Today’s post was written by Christen Kinard, Forge Industrial Works.
First-time customers often ask what it is exactly that we sell, and the answer is admittedly complicated. I often say, “A little bit of everything!” But the passion that drove us to open this store and the passion that continues to guide us in our decision-making now is a love of bringing new life to old things. We recently built a beautiful bench out of reclaimed bowling alley wood and antique theater seating. We’ve repurposed a rusted windmill and turned it into a statement-making wall-hanging. Even our bags are made of upcycled tents and canvasses.Driven by this singular passion, we have two big changes coming to Forge.
The first is the arrival Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. Chalk Paint® is a unique decorative paint developed in 1990 with a palette of 32 mixable colors. Made in the USA, Chalk Paint® is perfect for painting furniture, floors and walls and produces a beautiful matte, velvety finish. It adheres to surfaces like wood, concrete, metal, matte plastic, earthenware and may even be used on most surfaces outside, all while creating gorgeous results both quickly and easily.
After training in the Annie Sloan method for several days in New Orleans, we are ready to teach our customers and fellow DIY-ers how to use Chalk Paint®. To do this–and here comes the second big change–we are in the process of renovating the upstairs of our building for a fun and functional workshop space. Once the workshop opens, we will host classes on everything from painting techniques to how to achieve the perfect distressed or textured finish. We’ll put on “Bring Your Own Piece” nights where you can work on your own small piece of furniture in our studio with our guidance. We will also be moving our monthly floral design workshops upstairs and may just introduce a few new areas of DIY expertise down the road.
We are so excited to bring Chalk Paint® to Alexandria, and we know you’ll love it as much as we do. It makes transforming your home and the furnishings in it easy and fun! The possibilities are endless!