The Paint Bar – Bare Bones Edition

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Today was our first official day at my new studio – The Paint Bar- and I had to snap a few before photos just for you guys.  Some will see the potential and others will think it looks like a dump.  That’s okay.  In my mind’s eye the potential is there and that’s what matters!

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The front part of the studio will have all of the paints and serve as the “Paint Bar” and retail space for the paints and the studio.

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We painted the walls today and you can already see a huge change.

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Here is where I’m headed with this space.

 

 

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There is an additional 2,000 square feet connected to the studio that will serve as our workshop space.  The faux brick wall will get white-washed and the red will be painted white tomorrow as well.  It will also be the perfect wall to photograph pieces of furniture against.

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The red tin walls make the space feel like a barn and I love it.  Lots of fabric pennant banners, twinkling lights, and multi-colored chandeliers will hang from the ceiling.  This will also be the space for our once monthly Lost & Foundry Monthly Market.

I would love to say that this process of expanding has felt totally natural but I don’t show up here everyday to pretend like everything is awesome all of the time, because if you and I both know that is never the truth. Honestly,  I seriously had a panic attack right before I signed my lease a few weeks ago, questioning if this was the right decision.  I also cried a little bit when I dropped Shep off with his new (awesome and amazing) babysitter  this morning.  I know she will treat him even better than I do – but it still hurts a mamma’s heart dropping her baby off for the first time.

Now my first day in the studio has come and gone and I’ve started to make this space my own, I can officially say with confidence today felt like the first day of many amazing things to come.

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lost & foundry – vendors wanted

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Do you sell amazing and unique handmade or vintage items? Then our once-a-month event needs you!

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We are looking to partner with ONE vendor in each of the following categories:

European Antiques
Handmade soaps and body products
Wreaths
Textiles: pillows,runners, and home decor
Handbags / Purses
Baby /Childrens
T-shirts
Jewelry
Furniture
Handpainted or handmade signs
Vintage home decor
Original Art & Prints

Or if you do not fit into one of these categories but your business has something our customers can not live without then we want to hear from you!

Click HERE to request a vendor packet and application.  Selections for April’s Monthly Market will be made by March 20th so don’t dilly dally.  And mark your calendar – the first Lost & Foundry Sale of 2015 is April 17th & 18th!

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The Paint Bar

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Hello everyone!!!  It’s Hayden…I have missed getting to share with you lately!!!  I am SO excited to be back and to be able to share this post with you!!!  Allison and I have been thinking and planning for months about what The Paint Bar would be and what it would look like.  And I’m BEYOND excited to get to share with you “the plan” and even more excited for you to come by and see us!!!

The idea for The Paint Bar was to go neutral with black and whites so that the paint colors could be the focus of the space.  The paints will be featured on a chalkboard painted wall in/on white storage.  We’re excited about the contrast and “pop” it will create, as well as, being able to change it up seasonally, feature specials, paint colors, etc.  The rest of the space will be a creamy white with pops of white, black, and gray with plenty of space for you to come in, browse the paint, other fun products, and sit down with us to have a paint consultation or home consultation.

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Allison and I can not wait till March 1 to get started with the painting and setting up!!!  Yesterday we braved the winter weather and road tripped to Dallas to hit up IKEA for all our goodies.  We had some good laughs attempting to maneuver the crazy IKEA carts and traversing the CRAZY ice and snow on the way back!  I love the pieces that we selected from IKEA.  The modern, clean design will be the perfect backdrop for all those BEAUTIFUL paint colors.  I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT to see the finished product and then get to work there each week!  It’s going to be so much fun!

Interested in any of the pieces above?  All of the pieces purchased are linked below:

ALGOT Upright Wall SystemSPRUTT Towel HolderRASKOG Utility CartLAPPLJUNG RUTA RugDALFRED Bar StoolRANARP SpotlightVITTSJO Storage CombinationSTENSTORP Kitchen Island

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Easiest Furniture Stain Technique

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Back when I revealed this vanity project I alluded to a super secret staining technique.   I faithfully use this method and always get a gorgeous, even finish with super quick drying time.

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There are lots of reasons why I dislike using traditional stains.  The fumes give me a headache.  If you don’t apply it correctly it can look splotchy. The drying time takes forevah.

 

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Since I bought this piece already sanded I decided to take advantage of all the hard work the previous owner had done by staining the top of the vanity.

 

 

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 I love using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Curio as a stain.  I mix 1 cup of water to one tablespoon of milk paint using the mason jar mixing method.  The goal is to have a really watered down version of milk paint so that it is translucent when it’s brushed on.  Similar to a stain.

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 See what I mean by watered down?

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 I just brushed the milk paint on the sanded down wood.

 

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 I brushed on a few coats of Hemp Oil to seal the curio.

 

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I “stained” the top before I painted the body of the vanity just in case I got sloppy the curio milk paint it wouldn’t splatter onto the white Buttermilk paint.

 

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 After a few coats of hemp oil the top wasn’t glossy or had a hard enough finish, probably because the wood was so dry and porous. I decided to seal the top with Best Chalk Top Coat just to make sure the vanity could take some major use and abuse.

 

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Once you use this staining technique you won’t ever go back to the old way!  You can see the entire makeover of this vanity HERE.  Also check out the technique I used on this DIY Table Runner.  It’s the same method using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Trophy giving a Restoration Hardware finish.

 

 

easy furniture stain 15If you try this technique I would love to see your project!  Post them on my wall on my Facebook wall – it’s one of my favorite ways to share your projects!!

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