Leslie Exterkamp adores old furniture.
“The craftsmanship is superb,” she said “It is amazing to see the quality of work back then to what we see nowadays,” she explained.
Exterkamp “rehabilitates” furniture and — beginning Jan. 7 — is holding classes at her newly opened vintage market to teach the public the techniques she and her assistant Jessica Denmark use to revitalize those old, beautiful pieces of furniture.
The classes will range from the basic classes of painting smaller pieces to more intensive techniques — as well as fun, family friendly crafting classes.
Her appreciation of unique vintage items comes from living for many years in various countries in Europe, including Spain and Greece. Born abroad, Exterkamp didn’t come to the US until she was 17 years old. Most of her family still resides in France.
Exterkamp has turned her love of vintage and antique furniture into a business called The Worn Door Vintage Market and opened its doors in mid October.
The Worn Door, located in Winchester Plaza, just north of Lowe’s, is big enough to be half retail space, half studio.
“It’s exactly what I imagined for my business,” said Exterkamp.
“Space for customers to browse and space where Jessica and I can be creative and breathe new life into lovely furniture,” she said.
Exterkamp was on the hunt for some new pieces when she spotted a table that had been hand painted with a whimsical octopus. That’s how she met Jessica Denmark.
“I can’t paint like that so I asked her if she would help me in the vintage market and paint some pieces,” she said.
Exterkamp will sell more than furniture at her shop. Jewelry, vintage silver, body products, lotions, soaps and scavenged fabric will line her shelves, as well.
“I’ve partnered with some inspirational and passionate artisans to display and sell their work here,” she said.
The shop will also contain “anything and everything” related to paint. Leslie uses, and is a stockist for, Miss Lillian’s Chock Paint — to invigorate old furniture. She also uses Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Miss Lillian’s Chock Paint is a product created specifically to restore lost beauty to vintage furniture. Miss Lillian’s Chock Paint has over 58 colors to choose from along with a huge line of products for special finishes.
“You can pretty much do anything with it that you can think of,” Exterkamp said. “Depending on the piece you’re working with, It will stick to virtually any surface without sanding or priming first.”
Adding unusual, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces to our homes is what makes our spaces unique. Otherwise, our rooms would all look exactly the same — or copied out of a page from an interior design magazine.
So what can be more original than vintage items?
“My store is based upon my love of vintage furniture and creating beautifully refinished pieces to complement your home,” said Exterkamp. “We can also offer custom work for pieces you already own,” she said.
“My family has kept the same furniture for generations like hand-carved walnut or mahogany one-of-a-kind,” said Exterkamp. “No matter the age, it can be adapted to suit today’s living styles,” she said.
“I love what I do here and would stay here 24 hours a day if I could,” said Exterkamp.
The first in a series of upcoming workshops and is a chalk paint basics class will take place Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.
Learn how to revamp your old furniture in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. You’ll be learning the basics of chalk painting, distressing and waxing/sealing your piece. The class includes all the supplies you will need to create and complete your masterpiece. Bring your own piece to paint such as a chair, accent table, mirror etc.
Class sizes are limited to eight in order to ensure the best.
IF YOU GO
The Worn Door Vintage Market is located at
5180 Commercial Way; Spring Hill, Florida
Call (352) 610-4550 and ask for Leslie Exterkamp.
Authorized stockist of Miss Lillian’s No Wax Chock (yes..chock) Paint.