Many of us find a piece of used furniture that speaks to us, but it may not match the décor in our homes. That is where Rich “The Refurburator” Chapman comes in. Chapman owns “Refurburator” in Kanawha City. His store offers custom furniture painting, interior design, chalk paint classes and estate sales. He also enjoys giving back to his community by volunteering.
Since opening his store in 2016, Chapman makes time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Partnering with our Master Homeowner Program, “The Refurburator” teaches classes in The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center.
“I have always known how Habitat helps people in the community with housing and home education,” Chapman says. “This is my way of helping too.”
Saturday, July 22 marks the third class Chapman has taught in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Eleven participants from Kanawha and Putnam counties signed up to learn how to take old furniture, such as tables and chairs, and give it new life. The class members worked with Dixie Belle chalk paint and a special finishing wax over the course of three hours to completely transform their pieces.
Chapman insists that every old chair, table and wardrobe can be made new again, saying, “a great way to keep these items out of the landfill is to repurpose them into something more useful.”
The chalk paint that class members used is very forgiving, according to Chapman. A lot of times he uses it to create an aged appearance on pieces he sells from his shop, saying the paint can be distressed with little effort. As for how long the class member’s renewed furniture will last, Chapman says that under normal conditions, if it is waxed, it will last for years. “That’s what I like about Dixie Belle paints. They last for a really long time, unlike latex paints that can chip and peel if you put something like a lamp on them.”
Chapman plans to host more classes at Habitat for Humanity’s community center in the future. Whatever your skill level, the projects his classes take on are a perfect match for anyone — from a novice do-it-yourselfer to an expert crafter.
If you’re interested in checking out Chapman’s “Refurburator” store, it is located at 3706 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, in Kanawha City.
For more information about our upcoming classes, or to learn how you can host your own workshops in The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center — contact Janie Hamilton at 304-720-0141 ext. 18. You can also email Janie at Janie@hfhkp.org.
Class members wipe down their furniture to clean any residue off — no sanding needed — before applying the first coat of paint.
Chapman takes time to work with each class member — making sure there are no questions or problems with the painting process.