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About Avenue 122

Welcome to Avenue 122, a DIY site dedicated to bringing out the beauty in those gently (or not-so-gently) used pieces of furniture. Avenue 122 is an official reseller of Rethunk Junk by Laura and Van Gogh Paintology products and recommends them for getting the job done right. It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do!

Stay for a while and discover the satisfaction of DIY furniture resurfacing. This site offers Tutorials, DIY tips and tricks, and a gallery of before and after projects. If you're in the Geneva, Illinois vicinity, be sure to stop by "What's Your Consignment?" to check out the retail space. Pick up paint, brushes, finishes, or attend a workshop while you’re there.

About Bernadette Kemper

Avenue 122 was created by me, Bernadette Kemper—a devoted mother and avid DIY-er. For years I wanted to learn how to resurface furniture. I love the entire upcycling process: start with a thrift store item, plan, paint, and sell the new beauty for a profit.

I have been upcycling furniture full time for a few years and selling my work in four consignment shops in Chicagoland. In partnering with Rethunk Junk by Laura and Van Gogh Paintology, I have found the best products out there and can't wait to show you how to do the same. I am a lover of family, dogs, Breaking Bad, and The Chicago White Sox.