paint, lights & floors

Before we started unloading the truck on Friday, I had to take a quick photo of the shop.

Remember this place? This is a shot taken from the front door looking to the right side of the shop.

Shop before

Wow…what was I thinking?

But take a look now…

shop floor 1

This shot is taken from the opposite angle looking toward the front door. I think it’s my favorite “before and after” 🙂

A huge thank you to my friends and family for their help. My sister for helping paint over all that turquoise window trim, and Aaron, Jenny and Marcus for all of their help with the floor. Couldn’t have done without all of you…and I’m so grateful!!

And a special thank you to the Mister (aka Charles) painting, lights, floors, loading, unloading…the list is too long. I’m a lucky girl.

Moving Day!

Yesterday was moving day! It was such a big day and felt like we made a giant leap closer to getting the shop ready to open. I have been hunting, picking and buying display pieces all over the place, and was beginning to fear that I was going to have such an eclectic mix of items that it was going to look terrible! I often wake up in the middle of the night struck by a “what was I thinking?!!” moment so strong that it would kill any chance of getting any sleep.  I don’t do well with the unknown…have you caught on to that by now?  So it was a huge relief to get some of the major pieces in place and have it look as good as I hoped it would. WHEW!   Continue reading

VMD Paint Delivery!

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It is like Christmas around here! Nearly every day something arrives (or say they will and don’t show up a-hem UPS freight…not getting those seven hours of my life back).  Some deliveries are coming to the house and others that include larger items are getting shipped directly to the shop. It’s been a little crazy coordinating it all and I’m not sure I can squeeze one more box into our garage!

One of the most exciting for me has to be ALL of the paint….and there is a lot of it! Each day a few boxes arrive with the promise from the great guys at Vintage Market & Design of more to come. My postal delivery man finally had to ring the doorbell the other day and ask what in the world I was up to…and could he please leave the EIGHT more boxes down by the garage?  What?   No Postal Crossfit up my entry stairs?!  I think the poor guy has delivered over thirty paint boxes alone to my front door. So of course I let him of the hook without giving away the fact he was saving me the trip of lugging those heavy boxes back down to the garage anyway. 🙂      Continue reading

It’s official. I’ve found “my” paint!!

VMD Collage

If you have been reading my blog you know that I do a lot of painting…and I’ve used A LOT of paint. This paint-that paint, chalk paint, milk paint, this wax-that wax…I have certainly done my share of experimenting and as a result…formed some pretty strong opinions.

So when I started researching paint lines to carry in my own shop – it was tough. I knew I had to carry a quality product that was easy to use and I felt confident selling and also have it make sense from a business perspective. Basically, if I was going to invest thousands of dollars in a paint line, I wanted to LOVE working with it and LOVE teaching others how to use it too!

Believe it or not…that was not an easy task.

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the past year

When I turned on my laptop (too) early this morning, I went straight to my blog. I’ve been seriously neglecting it lately and wanted to check in and write a quick update post on the progress of my new shop.  But to my surprise, instead of my homepage a renewal notice popped up.

Yep, it’s been a year.

Wow. My first reaction was definitely negative…seriously? MORE money? The past few weeks money has been flying out the door with all of the expenses of building out my new space, buying fixtures and displays, and all of the amazing inventory…so getting another “bill” wasn’t exactly something I was ready to celebrate.

But then it hit me…           Continue reading