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My Milk Paint Kitchen Island {How To Paint Cabinets}

Hi.  I am a paint retailer and I just now painted my own cabinets.  Since the #1 question I get is about how to paint cabinets I figured it was about time to tackle my own.

If you missed Part 1 in my how to paint cabinets post, you can find it here.

 

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It’s been a few weeks since I completed this project and I am happier and happier with the result.  I was completely freaked out by paint color commitment.  I chose Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Trophy.

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It really pulled the gray out of my granite.

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I sealed it with Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Clear Satin.

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I feathered in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Antiquing Wax in the cracks and crevices and then blending it in with a rag.  The antiquing wax really brought out the details and curvy lines of the island.

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I also love how contrasting and sharp the gray looks next to the bright white pillars.  They really pop instead of blend in like they did with the light colored cabinets before.

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Here is what my cabinets looked like before.

 

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I love the transformation.  I will stick to painting furniture and won’t be starting my own cabinet painting business soon.  But it was so worth the little bit of sweat equity I  put into it.

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Laundry Room {What I Have So Far}

My laundry room is still in the works.  Seems like everything else in life has taken precedence and it’s fallen to the wayside.  But, I wanted to share what I have so far…so here’s a quick update.

The cabinets have been painted!  I used two coats of Vintage White on them and used a baby wipe to rub them back to see the wood.  I think it gives them a little character and I can’t believe how much bigger the space feels with the cabinets being white instead of bland brown.

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 I also purchased this vintage looking piece at HomeGoods for the back of one of my doors.  It’s going to be a great place to drop the mail and all the things that need to be signed.  I also really like that there’s a chalkboard so I can quickly jot down a note for the hubby or a reminder for myself.

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laundry room

Hopefully in the next several weeks I’ll get to share the final reveal with you!  I’m eager to see it completed and have one space in my home that is decorated!

If you missed the blog posts of the plans for my laundry room you can check them out HERE and HERE.

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Part 1: Making Money in Antique Malls as a Vendor

YA’LL.  I am so excited about this series!

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Every Wednesday, for as long as it takes me to say what I have to say on the topic, we are going to discuss all of the down and dirty details when it comes to being a vendor in an antique mall or multi-vendor mall.  The BEST way for you to not miss anything in this series is to sign up to have our blog posts delivered to your Inbox.  You can do that HERE.  I have also set up a private Facebook Group for vendors only.  This is for existing vendors and a place for us to connect with other vendors across the country to vent, support, and bounce ideas off of each other.  If you are a vendor come join us!  Click HERE to join the Vendors Only! Facebook Group.

Let’s take a peek at what we are going to discuss in the series:

  • Is this your business or a hobby?
  • How to know your ready to sell in a retail store.
  • Pros and Cons to selling in a vendor mall.
  • How to find the right location.
  • What fees and rent you can expect to pay.
  • When is the right time to add a second or third (or fifth or sixth…!) location?
  • How much time you can expect to spend on running a booth – it’s more than you think!
  • How to decide what items you will sell and at what price.
  • Finding out what your “Bread & Butter” items are.
  • Selling vintage items vs. selling items from Wholesale Companies.
  • Selling items you love vs. selling what you don’t love but you know will sell.  I really struggle with this one!
  • How to find Wholesale Companies to order from.
  • Thoughts from Owners of Vendor Malls and what makes a successful vendor.
  • The importance of displays.
  • Bookeeping, inventory, and other boring stuff.

What did I miss?  What questions do you have?  Leave a comment or join the convo on Facebook and Instagram.

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Herringbone {Hard Surfaces}

Last week I blogged about herringbone and how in love I am with the pattern.  It’s such a classic pattern that gives you a vintage, yet up to date feel.  It looks very European {Have you seen House Hunters International?  Yeah, check out the floor on those places..herringbone!}.  And, if you’ve visited a tile or flooring store lately, or perused Pinterest, you’ll see it popping up just about everywhere; and I’m loving it!  Check out these beautiful herringbone hard surfaces that I just can’t get enough of.

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HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

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DECOR PAD

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DECOR PAD

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 BEACHEM REALTY

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INTERIORS BY STUDIO M

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LA DOLCE VITA

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BETTER HOMES & GARDENS

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STYLE AT HOME

If you’re wanting this look, you can visit almost any tile or flooring store to find a herringbone option.  For flooring, the installer can create the pattern.  If you’re working with tile for walls, many times the herringbone pattern will come in 12 x 12 sheets on a mesh that makes for easy installation; but if not, most installers are willing to create the pattern for you.  It’s a beautiful timeless look that you can create for any price range from simple, white ceramic subway tiles all the way to the more expensive marble and exotic tiles.

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