Oh sure, there’s all the beautiful furniture and the vintage home décor and the really funky one-of-a-kind finds.
All that stuff was great.
But that’s just stuff.
So what makes the Lucketts Spring Market so awesome?
That’s easy—the awesome people!
We had so much fun out in that muddy ol’ field last weekend because we kept running into our friends—and making new friends along the way.
Thank you to everybody who stopped by our booth at the show—and to everybody who visited our shop All Things New Again in Leesburg.
(And if last weekend was your first visit to our shop, please come back! We were a little bare because we had so much inventory at the show, but we have everything put back together now with a few new items in there too!)
I am just kicking myself for not taking photos with some of the people we met this weekend. (I was too busy talking and laughing. Can you believe that?) 🙂
Here’s a picture of Mom and me in front of our booth. Do you love our All Things New Again t-shirts? Those were my sister Colleen’s great idea for a Christmas present last year. She even had little ones made for the kiddos.
I spent the weekend painting and answering questions about American Paint Company’s all-natural clay chalk and mineral paint.
I LOVE talking about this paint. I tell people how it has no stinky fumes and ZERO harmful chemicals, how it is so healthy and safe that I paint on my kitchen counter while my little boy plays Legos on the floor. Then (after I step on a few Legos and say some bad words) I just wipe off my counter and make lunch. No worries.
I also tell people how EASY this paint is to use. No stripping. No sanding. No priming. No problem! Just shake the can, open it up and start painting.
On Sunday I was working on an old yellow Ikea-like chair. I had already basecoated the entire chair with Waistcoat, a new spring green color from APC’s Ellis Collection, when my parents’ next-door neighbors arrived with their 8-year-old daughter, Chetana.
Chetana wanted to help me paint so I opened a can of Peacock (a brilliant teal color, also from APC’s Ellis Collection) and handed her a brush. She applied the paint with a light hand so lots of the green showed through the teal. Here she is at work.
“This looks really pretty,” I told her. “Sometimes I paint lightly like that instead of covering the first color completely because I like the way the two colors look together.”
“Yes,” she agreed. “That’s called dry brushing.”
I was stunned. How does a second grader know about dry brushing?
“Cathy-Auntie taught me!” she said.
It turns out my Mom explained the dry brushing technique to Chetana’s dad when he was painting the cabinets in his daughter’s bathroom a few months ago. Chetana was listening—and paying attention—because she ended up helping with her cabinets and with my chair.
Chetana had not seen the chair before I painted it green, but she thought it would look pretty with some yellow added to it. So I taught her how to wet distress or rub away the paint with a damp cloth to reveal the original yellow color underneath. (Since we were out in a field with no water we used a baby wipe.)
Chetana is a wonderful artist!
So now, thanks to Chetana, I have a whole new approach to my sales pitch.
American Paint Company products are so safe and easy to use, a second-grader can do it—and so can YOU!
What do you think? Didn’t she do a great job on this chair? Please leave a comment to let her know. Let’s all encourage each other here!
We can teach you to be a great painter like Chetana! Our Introduction to American Paint Company classes are held on the first Sunday of every month from 1 to 4:30 pm. We teach several techniques, including dry brushing and wet distressing, to make your projects POP! At $99, our Intro class is the best deal around! We are now accepting registrations for our June 1 and July 6 classes. Just call the shop at (703) 779-2991 to sign up.
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Stop by the shop and enter to win our raffle for a FREE Intro class!!! We held a raffle at the Lucketts show and thought it was such a great idea that we are going to keep it going at the shop. This month’s raffle is for a free Intro class, but if you have already taken this class, no worries! We will hold a raffle each month for a different prize so everybody has a chance to win … you just need to stop by the shop to enter! We are open Thursday nights from 7 to 9 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. See you soon!