Patina: Hand-painted furniture retailer moving to Northborough
By Nancy Brumback, Contributing Writer
Business name: Patina
Address: 10 South St., Westborough through September; after Sept. 1: 276 W. Main St., Northborough
Owner: Kelly O’Malley
Contact Information: 774-696-7710, www.thepatinabarn.com
What does Patina specialize in?
“Patina specializes in hand-painted vintage furniture, home accessories, including new home accessories but with a vintage feel, vintage jewelry, and other unique finds. I love the thrill of the hunt. When I am looking for something, I have to love it or it won’t come into the shop,” said Kelly O’Malley, owner of the specialty shop.
“I’m always looking for vintage and antique furniture and vintage jewelry. I like to keep my prices fair. I try to buy at a fair price and resell at a fair price. I specialize in one-of-a-kind pieces.”
And you are relocating to Northborough?
“On Sept. 1, we will open in Northborough, at 276 W. Main St. in the same strip mall as the Pickle House deli and a consignment shop called Next to New,” O’Malley said, noting the shop has outgrown the Westborough location near the rotary where it’s been the past seven months. The Westborough store will be open through September or early October; check the website or Facebook for updates.
“Northborough will be a larger location with better displays. I’ve just started offering painting classes, and at this location I could only take five people. We had to push everything out of the way to make space. At the new store, there is a separate room I can use that will be much better for the classes at night.”
What are the classes like?
“I sell a line of chalk/clay paints from American Paint Company that are made from all-natural minerals, solvent-free, no acrylics or chemicals. Most people use it to repurpose vintage or other furniture, as I do. It’s a chalk-like finish and you use a wax over it to seal it and give it an antique look.
“The classes I’m offering are one session, learning the basic techniques of using chalk paint. We practice on lengths of crown molding and small pieces like picture frames and wooden containers. It’s a night out. I provide refreshments—cheese, wine; it’s fun for them and for me, too,” O’Malley said.
“In the new store, I will offer advanced classes where you can bring in your own small piece of furniture to work on.”
How long have you been dealing in vintage furniture?
“Prior to the Westborough location, I was in Sutton, in a barn on my property, more an antique-shop feel. And for about four years I was in locations with groups of antique dealers. I have been collecting pieces for over 20 years,” she said.
“I also do custom painting if someone has a piece of furniture they’d like to have painted. I’ve done that for many years.”
Patina is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed Monday and Tuesday. Check the website, www.thepatinabarn, and Facebook for hours at the new location in September.
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