From Old to New Again 4

Local Refurbishing Artist Demonstrates a Springtime Furniture Makeover

Jill’s Abode sits nestled at the end of Avenida Del Mar’s shopping milieu like an Ole Hanson-inspired punctuation point. Jill Wilson owns and operates her retail store out of a historical 1928 cottage that provides a splendid canvas for featuring the eclectic blend of artistry and whimsy found at Jill’s Abode.

In addition to a warm and interesting mix of home furnishings and décor flourishes sprinkled throughout the quaint dwelling, Wilson offers a variety of classes where interested locals can learn all about the application of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints, of which she is a distributor and is a focal point of Jill’s Abode. Wilson offers a three-hour workshop for $95 where students can bring a small piece of furniture to completely transform into something fresh and exciting by the end of the lesson.

Wilson notes that interior décor trends are moving away from the heavy Tuscan theme that dominated the last 10-15 years and are now gravitating to a clean, coastal palette—a perfect meet-up with the 2017 Pantone trend colors. Using the fresh and invigorating paint colors, Wilson provides readers here with the before and after effect on an old solid mahogany dresser now donning Pantone Lapis Blue and a fun end table that morphs from shell pink to Pantone Primrose Yellow.

The beauty of using chalk paint is the absence of having to perform any prep work. Wilson selects an old piece with interesting lines and details and simply applies the paint right over any existing finish. Using a variety of techniques, including layering colors for a “boat wood” effect, distressing edges, adding color washes or even decoupage, the finished product promises to be a charming accent to any room in the house.

Wilson is constantly on the hunt for unique, well-built pieces that she can envision updating with the chalk paints. She only uses quality pieces made of solid wood, specifically those with cool lines and design details. Once she completes the chalk paint makeover magic, Wilson adds the piece to the inventory at Jill’s Abode.

In addition to the furniture pieces that she creates, Wilson collaborates with other local artists and artisans who embellish the store with wonderful paintings, quirky mixed media creations, and beautiful succulent artistry. Jill’s Abode is located at 228 Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente. To learn more about the painting techniques go to To inquire about the workshops, please call 949.545.7998.