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From left, Shirley Hendrix, Beth Davenport, Martha Montgomery, Mary Anne Merfeld, Paula Mullavey and Kay Gettys pose during their advanced BrushStrokes workshop. Shannon Weaver. (click for larger version)
August 11, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — Do-it-yourself enthusiasts have found a new painting resource in Forsyth County. BrushStrokes by Mary Anne, a specialty paint store and workshop studio, opened in May at 415 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 225 in Cumming.

BrushStrokes opened in Roswell in 2012 and sold products at the Lakewood 400 market before opening another store.

"We already had a lot of customers in Cumming that were going to other locations to buy our paint," said Mary Anne Merfeld, the owner. "We wanted to open a location so that it was more convenient."

Merfeld said that the store's paints are specially designed for furniture. One popular item, called Chalk Paint, is named for its chalky finish.

Brushstrokes also offers workshops on how to create different finishes with the paints and other products. Merfeld holds about five sessions a month, with introductory classes Aug. 9, 19, 23 and 26, and an advanced workshop Aug. 16.

"We have a lot of friends come together, a lot of mothers and daughters, husbands and wives," Merfeld said. "Most of the people that come are DIY'ers."

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