Powder River Paints

Rejuvenate Old Furniture With This Boutique Product That’s Both Local And Organic

Home grown in Virginia Beach, but named after a river in Wyoming, Powder River Paint joins the ranks of “chalk paints” and other boutique products that are all the rage, especially among those who love to give old furniture new life with decorative paint treatments. Not to be confused with “chalkboard” paint, chalk paint was so named because of its velvety matte finish.

This durable, water-based, organic paint—in colors like High Country Blue, Prairie Grass and Palomino—is made of four main ingredients: titanium dioxide, calcium carbonate (chalk), clay and water. Universal tints are added in such small amounts as to be, according to owners Kay and Bob Mount, “virtually non-existent.”

Paint manufacturing may be a new venture for Kay, but this is not her first furniture rodeo. Born the daughter of a skilled artisan in the furniture industry in High Point, N.C., the “furniture capital of the world,” she has owned Kay Mount Designs for more than two decades, with work featured on HGTV. Augmenting her earlier education with a return to High Point for advanced courses in designer furniture and finishes, as well as painting classes with nationally recognized artists, Kay’s upscale hand-painted pieces with their “relaxed elegance” have been admired in local and national publications, as well as on TV.

From Bob’s side of the family comes the Wyoming connection, colored with familial ties to the Crow Indians, the Burlington Railroad, Buffalo Bill and a past governor of the state. The short version of Bob’s work history leads from the Army to industrial engineering, to a number of management positions “running companies for other people,” and finally to what he calls his love: his own construction company.

But it was his experience as a waterproofing contractor and his putting the kibosh on Kay’s desire to distribute a paint she’d come to love that led to their own manufacturing business. “We’ll just make our own paint,” he said, “I have some ideas.” “And,” recalls Kay, “’lo and behold he did.”

The artist and engineer behind Powder River Paint appear to have created a surface treatment company with great depth.

Categories: At Home, Issue Page Departments