Painting Workshop at Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, PA's ReStore Montco

ReStore Montco of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County (Norristown) is hosting a hands on painting workshop on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16 at 11:30 a.m.

The workshop will take place at ReStore Montco located on 533 Foundry Rd. in West Norriton. Darla DeMorrow, owner of HeartWork Organizing, will demonstrate techniques and supplies that can be used to paint many of the furniture items and other treasures just waiting to be transformed at ReStore Montco.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are a great place to find furniture. The items donated to ReStore Montco are sturdy, but may not always fit with the current owner’s décor. ReStore Montco is a mecca for thrifty homeowners who love bargain shopping for items to upcycle and makeover into chic home décor at a fraction of retail costs. Habitat for Humanity uses the funds to support their mission to eliminate substandard housing issues in Montgomery County.

Darla DeMorrow, a long-time volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, is a professional organizer and home decorator who often shops thrift stores for quality pieces. A lot of these pieces are better quality construction than similar items found in retail today. Features like all-wood bodies, dovetail drawer boxes, and turned wood legs are what make a piece special. If the piece is in good structural shape, it can often be painted and perhaps modified slightly to fit right in with modern décor, as with this end table makeover. Other times, a dash of retro style is exactly what’s called for to spice up a bland room.

Many people don’t want to take a project home without an idea of how they are going to restore it. DeMorrow is going to offer participants the chance to learn and even, in some cases, try their hand at transforming some items from the ReStore of Montgomery County. She’ll cover the when, why and how of using the following:

• Latex paint

• Spray paint

• Chalk Paint ® by Annie Sloane

• Fabric paint

• Mirror Finish by Rust-Oleum, which turns ordinary glass into a mirrored surface.

She’ll also demonstrate what modern graphic stencils are and how they are used on a variety of surfaces. Even hardware gets a turn, as she talks about ways to update or restore some hardware using specialty finishes available in any craft store.

Pinterest junkies won’t want to miss this. Free registration is required by contacting Erika Reinhard, ReStore Montco Development Coordinator at 610-278-7710 ext. 117 or at ereinhard@habitatmontco.org.

All supplies will be provided, and special offers from ReStore Montco will be available for the day of the event. For more information, please visit www.restoremontco.org.

Two events are scheduled: Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Aug. 16 at 11:30 a.m.

You must pre-register by calling 610-278-7710 ext. 117. The workshops will take place at ReStore Montco located on 533 Foundry Rd. in West Norriton.