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Sarah Hines and Mets Schilstra or Shines Studios

With a background in accounting and business, Mets Schilstra was expected to follow in the family accounting business. Instead, he continued painting, as he had in his teenage years, and expanded it into his own company. Quite the opposite, Sarah Hines grew up surrounded by her family’s passion for antique restoration. Over time, she obtained a degree in art and began her own business.

It wasn’t until 2013, that they met at an IDAL Conference and Expo. Both business owners, they’d travelled to the conference to network with other professionals and further their artistic education. But from the first moment they laid eyes on each other, their lives began to align. A long distance relationship ensued until they merged their businesses and became engaged.

Their company, Shines Studios, is based out of Noblesville, Indiana. They predominately work on the north side of Indianapolis, and downtown in the historic district, where they are involved in one or two large projects every year, in addition to wall finishes and kitchen cabinetry jobs. They also travel for the right job.

Having met through IDAL, they continue to return to the yearly conference and expo to explore new products and techniques. Firm believers in continued education, they take classes when they are able. That’s also how they met Kathy Carroll. “I met her at class about four or five years ago in Georgia. Kathy stays up to date on everything. She finds the most on the market, inventive products. She puts together great finishes and is a fantastic resource and help. If we need help she is there. And she can get me 500 pounds of concrete and epoxy in one day,” said Sarah.

“I also met Kathy several years ago at a convention in Memphis. Then a lot of time passed in between before I took a Proceed class with her. She’s one of those favorite teachers, very genuine person, down to earth, and never too embellishing about herself. She knows what she does and the products speak for themselves,” said Mets.

“She spends lots of time working with the samples making sure she is offering us the best products. We order all our DesignCrete for our countertops, foils, and Jewelry Stencil Collection, the product is so cool it really looks like jewelry on the wall basically,” said Sarah.
“Her Faux by Kathy products are fantastic,” said Mets.

Combining their businesses has only made them stronger, each contributing with their individual strengths. “I am very particular in my application, prep work, and finishing. I learned from her to think a little more outside my own little box. Sarah is very daring in colors and trying different finishes. She knows the chemistry of products, what it can and cannot do. If we do not, we will try to break it to see what it can do to learn from it. Sarah knows a lot of different product that I did not know of that can work in artistic application via furniture, cabinets, and walls. She has definitely added to my strength as well in teaching me new products and applications,” said Mets.

“He keeps us on task. What project we need to start on and to go from there. There are not many things we don’t try to tackle. I’m a much better painter now. Mets is steady, he brings perfection to everything, to every last detail,” said Sarah.

While their skills are extensive, they still have their favorites. Mets loves trowel finishes. Any trowelled product really, from metallic to Venetian. And Sarah can’t get enough concrete and epoxy. Concrete countertops and overlays are top on her list. But one thing that really gets them both going is bringing a piece of furniture back to life.
“I like to embellish them and bring them back to life.” Confirms Mets. “He has mad skills.”

“I’m cut off a little bit until we have an outlet for my tables. We love working with furniture pieces, be it old trunks, little tables, or anything, because you bring it in, finish it, and move it out again. People abandon it and you add ten to fifteen years of life to it. Furniture pieces are not made as good a quality as what it was,” said Mets.

“I still really like to restore things. I enjoy that very much. Our designers have us come in and do particular furniture pieces for clients because we can translate and copy pieces and wallpapers,” said Sarah.

They do transitional pieces, staircases, and floors to make them look continuous once more with wood coloring and wood graining. With their fondness of preservation and restoration, Sarah and Mets remember a favorite job that required those particular skills. “We did a project in Tiger Oak. The wood type has been basically extinguished from over harvesting and we had to paint and faux them out. But we were able to use the existing doors and fireplace mantels as references. Tiger Oak has a specific distinctive wave in the wood grain when it is cut that you can see in old pianos, fireplaces, mantels, and cabinets. You cannot get it anymore,” said Sarah.

There are times when a kitchen just needs a facelift to make it new again. Sarah and Mets were called in to help a tired kitchen and breath fresh life into it once more. “We just did a project where everything was cherry floors and cabinets. They hated their cabinets and wanted new stone countertops. They wanted a gray painted finish on everything. It brightened and opened up the house,” said Sarah.

“We see that a lot and it’s very gratifying to transform. The kitchen is almost the most important place of the house where people spend so much time. We have clients that we see that are so happy they did this, who enjoy our work on a daily basis, and that’s what is so gratifying to us,” said Mets.

Fellow artists they share mutual respect for hired them to work in their home. “We’re working on a home with two artists. She is glass and he is metal. They want minimalist. We are doing a carved Venetian plaster fireplace. It’s really neat, taking multiple pictures of things they like and transferring it into one finish,” said Sarah.

“We are going to execute it in the next three weeks, it’s a really big house and they love what we showed them. To be able to translate that onto the dual fireplace that’s in the center of their home. They wanted it to be a focal piece. Its nice to see them being artists admiring what we can do. We’ve seen their artwork and it’s beautiful. It’s a wonderful contributing to that,” said Mets.

Just what does the future hold for Sarah and Mets? They plan to continue with their business and the projects they enjoy so much and have even embarked on an additional venture. “In the spring we are building a whole new building in our backyard. A studio, to separate our work, to set up a nice dedicated building to do more work and add different projects that we have been holding off of. More of the loose furniture pieces that we have not had the space for and to create more art to move in to the market for designer or commercial institutions,” said Mets.

“We hope to continue along with original products that are being introduced in this market,” said Sarah.

For more information about Sarah Hines and Mets Schilstra or Shines Studios call 317.709.8015 or www.shinesstudios.com or www.houzz.com/pro/shinesstudios


 

 

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