Little Billy Goat Paint
DIY’ers rejoice! A 417-land shop is selling an easy-to-use paint that won’t get your goat.
By Ettie berneking
Put down that sandpaper and step away from the primer. You don’t need them! What you do need is to head to Ellecor Design & Gifts (2144 E. Republic Rd., A100, Springfield, 417-720-2602, ellecordesign.com). While most of your shopping trips at this home decor store might have you dreaming about a new living room set or fantasizing about redoing that guest bedroom, this latest home remodel project is all DIY, and it starts with a can of Little Billy Goat Paint.
Finally released to the public in June, this paint/primer made its way to Ellecor in August, and owner Haden Long has already been busy painting chairs, tables, tin ceiling tiles, clocks and picture frames.
“We’ve had some of our clients redo furniture, and we have helped with those projects,” Long says. “Often, we would just use Sherwin Williams paint or whatever was available at home improvement stores. But this line looked so easy to use, and I thought it would be perfect to have in store for our DIY crowd.”
Priced at $32 a jar and with 16 colors to choose from, the Little Billy Goat Paints have become an instant hit.
To show off the product, Long and her team set up painting demos at Farmers Park and are always ready to help answer questions at the store. With a matte finish that veers toward antique in style, these paints are easy to use. There is no sanding or priming needed. Just grab a paintbrush and get to work.
“These are really a one-step restoration paint,” Long says. “We’ve even used it on highly varnished furniture, and you can’t even scratch it off with your fingernail.”
Don’t see the color you like? Mix in one of the glazes—black, brown or white—to deepen, whitewash or alter any of the colors. And for those who have sworn off painting after several failed attempts, there are even six colorful paint sticks you can play with. Long used the sticks to bedazzle a clock and a few picture frames. “These are basically crayons for adults,” she says. Coloring time has never been so much fun!
Five Fun Ways to Use Little Billy Goat Paint
1. Repaint an old wooden dresser to match your new bedding.
2. Don’t throw away that boring clock. Use the paint sticks to give it a new look and plenty of style.
3. Instead of spending tons of money on a new dining room set, just paint the two end chairs to create a new focal point.
4. Use the paint sticks to jazz up inexpensive picture frames for the winter season. While updating your decor, this can double as craft time with the kids.
5. This paint can be used on almost any material, even that outdated bathroom tile. Now your Pinteresting has a purpose!
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