The adage goes that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Ava’s Attic is proving it.
Ava’s Attic Consignment Boutique in Miramar Beach is “going green” by revamping outdated or unsellable furniture into one-of-a-kind beachy pieces.
“Consignment is green anyway … but we’re repurposing furniture,” said Susan Henry, who co-owns the four-year-old store with her daughter Courtney Hood.
Henry and Hood decided to give under-appreciated consignment pieces a new life under the brand Ava’s Attic Furniture Company about six months ago.
“We’d end up with a lot of things we can’t sell,” said Henry. “We have a vision to change it … into something that will work.”
Henry recruited her son, Brett, to bring the vision to reality and craft custom benches from old headboards, and dressers from unused armoires. He also makes porch swings from twin and full bed frames.
A continuation of the eco-friendly theme, Brett also gives fresh purpose to salvaged barn wood, which becomes rustic side tables and headboards.
The one-of-a-kind pieces become showcase home décor, rather than fuel for a burn pile or a part of a landfill.
“It’s taking wood that they’re just throwing out and making beautiful furniture,” said Henry, showing off a king-size headboard with vertical slats from an old Alabama barn. “The barn wood is phenomenal for what we’re doing.”
In addition to ready to use pieces designed by Henry’s son, customers are able to commission pieces made of their own furniture.
All of the hand-crafted furnishings are available in a variety of colorful finishes, achieved with chalk paint, a type of paint that adds a shabby chic touch to furniture. As a bonus, it goes on smooth with no prior sanding and coats in a single layer, giving the furniture a fresh, matte finish with minimal effort.
Henry says the paint is the perfect complement to the Ava’s Attic furniture line.
“(Customers) want beachy, coastal furniture,” said Henry. “They want bright colors. It’s a no-brainer.”
Initially, Henry and Hood simply purchased the chalk paint to rehab the furniture pieces, but they decided to start making their own. They package the paint in glass jars and sell it in the store for $24 per quart, a bargain compared to the $38 price tag at a paint store. They also sell their own waxes, to help seal the chalk paint.
The eco-chic pieces are available at Ava’s Attic Consignment Boutique’s 10,000 square foot showroom. The store also offers up a large selection of home furnishings, as well as a wide selection of designer clothing, purses, jewelry, and shoes. The shop’s selection changes weekly and offers something for every taste and price range.
“We’re just taking wood that they’re throwing out and making beautiful furniture,” said Henry. “It’s just blossomed.”
For more information, Like Ava’s Attic Consignment Boutique on Facebook, visit or call 424-6767. The store is located at 12889 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Plaza and is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.