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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.
    [caption id="attachment_258" align="aligncenter" width="524"]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.[/caption]
    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}: [caption id="275" align="aligncenter" width="665"]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}[/caption] 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:   P.S. If you aren't already following along with the blog, or subscribed to our email updates, you can sign up on the right side of this page. No spam, we pinky swear!

    The New Primitive: Milk Paint Dresser Makeover in Chippy Trophy

    I have always been in love with that primitive, hundred-years-old, covered-in-ten-layers-of-paint look. I mean, just imagine the stories those pieces could tell... Sometimes we're lucky enough to find the true, original, primitive pieces. And sometimes, we create our own. This dresser was structurally in good shape, but was living out her life in a small-town secondhand store. She looked sad, so we thought we'd best take her home. She came with some scars; her veneer was peeling a bit on each side. We thought that set her up perfectly for a chippy finish. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser   As much as I love keeping original hardware on pieces like this, even after they are refinished, she was missing on pull on a top drawer, and a ring was missing off one of the other pulls. Boo. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Check out the detail and lines on the base of this piece. Gorgeous! Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser She got one coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Trophy. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser See how the chipping has just started, below? ooooooh, it makes me so excited! Please ignore my high-tech paint studio. It's our dining room, with some old moving boxes from the basement. Chad complains a lot less about me painting in the house, now that I'm using Milk Paint {no smell, and zero-VOCs}. In fact, he even moved the dresser inside for me. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser I smoothed the first coat out with a high-grit {220} sandpaper, just to get off some of the flakes, and gave her a second coat of Trophy, then followed with more sandpaper. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser I'm dying over here. Could it look any more original? Does anyone else find it a little funny that we put so much effort into making something old look even older and in poorer condition than it probably was to start? I like to just think positive, and consider it giving her more character. Now she's truly one-of-a-kind. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Doesn't the paint look like it's been there for 100 years?? A coat of clear wax, and she'll be all finished and ready for a new home. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Ugh, my good camera broke. Like, broke & needs to be sent away to be fixed & I want to cry. So, you get iPhone photos. Sorry {for me & you}. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Can you tell we pushed our dining room table out of the way just to take some staged shots? Yep, those chairs in the reflection in the window don't really belong there. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Who wants to take her home, before I decide to keep her?? P.S. Trophy is the Miss Mustard Seed Color of the Month for March, which means quarts of Trophy are 10% off. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Is the chippy look for you? Would you put her in a bedroom as a dresser? In a dining room as a buffet? Maybe as a TV/Media stand?