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    Milk Paint Giveaway: European Colors Released!

    Miss Mustard Seed has released six new milk paint colors in her European milk paint line, and select retailers in the U.S. are also carrying them. Carver Junk Company will stock all six European colors. The shelf date {meaning, the date at which we're allowed to sell them to you} isn't until January 24th. But we're excited that we're able to give away a sample pack of each color before then. Pop on over to our Facebook page to enter - leave a comment telling us which of the six new colors is your favorite. We'll choose a random winner from the comments at Noon on Wednesday to receive all six colors in sample sizes! European Colors | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Mora, Schloss, Arabesque, Layla's Mint, Marzipan, Bergere | Available at Carver Junk Company

    New Milk Paint Colors: MMSMP European Color Line!

    New colors for the New Year! Miss Mustard Seed, aka Marian, has created a whole new line of colors for the European retailers that carry her paint. Lucky for us, she's also allowing select US retailers to carry the new colors as well, and we should have them in stock in late January, early February. She's releasing the colors one at a time via posts on her blog, so we're sharing as they are available! The most recent release is called Arabesque, and it's a "soft, dusty pink." Pink is a tough color - it certainly doesn't go in every room, or with every style, but in typical Miss Mustard Seed fashion, it's really a fantastic shade that complements the other colors in the line! While it may seem a natural fit for a baby girl's nursery, I wouldn't pigeon-hole it into girly-themed decor just yet. Here's a look at the dresser Marian created for the color launch. I'm a big fan of the before & after shot, and that gorgeous quilt! Arabesque Dresser |Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Dusty Soft Pink | Carver Junk Company   Introduced in October {not available in stores until Jan/Feb}, Bergere is yet another blue in the MMSMP line of colors. Clearly, she's a huge fan of blue, and who can blame her, when they look this good? It's no secret that blue is not a personal favorite for me, though I am completely in love with Artissimo, the deep navy in the MMS line. Pronounced "bear-zhair," Bergere is described as a "smokey blue/gray" that may look a bit more of one or the other, depending on the light. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | All the Blue Colors in the Line | Flow Blue | French Enamel | Shutter Gray | Artissimo | Bergere I think these photos do a nice job of illustrating the blue vs. grey {or gray, if you like} of Bergere. [caption id="attachment_1408" align="aligncenter" width="467"]Bergere Blue Grey | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Blue | European Line | Empire Dresser | Carver Junk Company blue tones[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1407" align="aligncenter" width="467"]Bergere Blue Grey | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Blue | European Line | Empire Dresser | Carver Junk Company grey tones[/caption]   Did you scroll up and down a few times to compare the difference in color in each photo {like I did. haha}?? Four more colors are yet to be announced/released, but you know we'll share them as soon as we're able!  In the meantime, we've also created a couple of Pinterest boards inspired by each of these colors- some examples below, but you can access the full board for Arabesque here, and Bergere here.

    Arabesque Inspiration

    [caption id="attachment_1413" align="aligncenter" width="426"]dusty pink ornate bathroom Can you see why Arabesque was added to the European line? Can't you just picture it in gorgeous, ornate settings with furniture from the 18th century?[/caption]  

    Bergere Inspiration

    [caption id="attachment_1415" align="aligncenter" width="395"]How French How French[/caption]

    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!

    New Furniture Pieces for April!

    Here are a few of the new furniture pieces in the store for April! Check the caption of each to see whether it's available now, or if it'll be available at the sale only. [caption id="324" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Antique Blue Tufted Balloon Chairs by Fab Rehab Designs | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available at the April sale in Carver - April 16th to 19th.[/caption] [caption id="325" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Dried Lavender Milk Paint Dresser by Fab Rehab Designs | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available at the April sale in Carver - April 16th to 19th.[/caption] [caption id="326" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Reclaimed Warehouse Cart Coffee Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] [caption id="327" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Tractor Wheel Bench in Dark Walnut | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] [caption id="328" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Dresser by Cotton Seed Designs | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] [caption id="329" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Petite Artissimo and Grain Sack Milk Paint Buffet | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] [caption id="330" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Harvest Buffet Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption]   [caption id="331" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Milk Paint Trophy Dresser | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] Have questions? Leave them in the comments below, call us at 612.615.8650, or email at info@carverjunkcompany.com! We hope to see you April 16th from 6-8:30 pm, or the 17th - 19th from 10 am to 4 pm!     Linked up to: [caption id="attachment_336" align="alignleft" width="150"]Milk Paint Masterpiece Monday | Carver Junk Company Linked Up Milk Paint Masterpiece Monday Linkup[/caption] [caption id="attachment_338" align="alignleft" width="150"]That DIY Party That DIY Party[/caption]  

    Dealer Spotlight: The Vintage Estate, and Owner Aimee

    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. Let's meet Aimee. She was one of our very first dealers, taking on a large open space in our previous Carver store {the back half of the big back room, for those of you who visited us in our old home}. Aimee's got such a great style {she describes it well, below} and she's not only a fabulous hunter, picker, sign maker and furniture refinisher, she's an amazing decorator. She's got a great eye for staging, putting the right pieces together, and achieving "the look." 1403719_10151927821804194_115478735_o

    Tell us about yourself: I am a mom to two boys, 7 and 5.  I like gardening, traveling, spinning, and mostly hunting for vintage treasures! How did The Vintage Estate Start: I guess I have always been a scavenger at heart, before my husband and I were married, we would make weekly trips to the Banks store (a store like Petters) in Mankato to see what we could find.  We would bring home the best stuff and our families would just laugh!!  Fast forward a whole bunch of years after our kids weren't babies anymore, I had some more time to fill and I said to my husband one day, "Wouldn't it be fun to find all kinds of vintage stuff that people like to decorate with and sell it?"  Our first "pick" was in the grove of our family's farm that has been in my family for over a hundred years!!  I kept some of the old glass medicine bottles as I knew they were from my great grandparents!  I have been selling in occasional stores ever since and it is truly the perfect fit for me! Where do you find your inspiration?: I find lots of inspiration from the internet, like most people do, but I find most of my inspiration from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware and the way I feel when I am there... I walk into those stores and I want to move right in!!  It has become one of my passions to create that "look" without breaking the bank!

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    desk What is your favorite thing to collect?: Right now, it is anything to do with deer antlers.  My husband about fell over when I told him he could put a deer mount above the basement fireplace...under the condition that when I was sick of it, I could take it down!!  I definitely go through phases, so wait a few months and ask me that question again and the answer will probably be different!! antler Collage Do you have a photo/story of a favorite piece you've ever done? My favorites are usually the things I am currently working on, I feel like I learn something after each piece I do and each piece is just a little better than the one before it.   Right now, I am LOVING collaborating with my dad making some restoration hardware inspired tables out of iron frames that he welds for me and reclaimed barn wood.   I also really enjoy making signs and have lots of favorites of those!

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    sign Collage

    Find Aimee and The Vintage Estate on the Internets:

    http://www.thevintageestate.com

    http://www.facebook.com/thevintageestate

    http://www.pinterest.com/acbuss/