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Signature Finishes

Yankee Shopper Staff

NORTH GRAFTON – Ever envied a piece off lovely, unique hand-painted vintage or antique furniture?  If so, there’s now a place in North Grafton where you can make it your own.

Maureen Bane opened Signature Finishes at 202 Worcester Street in September, after several years of selling her painted furniture at antique malls in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The new store specializes in restored vintage furniture pieces and antique home décor, and also carries hand-crafted jewelry and greeting cards. “I have had several area artisans join me in the shop so there is a real celebration of locally made art as well,” she said.

For do-it-yourselfers, Maureen carries two lines of paint that are specifically formulated for furniture: Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, which is an all natural powdered paint, and Paint Couture!(tm), which is a ready mixed acrylic.

You won’t be on your own if you decide to go the do-it-yourself route. Maureen offers several day-long and evening workshops every month to share her knowledge and tricks of the trade.

Maureen started her Signature Finishes business in 2006 as a faux finisher doing decorative painting for clients in their homes, having trained extensively at the New England Institute of Faux Finishes in Hopkinton and the Royal Design Studios in San Diego, Calif., where she attended classes in Modellos and mirror patina creation. She also took a furniture and cabinetry class at the Faux Finishing School in Lexington, Kentucky, which prompted her to concentrate on furniture instead of walls.

Upcoming classes follow:

Milk Paint 101 – Bring your own furniture. This is a hands-on class in which Maureen will show you the steps from start to finish, transforming the piece you brought in. Monday, February 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Furniture is my Canvas with Paint Couture! – Students will work on sample molding pieces in class but all finish recipe combinations are provided in a booklet for furniture projects at home. Wednesday, February 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Creative Painting Techniques - a combination class exploring the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line as well as the Paint Couture! acrylic line of paint. Thursday, February 27, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

For details, pricing, and all upcoming workshops go to or call Maureen at 508-839-9900.