Here in North Carolina, winter can be a new experience every time you wake up. So heading over to the Chartreuse barn sale is perfect rain, snow or shine. Find this cool classy barn in Thomasville, NC, in a gorgeous setting in the country – but not too far out.
Last week I posted about a really fun, inspiring Saturday morning trip to the Chartreuse Barn Sale in Thomasville, NC with my junkin’ friend Gloria. Although we discovered countless treasures, this very heavy metal thing is what intrigued me, and made it home in the little Jeep Wrangler.
The past year has been a blur of activity for me. My Patch of Blue Sky is my second business, and entrepreneurs know that carefree weekends rarely happen, even though weekends are spent doing what we love.
I have been working like a crazy person for clients on locally owned store updates, social media, websites, creative blogging for DIY paint and products. Not to mention developing training materials and traveling. I love it all!
But, I have had to decide what my business IS and what it is NOT. Sometimes figuring out what you are NOT is harder, but ultimately very freeing. Like getting rid of some junk and keeping the good stuff.
Recently I announced the DIY Furniture Finish Challenge. I love figuring out how to get the look of an inspiration photo to share. And I’m thinking some of you might like to join me!
Here are the photos that several folks posted on Facebook that they would love to get a recipe for.
I love the gorgeous yellow and grey pattern as inspiration for a furniture finish. What a lovely table top! And the soft grey, more modern shimmer on the dresser is classy and perfect for many pieces. The settee is rustic and inviting and a bit French.
These finishes are quite crusty and worn!
Want to choose one or more to tackle? Simply analyze a photo. What products would be perfect to get the look? Then, choose colors and a finish, like wax or a clear coat.
HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE?
Create the finish on a piece of furniture, or just use a sample board. Photograph the final finish, and write down your recipe including the products you used. Step by step photos with the instructions on how you got the look are preferred, but not required. Email it all to me to share on a future blog post and social media!
No deadline. We are all swamped. Just have fun with it!
I will choose one and post it as well.
The adorable, energetic and oh so talented Kim Yeager of Lark Nest Design and I met two years ago at the wild and crazy-wonderful September Junk Bonanza event in Shakopee, MN. She was displaying a cool piece of hers from Flea Market Style that featured Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in the Annie Sloan Unfolded booth where I was working. Plus, she was working the event with Ki Nassauer, upcycling guru, creator of Junk Bonanza and editor-in-chief of Flea Market Style Magazine.
What does this girl do all by her lonesome on a gorgeous 70-degree Saturday morning while the hubby is golfing and all of the junking friends are hither and yon? Well, I grabbed coffee and headed out to the Salvage Sisters, a shop 30 minutes down the road from our home in Greensboro, North Carolina. A lover of all things related to display and merchandising, I needed a fix of inspiration!
Salvage Sisters is a once-a-month-show run by two sisters with a passion for all things vintage, in Burlington. Every third Friday and Saturday of the month shoppers are greeted with new displays in their 4000 square foot space, jam packed with awesome vintage, upcycled, antique and handmade treasures! They truly have the best prices in the area and are happily pet, dealer, kid and people friendly!