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Mission: To Revive, restore, remodel non-profit and historical buildings.

Scope:  Re.Vive by ArtFusion provides onsite, hands-on and educational training for individuals and businesses in the Decorative Finishing industry.

Length:  Each project/phase will be 5 - 7 days.

Scope of training for students.

  • Day 1 Students attend class on estimating, proposal writing, business, etc.  Mock scenarios.

  • Day 2 Instructors teach finishes that will be used on location.  To include floor, decorative wall, furniture, countertop, doors, but is dependent on location and scope of job.

  • Rest of the week…  The work begins start to finish.  

Throughout the week, students will create sample boards for their own portfolio.

The finishes shown represent just some of the finishes that may be created during your February 2019 Re.Vive, depending on time. Students will create numerous finishes, but color, design, products used may vary.


When: February 18 - 22, 2019

Where: Stronghold Castle in Oregon, Illinois 66 miles west of Chicago Airport

What: In addition to working on actual surfaces to be refinished at Stronghold, you will complete sample boards to take home including several wall finishes. Hands-on applications in the room chosen for Re.Vive will include….

  • 3 Walls

  • 1 Wall will be an accept wall using a stencil design.

  • Epoxy resin floor area

  • “Metal type” countertop

  • Concrete or epoxy countertop

  • Cabinet and trim finish

  • Epoxy floor finish taught by Jamie Seamans. With the exception of 2 wall finishes, all of the above finishes will be done on the actual surfaces at Stronghold.

Plus: As with the 2014 Caring with Colors/Faux Retreat past Faux Retreat attendees are welcome to teach a sample, share a recipe, contract or….Just let us know and we will try to fit you in!

Products used: Faux Effects, The Decora Company/San Marco, Novacolor, Color Atelier, Garage Kings

The room chosen for the remodel is used as both a conference room and for weddings and was also chosen because this is where the 32 Stronghold Castle board members meet once a month. We are wanting to wow the board and show the possibilities to be achieved and acquire funding for the Stronghold director for much needed future renovations in all the buildings on the property.

The following video shows the first room that will be completed.

As part of the Faux Retreat 10th anniversary, a past attendee will be entered to win a trip with Faux Retreat Italy scheduled for the fall of 2019.


The debut Re.Vive price to early registration and Faux Retreat alumni is $599 and includes classes, shared lodging (double beds, continental breakfast and lunch. Along with the application of finishes, you will take home samples for your own portfolio. You are responsible for bringing your own tools and prImed 16 x 24 styrene boards, 12 x 12 primed hardboard and 2 trim pieces.

Past Faux Retreat attendees who would like to join us, but may have some physical limitations or have retired from the business, may also attend at a reduced rate. We have plenty of non labor intensive jobs you can do and would like an assistant to the cook.

Registration includes lodging (2 -3 per room), breakfast, lunch and classes. Non-refundable deposit is $200 with balance of $399 due February 1, 2019. After February 1, cost is $699 for Re.Vive. The lodge rooms are very basic and although mattress replacement is on the “to do” list. We cannot guarantee that Stronghold has completed this by the time of Re.Vive.

Sample Schedule

  • Day 1 Students attend classes on estimating, business, etc. Mock scenarios, sample making.

  • Day 2 Instructors teach finishes that will be used on location. They will also complete samples of the finishes that they may use in their own portfolio. By afternoon we hope to start actually applying finishes to surfaces for walls.

  • Day 2 & 3 Wall, cabinet, door, trim and countertop finishes applied.

  • Day 4 & 5 Floor finish(es) applied.

Attendees will be supplied with a packing list, including tools and some boards to be used for samples.

For questions contact Charlee at 563-554-7551 or Beki 217-520-3841


The following is a list of the closest airports.

International airports near Oregon, IL

81 miles: Chicago, IL (ORD / KORD) Chicago O'Hare International Airport

93 miles: Chicago, IL (MDW / KMDW) Chicago Midway International Airport

124 miles: Milwaukee, WI (MKE / KMKE) General Mitchell International Airport

Domestic airports near Oregon, IL

21 miles: Rockford, IL (RFD / KRFD) Chicago Rockford International Airport

85 miles: Moline, IL (MLI / KMLI) Quad City International Airport



If you know of a non-profit facility that needs some renovations, let us know! These can include charity organizations, historic hotels, theaters, depots, churches, schools. Before contacting us you should already have contacted the facility to find out if they may be interested.



Interested in teaching at a future RE.VIVE? As an instructor for Re.Vive, you will be responsible for leading your crew from start to finish of scope of work including…

  • Mock job consultation

  • Mock job proposal (written)

  • Sample making

  • Hands on prep and implementation of work

Most jobs need to be completed from start to finish in 3 days or less. Only apply if you are able to train and work with a crew. Depending on the location and job, crews can be anywhere from 15 - 25 people.

Keep in mind that we are revitalizing non-profits. Many may not be able to provide any financial assistance or labor. We are mostly relying on donations from manufacturers and individuals to complete jobs.