meet Stephen

I’ve been meaning to write a post on this dresser for awhile now…but with all of the craziness of opening the new shop it just seemed to take a hit on the priority list. Poor thing, he really is pretty cool.

Most of the pieces painted with chalk paint have a layered look that looks amazing. I love that look as well, but sometimes a certain piece just seems to call for something different.

That was the case with this old maple dresser. We’ve all seen his guy around before…if you are like me, your brother maybe even had a bunk bed in the same style. So maybe it was a little of me reminiscing or just the influence of my all-male household…but this dresser needed to be painted more masculine.

Here is a photo of the dresser before:

Stephen before

 

But with this simple combination of FrogTape and chalk paint in OXFORD by Vintage Market & Design …

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look at him now!

Stephen dresser

 

Stephen is for sale at BEACHGLASS for $375.

Meet “Rucker”, the round table

As I started filling in the shop it was obvious I needed a round display table for the center of the space. I have this amazing industrial cart in my garage that is just begging for a cool round reclaimed top, but I just don’t have the time right now to track it down. It would be crazy cool…but it will have to wait patiently for the proper makeover.

But when I was down at Home Inspirations to start to pack up to move my space, I was chatting with another vendor friend that I needed a round table. A customer overheard and offered to sell me hers. “It’s solid, round …but it’s oak and really needs to be painted” was how she described it. Hmmm…I may just be able to do that!

We arranged the deal and on moving day swung by her place on Rucker Ave and picked it up. It was the perfect size, but she was right…it was that yellow colored OAK – that was just screaming for a makeover.

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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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painting furniture black…and the challenges that go with it!

I’ve painted several pieces of furniture black. A couple were my own, a few custom pieces for clients…and every once in awhile I get the crazy idea to paint something black just because.

Why? Because a well painted piece of black furniture is stunning.

But boy…is it ever challenging.

I’ve used latex, oil based and chalk paint in black, and they all have their benefits and their shortcomings. When it comes to distressing and getting the look I really like…there is no competing with chalk paint. I love the look of warm wood coming through black paint and chalk paint does that beautifully. But there are two challenges in my opinion with black chalk paint. First, it’s not THAT BLACK. It really is more of a chalkboard black. I do think Wrought Iron by Maison Blanche is the deepest black compared to others on the market, so I use it over the others.

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Nesting…1,2,3

June has been an incredible month for me at the shop. I’ve had record sales…(okay it’s only been 4 months, but a record is a record!) and I’ve made some great connections with local artisans to carry additional home accessories I’m so excited about!  I’m learning I can’t do it all, and quite honestly…there are some people out there that just do it better, darn it!  Exciting changes to come…

With a great month in sales also means empty space, so I’ve been working to finish a couple of pieces that have been on the back burner. One being this french style set of three nesting tables. Continue reading

meet Carolina

I would use the old saying “when it rains, it pours”… but I feel like that has a negative connotation that I really don’t mean. Things have been so crazy around here, but in a good way. I honestly don’t remember a time that I have been this busy in nearly all aspects of my life. But its all good stuff…and I’m certainly not complaining.

I knew going into the month of June that I was going to be busy wrapping up the boys’ school year activities, basketball tournaments, travel plans, and several out of town guests coming to visit. I’m also completely booked with custom jobs in June, so I worked like crazy getting my shop stocked and ready to be neglected for a few weeks.

Whew! It was stocked and looking good and I could finally breathe a bit and focus on all of the other things I had going on.

Well that was the plan…

Then last weekend I sold about half of my inventory, and I was in Portland at a basketball tournament.

It’s that moment of “woohoo!!” followed by the “wait…oh crap!”

Luckily, it was REALLY full before I left and when I scrambled in there Monday morning and did a little rearranging….it didn’t look too bad. But I needed to get to work and at least finish one additional piece (I really should do two)  before I head back out of town.

I knew just the victim…

Carolina before

This dresser has been moved around my garage over and over,  and it just kept getting passed over for other projects. I’m not sure why…I liked it right from the start. But sometimes when I don’t have a plan for particular piece right away, it can sit awhile as I change my mind five or six times about how I want to paint it.

Well, tonight was the night (and my only free night) to get it done, and I decided to try something new.

I’ve used milk paint a few times before, and I nearly always use chalk paint…but I’ve never used the two in combination together.

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