Renovation update and my new sign

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You know those bloggers who post before pictures of projects they are working on then shortly after post a "room reveal" and it's all done and everything is gorgeous? Well, I am not one of those bloggers. Those bloggers must be super heros or something, because my reality is that I am working on this project by myself and everything takes time. Way more time than I would like, but I am loving every minute of it!

Today I was determined to take a few photos of this little corner of my shop to share my progress thus far. I then realized my son, Brendan, had my tripod. So, if my photos are a little grainy and perhaps even a wee bit out of focus - blame my kid. I want my tripod back! Brendan if you read this - give it back! My son says he always reads my blog posts, but I am fairly confident in saying that he never reads them. I guess if I get my tripod back in the next day or two, it will confirm that he actually reads my blog. Oh, what a mom will do to prove a point!

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Anyway, this is where I left off last time I showed you photos. I had just finished painting the walls in Fusion mineral paint in coal black and I will be using it as a great big chalkboard wall. Now I am putting some thought into how I want this area to look. I still have to paint the planks on the front of the countertop white.

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I am so in love with this chandelier. I bought it for my home office but decided to put it in my shop instead. My friend, Keith, is coming over today and we are taking out all the ugly fluorescent lights and putting up chandeliers instead. Seven chandeliers to be exact! At this point I have the chandeliers hung with wire so I could see how they look. (I am impatient).

Did you notice all my door knobs and door plates on the top of the wall? I have a bunch more that still need to be mounted. I've been collecting them for awhile and really never got around to using them before. Now I have found the perfect spot for them.

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This is another chandelier I will be using. I sorta cut off the top of it in my photo, but it was dark outside once I viewed my pictures and I couldn't get another shot without my tripod. I have two chandeliers like this one and the others are a variety of styles, some old and some new. I will take photos of all my chandeliers once they are hanging. 

For the photographers: Speaking of tripods, I am going to offer you a little advise in case you are ever in the market to buy one. Buy the best tripod that you can afford. In my opinion, Gitzo or Manfrotto manufacture the best ones. I have a Gitzo Explorer tripod that is made from carbon fiber. I have had it about six years and I am sure I will have it another 30 years. It is indestructible. Mine was expensive and cost about $700, but you can get less expensive ones that are fairly good for about $300.

My son, who is on a tight budget, has broken three tripods in three years. Each one was worth about $100 and was made of plastic. Plastic tripods suck. It's as simple as that. Now he has wasted over $300 on tripods. Because he is such a wonderful son, I have just ordered him a new tripod that will last him a long, long time (and I need mine back!)

Moral of the story - buying a quality tripod will save you lots of money in the long run.

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Just a random photo of one of my favourite things. I am so in love with this old broken broom. Doesn't take much to please me, huh?

Railway broom from Vileda Professional - via My Painted Door (.com)

I was curious about my broom, so I asked my neighbour, Ron, if he knew what it was used for. He said it was an old railway broom. Sure enough, I googled it and they still make them! Looks like my broom has done a whole lotta sweeping. Photo credit: Vileda Professional.

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Another random shot of things I love - burlap ribbon and twine. I am not quite sure how I am going to use them yet, but I will come up with an idea.

sign by Wendy Aaltomaa using Fusion transfer gel - via My Painted Door (.com)

Drum roll please ... because this sign is my absolute favorite thing in this corner and it has a great story to go along with it! A friend of mine, Wendy Aaltomaa, made it for me. (Wendy started out as a customer but I like her so darn much I feel I can call her my friend). A while back Wendy did up a sign for her new home and shared a photo with me. I was in love with it. I asked Wendy to make me up a sign whenever she had the chance. Because she is a graphic designer and is extremely creative, I told Wendy to make me up whatever design she wanted to. Just as I was working on my new little corner, Wendy showed up with this sign. How perfect is it?

Wendy had no idea I had painted a large chalkboard wall or that the space was mostly black, white and wood.

sign by Wendy Aaltomaa using Fusion transfer gel - via My Painted Door (.com)

How amazing is it that the sign even has a little keyhole on it? Wendy had no clue that I was putting up a bunch of door knobs and door plates on the wall.

sign by Wendy Aaltomaa using Fusion transfer gel - via My Painted Door (.com)

Wendy even mounted two rusty old bolts onto the sign. I adore anything rusty! Thank you so much Wendy! I smile every single time I see my sign.

sign by Wendy Aaltomaa using Fusion transfer gel - via My Painted Door (.com)

In case you missed it on my other blog post, this is the sign Wendy made for her own home.

sign by Wendy Aaltomaa using Fusion transfer gel - via My Painted Door (.com)

This is another sign Wendy just finished up and emailed me. Wendy lives in Kaministiquia and plans on putting this sign above her pantry. 

Wendy paints her signs with milk paint and then uses Fusion transfer gel to put on the wording. The wording can be transferred using a photocopy or a laser printer image.

Posted on February 16, 2015 and filed under my old general store, Fusion mineral paint, milk paint.