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unique vintage and antique pieces refinished in handpainted contemporary colors with a polyurethane finish for durability and sheen

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Local publicity



Thanks to everyone who stopped by to take a look at chroma’s design on Saturday.  It was a cold day to be hanging around an unheated barn, but by midday it warmed up enough for us to be sitting outside in the sun.  Thanks again to my family and friends for helping me with preparations for the sale, being my supporters and spokespersons and for clearing out the barn after the sale: Jerry, Jayne, Sam, Judith, Barbara

Wicked Local (online local news) October 28, 2013

Former Westwood librarian launches furniture business
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Westwood resident Stacy Lee Church started her furniture painting business, Chroma Design, over the summer.
By James Maimonis/Correspondent
Westwood Press
Posted Oct 28, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

WESTWOOD — On May 31, longtime Westwood resident Stacy Lee Church stepped down from her position as library assistant in the children’s department at the Westwood Library to start her business and pursue her dream.
On June 1, her furniture painting business Chroma Design was born.
“I started painting last summer some of my own furniture. I took things I owned that I never liked and decided to sand them down and see what happens,” Church said.
“I’m just starting to work on what colors work on which shapes, and that’s really been trial and error, and I don’t mind doing things over.”
Church combines old furniture she’s collected over the years with new furniture she seeks out at yard sales and completely refines each entire piece. She sands every item down, touches up whatever needs fixing and adds layers of bright color paint with a shiny finish, giving the furniture a vibrant and life-like feel.
“My cousin was up from North Carolina a few weeks ago and she said, ‘your piece of furniture would be one thing in a room that would make someone happy,’ and that made me feel really good, because that’s exactly how I feel about it,” Church said.
Items Church mostly focuses on are tables, chairs and end tables, however she has no limits and will take on any challenge she can bring home.
This past weekend, Church held her first furniture show at the barn on the corner of Clapboardtree St. and Meadowbrook Rd., where she displayed 40-50 pieces of newly painted furniture.
Her goal is to show off and sell her furniture around four times per year.
In addition to her shows, Church also has a blog where she displays all her products.
“A lot of the stuff I buy, no one else really wants,” Church said. “With the blog, I try to show people what pieces look like when I got them and what they look like when they’re done, so that people see that you can take a piece of furniture that doesn’t really look like it’s much of anything and you can make it really cool.”
And for Church, the fact she can find an old piece of furniture and put her own unique spin on it is what keeps her going.
“A lot of the going out and hunting for the furniture is what makes it fun, she said. “I also love being at my house by myself for five hours, listening to music and painting. It’s relaxing. I love doing it. I’m so happy.”
To browse Church’s products, visit Chromafurnituredesign.blogspot.com and check back soon for the next show dates.
Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/westwood/news/business/x1745249586/Former-Westwood-librarian-launches-furniture-business#ixzz2jJQerpcY
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Saturday sale

Everything’s ready for tomorrow’s sale (trying to finish up a custom order table to bring), come and take another look if you came last week, or stop in if you couldn’t make it.  See you tomorrow!

yellow and navy at the show

dresser corner
mahogany dresser, farmhouse chairs, nightstand, bookshelf
IMG_0733 Hibiscus and natural mahogany dresser, Sundance Yellow farmhouse chairs
dresser with chicks natural mahogany and Hibiscus dresser IMG_0734 Sundance Yellow and natural wood farmhouse chair
navy furniture Old Navy with sapphireberry trim nightstand and bookshelf navy 2 Old Navy and sapphireberry nightstand

Caribbean colors

cayman demilune2 Cayman Blue and Custom Black IMG_0732 Cool Aqua, Capri Seas, Spring Azalea, Royal Fuchsia, Super White
cool aqua furniture Cool  Aqua, Royal Fuchsia, Super White, Clear Skies bathroom shelves , aquCapri Seas, Super White

Carrot Stick

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thanks for a great day!

Jerry and Stacy

So proud on sale day!

Jerry and Stacy


I’m  still catching my breath after last weekend’s Saturday/Sunday sale at Jerry’s barn on the corner of Clapboardtree St and Meadowbrook Rd in Westwood.  So many people stopped just to see what was going on: the heavy red doors are  mostly securely closed and padlocked.  It was great to be able to show chroma’s bright shiny pieces of furniture against the old barn interior.  Thanks to Jerry, without whose tremendous help and unfailing encouragement, the show would not have happened.  Jerry also provided the last staging help, moving pieces here and there, changing the angle of a table, and providing small touches from his house to make the furniture look more lived with.  I also want to thank my 2 faithful friends, Barbara and Judy, who helped me move most of the furniture from the studio to the barn.

sale day

My kids and I on Sale Day
My future daughter-in-law Robyn, son Sam, me, daughter Jayne

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sale Day

Thanks to everyone who came to see our furniture today.  We’re so happy with how everything looks in the barn, we’ve decided to open the doors on Sunday,October 20, for a few hours before we take everything away.  So if you want to take a second look, or you couldn’t make it today, come by on Sunday from 10 – 12. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

cabinet of shelves in Limeade

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It took several tries to get the right color, but finally liked one: Limeade

Mid-century Modern

Chair from estate sale, rope seat, finish removed from back and legs, legs finished in Custom Black
Side table from ReMarkable, yellowing varnish finish removed, finished with polyurethane and Custom Black

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Limeade chest

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Two chests at ReMarkable       Comparing different greens
  Narrowing it down

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First attempt                            Final color choice: Limeade
    Finished dresser with hardware

Miami shelves

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Miami shelves during painting: Florida pink, Bed of Roses, Capri Seas, Tropical Teal                 
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Thinking about adding blue back  Shelves with Cayman Blue back

Replacing a round chair seat

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Lenny keeping a close eye on the cutting    Using Adirondack chairs as clamp platforms
Chair with new seat

Two Demilune tables

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Table from ReMarkable after     Finished in Hibiscus and Custom Black
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Bought at an estate sale, despite           Finished in Cayman Blue and Custom Black
unfortunate paint job

Credit cards accepted day of sale

Thanks to Square Reader mobile credit card service, all major credit cards will be accepted on the day of the sale

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wave Bookshelf

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bookcase being sanded                           after sanding

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Deciding to replace back                        finished bookcase with new back, in Custom Black and Tropical Teal