Maine Country Home opened July 4 at 153 Main St. in Thomaston offering various paints to help lend a different look to everyday household items and fabrics.

Owner Lydia Langston of Cushing used to restore old homes in Newport, RI, before deciding she wanted to do something further creative in retirement.

"There is really no artistic talent needed for this," said Langston, who said her store showcases what can be done with the specialty paints she sells.

An old piece of furniture can be spiced up. It can also be distressed with a certain mixture of paint, wax, and brush strokes. Or a glass lamp can be made to look porcelain. All this with a simple touch of paint.

Langston sells two particular brands of paint which can be applied to wood, metal, glass or fabric. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. The chalk paint is a liquid that comes in 31 colors, and can be mixed to create a variety of other colors and hues. The milk paint is a powder that comes in 18 colors and can also be mixed for variety.

Maine Country Home carries all the necessary extras like brushes, mixers, whisks and waxes. And offers latex appliques by Efex, for which Langston is a worldwide distributor. The appliques can be applied with contact cement to give a piece a unique look before a coat of paint is added.

Langston offers classes from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every other Saturday to those wanting instruction on the process. Customers are encouraged to bring in a small piece of furniture or fabric and for a minimal fee they can learn how the process works.

"It helps them feel more confident to tackle a bigger project," said Langston.She also offers custom painting services.

The store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to

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