Lynda Hammond Garage Sale Gal Article on Shabby Rose Decor Appliques

Garage Sale Gal Article by: Lynda Hammond Shabby Rose Decor Featuring Unique Furniture Appliques visit:, Mesa, AZ: "When most of us spot furniture at garage sales we see it for what it is. But when Sharin Louis does, she pictures the possibilities. “It’s amazing the furniture people sell. My mind just goes crazy because I see a piece and I know what I can do with it.” What Sharin can do with it is add a little pizzazz. With the help of appliqués (French for “put on”) Sharin turns her garage sale finds from junky to chic. Appliqués are small decorative pieces that can be added to just about any surface. For Sharin, it all started nearly two years ago when she bought a china cabinet from a garage sale. It was a bit drab but she spruced it up by adding a coat of white paint and appliqués from a hardware store. “The appliqués are so much fun to work with and when I saw that hutch when it was finished I was like‘Wow'that is beautiful’.”Sharin washooked.
Any wood furniture she buys at garage sales---dressers, chests, tables, even a piano--gets her artistic touch. She’s out of room for more furniture in
her house but she likes the process so much she’s helping others get the shabby chic look, too. Sharin has created her own line of appliqués after she had trouble finding the right style and quality. “The ones you can buy at hardware stores are usually wooden and they break really easily.” So, working from the craft room in her home, she developed a “secret” resin to pour into molds in the shape of roses, angels, wreaths and bows. Sharin’s appliqués range in price from $3 for a small pair to $22 for one larger, more intricate creation. Sharin credits garage sales for helping her find her niche."
Sharin Louis, of Mesa, shows off one of her prized possessions from a garage sale. She paid just $60 for the chest and spruced it up with paint and appliqués. Sharin enjoys turning furniture fromunsightly to shabby chic so much so she’s turned the hobby into a business.

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