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    Announcing: Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!

    We've had so many big, exciting announcements this year, between our move to Chaska, the change to being open every Thurs-Sun instead of only once per month, and our addition of a full-time employee to manage our DIY Workshops and Chaska store! All of that, while unbeknownst to us at the time, has led to our newest announcement: Carver Junk Company is now a stockist of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!

    Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan now available at Carver Junk Company in Chaska, MN

    I'm sure most of you have heard of Chalk Paint®, and it's founder Annie Sloan. The first piece of furniture I ever painted for Carver Junk Company was painted in Graphite Chalk Paint®, an empire-style dresser that I distressed heavily and sealed with wax. I wish I still had a photo!  Here's a pic from Annie Sloan of a piece painted in Graphite, though - it's such a perfect soft black. 

    We're firm believers around here in taking smart risks, acting quickly, and jumping all-in when we make a decision. So while none of our other changes this year were made with Chalk Paint® in mind, they did all set the stage perfectly for becoming a stockist! In order to be approved to stock & sell Annie Sloan products, our store needed to be open 4 days every week, so customers have easy access to purchase products. Our move to Chaska enabled that, with the increased traffic & visibility of our new location! We also need to be able to offer consistent workshops for our customers, which we already had in place with our new workshop space and workshop coordinator, Brittany!

    So when Chris from Denim Rose in Prior Lake stopped into our store one day to introduce herself, things just fell into place and we knew it was meant to be. Chris was in the process of closing her retail location to focus on her laser-cutting business, and her full-time job (she's a busy lady)! She was the very first Minnesota stockist of Chalk Paint®, and after chatting with us for a while, was generous enough to send a note to Unfolded (the U.S. Distributor for Annie Sloan) and recommend CJC as a stockist. We are so thankful to her for making the connection for us - and introducing us to the opportunity to carry this amazing paint and brand!

    We submitted our application that day, and were quickly approved to stock Annie Sloan products in our Chaska location. The last step was for me to travel to New Orleans for formal training last week. We've been using Chalk Paint® for years, but even with that, I learned some awesome new tricks for using it as a stain and wash -  creating an industrial-like look on raw wood. I'm excited to bring all of that back to our workshop space, for some upcoming Chalk Paint® workshops!

    Chalk Paint will be on shelves starting November 24th, 2017 in Chaska. In the meantime, we've listed it in our online store, and orders will ship starting next week. We always encourage you to stop into the store - we'd love to help you with paint color selection, tips & tricks, and bonus: we love to see and share your finished pieces. Questions about Chalk Paint®? We've also created an online FAQ covering the basics of using both the paint and waxes

    I'm excited & overwhelmed with all of the possibilities with this paint - it's been downright painful to keep this quiet for the last two months as we planned, trained, and moved through the process! What I'm most excited about? At training, I could not stop saying "the coverage on this paint is incredible!" I'm pretty sure our trainer, Jane, has heard it a million times, but it truly is incredible. Second behind the coverage in excitement level are the Annie Sloan "flat" brushes...they help to create a beautiful, smooth, modern finish with this thick paint. They hold a lot of paint, so coverage is still great, and the price point for the quality of the brushes is ah.mazing.

    I apologize in advance for all of the amazing furniture I'm about to pin, post, and promote....#sorrynotsorry. 

    We will also continue to stock Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, and General Finishes stains and top coats at both locations!

    Featured Vendor: Cotton Seed Designs

    If you stopped out at the Carver store for our Occasional Weekend Event in June, you probably noticed the great vignette behind the checkout counter. It was created by Gabe from Cotton Seed Designs, to showcase a bit of her style! The {shoppable} display included chippy old windows, copper and brass accents, pineapples, wood and metal textures, and a green, white, and dusty pink color scheme. <3 We've told you a bit about Gabe before, in our previous Vendor Spotlight series, but wanted to share a few recent projects she's brought into the stores. Her items can be found at both CJC locations. Some of these are still available - call or message us on Facebook for details. Go ahead and Pin them, if you need some furniture inspiration! Mid Century Buffet with Chevron Wood Veneer and Painted with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in Slate Gray | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company | Painted Buffet | MidMod Mid Century Buffet with Chevron Wood Veneer and Painted with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in Slate Gray | Interior Painted with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company | Painted Buffet | MidMod Mid Century Buffet with Chevron Wood Veneer and Painted with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in Slate Gray | Interior Painted with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company | Painted Buffet | MidMod | Lined Drawers Custom Re-Upholstered Vintage Chair in Mustard Yellow with a graphic gray and white fabric on the outside | Cotton Seed Designs at Carver Junk Company Custom Re-Upholstered Vintage Chair in Mustard Yellow with a graphic gray and white fabric on the outside | Cotton Seed Designs at Carver Junk Company Antique Desk Painted with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Boxwood by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company | Carver, MN and Minneapolis, MN | Locally handpainted furniture Antique Desk Painted with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Boxwood Green by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company | Carver, MN and Minneapolis, MN | Locally handpainted furniture Antique Desk Painted green with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Boxwood by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company | Carver, MN and Minneapolis, MN | Locally handpainted furniture Mid Century Modern Vintage Dresser in Two-Tone with White frame and natural wood, refinished drawers. By Cotton Seed Design for Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Furniture Refinishing Mid Century Modern Vintage Dresser in Two-Tone with White frame and natural wood, refinished drawers. By Cotton Seed Design for Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Furniture Refinishing Mid Century Modern Vintage Dresser in Two-Tone with White frame and natural wood, refinished drawers. By Cotton Seed Design for Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Furniture Refinishing Custom Re-Upholstered Vintage Sofa in a Dark Gray Tweed Style Fabric with Button Tufting | Cotton Seed Design for Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Upholstered Furniture & Home Decor Custom Re-Upholstered Vintage Sofa in a Dark Gray Tweed Style Fabric with Button Tufting | Cotton Seed Design for Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Upholstered Furniture & Home Decor Antique, Primitive Dresser Painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Mustard Seed Yellow by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company | Minnesota Refinished Furniture and Handmade Home Decor Repurposed Radio Cabinet Painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Eulalie's Sky, with refinished doors and new hardware | Antique Bar | Storage Cabinet | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Custom Mixed Milk Paint Color on an Antique Dresser with Glove or Jewelry Boxes, finished with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Antiquing Wax | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Custom Mixed Milk Paint Color on an Antique Hutch, finished with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Antiquing Wax | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Custom Re-Upholstered Vintage Sofa in a sweet light blue Fabric with Button Tufting | Cotton Seed Design for Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Upholstered Furniture & Home Decor Custom-Built, Handcrafted Steel Frame Ottoman Coffee Table, upholstered in an antique, WWII Australian Army Blanket | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Custom-Built, Handcrafted Steel Frame Ottoman Coffee Table, upholstered in an antique, WWII Australian Army Blanket | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Mid Century Modern Vintage Dresser in Two-Tone with White frame and natural wood, refinished drawers. By Cotton Seed Design for Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Furniture Refinishing 12402082_804285113050322_3355122790356628615_o Antique Dresser and Mirror painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Apron Strings (discontinued) Coral color by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Antique Buffet with updated bone knob hardware, by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Antique Reupholstered Chair in linen and a vintage wool blanket in varied stripes | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Antique Reupholstered Chair in linen and a vintage wool blanket in varied stripes | Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Antique Cabinet with Modern hair pin legs and side table, Painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint color Mustard Seed Yellow | Carver Junk Company | Cotton Seed Designs Antique Kidney-Shaped Desk, painted with natural wood top, and beautiful staging! Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Antique Buffet with updated bone knob hardware, by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Antique Buffet with updated bone knob hardware, by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Antique Buffet with updated bone knob hardware, by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Antique Buffet with updated bone knob hardware, by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company Antique Buffet with updated bone knob hardware, by Cotton Seed Designs for Carver Junk Company

    Milk Paint: Colors of the Month, and Upcoming Workshops!

    Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Color of the Month | Mora + Shutter Gray | Available at Carver Junk Company   Every month, Miss Mustard Seed features two colors as Colors of the Month. September's COTM are Shutter Gray and Mora.

    Say Hello to Shutter Gray

    Shutter Gray is one of Marian’s {Miss Mustard Seed} favorites.  It’s a French blue/gray that has a faded quality about it.  It’s named for a pair of old gray shutters Marian found at an antique store. For a pale blue gray, mix Shutter Gray with Grain Sack.  It pairs well with Mustard Seed Yellow and Linen.
     Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Shutter Gray | Milk Paint Colors | Available at Carver Junk Company | September Color of the Month COTM Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Shutter Gray | Milk Paint Colors | Available at Carver Junk Company | September Color of the Month COTM

    Say Hello to Mora

    Mora is named for the famous curvy clocks made in Mora, Sweden.  It is a whisper of a color – a neutral with gray, blue and green undertones. Pair it with French Enamel or Boxwood green to bring out the hints of color, or with Layla's Mint to create a soft, neutral palette. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | European Line | Mora | Milk Paint Colors | Available at Carver Junk Company | September Color of the Month COTM Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | European Line | Mora | Milk Paint Colors | Available at Carver Junk Company | September Color of the Month COTM   Try out these colors - or any color of your choice, at one of our upcoming workshops! Sept 8th - learn the basics of milk paint while creating a MN-shaped wall art piece! you'll stain, seal, and paint using exclusively milk paint products, and take home a great new piece of decor, along with all the skills to paint your own furniture. Sept 25th - in our string art, dinner & drinks workshop, you'll start out by painting or staining your wood background with our milk paint products. you can make your wood look aged, or paint it with a pop of color before learning to string your design. dinner & drinks provided! Oct 11th - only 2 spots left in our bring your own piece workshop - we've combined the milk paint basics & advanced techniques into a single four-hour workshop. you'll leave with a small, finished piece of your own furniture, and the confidence that you can paint anything!   Here are a few more examples of real pieces painted in the Colors of the Month: Mora Collage Color of the Month Carver Junk Company Shutter Gray Milk Paint Collage Carver Junk Company

    MakeMN: Clock & Antler Recap, and Upcoming Workshops!

    I can't believe it's been a month since our last MakeMN workshop. It was such a fun project, and the finished pieces were more amazing than we even anticipated! We've been busy around here at the MakeMN headquarters - coming up with new workshop ideas, planning out the rest of the year, and making plans for 2016!  We've got the scoop for you on a few upcoming workshops - but first, a quick recap of our Clocks & Antlers class. One of our favorite parts of the workshops, aside from seeing the incredible finished projects, is presenting our workshop attendees with their swag bags. A fun surprise at the end of each class, we send you home with a bunch of beautiful, handmade items from some of our favorite local & national friends! Our sponsors for this month's MakeMN {check out their pages for more of their awesome work}: Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas   MN zipper pull: Relaine;   Necklace: Lydeen;   Screenprinted lunch bag: Scrappy Products; MN Nice Cookie: Something Sweet by Maddie Lu; Soy candle: Vintage Pyro. A huge thank you to our sponsors for giving our DIYers a fun, handmade surprise to take home! And.....drum roll, please...check out the workshop pics! First, our inspiration: Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas   Some action shots: 11783692_10207345745459797_904311835_o (1) Our workshop ladies with their finished projects. How cute is it that their clocks match their fashion style? Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas 11793842_10207345736779580_1350151431_o (1)11821438_10207345734179515_1181925614_o (1)   The next MakeMN workshop is scheduled for September 25th. It's an evening string art, dinner & drinks workshop, where you'll finish a wood background for your string art, and then choose either a stag head design (see some of the clocks above) or a LOVE sign to string in your choice of colors. You'll get to use our Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, and learn the art of stringing. We'll provide the entertainment {in the form of our really fun instructors from The Vintage Studio}, the food {a light dinner}, and the drinks. You bring a friend {make sure they register first}. We also have two Holiday Marquee MakeMN workshops scheduled - only one open spot remains! Lastly, we'll also have a December holiday gift workshop scheduled soon. Stay tuned!

    Milk Paint Colors of the Month: Luckett's Green & Dried Lavender

    Every month, Miss Mustard Seed features Colors of the Month {it used to be Color, but now with the European line, there are 24 colors, so each month gets two.} While these two are the least likely to make an appearance in our home, they {like every color in the line} coordinate beautifully with the other 22 colors, and are absolutely stunning on the right pieces & in the right homes! They are both also excellent colors to mix with others, creating some brilliant custom colors. Check out the collages below for inspiration, and head on over to our online shop {or either of our stores in the Minneapolis area} to pickup some paint for your own projects! Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Luckett's Green Color | Furniture Paint Projects | Milk Paint Collage | CarverJunkCompany.com1. Luckett's Green & French Enamel mixed for a custom color, by All Dolled Up. 2. Luckett's Green in a wash and chippy finish on a coffee table, by Carver Junk Company. 3. Luckett's Green on a two-tone empire-style buffet, by Dust and All Vintage. 4. Luckett's Green chippy perfection dresser, by All Things New Designs. 5. Luckett's Green on a primitive hutch, by My Urban Retreat. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Dried Lavender Color | Furniture Paint Projects | Milk Paint Collage | CarverJunkCompany.com1. Dried Lavender with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint wax and hemp oil top coats, by Golden Sycamore. 2. Dried Lavender nightstands made from an old desk, with MMSMP Antiquing Wax, by Fab Rehab. 3. Dried Lavender end table, by Golden Sycamore. 4. A repurposed dresser in Dried Lavender as a bathroom vanity, by Dear Emmeline. 5. A vanity/desk in a mixture of Dried Lavender and Trophy, by Fab Rehab. 5. Milk Paint powder by Miss Mustard Seed.  

    Which colors in the Miss Mustard Seed line are your favorites?