Dresser Up Vintage Boutique & Restorations is a small business that specializes in furniture restorations, customizations, DIY supplies and expert advice. We are one of the few certified retailers in the Northern KY/Cincinnati area to offer Fusion Mineral Paint, Iron Orchid Design products, and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. We offer in person workshops as well as virtual workshops on our YouTube channel, Dresser Up’s Wendy’s Workshop for DIY projects and product How-To’s. Our store location is in Newport, KY where we hold our workshop classes, sell vintage and vintage styled home goods along with restored furniture and customizable gifts using our laser engraver!
The path to starting Dresser Up Vintage Boutique was definitely not straight forward.
My love for antiques and all things vintage started when I was in high school. I loved searching through the flea markets, antique stores, and garage sales.
Over the years I had my fingers in many creative endeavors. Each venture taught me something different.
For the past fifteen years I had been blessed to stay at home with my three girls and work with my husband building his business. My two oldest girls left for college and my youngest was not to far from getting her drivers license. My husband really could manage the business without me. So I found I had a lot more time on my hands. I began to contemplate going back to work to fill up some of those extra hours and the idea of earning an income outside of my husbands business was intriguing.
I had been painting and decorating my home for years and I loved all things vintage. An idea began to form, and after over a year of planning I approached my husband and told him my desire to start a painting/repurposing business with a vintage flair. He was skeptical, however, having always been supportive in my choices he said we would look into opening a business. I love to tell the story, that he never specifically said "hey, let's do this". I was waiting for him to come on board it took a few months. He has always supported me but he's very cautious. I knew he was in when I got a phone call from him on a Saturday afternoon and he said "I'm at this garage sale... and there are two cabinets I think we can repurpose".... So began Dresser Up Vintage Boutique!
– Wendy Critcher (Owner/Paint and Restoriation Specialist)
SMALL BUSINESSES HELPING
Finding ways to support small businesses like ours has always been important to Dresser Up Vintage. The pandemic has shown us how essential the support from our local community is. That’s why Dresser Up Vintage wants to use our platform to extend a hand to other small businesses to get the vital support from the community they need. After all, it’s the stability of these small enterprisers that make up the fabric of our local communities.
Below you can find the link to other amazing shops and businesses in the city of Newport. Thank you for supporting small businesses!
Jet Age Records
The Baker's Table
We promise to ethically source exceptional coffees, roast them with care, put our heart and soul into every drink we prepare for you.
Jet Age Records is a place where people come together to slow down, enjoy themselves and the music.
The Baker’s Table is a farm-to-table restaurant, café, bar and bakery on historic Monmouth Street in Newport, Kentucky. We’re just across the bridge from downtown Cincinnati, serving handmade food and beverage for brunch and dinner.
Pensive Distilling Co.
Our first still is located in a historic building on Monmouth Street where a rich history mixes with a bright future. The tradition of fine spirits continues today with our modern recipes that are sure to put in a PENSIVE mood.
Tesori: Vintage Home, Fine Art & Antiques
One-of-a-kind, beautifully distressed vintage home decor, antiques, fine art & 7 flavors of biscotti from our Tutto Biscotti Bakery
Yarns and accessories from around the world. Voted Best of the City by Cincinnati Magazine and Best of Cincy by Cincy Magazine.