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Small business spotlight: Shop repurposes, ‘re-loves’ old furniture

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.

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Relove All Things Shabby

Address: 535 N. Woodlawn, Suite 320

Phone: 316-425-6970

Owners: Rhonda Gribble and Stacy McCarty

Rhonda Gribble hopes a couple of trends in home decor help make her new shop a success.

One is the demand for “shabby chic” – furnishings that get a new lease on life by being re-purposed or getting a new coat of paint.

Gribble’s place, Relove All Things Shabby, is full of old tables, chairs, dressers and other pieces in that vein.

The other trend is chalk paint, which is popular partly because it requires little priming or other preparation. Gribble doesn’t sell chalk paint, she sells a brand called Plaster Paint, which she said works in the same way. Both give a matte, chalky finish.

“The big difference is ours is half the price,” Gribble said.

Gribble and co-owner Stacy McCarty opened their shop in November. Gribble is an interior designer who formerly owned Accessorize in Clifton Square. When McCarty, a friend, heard about Gribble’s plans for a new place, she offered to partner with her.

The shop buys and sells old furniture, including some consigned pieces.

The only qualification, Gribble said, is “it has to be a painted piece” when it goes out the door. That’s because she doesn’t want to compete with the nearby Invio Fine Furniture Consignment, which is owned by a friend and where she has sold her own pieces in the past.

Gribble and McCarty also paint pieces for customers.

“They’ll pick out a color and we’ll re-love it for them. We usually work on vintage pieces but not always,” she said.

They also do on-site work for pieces that would be difficult to move.

The shop offers classes for people who want to learn the paint techniques. The sessions allow people to complete small projects such as decorative picture frames while becoming familiar with Plaster Paint and techniques such as glazing and distressing pieces.

Gribble said she hopes to move to a larger space soon, which will give her more room for her merchandise and classes and better visibility.

“We’re really growing.”

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