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Hand painted furniture from the Tarbox Cottage

Donna Thomson, photographed by Portland Headshot, standing among some of the hand painted furniture that she creates and sells at the Pepperell Mill Campus.

Donna Thomson, photographed by Portland Headshot, standing among some of the hand painted furniture that she creates and sells at the Pepperell Mill Campus.

Cottage style furniture hand painted in Maine

When you stop by Donna’s shop at the Pepperell Mill Campus you will often find her hand sanding and painting cottage style furniture among some of the gorgeous pieces on display. She moved her business to the Mill late last year and has been very involved both as an owner operated small business, and as a member of our vibrant community.

The Tarbox Cottage
Building 18 Suite 122
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Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Donna Thomson. I’m from Biddeford and now live in Biddeford Pool.

Tell me a little about your business?

The Tarbox Cottage is a collection of old and new custom hand-painted furniture along with a mixture of vintage and unique home decor accessories.

What made you choose the mill for your business?

When I watched the PMC video, “Make Something Old-New Again,” I knew this was the place for my business. Also, I was born and raised in Biddeford. I remember how vibrant the downtown was years ago and it’s very exciting to watch Biddeford come alive again.

How long have you been doing this?

In 2013 I moved to the Chicago area and worked with four creative women, one of whom was a stockist for Annie Sloan decorative chalk paint. We bought, painted and sold many home decor and furniture items. Once back in Maine, I decided to open The Tarbox Cottage. The Tarbox Cottage opened for business in October 2016.

What makes your business interesting to you?

Each painted piece is unique and the store is always changing with new items. It’s wonderful to see how paint can transform an old piece and make it new again. It’s all about reusing and recycling pieces that were ready to be retired.

What makes you stand out from others in the same industry?

The Tarbox Cottage is always changing. Each time you visit, something new and interesting has been added. Along with hand-painted furniture, The Tarbox Cottage also offers a service called “Use What You Have Decorating.” You have bought what you love and we are here to help you put it all together.



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The Pepperell Mill Campus in Biddeford, Maine photographed by Portland Headshot, a brand of Peter Greeno Photography, for The Mill ProjectThe Mill Project is a joint partnership project between Portland Headshot, a brand of Peter Greeno Photography, and the Pepperell Mill Campus, redeveloping Biddeford’s historic mill campus.

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