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    New Art Prints: Nursery, Fall, and Home Sweet Home

    We're pretty excited about these pretty new prints! And we're even more excited to finally have them in some styled shots, so you have a better idea of what they could look like framed and in your home.  We sell these in both store locations, and will be listing them online soon. In store, you can purchase these 11x14 prints unframed for $20 each, or framed for $56 each. Autumn Definition Art Print | Minneapolis Wall Decor Wall Art | Made in MN | Minnesota Artist | hayrides, pies, sweaters, pumpkin spice latte, apple cider, bonfires, leaves, fall Autumn Definition Art Print | Minneapolis Wall Decor Wall Art | Made in MN | Minnesota Artist | Dream Big Little One Green | Nursery Art | Carver Junk Company Autumn Definition Art Print | Minneapolis Wall Decor Wall Art | Made in MN | Minnesota Artist | Dream Big Little One Hot Pink | Nursery Art | Carver Junk Company Autumn Definition Art Print | Minneapolis Wall Decor Wall Art | Made in MN | Minnesota Artist | D is for Dog Puppy | Nursery Art | Carver Junk Company Autumn Definition Art Print | Minneapolis Wall Decor Wall Art | Made in MN | Minnesota Artist | Home Sweet Home Flowered Wreath Print | Carver Junk Company Autumn Definition Art Print | Minneapolis Wall Decor Wall Art | Made in MN | Minnesota Artist |I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you in the evening, and underneath the moon| Nursery Art | Carver Junk CompanyWhich one is your favorite? Are there any specific quotes or styles you'd like us to bring in for future prints?  

    Eulalie's Sky Corner Table

    Eulalie's Sky is the Color of the Month {along with Linen} for Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, in May. So, of course, I just had to try it out {admittedly, for the first time}!  And, much like the piece I did in Luckett's Green last month, I am unexpectedly, crazy in love with it! First, Eulalie's Sky is named after the sky in a painting of a cow that hangs above Marian's {Miss Mustard Seed} buffet. The cow in the painting is named Eulalie, and her sky is this perfect pale blue color, with a slight hint of green. [caption id="attachment_426" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Eulalie's Sky Collage |Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint[/caption] I wanted to paint a small piece, to check the amount of coverage I could get from one of our new sample size jars. Each jar has about 3 Tbsp of milk paint powder. Seriously, how cute are these tester jars?!  {on a side note - can you see that the color sticker on the bag isn't quite true to color? And neither is the powdered paint? It comes together when it's mixed, though!} Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Eulalie's Sky | 1 quart and Tester jars |Carver Junk Company Here is the table I decided to paint. Chad picked it up from a thrift store, and I thought it would be about the perfect size for the 3 tbsp of paint in a tester-size jar. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="2448"] Small Corner Table Before Milk Paint | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="2448"]Small Corner Table Before Milk Paint | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Small Corner Table Before Milk Paint | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.[/caption] Here is Eulalie's Sky in powder form. It's a creamy color - not at all bluish/teal! But don't worry.... Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Sample Size Jar | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. As a reminder, you should plop the powder onto another surface, add your water, and then put the powder back in - the water should always go into the container first! Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Sample Size Jar | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. That's more like it!  This is 3 Tbsp of powder, and 3 Tbsp of water - a 1:1 ratio that's used for a general paint finish. Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Sample Size Jar | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Then, I added bonding agent. After mixing the powder into the water, I had about 1/2 jar full of paint. So I filled it the rest of the way with bonding agent. You saw how shiny that table was - if I didn't use bonding agent, I surely would have had a chippy mess {vs. a cute intentionally-chipped table} on my hands. Can you believe this all fits in that perfect little jar??  Oh, and yes - the Target bag is my very sophisticated way of spill-proofing while I'm painting in the dining room. Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Sample Size Jar | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. I finished her up, sanded with a 100-grit sandpaper in a circular motion to get that crazy-distressed look, added some antiquing wax to the detailed parts, and then finished the whole thing with clear furniture wax!  We didn't offer her up for sale until the store opened the following Saturday morning, and she was the FIRST THING out the door!  <3 Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Corner Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. We used to sell tester/sample size bags with 2 Tbsp of paint for $6 each. We decided we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to try out this paint, so changed over to the jars, with an extra Tbsp of paint, and they are only $4.99 each at the store! Stop in during our May 15-18 sale, and try a color you might not otherwise have tried!

    Coffee Table Color Wash with Luckett's Green Milk Paint

    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. 20140421-180943.jpg 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. 20140421-181000.jpg   Before I jumped to a decision on the top, I thought I'd try a color wash {a paint mixture with high water content, that goes on like a stain} on the base of the table, using some Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Luckett's Green that I happened to have in the house from a birdhouse painting project I did the previous week. 20140421-181014.jpg   Hm. Not in love. Maybe with another coat. 20140421-181032.jpg   It's a terrible photo, but nope - still not the look I wanted. So, a complete change of course, I decided to sand down the remaining top, do the color wash on the now raw wood, and a full-color paint on the base. 20140421-181048.jpg   Here she is, after painting and sanding, but before a finishing coat. 20140421-181105.jpg   I did not use a bonding agent on the base, so I got some nice chippyness over the original table finish. Awesome! 20140421-181120.jpg   Here she is, after a top coat of clear furniture wax. Look at how much more the color pops on her base after adding that finishing coat! Perfectly springy and green, feminine and functional. 20140421-181136.jpgLuckett's Green Milk Paint Coffee Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.   Luckett's Green Milk Paint Coffee Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.   This lovely lady still needs a home! Give us a shout if you have the perfect place for her! Have a piece of furniture that needs to be rejuvenated? We offer a few avenues to help: Take a Milk Paint workshop, and learn various techniques for painting your own pieces! Request a quote for custom painting {you supply the piece, we paint it to your vision}. Email info@carverjunkcompany.com with a photo of your existing piece, dimensions and details on what you'd like for it to look like!

    Dealer Spotlight: Redefined Designs, and Designers Jen & Erica

    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. RDD Headshot
    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:
    [caption id="attachment_359" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Antler upgrade with some chevron fabric and paint! These recently sold at the store! Redefined Designs @ Carver Junk Company[/caption] [caption id="attachment_358" align="aligncenter" width="582"] A $5.00 garage sale dresser redo that lives at Jen's house![/caption]
    You can find Jen, Erica, and Redefined Designs on the Internets:
    On Instagram at  @craftygirlfrommg and @randominkstains
       

    Pinspiration: Weekend Project Ideas {Spring}

    It's feeling like Spring around here! I'm cautiously optimistic; "March is the snowiest month of the year" keeps running through the back of my head. But....this weekend's forecast is looking pretty amazing, so I'm inspired to start a few spring projects. Whether these actually get done {or even started} this weekend is another story....but let's assume I have the best intentions. 1. I love this colorful paper flower wreath from Love Pomegranate House. And, bonus, it's easy-peasy to make. Paper, glue, and a ribbon. Hello, fun kids' craft, too?? And while you can choose any colors you want, coral & grey are hot, hot, hot for spring right now. 2. I promise this isn't going to be a whole post about wreaths, but how could I pass up this recycled spring wreath? I would bet most of us have an old hose {with holes} laying around somewhere...and who knows what happens to those rubber bits when we toss them in the garbage. Why not recycle it into a sweet spring wreath, like this one from Create. Craft. Love.? [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ok, their tutorial fesses up to the fact that they bought this hose new. We still think it's a great two-for-one project for recycling![/caption] 3. NEON PINK! I am sort of in love with these, though I'm trying to figure out a place in the house or garden that Chad would even consider putting neon pink pots. Perhaps I'll have to settle for turquoise or an orangey-red {our main-level accent colors}. But YOU should definitely make these with a neon accent color, like these ones at The Proper Pinwheel. And then send me photos, so I can live vicariously through your decor. 4. Lavender really makes me think of spring. We just bought TONS of dried lavender buds, and we sell them by the scoop at the store. What the heck to people do with a small paper sack of lavender buds? Here's one idea from {none other than} Martha Stewart: 5. It's not a project, exactly, but it's great inspiration for any spring projects that might be on your list! Check out Pantone's 2014 spring colors. Paint some picture frames, paint some furniture, choose new curtains, or some accent pillows. Quotes See more of our Spring Pinspiration on our Spring Fling Pinterest board. What's on your spring project list? Feel free to include a link to your Pins or Blog in the comments below!