Painting Treasures: Fun New Furniture-Painting Class

Painting Treasures: Fun New Furniture-Painting Class

The ad read: “Painting Treasures at the Purple Peacock.” Intriguing! I was very interested after having seen much beautiful hand-painted furniture in stores only to be deterred by the price. Here was an opportunity to create my own!

The owner of Purple Peacock and painting teacher is Pollyanna Robling, wife of Ron Robling, owner of R & S Resale of Ferndale. Pollyanna is a children’s art teacher by day and she also dabbles in children’s art, watercolors and collages. Some of her creations can be found in their store. They also have a new storefront for estate sales and painting classes, named Professional Estate Liquidators, where I attended the premier “Chalk Painting 101” class on Saturday, December 14th in Ferndale.

Pollyanna recently became a paintologist, training with Van Gogh paints – an eighteen month old company developed by Cathy Van Gogh, accomplished decorative faux finisher. The Purple Peacock is now the exclusive carrier of Van Gogh products in Oakland County. This brand of paint, manufactured by Cloverdale in British Columbia, is also self-leveling, which offers a very smooth finish free of brush strokes.

Twenty-five and one brand new colors, with four of them custom colors ordered by Pollyanna. This is a waterbased fossil paint, or chalk paint (made from dried limestones) which adheres to anything, making it conducive to the DIY market. Chalk paint works well for distressing techniques, whereas regular latex paint does not. Some of the colors include “bole”, a clay color used a lot with gold guilding, “serenity”, “balsamic”, “muse” which is good with antiquing kitchen cabinets, “buttah” – a beautiful yellow, “confidence,” etc.

Other “furniture make-up” finishing prod- ucts offered by Van Gogh include the thicker “luminous eyeshadow,” the silvery “glamour glaze,” the hard wood-filler like “furniture facelift” (also used for raised relief), “cabinet concealer,” thick crackle for textures “wrinkle lotion,” “facial masque” for a stone look, and the layers of translucent colors “furniture frosting.”

Much of this presentation was also given by Scottie Vosburgh of Virginia, developer for Van Gogh (www.savedby Other topics covered include Van Gogh’s brushes and furniture wax. Their brushes are made of natural materials and have oval tips with all handmade kiln dried wood handles. Their wax is made of beeswax and mineral oil and is safe for kids toys and completely non-toxic and low VOC. The also have a hard as nails table top finish “furniture facelift.”

Pollyanna and Ron provided food from Christine’s Cuisine which was delicious, and hopes to support other local restaurants with lunch at Saturday classes. I look forward to more classes!

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