WOW!!! What a fabulous extended weekend we had at the General Finishes Flipping Furniture Expo (say that five times fast!). My store owner, Sharlie, graciously agreed to join me several months ago when I told her all about it. In my home state of IL ((go Cubs!)) the expo was held at the gorgeous Loew’s hotel- O’Hare.
Being a SAHM of three beautiful littles & a husband with the workload of a surgical resident – because he is one 😉 free time to travel doesn’t come easily! It took much maneuvering and the willingness of my Mother to travel from IL to be with my children in MS for three days. Three days, onegrandma & Halloween festivities. She is a SAINT! Our first night they held a cocktail hour and was an opportunity to welcome everyone as well as meeting vendors and fellow refinishers. We were able to meet “George the Eagle” and were given some amazing loot in our grab bags!
So many of my favorites were included with our freebies: salt wash samples, foils, brushes & even some adorable tags from one of my favorite instagram accounts- the Coffee Stained Tag co. (Go check out her stuff, Here it’s all amazing!) and SO much more! That next morning we were up and moving to our full day of classes! From 8am until 5pm we were watching demos, listening to some inspirational speakers for business strategies & learning new techniques with hands on applications. The day went by so quickly and we learned so many new things but I want to give a special shout-out to the baristas at Starbucks because I think its safe to say that myself and the other expo attendees survived on the rush of DIYs and copious amounts of caffeine!Later that evening we were treated to a wonderful buffet with life entertainment and dancing! Wishing I had gotten better pictures of us in our dresses, after all, how often will you find painters in nice clothing?!
The next morning we were back to class and spent a half day learning more techniques & meeting more wonderful people! I was so thrilled to meet Rachel with Restyle Junkie and take her class on “Barnwood Finishes”. I’ve admired her work from afar for so long on instagram, I couldn’t wait to meet her. She was just as sweet as she is knowledgeable and I highly recommend you visit her site here for loads of information (including her new ebook!) & inspiration for your next DIY! With our last day of class coming to an end we had to pick up & leave the expo to head home. We had such an amazing time we were sad to have to leave so soon. Don’t worry, we walked next door and found comfort in an AMAZING lunch before heading off to the airport.General Finishes, it was a great Expo- we are already talking about next year! (hint, hint)
…Keep scrolling for more pics from the expo!