Custom Reviving – Alaskan Tundra Green Buffet

Check out this old red and white buffet that we just finished…

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It was love at first sight with this piece. It just had such potential! The customer chose CeCe Caldwell’s Alaskan Tundra Green for the color. We haven’t used ATG a lot, but I absolutely love how it turned out on this piece. 

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It doesn’t have hardware because the customer is going to be replacing them. I love how it looked after a little distressing. The original color looks awesome with the ATG.

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We were a little unsure what to do about the red designs on the glass. At first we thought maybe we’d just paint the same design over the top of it in ATG. However, hubby said we should try scraping it with a razor blade first… and it WORKED. The glass looks as good as new! :) 

Until next time…

Shelaine

 

 

 

Custom Reviving – Johnston Daffodil Chest of Drawers

Yes, I know. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve blogged. We won’t go into why because I don’t have a good reason for you. Sometimes life gets in the way. :) Anyway… Here’s a piece I painted today. Customer chose the color – which I love!! It’s CeCe Caldwell’s chalk and clay paint – Johnston Daffodil.

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Here’s the piece before.

ImageI absolutely LOVE how it turned out!!! I hope our customer does too!

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Thrifting Adventures: Battered & Torn Chair

A few months ago, my cousin and I went thrifting together. We had lots of fun and laughs. She found a lamp and some picture frames. (maybe more.) I found this chair. Image

We found it outside, looking exactly like this. First of all, we loved the green fabric that was peeking out from underneath. We also knew that the wood would look fabulous painted. You won’t believe what the price tag said… $3.50! It was too good to pass up. Especially since the only problem with it was the torn fabric.

I don’t have pics of the entire process…but it was the LONGEST project I’ve ever done. I painted it first. When I went to take the fabric off the bottom, the green fabric wasn’t underneath. I was sad. However, I pulled it together and found some bright fabric that I adored. After lots of pulling, stapling and tacking, here’s the finished product.

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ImageI’m pleased with how it turned out. Well… until next time, happy thrifting!

- Shelaine

Back to the Blog

Well, here I am. Five days after I said… Sometimes life takes the wheel. You feel exhausted every night when you hop in bed. You can’t even muster up the strength to write a blog. That’s how I’ve felt the last few weeks. My hubby and I have been working on a big project and several big pieces that have been sucking the life right out of us. However, I’m in the blogging world to stay… I could NOT let a whole month go by without blogging.

So last weekend, we nearly sold all of our big pieces and lots of stuff on the walls at our shop. It was our best weekend yet! We were so excited that we could barely contain ourselves. However, it nearly tore the shop up. When you have a small shop like ours and you sell a few big pieces at once, you, then, have to deal with lots of knick-knacks sitting on the floor.

On Monday, we headed over to our booth we have at a nearby antique mall and took lots of stuff from it. Here’s a few things we brought over…

ImageOur initial plan was to finish the pieces we were working on, but we realized we just didn’t have the time to get it together to open up shop on Tuesday. Sometimes you just have to give in and take the easy road… especially when you have a toddler in tow. :-) Wish I had gotten some pics of her sitting on the cart of furniture.

Here’s another pic of a few things we rearranged…

ImageWell, we’re hoping for another good weekend! I hope you have a nice one too.

- Shelaine

PS – It won’t be that long before the next blog.

Time to Myself & Exciting News

This afternoon, my sweet hubby called and told me that he felt like I needed some time to myself tonight. He offered to keep the baby and let me do whatever my heart desired. This was JUST what I needed. Everyone needs rest. We’ve been working so hard and even when we aren’t working we are thinking about working. Add a toddler in the mix and that equals utter exhaustion.

So here I am. Spending my alone time at Barnes and Noble. Sipping a decaf caramel macchiato and flipping through a giant stack of magazines. Thanks, Shawn! I’m having the most wonderful, peaceful time.
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On to the good news… yesterday, at the best time ever, we received an email. A lady from our local Fox News had seen our article in the Spring Observer. She asked us to do a DIY segment on her show, Sally’s Shabby Chic.ImageWe were shocked and SO excited! I believe it will air this coming Saturday. They are taping it at our shop on Thursday morning. Hopefully, we will be able to get pictures and be able to post them here on the blog. I will have more details in the morning when they call us…

I can only say… this is a blessing from God. He hears our prayers and knows our hearts. I am just thankful that I know Him, and He calls me His child.

- Shelaine

A Sweet, Little Bed

So… we’ve been up to our ears in projects and new adventures. We are opening up a booth at another antique mall this week. (More details on that are coming in the next blog…) It seems like when one thing goes right another 10 things go wrong. I do believe that “all things work together for good…” so I’m not too worried.

Here’s a little project we finished today. My in-laws found this bed for us. I loved it immediately. Below is the before pic…

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After polling a few facebook friends on the color choice, we decided to go with a pale pink. The pink doesn’t show up as much as I’d like in the pics, but the bed did turn out quite adorable.

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It would look lovely in a little girl’s room…

- Shelaine

Thrifting Adventures: Vintage Birdcages

Yesterday, I got to do one of my favorite things – thrifting. We are always on the lookout for new furniture and trinkets. So Ainsley and I headed out to one of my favorite places to shop. Immediately upon entering, I noticed a fabulous birdcage behind the counter. My heart sank. I was devastated that I had missed such a great find. If I had been there just a little while earlier, I might could have gotten it! The entire time we shopped, I was kicking myself about it.

I wish I had a picture of Ainsley, my 21 month old, peeling off the price tags on each item we passed. Haha. She loves to do that. I try to keep her from doing it, but, HEY, it keeps her occupied while I’m inspecting the things I find. (Don’t judge me!) We did find several old frames, a corkboard and a few other interesting pieces.

After we had loaded up the buggy, we headed to the outside portion of the store and there they were… 2 gorgeous birdcages like the one I had seen behind the counter. I was so excited I almost did a victory dance. So, of course, I loaded them up in the buggy and bought them as quick as possible.

Here they are in all their glory…

ImageThey had these awful flowers that were wrapped on them, and wind chimes hanging in them. Ainsley LOVED the chimes. In fact, she may or may not have had a meltdown while we were checking out in the store because she wanted to touch them. I was so excited that I didn’t care.

ImageDon’t you love the chippy paint?! Just lovely!

ImageSo I cleaned them up a bit and brought them in the shop. I’m just so in love with them. We had already decided to bring out some fall decor yesterday, but I had to work them in somehow.

ImageImageWe will probably put something inside them, but for now I’m happy with the way they look. The fall decor and scent of a pumpkin spice candle made the shop super cozy today.

- Shelaine

Totally Amazed!

If you’re connected with us on facebook, you’ve seen us blowing up our pages about us being shocked about being on the front page of our community paper. When we did the interview, they never mentioned it could end up being the front page. I did know that both the photographer and the writer fell in love with our shop. I think Carrie Thornton, the author of our article, did such a fantastic and cute job of representing us. My favorite part is her lead in statement… “Shelaine and Shawn Everhart chalked up their new store’s first month success to just that: chalk.” How cute is that?! :) Here’s the pic of the front page, which I nearly died when I saw it.

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We actually shared the front page with Victoria Osteen. I told Shawn, “Maybe she saw our faces.” ;) Nevertheless of who all saw us, I’m just feeling so blessed that we got this opportunity to share our shop with everyone. The article did mention our upcoming workshops on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 25. Here is the flyer we made for it.

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I’m thinking of doing some DIY tutorials on the blog of things/improvements that we do in our own house. I have lots of things to work on there. What do you think? Would you read it?

- Shelaine

A Trip to the Country & Funky Cabinet

After several weeks of nonstop work, we decided to head to the country for a few days. I really am a country girl at heart. I love the peaceful atmosphere and relaxing lifestyle that comes with country living.

Here’s a pic of the barn. Notice the trailer… we couldn’t come out here without bringing some furniture to work on.

ImageAinsley loves it out here. Something about the window unit in the barn makes her sleep for hours, which we love. ;) Being up here makes me dream of owning a farmhouse with several acres of land. Seems like somehow life would be simpler.

So here is one of the pieces that we brought to work on. It was in very good condition. Nothing wrong with at all, just isn’t really our style without refinishing it.

We decided to try a different technique for this piece. We used CeCe Caldwell’s chalk and clay paint to refinish it. (Of course!) We chose Texas Prairie, Spring Hill Green, Destin Gulf Green and Santa Fe Turquoise.

Here it is finished! It doesn’t even look like the same piece of furniture.

Shawn had the idea to decoupage the drawers with different patterns. I love how it turned out!

This has to be one of my favorite pieces we’ve refinished. It is so fun and unique!

Unfortunately, we have to return home tomorrow. However, I’m already making plans to return very, VERY soon. :-)

- Shelaine

First Post & Colorful Chairs

Hi, everyone! My name is Shelaine. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! My husband, Shawn, and I recently opened up a little shop in Spring, Tx selling various upcycled furniture pieces and Cece Caldwell’s chalk and clay paint. I thought I’d take this post and show you a little of what we do. On Monday, we purchased these chairs from a friend.

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As you can see, they were pretty banged up. I wasn’t worried though! I had the idea to paint the chairs different colors which was kinda crazy, I know. :-) We got an old color chart out and started picking our colors.

ImageWe chose Santa Fe Turquoise, Spring Hill Green, Kissimmee Orange and Young Kansas Wheat. (Notice how all the paints are named after places in the USA. I LOVE that!)

ImageWe had a little help cleaning the chairs. :-)

ImageHere’s hubby painting. He did all the upholstering on these, and I did the distressing and waxing.

Now! Below is the finished product. They are crazy – just like ME! :-) I’m in love with these bright colors! I love how they turned out.

ImageImageImageImageThanks for stopping by! Check back soon for more fun posts…

- Shelaine

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