Dirty Little Pours: Lexington couple discovers hidden talent for epoxy creations

Husband and wife Frank and Lonni Taravella of Lexington call themselves the “Do-It-Yourself Duo,” and it’s easy to see how their nickname came about.

Frank and Lonni Taravella.
The couple’s home improvement company, Taravella Homes, officially began in 2019. With 30 years of experience in the construction and home remodeling business, Frank says he loves creating “all things home.”

But with work halted during the pandemic lockdown, the Taravellas found themselves at home scrolling through videos looking for fun DIY projects to occupy their time, and soon discovered a new passion to complement the home improvement work they were already doing. The couple started working with glass and acrylic painting and eventually began experimenting with epoxy.

“I was in my late 40s before I picked up a brush or mixed my first batch of epoxy,” says Lonni Taravella. “I’m so mad I waited so long!”

Launching their new business Dirty Little Pours, they took their art to social media, showcasing projects from abstract art to up-cycled pieces of furniture such as charcuterie boards, and coffee tables.

While the Taravellas enjoy working side-by-side on bigger projects such as home improvements and custom countertops, they also love creating personalized pieces such as memorial hearts with epoxy. With several recent losses in their family, these were a way to honor loved ones and soon customers began ordering them as a way to remember their beloved family pets.

“People just loved it and began reaching out to order personalized pieces,” she says. “There isn’t much we can’t do together. Every piece is unique and extra special, using vibrant colors, and we have no fear of trying new things.”

The Taravellas are hoping to offer workshops in the future and are currently working on launching a YouTube channel featuring projects through step-by-step videos other DIYers can follow along to.

To see more art from Dirty Little Pours or for inquiries about a custom project, visit facebook.com/dirtylittlepours.
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Rita MacDonald is a U.S. Army veteran and a full-time registered nurse who claims that her Irish and Scottish heritage is the reason for her love of storytelling. She is the mother of two adult sons, “Gummy” to her three grandchildren, loves talking with anyone who will engage in a conversation, and “eats life with a shovel!” In addition to her work with The Keel, Rita is a contributor for the Thumbprint News, an author of three books, and writes a blog at kitchentabledevotions.com.