Refinishing furniture leads to a reconnection

Published 11:46 am Monday, September 22, 2014

Judy Busby, owner of Fabs and More holds a drawer that has been refinished.

Judy Busby, owner of Fabs and More holds a drawer that has been refinished.

I reconnected with my grandfather recently. Even though Papa died more than 20 years ago, he was very much present with me last week while I was chalk painting a curio cabinet he had refinished more than 40 years ago.

Like my grandfather, I saw that the antique glass cabinet had good bones and great lines, but I was not a big fan of the oak finish he used to stain it all those years ago. So I decided to cover it up with paint, since I did not want to get rid of the family heirloom.

I used CeCe Caldwell’s Natural Chalk + Clay Paint, an eco-friendly paint that is sold at Fabs and More, a downtown shop that stocks the odorless, non-toxic water based style paint.

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Chalk paint is self-priming, meaning that you do not have to sand or strip the old finish off first, making it easy for a do-it-yourselfer like me.

The curio cabinet turned out great, so I decided to participate in a workshop on chalk painting techniques and finishes taught by Fabs and More owner Judy Busby.

Chalk paint has become popular because it adheres so well. Depending on the desired results and personal preferences, all it takes for a DIY project using the eco-friendly paints are paintbrushes, paper towels, cheesecloth, water and imagination.

“You only have to give a piece a good cleaning. There is no sanding or priming required. Just paint on any surface,” Busby said. “The paint is thick and dries very quickly so you can get projects done in no time.”

During Thursday night’s hands-on workshop, Busby demonstrated how you could achieve either a super smooth finish or a distressed appearance with a wet cloth.

Cindy Simmons applies paint to a sample piece of wood.

Cindy Simmons applies paint to a sample piece of wood.

“You can easily distress with a wet cloth, and you can layer colors because of its fast drying time,” she said.

Nan Miller was paying close attention because she said she was planning to paint her kitchen cabinets, and Angela Murphy, Cindy Simmons and Dianne Smith were, like me, all looking to put a new face on old pieces of furniture.

Busby started her fabric business in 2009, and after moving three times she hopes this is her permanent location.

“It is no fun moving bolts and bolts of fabric,” she said.

In 2013, she started teaching sewing and upholstering workshops. At the first of the year after studying and researching eco-friendly paints, she decided to add the CeCe Caldwell’s line to her shop.

Fabs and More is at 1100 Washington St. and also offers services including custom made upholstery, drapes, bedding and painted furniture pieces.

The next bring-your-own-furniture workshops will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 25. Sewing and upholstery workshops are also being planned.

For more information and a complete listing of workshops, call 601-618-4972 or visit Tutorials, ranging from turning a lampshade from drab to fab to how to paint and distress furniture are also available on the website.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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