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From Bleak to Chic

A decorative paint boutique that’s also part coffee shop, art gallery and floral market, Artifacts and Company in Beach Haven is like a real-life Pinterest board, brimming with inspiration. And owner Amy Haeberlein, a self-taught artist, floral and garden designer, and entrepreneur, knows just how to make your vision a reality when it comes to refinishing furniture.

An artist’s daughter, Haeberlein’s gift for creativity is rooted in her DNA. “My artistic medium is everything!” Haeberlein says. Artifacts and Company originally started as a furniture consignment store, comprised of an eclectic mix of fine art and furnishings, curated by Haeberlein’s talented eye. Inspired to provide her customers with an offering of the most unique, one-of-a kind pieces, Haeberlein transitioned into the art of furniture refinishing using chalk paint, with a focus on handcrafted kitchens, and bathroom vanities.

“I strive to transform my customers’ homes into their very own galleries,” Haeberlein says. Her specialty is bringing your décor vision to life through your furniture, no matter your style. Whether it’s updating a country kitchen to fit a coastal theme, or refreshing a dated bathroom with a modern look, Haeberlein and her team will apply their knowledge of paint colors, techniques and finishes to leave you with stunning pieces that look new, yet still feel like home. And for those looking to build a piece that’s completely custom, Haeberlein partners with local carpentry artist Roger Whitaker, to design a piece that’s handcrafted—never manufactured— and uniquely yours.

Artifacts and Company serves as Haeberlein’s paint showroom in Beach Haven, carrying the finest in furniture chalk paints, waxes, brushes and more. (Her paint studio, which she shares with Whitaker, is located in Manahawkin.) Stocked with top brands like Jolie, Annie Sloane, General Finishes and Artisan Enhancement, the boutique is constantly updating their inventory to keep up with the latest trends, offering customers an ever-changing selection.

A typical project starts off with an organic cleaning of water and vinegar, to gently remove dust and buildup without damaging the furniture. Then, depending on the desired look, the chalk paint is applied. Smooth, one-color finishes require a sanding in between coats, while a two-color distressed look requires carefully layered tones on top of one another. The final layer is a wax coating, selected to compliment the color of the piece.

Customers from all over the state trust Haeberlein to breathe a second life into their beloved heirlooms and antiquing finds. Stop into Artifacts and Company to view a curated display of paint colors and finishes, learn about decorative paint tips, and even sign up for lessons in technique. Custom workshops can be arranged by appointment. Gift certificates are available as well, for when you’re searching for the perfect present for your most creative friend.

“I believe home is where the heart is,” Haeberlein says, “and Artifacts and Company strives to help the home décor enthusiast to find or create unique pieces they can cherish for years to come.

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