Shades of Chic was officially born at my kitchen table in 2012. But truth be told, it was born in my heart a long time before that. When I was a little girl, my mother cleared out a hall closet in our tiny suburban apartment and created for me my very own art studio. Filled with all things art: crayons, glue, yarn, scissors, and my favorite…a Holly Hobby light box. Oh, how I loved that closet! During that same time, my dad was a construction worker and I enjoyed tagging along to his various jobs and learning all things construction. I especially loved watching him paint. He taught me the importance of a good brush and how to cut in properly. And so, my love of painting was born.

Eventually, I moved on from light boxes and on to computers, where I designed logos and brochures. I was a freelance designer for 15 years but got tired of staring at a flat screen and yearned to work on something of a much larger scale. The minute I saw a picture of a beautifully painted dresser I knew I had to try my own hand at it. And then it happened…like spontaneous combustion. My love of art and paint had finally come together and I was hooked! It started out as a hobby but quickly grew into a full-time business.

Shades of Chic now offers all kinds of paint-related products and services. I sell beautifully finished and unique pieces of furniture. But I also refinish kitchen cabinets. I can take those boring, builders-grade, oak cabinets and transform them for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets. Shades of Chic is also a proud retailer of Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint​…my favorite paint to work with.