My talented and creative friend opened a store in the little town of Petrolia recently. She uses Fusion products to re-purpose and re-create furniture. All the way along, I’ve been her biggest fan. It was my idea that she should open a store, because I knew she could do it. I’d seen how fearless she is at trying new things, like opening a saddle store or putting up a wall in her home to make an office.
Behind the Painted Door is a resounding success. As I watched Jane build her business I thought to myself, “I can do this, too.” I applied to Homestead House, was accepted as a Merchant, and soon found myself taking the Merchant Training Course in Etobicoke.
Homestead House is a family-owned business that began 30 years ago. Jennylyn Pringle, the President of the company, grew up with a paintbrush in her hand. It was Jennylyn who developed the Fusion Product line that I am so excited about. This superior paint has low VOCs, which means I don’t get a splitting headache as soon as I open the bottle. It dries quickly, needs very little prep work, and needs no topcoat. However, there are tricks you can learn to enhance the pieces and add interest, such as gilding or embossing or layering different colours or distressing to get an antique look.
I cannot wait to teach this! As a homeschooling mom I learned to teach my kids with enthusiasm, instilling in them a love for learning and a desire to try new things. I’m happy to be able to take the skills I learned and apply them to this business. We’re opening in September. Come in, and Add Some Flair to your world!
She turned her “can’ts” into “cans”, and her dreams into plans.