Community Focus: Freshup Restoration

Kristin Meyer gives this old bedroom set that belonged to her grandparents new life. It is accented by accessories found at flea markets like the vintage clock and wooden bowls. The pillows were purchased new.

Finding work where she could use her talent and skill as well as fuel her soul was the springboard for Kristin Meyer’s painting and design business — Freshup Restoration, LLC.

Freshup Restoration, LLC went from dream to reality after Kristin’s last child graduated from Sabetha High School in 2017. She had spent 25 years raising her children and with school activities coming to an end, she began thinking she could do something different.

“I could start doing something I’m really passionate about and use some skills I have to possibly start my own business and also help others,” she said.

After reading an anonymous quote, “Do what you love and the necessary resources will follow,” Kristin left her previous job and jumped into her painting.

“It was a little bit scary of a jump, but I knew if I had my own business, I could arrange my schedule around family time and also have the ability to scale the business on my terms,” Kristin said. “Sometimes in life you just have to do the big thing scared!”

Fresh Start

With her newly empty nest, Kristin set out to create a business that would help people restyle and refresh their homes. With Freshup Restoration, Kristin hopes to take the stress out of decorating so that people can just enjoy their homes as they make memories with their families.

“Sometimes we all just need someone to come into our homes with a fresh eye and fresh perspective on how a room could be restyled with a new paint color, rearranging furniture and adding a few new accessories,” Kristin said.

Kristin’s services include Color Consultation and Home Idea Tour, Inspiration Board, Source and Style Your Home and Interior Painting Services.

“Picking out a paint color can be daunting,” she said. “I do color consultation in your home with your lighting, hard surfaces and furnishings.”

Kristin said she can spend a morning or afternoon touring a client’s home and provide ideas for home renovation, restyling and painting projects. She will take those ideas and create an inspiration board with ideas to “springboard” a home renovation project. She also will find accessory items to purchase and install in homes, as well as provide interior and cabinet painting services.

Client Ashley Keim Snyder said she has used Freshup Restoration for a few painting jobs and was very happy with the results.

“You can tell she loves what she does with the amount of care and attention to detail she puts into her work,” Ashley said. “We would be happy to have her back in our home for any future painting.”

Fresh Experience

Though she has only operated Freshup Restoration for about a year, Kristin has been painting for 28 years.

“The year my husband and I moved into a little rental house in the country, the owners were gracious enough to let us go in and freshen it up with paint,” she said. “We had no idea what we were doing, but it was fun and it made it feel like home.”

A year later, the Meyers moved into their farmhouse and Kristin has been painting in it ever since. She also has been helping other people with their homes for a number of years.

Kristin grew up watching her dad — Dave Mars of Sabetha — run several of his own businesses, including a construction business.

“I developed a good appreciation for wood and paint,” she said. “I also grew up in and worked in a couple of cafés, so serving people taught me a lot. I think all of these life experiences set into motion the desire to manage my own business.”

Virginia Mars, Kristin’s mother, said Kristin was always determined and independent.

“At our first home in Sabetha, we had an old garage,” Virginia said. “At about age five, she [Kristin] found a paint brush and some paint, and decided to give the garage a new look.”

On one job sight where an old building was being torn down, Virginia remembers a 10-year-old Kristin finding a hammer and beginning to help knock down plaster walls.

Virginia and Dave were very pleased and excited for Kristin when she decided to step out into the world of owning her own business.

“This can be a big challenge, but share much confidence in Kristin’s ability to accomplish this endeavor,” they said.

Fresh Name

The name Freshup Restoration has two meanings for Kristin. She loves going into a home to “freshen it up” with a new paint color and design. But, the name is mostly derived from the scripture verse Psalm 23: “He refreshes my soul… He guides me along the right paths.”

“God created each of us with a purpose and a passion, and I believe He wants us to live them out and use the gifts, skills, interests and abilities He gave us to find work that matters, work that we love, work that brings us joy and hopefully brings a little joy to others along the way,” she said.

Fresh Perspective

Kristin has many decorating styles — classic, traditional, modern farmhouse, mid-century and Scandinavian — but if she had to put just one name on her style, she would choose New Traditional.

“I have learned you can mix styles in any home, but you do want to stay somewhat true to the style of the home you live in,” Kristin said.

Kristin’s favorite decorating elements include patterns with small prints, fun florals and texture, and classic colors.

“Black and white are classic colors that just don’t get old, but the softer tone of gray is still really popular,” she said.

Her choice of grays would be Kendall Charcoal, Wrought Iron or Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore. Her Color of the Year feature is Tarrytown Green — which she describes as a “deep green that is fun in small doses.”

Kristin also finds inspiration in light and bright rooms.

“I love beautiful deep colors here and there, but keeping your rooms light, airy and clutter-free just brings a sense of calm to life!” she said.

She recommends a splash of bold color like black, navy or dark green on furniture and accent walls. She enjoys plants and books in almost any room and says there is no such thing as “too many pillows.”

Fresh connections

Meeting new people and reconnecting with old acquaintances is part of what Kristin loves most about her job. She also enjoys the finished product once a room has been transformed with a new coat of paint.

“I think I do something new every day, which is really exciting!” Kristin said.

Kristin enjoys traveling to new places and meeting people who live there. She often gains inspiration and creativity in her journeys.

“It’s so fun to see the styles and architecture in different parts of the country,” she said. “Of course, a country drive in Kansas is pretty inspiring too.”

Fresh tools

A paintbrush, hammer and Instagram are the decorating essentials that Kristin uses most. Kristin uses several social media posts a week to display her work — or photos that have inspired her. Her engaging posts describe what she has done in the photo or what she likes most about it.

On the organization side of her business, she says she thrives on organization — everything has its place.

“I kind of live by this motto,” she said. “Organization is key to anything in life and really helps you set yourself up to win. The girls who work for me know that I have a certain place for everything in the tool bag — that way we don’t waste time looking for things.”

To keep herself organized, Kristin has certain tools she just couldn’t imagine working without. These include a planner, Black Ink Joy Pen, journal and file folders.

“Be prepared and take all the things,” Kristin says of the biggest lesson she has learned along the way. “You just never know what you might need on the job, so have a good supply of everything.”

Fresh Goals

Kristin just recently had a website designed and has plans for some other ideas down the road.

“When starting Freshup Restoration, my goal was to help people really love the home they live in and to be a springboard to inspire and encourage them in their home goals,” Kristin said. “Our home is where life happens so it is important that it’s a place we love to be and that is comfortable, inspiring and a place we want to welcome others to ‘come on in!’”

She focuses on serving one client and one project at a time.

One of her best compliments has been, “I love the new color!”

“We probably all have our own version of success in life, but I love how Maya Angelou puts it, ‘Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it,’” Kristin said.

When starting to pursue our purpose and passions and really enjoying what we do, Kristin said, all of the roles and relationships in life improve as well.

“One of the first verses I read when starting this painting company was Proverbs 16:3, ‘Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed,’” she said. “Not that our plans always turn out exactly as we had envisioned, but doing the right thing for the right reason will bring contentment and fulfillment into our lives.”

About Kristin

Kristin and her husband Jim have been married for 28 years. They live and farm in the Bern community. They have four children — Travis, Darren, Eric and Ellie. Travis is married to Mollie and works on the family farm, while operating a spraying business. Darren is an engineer in Manhattan. Eric is a senior at Kansas State University, studying milling science and management. Ellie is at Washburn University pursuing a nursing degree.

For more information, follow Freshup Restoration on Facebook and Instagram, email freshuprestoration@gmail.com or visit her website, www.freshuprestoration.com.

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Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and four children.

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