See how one local lady merged her love for art and home décor with getting gal pals together for a fun night of creativity.
This isn’t your typical wine and paint party.
Brushed Up Painting Parties, the business formerly known as Hoosier Paint Girl, helps customers create something “amazing” through their fun and easy décor painting classes. Classes are both public and private. Co-owned by Kelly Bridewell and her husband Todd, Brushed Up offers sign painting, barrel head, and tray painting classes as well as furniture painting classes. Unlike many painting companies that offer classes such as canvas painting, Brushed Up uses real wood as well as stencils. “This way the participants can focus having fun while creating something amazing,” says owner and president Kelly Bridewell.
Brushed Up started life as Hoosier Paint Girl, a business in which Bridewell painted furniture and then began creating rustic wood wall décor. In 2014 she held a painting class for a friend; the class went “locally viral” on Facebook, and business took off. “I created this company to give people a fun and easy way to get together AND to create something that they are proud of. Something that they can’t wait to hang on the wall!” Bridewell explains. “Not only is the experience fun and laid back, but they leave with a sense of accomplishment and a high end product.”
In the painting classes, the participant picks out a product from Brushed Up’s extensive collection. The item is then cut into a stencil. “This takes any ‘free-handing’ out of the equation, making the design look more polished,” Bridewell says. “The process of painting is extremely easy and the class lasts approximately two hours. Our staff of trained ‘party leaders’ give a tutorial at the beginning of the class and then stays for duration of the class to help with things like color choices, etc.” Brushed Up only uses quality paints such as Junk Gypsy Chalk Type Paint, which Bridewell also acts as a retailer of.
Brushed Up also helps local businesses. “Venues such as restaurants, wineries, coffee shops, pubs and much more reach out to us to bring patrons in to their facility on an otherwise ‘slow’ night,” Bridewell says. Patrons buy food and drinks at the locations, and Facebook ads bring the businesses attention, so both Brushed Up and partnering businesses benefit. “Knowing that we are helping other local businesses build a following by building partnerships is an amazing added benefit” of running Brushed Up, Bridewell says.
Several events are coming up, including Mother’s Day event at the Tri-County Mall on May 13, where moms and kids can come paint together, and a partnership with Cincy Wine Wagon for a seven hour ‘party bus’ ride that includes three wineries. All public events are listed on Facebook and Brushed Up’s website.