Coffee Table Color Wash with Luckett’s Green Milk Paint

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I picked up this coffee table at a local thrift store, with every intention of refinishing the top in a dark stain, and painting the base in a neutral shade of white. As with many well-laid plans, the end result was nowhere near my starting vision! And, thank goodness. I went waaaaaaay outside of my comfort zone on this one, and….surprise!….I sort of love her.
This is how she started {well, sort of}. Why am I so bad at taking Before photos??  So, 3/4 of the photo is how she started. The other 1/4 was step 1 of my mission to refinish the top. It’s obviously a veneer top, so I had to be careful not to sand too far down – just enough to remove the beat-up old finish. That also meant she was left with some scars from deep scratches I just couldn’t fully remove. We call those Character.

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I was too impatient to sand the whole top before seeing how it would polish up. I ran out to the garage and grabbed my can of Dark Walnut stain. Mixed it up, applied it, and ….. it didn’t look anything like Dark Walnut. Turns out, I left it out in the {un-heated} garage all winter, and it’d gone bad. Chad had all of the good cans across town in our workshop. Ugh. Continue reading

Dealer Spotlight: Redefined Designs, and Designers Jen & Erica

Redefined Designs Succulent Mini Gardens, MN Message Centers, and Vintage Book Letters | Carver Junk Company |recycle. repurpose. relove.

So you’re wondering how the heck we pull off finding & refinishing & making all those handmade items each month? We don’t do it alone, that’s for sure. We are so proud to have an amazing, incredible, talented team of people behind the Carver Junk Company brand. They each have a different style, personality, and strength that they bring to the team, and we want to let you get to know them all a little better!

We’re writing up a series of Dealer Spotlights. The first few that we share will be focused on our “dealers”  -the folks that regularly and religiously fill space in our stores, re-stock new pieces as things sell, support our crazy ideas, expansions, and who have become our friends through the journey that has been CJC. We’ll also feature the artisans that bring in a few perfect pieces here and there, and that make all of those one-of-a-kind handmade-in-MN items for which we’ve become known. There are over 40 different individuals and businesses that come together behind the scenes to create Carver Junk Company.

Our third installment features the ladies behind Redefined Design: Jennifer & Erica.
This dynamic duo is the vision behind the recent succulent gardens, vintage book letters, and welcome stations you’ve seen at the Carver store! So crafty, creative, and they are also the friendly faces you’ve met if you’ve been in on a Saturday over the last few months!
Redefined Designs Succulent Mini Gardens, MN Message Centers, and Vintage Book Letters | Carver Junk Company |recycle. repurpose. relove.

 

Tell us about yourselves:
Redefined Designs is made up of a dynamic duo of creativity: Jen & Erica.

Erica is an Inventory Buyer for MindWare, an educational toy company, crunching numbers and data by day, but at night her creative side comes out and she gets covered in paint, ink and dust creating whatever her brain can come up with. During the day Jen is a Graphic Designer for National Salon Resources designing advertising and signage for 21 stores and after work she expands her creativity to include power tools, paint, and fun textiles. However on the weekends, we get together to get into all kinds of trouble. We travel to flea markets, thrift stores and work on projects together for the stores.

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How did Redefined Designs get started:
In the four long years we have known each other, we have worked together at several businesses, attempted the craft show circuit together and have finally settled down doing what we enjoy most — having fun creating all kinds of beautiful things.

 

Where do you {each} find your inspiration, and how do you make it work as a team:
Redefined Designs works having two designers because we both are inspired by the same things: typeface, measuring instruments, geography and all things vintage. We channel our inner creativity to turn the things we love into art. You will find these trends with almost everything we do: book letters, MN boards and pouches, etc. And best of all these are also the things we love to collect.

 

What is your favorite thing to collect:

Erica has a large collection of vintage measuring tapes, Westcott rulers and just for fun small birds and owls (even the ugly ones).

Jen has a growing collection of collections, not limited to: yardsticks, flower frogs, birds, stags, Shiny Brite ornaments, Putnam dye paraphernalia, anything with the alphabet on it, old maps, vintage scales and tools, charm bracelets, and sparkly broaches.

Do you have a photo/story of a favorite piece you’ve ever done:

Antler upgrade with some chevron fabric and paint! These recently sold at the store! Redefined Designs @ Carver Junk Company

A $5.00 garage sale dresser redo that lives at Jen’s house!

You can find Jen, Erica, and Redefined Designs on the Internets:
On Instagram at  @craftygirlfrommg and @randominkstains

 

 

Pinspiration: Walls of Vintage Mirrors and Frames

We’re in love with, and inspired by, the vision of a wall full of vintage mirrors and frames. We didn’t come up with the idea, but that’s why we’re thankful to have such visionary members of the CJC team. You all can thank Aimee over at The Vintage Estate for this month’s store theme!

We’ll post a follow up photo when we’ve got the in-store wall display finished up. Until then, here are some inspiration photos – both for our wall display, and how you can use them when you take them home! See more on our Vintage & Antique Mirrors Pinterest board.

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Dealer Spotlight: Fab Rehab Designs and Allison

So you’re wondering how the heck we pull off finding & refinishing & making all those handmade items each month? We don’t do it alone, that’s for sure. We are so proud to have an amazing, incredible, talented team of people behind the Carver Junk Company brand. They each have a different style, personality, and strength that they bring to the team, and we want to let you get to know them all a little better!

We’re writing up a series of Dealer Spotlights. The first few that we share will be focused on our “dealers”  -the folks that regularly and religiously fill space in our stores, re-stock new pieces as things sell, support our crazy ideas, expansions, and who have become our friends through the journey that has been CJC. We’ll also feature the artisans that bring in a few perfect pieces here and there, and that make all of those one-of-a-kind handmade-in-MN items for which we’ve become known. There are over 40 different individuals and businesses that come together behind the scenes to create Carver Junk Company.

Allison was our first consignor. We’re not even sure if she knows this – and we don’t remember how we connected with her! But we knew we loved her the second she brought in a beautiful nightstand to our very first location in Carver.
Nighstand from Allison at Fab Rehab Designs | Carver Junk Company | Repurpose. Recycle. Relove.

Nighstand from Allison at Fab Rehab Designs | Carver Junk Company | Repurpose. Recycle. Relove.

And though she kept consigning with us here and there {meaning she’d just bring in a piece or two when we had space}, we couldn’t convince her to come on board full-time until pal Kirsten from White Butterfly moved to Minnesota. Because, here’s the deal with Allison – she might be the most conscientious person we know. She just couldn’t commit to a full space until she was sure she could consistently fill it. She’s not the type of person to ever want to put someone else in a bad place {you know, like leaving CJC with a giant hole during a sale}, which is why we love and respect her!  It also means every single one of her pieces is beautifully and perfectly finished.

Allison |Fab Rehab
Tell us about yourself: I’m a mom of 3 boys and have a fabulous husband! We also have 2 dogs…a rescue Golden who is 10 and a yellow lab puppy. I’ve lived in the area almost my entire life. I love running and time with my girlfriends. I also get crabby after not painting furniture for a few days.

How did Fab Rehab start: A total fluke. I was redoing our living room into a playroom and needed something for one corner, but didn’t have much money. A friend said “Grab a chair at Goodwill and paint it”. I’d never thought about that! I grew up garage saleing with my mom and had always loved that. Once I painted my first piece, I was hooked!

Where do you find your inspiration?: Sometimes I look on pinterest, but generally I wait for a piece to “speak” to me. I know it sounds corny…but I’ve jumped into a piece without knowing exactly what I want to do with it, and it’s always a disaster. So I usually wait a few days before deciding what to do with it. I also LOVE to keep anything original to the piece that’s worth keeping…especially wood surfaces. That’s why I do a lot of two-tone pieces. Keeping a part of the piece’s history but still updating it.

Share some of your favorite pieces {ones you’ve done}:

Table by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Restoration Hardware meets Anthropologie – Allison rehabbed this table back in 2011. She’s SO ahead of her time! Love this piece! {picture links to blog post}

Buffet by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Dresser by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Dresser Storage by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Table by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

How can you NOT love her style? It’s cohesive, clear, and beautifully done {we were serious about the perfection in every piece.} We feel pretty lucky that we finally convinced her to come on board with CJC – and we’ve decided she’s not ever allowed to leave!

You can find Allison on the Internets, here:

http://fabrehabcreations.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fab-Rehab-Designs/274865799226190

 

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