Anyone who has visited my shop knows that it is a bit of a renovation mess! I am trying very hard to get 'er done, but it takes time. In the meantime, I have made up a store schedule of the times I will be kicking around here and you are welcome to come for a visit. If my scheduled hours don't work for you, feel free to contact me to make arrangements for a more suitable time.
Recently I had two very special ladies come for a week long visit from Ile des Chenes, Manitoba. Our intention was to do a little shopping, a little sightseeing and spend a whole lot of time just chatting and playing catch up. Well, it didn't quite turn out that way. The ladies and I hung out in my shop for the entire week and worked. (I would like to add that they VOLUNTEERED to work. I did not pressure them. I did not pay them. Out of the goodness of their heart they just worked. Amazing, huh?)
These photos are not very good, but it is what it is. As least you will get an idea of what is going on in my shop.
Meet my friend Patti! (The gal on the left). Patti is super creative. She is a skilled painter, home decorator and gardener. Last year I wrote up a blog post showcasing Patti's garden. Patti's garden is one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen.
Meet my sister Sheila! (the redhead on the right). Sheila is my number one supporter and the creative one in our family. Sheila is a mixed media artist, a graphic designer and also a gardener. Her ideas are usually completely off the grid, but they work - every single time! A while back I wrote a cute blog post about my sister - love letters from my sister.
The first thing we did was paint a 40' section of the wall with Fusion mineral paint in coal black. I am going to use this wall as a huge chalkboard. I am super excited about it!
I tested the chalk on several pieces of furniture painted in Fusion and I discovered that the chalk wipes off easily with a slightly damp rag. Although I am anxious to write all over my new wall, I am going to let it cure first. Although you can gently use furniture painted with Fusion immediately, Fusion fully cures and will be at it's strongest to resist marks in approximately 21 days. Those 21 days are going to seem like forever!
Next on the list was the old store countertop. It was a complete eyesore covered in two types of fake wood. It was time to add some real wood! My friend, Sharlene, had purchased a whole whack of previously loved wood planks from the Habitat from Humanity ReStore that had been sitting around her garage forever. The deal was if I picked it up, it was free. Needless to say, my little green truck spun it's tires and I headed right on over to her house.
The finished side of the planks were varnished and were a golden colour. I knew I wanted to paint the planks, so we put up the planks with the raw wood side facing outward.
I still have to decide on a colour to paint the planks, but I am leaning towards Fusion in casement, which is a very warm white.
We covered the top of the countertop with burlap and it turned out amazing! I will share photos and a tutorial in another blog post.
It has been challenging designing my shop because I want it to be adorable, yet practical. I needed an area to store my camera gear and studio lights so that I was not constantly moving and setting up equipment.
I knew this back corner would be perfect for photography and I loved how this corner even had a door in it. Of course, the door still needs to be painted.
Are you curious about what is behind the door? Well, let's put it this way. The door should have a sign on it that reads "hoarder's delight". It is my huge (super huge) storage area full of furniture waiting for some paint love. It has a few chairs (70+ hehe) and tons of other random stuff.
We had enough wood planks left over from the countertop to plank this entire area. Sweet!
I love my power tools and I smile every time I use them. Getting the job done is so much easier with the right tools.
I still have to box in the pipe in the right corner and finish the very top of the walls, but I am loving it! I will be painting the planks white.
I'll keep you updated on my progress.
A short story about sisterly love ...
When I was looking at my photos for this blog post I came across some that made me laugh. They were horrible pictures of my sister, Sheila, complete with bed head and pj bottoms. And, the angle of the photos made her butt look bigger than in real life. Truth.
I called my sister and asked her if I could use these horrendously unflattering photos of her. Her answer was that I could use them if I thought they would add to my blog post (this is called sisterly love). Although I promised her I would send her the pictures so she could see them first, I did not (this is called selfish). Sorry Sis.
Remember I told you Sheila's ideas are usually completely off the grid? Well, one morning Patti and I got an early start on planking walls and Sheila slept in. Sheila finally crawled out of bed and came downstairs to the shop. She drank her tea and was watching us work and then randomly decided that the red bench in front of the antique organ should have a chalk butt on it. She lay on the ground and begged someone to chalk her butt. Patti reluctantly obliged. At this point I realized it was likely a good time to grab my camera.
She wiggled and giggled in hopes that it would work. It did not.
Having her heart set on a butt mark, Sheila then convinced Patti to trace her butt on the bench.
Patti then chalked in the butt mark. Sheila decided it made her butt look too big and wiped it off. But it was art, if only for a moment.