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not what I expected

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Have you ever stumbled upon a piece of furniture that completely intimidates you?


I’m a pro, and this still happens to me.


I’ve been on the hunt for a special piece of furniture for a project I’m working on.


And I stumbled upon a piece that made me do a double take. This wasn’t quite what I envisioned for my project, but it had potential.


And I had to act fast. I found this piece while on a recent antiquing trip in Paris, meaning I couldn’t sleep on it and come back later.


Take a look at the piece that stumped me and what I decided to do:





So what do you think?


Would you jump into a project like this?


Or would you rather wait until you find that perfect piece that fits into your design vision?


Leave a comment in the comments section and let us know!


This is a sneak peek into my recent trip to France where we found some incredible antiques.


It’s not official yet, but if you’ve ever been to one of our unveilings, you know it’s filled with amazing antiques, FUN, champagne, and chaos with everyone working on their homes.


It’s first come, first served. So click here to reserve your spot today & stay tuned for the official invite! (date subject to change)



‘Till the next time we meet, keep making your home amazing with your design gifts.




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Some classes sell out fast so be sure to secure your spot now before you forget.


If you’ve already been to our instructor led classes, be sure to check out our beloved Paint-a-Piece Happy Hour!




1. Beginners Hands-On Workshop  Are you new to chalk painting? Would you love expert feedback while you work hands-on on a smaller project before you dive into that piece of furniture or your kitchen? Then this class is for you!


We’ll dive into beginner and advanced techniques that will give your furniture the professional POP and finishes to set it apart from the hobbyists and the amateur look.


You’ll learn how to paint like a pro, seal for long lasting finishes, and use our antiquing glazes to create furniture that looks antique and expensive…even if it’s brand new or a bargain find. You will learn how to master all our tools and our must have tips throughout the process.


You’ll also be shown the fundamentals of distressing. If you truly want to give your furniture that classic vintage style, then it’s absolutely VITAL you learn how to distress your paint.


You’ll leave the class with samples, your very own painted decorative object and the confidence to tackle those bigger projects and know how to do “right”.


Plus, you’ll learn 2 bonus tips that we don’t teach any other class!


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2. Advanced Hands-On Workshop-  Get ready to skyrocket your painting skills to the professional level. In the pro class, you’ll learn 6 never before taught complicated designer paint finishes!

You will learn:

  • Pro distressing techniques and the fail-proof Amitha Verma Antiquing System to create an authentic finish
  • How to layer colors to add depth and brilliance to your furniture. You will learn not just one but TWO techniques the pros use
  • Whitewashing techniques and Amitha’s secret dilution formulations
  • Wet distressing
  • The secret to signature finishes like dry-brushing
  • Amitha’s treasure trove of favorite techniques to make an ordinary, flat piece come alive with detail (this should be its own class)
  • How to recreate the beautiful French Country Style on your own furniture.


* It is highly recommended you take the Beyond Basics or the Happy Hour course before enrolling for the Advanced Pro Class. We will jump right into several Advanced Techniques. Plus, you’ll get to leave with samples you can keep referring back to for years to come.


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3. Register for the FREE Fundamentals Deminar – New to the world of chalk furniture paint and want to see what is all about? Then this is the demonstration for you.


*Please note this is a demonstration only. If you want a hands-on experience we recommend the next workshop, The Beginners Hands-On Workshop.


You’ll learn the fundamentals about our products—everything from our step-by-step process to applying the paint, drying times, how to select colors that work best together, mistakes to avoid, and additional pro secrets and tips.


We guarantee that this workshop will let you recreate your favorite designer looks in under 2 HOURS (versus weeks). It’s our most popular option, and what we recommend to beginners.


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4. Paint-a-Piece Happy Hour Workshop. Just want to have some fun but still learn a thing or two? Then come in with the piece you want to paint and a certified Amitha Verma teacher will show you how to paint the right way. You’ll learn how to avoid costly mistakes, we’ll help you with color suggestions, show you how to apply sealer and antiquing glazes like a pro, and give you expert tips and guidance. Bring a friend, make it a ladies afternoon or personalized party event! Perfect for private parties or fundraising events!


What’s more, you’ll leave with a finished product!


All of our classes are small, with only a handful of people. This means you get personal attention no matter which class you choose.


But they fill up fast, so sign up now before your spot is gone! Click here to register:





In friendship,



p.s. spots are extremely limited in this exclusive course series. Don’t delay, register today to avoid disappointment

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