Eclectic aesthetic: Giving older furnishings a modern look

Today’s look for home furnishings is what the homeowner creates and it’s entirely possible with help from All Kinds of Finds by Karen in Luling.

“As people become empty nesters, they have space and furnishings that they really want to freshen up, and they have really good furniture that looks a little dated,” said business owner Karen Guillot. “With chalk paint and stains, they are able to bring their 20- to 30-year-old household up to date cost effectively and easily.”

But Guillot said there’s also new homeowners in their 30s, many on a budget, also looking for a cost effective way to furnish their newly built or purchased homes.

“They can’t afford a household full of furniture yet so they’re looking to update their own furniture or going to estate sales to get furniture to meet budget limitations,” Guillot said. “These people know what they want and they’re figuring out ways to do it on their own and affordably.”

They both want the invariable aesthetic or what some loosely call the eclectic look, she said.

“There is no one style and people are mixing them,” she said.

It also comes with a personal touch.

All Kinds of Finds by Karen is a local provider of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, the acclaimed DIY paint that’s easy to use in makeovers of furniture, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, home décor and more.

Whether it’s the empty nester or new homeowner, Guillot said she has the stain and/or paint for the job. In 36 colors, the variety of paint shades allow using standard colors or mixing them for a custom color.

Guillot recalled one project with a customer who chose a mix that included a restored piece of furniture along with a coffee table they built. Her paint and stains used on them gave them both a fresh look.

It’s also individualistic and fits their lifestyle – indoors or outdoors.

Guillot said her line of paints and stains for outdoor projects, such as restoring doors, allow for a mix of natural wood along with painted finishes that’s stylish and tasteful. They also include UV protectors and mildewcide that extend the life of the finishes.

“The exterior stains or paint withstand Louisiana weather,” she said. “There are sealers that can preserve the look as a custom service or DIY project.”

While Guillot said there are definitely opportunities with these clients for her growing business, she equally enthusiastic about the projects and experimenting with colors, too.

While eclectic is still hot on the market, she said customers should prepare for an emerging variation for the unconventional called Bohemian or “Boho Chic.” It’s bringing back colors from the 70s like lime and orange sherbet.

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