Eco-chic: Ava’s Attic going green with revamped furniture line

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 04:45 PM.

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.”

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