“What is ‘The Painted Pineapple’? Do you paint pineapples?”
This is the question I get asked most often. While I can certainly do that, I paint furniture to bring it new life. Along with a love of all things tropical, The Painted Pineapple was born.
The Painted Pineapple first began on Lake Wylie, SC in the spring of 2014. While out boating, I took my love of painting furniture to the next step, and my hobby became a business that very afternoon.
Chalk Paint® intrigued me. Everywhere I looked, I saw traditional pieces of furniture morphed into shabby chic, cottage style decor. Now, I was a traditionalist. I appreciated the intricate detail of hand-carved, Queen Anne, solid wood furniture. The grain showcased by the cherry stain epitomized quality and classic style. I could not fathom touching that furniture with anything but a clear satin sheen.
The Charlotte area was being inundated with a new style of brightly-colored furniture, and I had to get in on it. I researched and researched chalk paint and how to use it. One name stood out to me above all others, Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Quality was still important to me and I knew I did not want to attempt to make my own to save a few dollars. I bought my first quart of chalk paint, Old White, and have never looked back.
I started out in a small booth at Catawba River Antique Mall, in Belmont, NC. Soon after, a second location opened at Blacklion, in Charlotte, NC. The business continued to grow and relocated to Augusta, GA.
The Painted Pineapple opened it’s first brick and mortar location on Walton Way in Augusta, GA on September 9, 2017. There were no Annie Sloan stockists in the area so I knew what product I had to sell. After applications, interviews and training, I received my first shipment of Annie Sloan products. It became clear that with the popularity of Annie Sloan Paint® that I needed to move the business downtown. We opened in the historic Henry Kennedy building on “Artist’s Row” on February 10, 2018. In addition to Annie Sloan® products, The Painted Pineapple also has a wide variety of new, high-end furniture with our primary focus being quality. One of our brands is Bramble from which every piece is handmade from solid mahogany. We also carry an array of home furnishings and gifts with an emphasis on entertaining. Nevertheless, wherever The Painted Pineapple sets up shop, it is sure to have a unique piece that will surely become the pineapple of your eye.
WORKSHOPS: Workshops are an opportunity to learn about the Annie Sloan method and try out her products before investing in them. The Essentials class is a great place to start even if you have painted furniture or anything else before. This will provide you a background of Chalk Paint® and how it began. It will also teach you Annie’s way of using her paint and answer any questions you may have. The Essentials and Advanced classes are the only “teaching” classes. The others are just for fun and being able to use the products without having to buy everything. Annie Sloan products are offered at a 10% discount the day/night of a workshop to attendees only. This is the only time there is a sale on Annie Sloan products. This is to ensure the integrity of the product and that all stockists provide the same service.
APPOINTMENTS: The Painted Pineapple does not have regular hours on Mondays. However, I am usually in the shop or in town running errands etc. I am happy to meet anyone at the shop at a designated time to pick up furniture or buy paint. It’s best to set a time in advance. It may be a little difficult the day of, but I will try to accommodate. The best way to make an appointment is to call during shop hours at 706-426-8319 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org during non-hours.
CLOSINGS: At times, I will have to close the shop during my normal shop hours. As I am the owner and only employee, I will take vacation days and sometimes unexpected events happen that take me away from the shop. I will advertise any closings on the home page of my website, facebook page, yelp, and google. If you are coming from out of town, I encourage you to check one of those sites or just call. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.