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Holly store helping to turn old into new

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(02/20/14) - Turning old into new - it's a growing trend among consumers. Re-purposing furniture is easier now more than ever. The trick? Chalk paint. A Mid-Michigan store is one of few in the state to sell the original decorative paint.

Pigeon in the Parlour opened in a restored 19th century building back in the early 90s. After a short closure, it reopened in 2012 - giving new opportunity to a group of women.

"Ten outstanding, uniquely talented, boutique owners that are all women entrepreneurs and my husband that we call the head gofer 'cause he goes for that, and it's been very fun and very enjoyable," said shop owner, Emily Rath.

The re-opening also gave new life to a decades old tradition of re-purposing furniture. It's called Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

"You don't have to prime, you don't have strip. The reason for chalk paint is mainly for re-purposing furniture. They're picking pieces off the street and in garage sales and painting them and they're becoming beautiful," Rath said.

"You just paint and if you make a mistake you just paint over it and it's no fail," said boutique owner, Susan VonWold.

Examples are found throughout the store. While there are various brands of chalk paint, Sloan is the original and only a few places in Michigan sell it. The paint and workshops offered at Pigeon in the Parlour are drawing hundreds to the store and to other Holly attractions.

To sign up for a Chalk Paint class - click HERE

For more information about the Boutiques inside Pigeon in the Parlour - click HERE.

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