIY projects has become massively popular, with even a network on television dedicated to reviving or building things without help of a professional.

“A lot of people have furniture that just doesn’t suit their decor or style any longer but it’s really solid well made furniture that is hard to find so re-purposing it using chalk paint...you just go on with one maybe two coats and it has a totally new look,” said Krison. Chalk paint is commonly used in re-designing items because it does not require any sanding or priming.

After retiring from the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association (CRBRA), Krison decided to share her passion with others in the community.

Saratoga Chalked Painting Workshop offers weekly workshops to learn and explore the basics of chalked painting. Workshops are a two-hour hands on experience using different paints, colors, techniques and waxes.

“I started looking at furniture differently, overlooking the color and finish on everything and simply look at the shape and the lines. It is refreshing and inspiring to think you can have the look you wantinyourhomeusingfurniture you have,” said Krison.

Novice to experienced chalked painters can use the studio on their own which includes all paints and tools, called “open paint.” The workshops cost $10 an hour.

Saratoga Chalked Painting Workshop will also revive your items for you as well. Prices are based on the size of the product and the tools that are used. The only rule is that the item must fit through the door and the customer has to be able to carry it.

For a schedule of workshops, visit saratogaworkshop.com.

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