• Lake House Hutch

    This very old hutch came from an estate and had been in storage for a very long time. It proved to be a big challenge to prep for painting after living in a damp and dusty place. After several rounds of cleaning and giving the piece a chance to completely dry, it was sealed in shellac. This allowed us to lock in any remaining musty odors and prevent any spots of bleed through from the old surface. The top had a large area of tile glued to it which required a lot of elbow grease to safely remove. We loved the warm honey color after the sealer was applied to…

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  • Nursery Rocking Chair

    This rocking chair is headed to a safari themed nursery and I am sure it will get a lot of use. The chair just needed a quick clean and seal refresh on the warm honey colored oak. I put my upholstery skills to work and got busy with my air staple gun and added this soft blue fabric. We made some custom pillows to with a sweet elephant print to give the back a bit of extra cushion. Every piece of upholstery work gets a bit easier but I will always just do simple projects for customers. It is a nice change from painting and I have always enjoyed sewing…

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  • Udderly Mad Chair

    This thrift store pink chair got a fancy makeover and now sports a bovine print and shiny black paint. I decided to be brave and take an upholstery bootcamp for 3 days with Shelly Miller at Home Room Upholstery School in Broadripple. It was 3 jam packed days of creativity and just a few little hiccups learning this trade. I had a fantastic weekend and made some new friends and you cannot ask for more than that! Shelly is an amazing and patient teacher. The chair started out as a $7 chair from the Fishers Restore and had very warn pink fabric. After stripping it down and painting it at…

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  • Annie Slessman

    Annie is a dear friend and fellow artist and a woman of many talents. Annie says she has always walked one step beyond her comfort level when approaching anything she has not attempted before.  To not try is the inconceivable to her. The fact that Annie is a former skydiver attests to that fact. Now retired from the legal field where she served as a bailiff, it wasn’t long before she sought out new things to learn and ways to express herself. An old bedroom suite would be the start of a new challenge and ultimately the trigger that instilled a love of furniture restoration in her heart.  It was founder and owner…

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  • Heidi Bemiller

    Heidi joined the Shutter and Brushes team in June of 2021. I am blessed to have a small business that my sister has joined me in managing. Heidi started out helping with custom paint projects for customers and has mastered the art of painting and finishes. She ic comfortable with many types of paints, stains and sealers. She is a master in the spray booth and has attended the Annie Sloan New Stockiest Training Course. You will find her working in our Shutter & Brushes Store at Birds Gotta Fly Vintage or out at the warehouse working her magic!

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