Home Front: IDEAS Vintage Market

A little help can go a long way with the help of Judith Minegar, owner of this Sewickley shop.

Photo by John Altdorfer


When Judith Minegar was a little girl, her mother painted the family’s piano white and gilded it in gold paint. Minegar recalls that she struggled with the notes while seated at the instrument, but she admired the look of the wood. To this day, she favors a freshly painted piece of white furniture, and her mother’s hobby influenced her decision to start her business, IDEAS Vintage Market.

The boutique owner and creative collaborator describes the style of her company, which opened in fall 2011, as “Parisienne Flea Market — it is elegance mixed with vintage and a little industrial.”

The shop offers custom painting, color consultations and consignment. For those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, IDEAS hosts workshops from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

“We are here to help our customer[s] to reveal their creative side,” says Minegar, who’s an advocate for the therapeutic benefits of working with your hands. She believes it is important to tackle an old-fashioned project equipped with a vision, bucket of paint and paint brush.

Minegar observes that several of her customers want to keep pieces of old furniture that have acquired sentimental value but no longer match their lifestyles or décor and are collecting dust in their homes. With a little time and paint, old furniture can transform from worn and outdated into polished and stylish, she says.

“It is [taking] something that has long been out of use and making it into art,” says Minegar.

IDEAS supplies products such as Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture paints, Old Fashioned Milk paint and Whitewood Ready-to-Finish furniture made for vintage furniture painting.

419 Beaver St., Sewickley; 412/534-4218, ideasvintagemarket.com



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