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Junktique Recycling In Rye Makes Old Furniture Look New

Daniella Toth Farkas of Junktique Recycling in Rye says their line of paint products can make old antiques look modern.
Daniella Toth Farkas of Junktique Recycling in Rye says their line of paint products can make old antiques look modern. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

RYE, N.Y. -- Have an old piece of furniture that you've been wanting to refurbish? A new shop in Rye can help you give that old antique a modern look.

Junktique Recycling launched its first location in Norwalk in April 2012 as an average antique store, and now specializes in furniture refinishing, repainting and custom painting. You can buy a freshly painted piece, bring your own pieces in to be repainted, or take a workshop and learn to paint furniture yourself.

One of the main products at the store is the Annie Sloan line of chalk paints. Junktique is one of the few stores in New York and the only one in Westchester to offer the line of decorative paints.

"Everybody is looking for this paint right now," said store owner Daniella Toth Farkas. The English brand is popular with both decorators and people who are interested in DIY projects. "It's low-VOC, there's no sanding or priming required. Someone can transform a piece in a day."

The store's floors are painted with the 31 different colors in the Annie Sloan line, and the showroom is furnished only with old pieces. There's also a paint bar where customers can come in and try out different colors to see which ones they like best, and where various workshops on painting will be held.

"A lot of people are busy, or feel that they can't tackle it because they've never painted," Farkas said. "They can just bring it here, and we'll do it for them. Or they can take a class and we walk them through how to get the look they want."

Farkas said that the painted pieces are very popular in home decor right now. Antique pieces are often of a higher quality than ones you might find in a large furniture store, she said, but people are often reluctant to display them in their homes because they look old, ugly, or scratched up. A quick paint job can get them looking bright, chic and new.

"A lot of people find it very relaxing. They really seem to enjoy painting their pieces," Farkas said. "Plus there's a sense of satisfaction because they did it themselves."

Junktique Recycling is now open and located at 67 Purchase St. in Rye.

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