National retailer West Elm has caught wind of a La Grange business owner's forward thinking, and they want to get in on the action.
The "upcycled trash to treasure" movement isn’t a trend. It’s here to stay, and folks are lining up to learn how to use the best tools out there to revive their flea market finds. Nest Vintage Modern owner Alana Waters-Piper is happy to oblige.
Her lessons have been so well-received that West Elm invited Waters-Piper to demonstrate her skills to their Oakbrook Center audience on Saturday, Nov. 2. Local folks can book their own seat at Nest Vintage Modern on the store's website here.
On the lookout for a natural, safe, green paint to use in the shop, Nest Vintage Modern partnered with Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company and introduce their product into the store's class schedule, according to a news release from the business.
The paint produces a "beautiful finish" on old furniture," said Waters-Piper.
“I can show you how to repair that wobbly old chair and transform it into a showpiece for your home. Go grab a thrift shop piece and let’s brainstorm!”, she said. “I love when folks come in and explain that they’re trying to figure out what to do with a piece. They’ll show me pictures, we talk about their color schemes and styles, I’ll explain some techniques to them, and they’re off to the races, excited to tackle that project. It’s so easy when you know how.”
Nest Vintage Modern opened in May at 26 S. La Grange Rd. in La Grange.
And they're not all about the paint. They also provide locally-manufactured goods which include jewelry, soaps, candles, and fun gifts, and specialize in vintage home decor, furnishings, and new gift ware, bath & body goods, accessories, and jewelry meant to appeal to compliment the vintage aesthetic.
They also sell the complete Old Fashioned Milk Paint line of products and offer furniture painting classes by certified instructors.
The business has been profiled multiple times on Martha Stewart Radio, in Chicago Home & Garden Magazine, featured at the Country Living Magazine Fair, and has earned a following of over 26,000 fans on Facebook, according to the release.