When you can count your sister-in-law among your closest friends, you know you’ve got something special. But when you are companionable enough to open up a business together, well, then you’ve come across a rare treasure in the world of familial relationships. NettieSuze, a home decorating boutique in Pacific, Missouri, is just that kind of uncommon good.
Sisters-in-law Annette Grimm and Susan Jones bonded while shopping together for vintage and antique items at auctions and flea markets. Together they dreamed of opening their own little shop one day, but with young kids at home that vision seemed like a distant fantasy.
Fast forward to 2011, and their dream was closer to a reality than they had anticipated. Not only were their kids leaving home, but Annette and Susan had begun refinishing their furniture finds with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.
“We had a garage full of [painted furniture] in no time and fell in love with the paint—its ease of use with no sanding or priming, the great adhesion, beautiful colors, which mix well together,” says Annette of her and Susan’s shared love for the product.
By 2012, they had decided to open their own shop. They purchased a century-old two-story brick building in downtown Pacific and filled the first floor with their painted furniture and other home decor accessories. The small Missouri town and surrounding area happily welcomed NettieSuze to the neighborhood, Annette says. A year later, they made the plunge and became official Chalk Paint stockists.
Today they continue their hunt for interesting furniture at flea markets, garage sales, and on Craig’s List. Their customers also pop in with old wares they think the ladies of NettieSuze could resell after up-cycling the pieces.
Here are two exhibits of the quality of Annette and Susan’s work with Chalk Paint.
Annette explains that when they found this secretary it was an ugly duckling—not much to look at upon first glance, but they saw the potential for beauty in the piece’s curved drawers and claw-and-ball feet.
“That’s the beauty of Chalk Paint,” Annette explains. “You can cover all of those scratches and dings.”
They prepped this piece with some fissure, a faux finishing product, created by Wood Icing, that leaves the end product with a crackled finish. They painted the inside of the secretary in Duck Egg Blue, and the exterior in Versailles. Then they gave it a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax, which they buffed off, and added some distressing in places. The result was a refreshed secretary perfect for a chic office or living room.
Statement on the Side
The soft polish of this side table complements the look and feel of NettieSuze’s secretary. Annette explains that the table is unique because it includes a drawer and the cabinet door inserts are mesh wiring. It even has a power strip mounted inside, making it useful as a TV stand or well-wired bedside table.
For more of NettieSuze’s creative refinishing projects, see their website. For those in the greater St. Louis area, they offer regular workshops and many unique up-cycled and new wares in their shop.