In a small workspace in downtown Milford, Stephanie MacDermaid and her team are giving new life to kitchen cabinets homeowners aren't a fan of anymore.
“I paint kitchen cabinets,” she explains. “I take 80’s oak, 90’s maple, and I give it a new look.”
She knows a thing or two about giving new life to old things. Stephanie’s store, The Pink Peony , is filled with vintage items bearing Stephanie’s personal touch. The tagline of her store... Where Vintage Blooms Again. Among the items you'll find there, refinished tables, chairs, armoires and so much more.
Passion for paint started young
“I played with paint my whole life,” she says. “My family manufactured paint. As a kid, I labeled paint cans on Saturday for my dad… so I live, eat and breath paint."
For a time, Stephanie had her own segment on the HGTV show Cash & Cari, in which she flipped furniture.
“I actually used a kitchen cabinet job to get into this space," she says of her downtown Milford store. "To come up with my rent money, to get into this space, because when you move into a space, you have all the expenses. And I came in with a zero budget, so I did a kitchen."
That’s was two and half years ago. Today, she’s on kitchen number 90. She gives people a new look for a fraction of what it would cost them to buy new cabinets. Her average kitchen makeover costs $2500.
After taking down the cabinets from a homeowner’s kitchen and bringing them to her workshop, she and her team clean, degrease, sand & prime, and then paint. She can also do distressed or glazed finishes. The whole process takes about a week.
“I’ve had women that have cried after they’ve seen their kitchen,” she says.
But clearly they’re not the only ones getting joy from her work,
“I absolutely love what I do. I get to take things that didn’t look so great and turn them into something beautiful and make them happy, whether it’s their furniture or their kitchen.”
The Pink Peony shop is located at 115 W Commerce St. in downtown Milford.
You can learn more about Stephanie’s kitchen cabinet transformations on her Facebook page