Friday, July 27, 2012

Go for Gold

Since I have a store, I can be "themey" with my furniture. Plus, having a variety of the same type of pieces allows me to exercise some more creativity than normal.

Take for instance, the fact that I have four large china cabinets right now! I've painted three of the four. One is a very traditional old white with a pop of Aubusson/Paris Grey mix on the inside. The other is a richer French Linen with Duck Egg on the inside and in the detail work. And, this one I took more creative liberties to spruce it up in anticipation of the Olympics!  

Solid mahogany china cabinet from the mid 30's or early 1940's with a lot of problems.

The detailing on the drawer and door face was broken and cracked. But that wasn't the worst of it.

The bottom was completely dry-rotted and we needed to add about 2 inches of padding just to get it to stand somewhat straight.

I asked my dad if he could fix it. I was thinking just slap some new molding around it and call it a day. He had something different in mind.

I'm not gonna lie. I was pretty impressed. He reconstructed the entire frame with the same classic detail of the original! Now it stands level and won't crumble from the bottom up!

The outside is painted in Emperors Silk with a dark wax glaze.

The inside is Old White with the same dark wax glaze and I painted the starts Napoleonic Blue.

I left the original hardware on the bottom half, rust and all.

And, for the top a bright blue glass knob with a hint of know...for the, white and blue. Overkill?

So, here's to the Opening Ceremonies and Olympic Games!

Let's go, USA!

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Location

We're moving! Bear with us as we cart all of our furniture and housewares across the street!

As of August 1st, we will be located at 177 N. Glendora Ave. (directly across the street from our current store front) in the heart of the Downtown Glendora Village.

Stay tuned for our Grand Re-Opening Event!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

From Painting to Primping

It's ironic. I am willing to spend $40 on a can of paint but won't break down and spend the money to get my hair done. I usually make it to the salon about two times a year, and even then I do the bare minimum. Simple cut. No blow dry. That takes too much time. I wouldn't dream of investing the time or money in a coloring treatment!

But, working next door to one of the hottest salons downtown has it perks. Enter Sandy.

Sandy is one of the hair stylists at Allure Beauty Essentials in Downtown Glendora.

I have successfully turned Sandy into a Chalk Paint addict! Every couple of weeks or so, Sandy comes in showing me pictures of the pieces she has painted and is going to sell. We share ideas, suggestions, etc. When Sandy said she wanted to come to a Paint and Play Workshop, I batted my eyes at her and asked if she would trade services with me. A Paint and Play in exchange for a cut and color treatment. She's a dear and agreed!

So, last night after I spent the day painting in the store, I cruised next door to get primped!

Sandy asked what I wanted done, to which I responded with "I don't care." Just nothing too radical or stylish. I'm way too much of a simpleton to make a statement with my hair!

She was pretty excited to have some creative license over my locks. I likened it to my feeling of getting a custom order and the client says, "I don't know what to do. What do you suggest?"

Sandy gave me "Aussie Lights." A highlighting treatment "down under." I can get some color variation in my hair with highlights peeking through without worrying about monthly maintenance to cover the roots! Too easy!

Then she gave me a simple cut, with wispy bangs.

Maybe I'll actually start showing up to the store without a hat!

All this to say, that a great new "do" came about from sharing my passion for painting! As much as I love to sell my furniture (that is what pays the bills, after all), I get so fired up when I can share my love for painting and create an addict with the girl next door...literally!

So, here's to Sandy! To her new love for painting and her existing passion for hair!

And, stop by Allure to meet all the girls! They are just the most gracious and wonderful group of people. Sandy and Pam do hair, Bernie will fix up your nails and Ann Marie has this great waxing treatment, just to name a few of them!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Too Much Stuff

I just passed my one year anniversary on Glendora Ave...selling retail...out of a store that is! I had huge plans for my anniversary month as far as the blog goes. Customer testimonials and stories, room reveals of "knot too shabby" homes, including my own, major re-do's that I never wrote about, painting tutorials, videos...there are a wealth of topics that I mull over my head, late at night when all is quiet.

Then, reality hits. I'm busy. I have a family, little girls, a pile of unfinished furniture, bills to be paid, furniture to be posted online, a website that needs daily updating, a house to clean, laundry to do...oh yeah, and have I mentioned we're moving stores! AHHHHH!

I LOVE blogging, but it always seems to fall down to the bottom of the list.

No more I say! I am renewing my commitment to blog...regularly about meaningful things.

To start, this before and after of a gorgeous antique dresser that I bought from New Unto Others at the Bazaar.

The detailing won me over on this piece and it is the most expensive single piece of furniture I have ever purchased to refinish. I saw Old Violet and Old White. Everyone was trying to talk me out of Old Violet. "French Linen, Paris Grey...keep it neutral!" I love those colors, but when push came to shove, I really wanted it Old Violet. So, I disregarded the feedback and went with it.

Heavy dark wax richens the Old Violet. I left all of the original hardware which was intact and in good shape. The brash finish compliments the wood distressing my opinion.

Ahhh...those feet! sigh

This dresser has a coordinating low-boy with a mirror that I have yet to refinish. But, that will be a bit more traditional. I'm not sure which way I'm going yet but I will definitely share the final result. I'm holding off until I get my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint starter kit.

 What color would you put on it?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

Expected arrival for our new line of paint, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk paint: late July/early August!

We are super excited!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Blue Chair Era

About a week ago, I had mentioned that we were approaching some major and exciting changes within the business. The first big announcement is our acceptance to be a retailer to the newest line of milk paint, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint! I'm going to have so much more to write about in regard to milk paint as we move closer to getting our first shipment.

The second big announcement is that we are moving locations, for no other reason due to space constraints in our current store. Timing and opportunity worked to our benefit in signing a lease for the store front directly across the street at 177 N. Glendora Ave.

Our big move, though exciting in the opportunity that it will offer, drums up a lot of sad emotions. You see, we aren't just moving to any store. We're moving into Blue Chair Children's Bookstore.

A place my girls have been able to call a second home and have grown up since they were infants.

A place kids from all over the community have listened to stories, played the drums, sung songs and read books...lots of books.

A place where little girls could escape into their fantasies and dine with Princesses!

A place for climbing adventures...

But most importantly, a place that is more than just a bookstore; where lasting friendships between toddlers and their mommies (and sometimes daddies) have been forged!

Throughout the month of July, Knot Too Shabby will be moving into Blue Chair as the books, toys, games and other activities slowly move out. The great news is, that although Blue Chair won't be around in the way that we are all accustomed to seeing it, we will be hosting some of the much loved special events coordinated by Blue Chair. The first of which is a Strawberry Shortcake Tea Party in August! In addition, Blue Chair will be offering off-site story time  events and parties, working with the local schools and continuing to sell books for readers of all ages through their website.

All that to say that the next month is emotional for me! I'm really excited about the increased opportunity that a larger space offers while at the same time struggling with the fact that my girls and I are having to say goodbye to one of our favorite places. As we cover the beautiful murals with fresh paint and turn the climbing wall and back play area  into a workshop, we do so with a box of kleenex close by.

Thank-you Blue Chair for all that you offered the community. You will be sorely missed by many!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Save the Date

Four days...sun up to sun down! 16+ hours of work each day and worth all of the effort!

Our first ever Bazaar and Consignment Sale was a HUGE success! And, boy do we have plans for next year. It's going to be better than ever!

So mark your calendars for the Second Annual Knot Too Shabby Bazaar and Consignment Sale, the last weekend in June, 2013!

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