Let’s get to know more about Lauren Lane Decor, furniture refinishing, and Annie Sloan Chalk paint!
Several months ago I was looking for a painted sideboard for one of my clients and I came across an amazing website called Lauren Lane Decor. I was immediately drawn to their unique furniture pieces, and knew I had to find out more.
How lucky was I to find out that they were opening a studio only a short drive away in Calgary!
Tara Jamieson, the studio founder, and I have since become friends and I thought it would be fun to do a Q & A. Let’s get started!
What is Lauren Lane Décor?
Lauren Lane Decor is my studio in Calgary that offers custom furniture refinishing, an array of refinishing classes and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It’s also the love of my life!
How did you decide on the name for your business?
I get asked this all the time! Lauren is my middle name and Lane is my grandmother’s!
You just recently opened your studio and made this your full time career, leaving behind the accounting world. Can you tell us about your journey?
My journey has been short. In the past year I have gone from spending all my time in the garage to opening a studio and now presenting at the Calgary Home Show. They say if you do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work! So I did and I have no regrets!
What characteristics do you look for when sourcing furniture pieces?
Good lines, sturdy and pretty details! Everything looks better with a coat of paint!
What kind of paint do you work with and why do you use it?
I still use latex and stains for certain pieces but also use alot of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I use latex for the benefit of custom colors and Annie Sloan’s Chalk paint for the ease!
What colours do you and/or your clients like the most?
I am not partial to any colour in particular- really! When using Annie Sloan’s paint, Paris Grey, Old White, and Duck Egg blue are popular choices!
Is the paint available for purchase?
Absolutely! I retail all of Annie Sloans products and also my own line of paint brushes and accessories that will help the DIY-ers complete a project on their own!
What advice do you have for someone wanting to refinish a piece of furniture?
Start small and invest in the proper products and tools! When you use quality tools and products, you achieve quality results.
What do you find the most challenging about having your own business?
Balance! Because it’s what I love to do – I could paint and work 18 hours a day! It’s hard for me to put the paint brush down and take time out for myself!
What do you love most?
My work is rewarding in so many ways! I love reinventing furniture and showing people that you can take something from drab to fab!
Anything else you think we may find interesting…
Look for Lauren Lane Decor’s booth at the Calgary and Edmonton Home & Garden Show and check out my 2 daily presentations on the main stage!
So inspiring, right?! Planning any furniture refinishing projects of your own? I hope you’ve found this interesting and helpful! Be sure to check out these Annie Sloan Chalk Paint favourites!
Enjoy your day,