Storefront Report: Atwater shop puts an upcycling spin on home decor

By Nathan Solis

Krissy Arora has a love for chairs. It’s as simple as that. At her new Atwater Village shop, Boho Upcycle, Arora is offering customers a chance to redesign an old chair down to what fabrics are used, paint colors and the overall feel, giving new life to worn furniture.

It’s fitting seeing as Arora is making the leap from the fashion industry to  reupholstery and home decor with an upcycling philosophy.

“I’ve been moonlighting with decorations, decoupage, and other DIY projects for some time now, so it was only a matter of time,” says Arora who has set up Boho Upcycle in a narrow Glendale Boulevard storefront.

The shop specializes in eco-friendly materials, including wax brushes and non-toxic, odorless, acrylic free paint from CeCe Caldwell. Their paints blend chalk with porcelain clay into a water solution that Arora is extremely excited to offer at Boho Upcycle.

“There are a few other retailers that offer the same paint, but none in the Los Angeles area. I want to be the first shop to offer that option to customers,” says Arora.

Up cycling is nothing new. Someone finds an old lamp at a yard sale and puts a new shade on it. There’s nothing more eco-friendly than that. Arora wants people to be able to repurpose and reuse any furniture that they might be throwing out.

“We’ll be offering classes on all the tools of the trade, the types of craft and arts skills that some people forget in their busy lives,” says Arora.

November classes are now available, and Arora knows that in time people will start to love their old furniture once again.

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