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Mission: To Revive, restore, remodel non-profit facilities.

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, business, etc.  Mock scenarios.

  • Day 2 Instructors teaches finishes that will be used on location.  They will also complete samples of the finishes that they may use in their own portfolio.  To include resin floor, decorative wall, furniture, countertop, doors.

  • Day 2 - 5  The work begins start to finish.  

There will be an open house open to the public and media either Friday evening or Saturday.


When: February 18 - 22, 2019

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

What: You will complete sample boards to take home for 4 wall finishes, including an exclusive Sheri Zeman finish. Two of the finishes will be allied to the walls. You will also complete samples and hands-on applications of the following..

  • Trim finishes

  • 1 epoxy countertop

  • 1 concrete countertop

  • cabinet 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.

Instructors and products: Instructors Sheri Zeman, Jamie Seamans, Beki VanMeter, Charlee King and Kathy Boyd.

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!

Products used: Faux Effects, Metallo and Africa by Novacolor, San Marco, Color Atelier,

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.

Photos of the actual finishes coming soon.

The debut of Re.Vive is only open to alumni Faux Retreat attendees until November 30. If you would like to be notified of opening after this date, please use the contact form and let us know.

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

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The debut Re.Vive price to Faux Retreat alumni is $499 which includes lodging, breakfast and lunch. You will also complete class samples which you may take home, as well as on the job application of most finishes. You are responsible for bringing your own tools and boards.

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

After November 30, the price is $699 and will be open to anyone.



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.


Re.Vive will be open to the public after December 1, if there are spaces left. We may be adding on rooms to remodel.



Interested in teaching? 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.