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A recent furniture painting class at Spartanburg Community College showed students how, with only a few supplies and a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon, you can revive an old piece of furniture into a beautiful antique.
Students were asked to bring in a small piece of furniture plus chalk paint, sealing wax or glaze, old rags, paint brushes of different sizes and sandpaper blocks of varying grits.
Instructor Tami Bollerman, owner of Repurposed with Passion, taught the class and showed students basic painting, distressing and waxing techniques.
Bollerman, who has painted cabinets, furniture and home decor in her home and for clients, said she liked the versatility of chalk paint. “It dries super fast."
After a few instructions, the class was filled with the sounds of paintbrushes swooshing over wood and sandpaper scraping paint.
“I like to take colors and play with them and find what looks good, add some dimension or extra color,” Bollerman said.
She also taught how distressing your furniture gives it a much more natural look to make it appear older.
One piece of furniture in the class had pages of a storybook lining a drawer. “You can line drawers with wallpaper or you can decoupage napkins for a design,” she said.
Bollerman told the class to be patient while painting and allow the paint to dry. “If you're like me, you get too anxious.”
She said chalk paint can be used on everything from metal to glass. “It's all about finding what works for you.”
After the paint dried, Bollerman offered tips on using the sealing wax. “Work in small sections. Rub it in and then wipe it off.”
Bollerman, who is self-taught, called painting furniture therapeutic for her. She took a class in Greenville with her mother a few years ago and she was hooked. “It's my release in the evenings. I can get away from the day.”
Janet Goode of Mayo who attended the class said she learned “You can't make mistakes. Everything can be corrected. Now, I'm not hesitant to try another piece on my own.”
Patsy Hammett of Spartanburg said she decided to take the class because she wanted to learn how to repurpose furniture that some people may typically toss out.
“Based on what I've seen in the class this is a great way to repurpose and to show your creativity,” she said. n
or more information on Community Interest classes at Spartanburg Community College, visit www.sccsc.edu/Community_Interest.