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    Carver Store Sale This Weekend! March 20-23rd

    Our March sale is just over a day away, and we are still piling furniture and other goodies in the door! Take a peek at what will be in store for you this weekend {and remember, we re-stock and re-fill every day, so you won't be missing out no matter which day you stop out to shop}! Milk Paint Hutch in Linen, from Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Made in MN Pillows. Handmade, from Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Paper Flowers for Spring. Handmade, from Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Antique Claw Foot Table painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint from Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Amazing, vintage modern grey dresser. Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

    Loveseat Reupholstery Project, Part 1

    We have too many couches {sofa, settees, upholstered furniture in general}. But I am addicted. I have the hardest time passing up amazing antique and vintage upholstered furniture, when I can see so much potential in the gorgeous lines of these old pieces. I've scooped up all the ones in perfect condition that fit my {our} price range, and we use them for vintage wedding, event, and photography rentals. It's a great way to satisfy my addiction, without ending up with a furniture-hoarding situation in our already-too-small house. Then I saw these gals {there are two of them - matching}. Their lines are perfect, their size is perfect, their fabric is far from perfect. But they were only $75 each! How was I going to justify this? I've never upholstered anything more difficult than a bench! [caption id="attachment_140" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric The cushions aren't pictured here - trust me, even if this fabric looks ok in the photo, it's stinky and dirty.[/caption] Fate stepped in. I swear. A fellow SW Metro crafty-person on Facebook was looking for a space to hold some upholstery classes, and I had a space and some things to upholster. Surely a trade was in order, and lucky for me, she loved the idea too. So I bought two loveseats, and they sat in the garage for 2 months until I could find the time to meet with Lauren, and soak up some of her magic skills. We started our lesson {Part 1 of 3} this weekend. About 3 hours worth of time pulling staples, trying not to mangle the fabric as we deconstructed, some coffee cake and a few backaches later, she was down to bare bones. Well, she still needs some of her staples removed, but we'll get there. I'll take the next 2-3 weeks {an hour or two here and there} to finish removing staples, purchasing fabrics & supplies, and getting everything back into the workshop so Lauren and I can cover cutting our patterns, installing foam backing, and stapling on the back pieces in early April. [caption id="attachment_141" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Loveseat Reupholstery 101 - bottom of couch The bottom was in good shape, after we pulled off the worn, dirty fabric hiding the springs. Lucky, because I hadn't really checked for the quality of the springs when I purchased these![/caption] [caption id="attachment_143" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Here We Go! Deconstruction Begins on the Blue Velvet Loveseat We started by pulling the cording, fabric, and batting off the back side. It was sewn into three panels that spanned the whole back.[/caption]

    Carver Junk Company | Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric

    Carver Junk Company | Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric

    Carver Junk Company | Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric

    Carver Junk Company | Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric This gal should be ready for the May or June sale in Carver, all reupholstered, repainted, and ready for a new home. Here are some inspiration photos from Pinterest {who am I kidding - we have a whole board for sofas - here}:

    I still haven't settled on what color to paint the wood, and which fabric and cording to use - modern? neutral? bold? contrasting trim & fabric? so many options.... What would you do??

    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?