Antique Sideboard

This piece came from a friend of my mother-in-laws and it was in really rough shape, everything had to be taken apart, repaired, and put back together. The veneer was damaged beyond repair in a lot of places, so we simply opted to remove it entirely, while the rest was patched. I finished it in colors I had never before used together, because I wanted it to be a fun piece and I was thinking I’d probably keep this one…I just so happen to have a gallery wall of pic’s taken at the fair, with vivid colors, that I think this will go perfect underneath! I used Amber Waves of Grain, Blue Jeans, Home Plate, and Fireworks Red {all by American Paint Company}. I also used Clear and Dark Wax over the entire piece. The top was refinished with an American Walnut stain. I’ve also never used more than two colors together on a piece, but I’m glad I pushed myself out of my box and comfort zone with this piece!

An Evening With Joanna {And Chip} Gaines

When my friend Kristi announced that she had purchased two tickets for the Magnolia’s Fall Workshop, hosted by Joanna Gaines, and asked who wanted to go…I was pretty much screaming, “ME, ME, ME, did I mention ME,” I think that was verbatim, actually! I was so excited that she said YES, because I’ve been a fan of Fixer Upper for awhile now…it lets me live out my unfulfilled dream of flipping houses vicariously =) Not to mention that it was a chance to take a night off & have a girls night out, woot!
Okay, I’m sure you all want me to just get on with it already. Our first stop on our road trip was at the infamous Czech Stop in West, TX. I have heard about it for forever, but had never been, and let me just tell you that if you are ever in West you absolutely need to stop in! Their bakery has the most heavenly treats around, and while it was tempting to be selfish and eat everything we could for ourselves, we actually purchased some delicious treats to share…Kristi is now the favorite in her office I’m sure!  photo (13)

Moving on, our next stop was at Harp Design Co. They have their shop located right next door to their home, and Clint Harp is the carpenter that works with Joanna & Chip on Fixer Upper. Their shop just had a grand opening that will run through tomorrow. Cute shop and I apologize for not getting more pic’s.  HFXUP111H_Clint-and-Kelly-Harp-home-after_h

Now, to get to the workshop!! We arrived early, or so we thought…there was already a pretty big line of people waiting to get inside, did I mention that there were 600 people attending?! Yeah, I was pretty blown away and had no idea there would be that many people coming! They came from all over, too…East Coast, West Coast, and everywhere in between. The event was held at The Phoenix Ballroom.

I don’t know that I would have called this a “workshop” really, more like a “meet & greet” with advice and tips on how to set an inviting table on a budget. Joanna and Chip are just as warm & wonderful in person, BTW. Joanna told us about how they met, and how she started her business. All the time poised & graceful when all of the sudden ACDC comes blasting through the speakers, as Chip bursts onto the stage with a chainsaw in hand, which he then proceeded to fire up! It was awesome in pure Chip fashion. They held a raffle, gave away all kinds of cool items, we didn’t win anything. But that’s okay.

It was time to move onto our hands on workshop part of the evening. There were a mix of wreaths being used as chargers on the tables, unfortunately, ours were made out of moss which Kristi is allergic to, so we quickly changed them out for some made from wood! Joanna taught us how to create a napkin holder by using some simple greenery, flowers, and some twine to hold it together. Here’s mine: 
She then went on to explain how you could incorporate other inexpensive items such as clipboards with a printed sign, or printed fill-in-the-blank notes that could then be hung with twine and used as garland, etc. Making everything warm, inviting, and memorable during a time of gathering:)

After the event we were all given time to shop, however, we did this beforehand, as well as getting a pic with Chip that we missed by 3 people when we arrived. I wasn’t able to get a pic with or of Joanna, but let me assure you she’s beautiful inside and out. It was a lovely evening and we left with some really good and practical ideas, along with lots of swag;)

Additional Store Location

In case you haven’t already heard I’m adding another store location in Richardson, TX. The Richardson Mercantile is a sister store of the Frisco Mercantile and will be open to the public on November 1st. It’s larger than the Frisco Mercantile at 50,000 sq ft and will be set up a little different.

The store address is 101 S. Coit Rd., Suite 60, Richardson, TX 75080. My new shop will be Suite 702 Campbell. Did I mention that all of the aisles have been given street names:) It’s sure to be an amazing antique mall and a major shopping destination…can’t wait to get set up there!

Paint Sale!

The paint sale officially starts tomorrow (Sat, Oct. 4th). You can show them this post from your phone, or print it out & take it with you!

Announcement! Lots Of Changes…

I received a message from American Paint Company this morning and I’m super excited to share the following announcement(s) with all of you:

“American Paint Company is pleased to announce the launch of a new color collection for Fall 2014 and updates on the main color line.  We pride ourselves on making the healthiest paint available for the DIY furniture painter, along with staying on trend in the home décor market.  We will be retiring colors, moving colors from our 2013 Ellis Collection into the main line, and launching a new color collection called American Home.”

But wait, there’s more…The new pints will be available in the same type of can that our quarts currently come in, which means no more fighting with those little plastic containers! And we will now have sample sized pots available for each of the new pint colors!! There’s still more info to share, but let me first show you our 12 new colors from the American Home Collection:
We now have a deep barn red (Country Barn), a true kelly green (Front Lawn), a sage green (Topiary), and a mustard yellow(Vintage Velvet) in the palette! And look at Backyard Pond & Tarnished Platter…these are sure to be favorites!!The Ellis Collection will be retired, however, the most popular colors will be moving into quart size…can you hear the angels sing?! Here are the colors that will be available in quart size: Cannonball, Crushed Tea, Leather Boots, Limoges, Sackcloth, Peacock, Treasure Box, and Voyage.

This means that the colors being retired are:


Cameo – from Ellis

Dawn’s Early Light

Desert Cactus

Home Turf

Lincoln’s Hat

Momma’s Lipstick

National Forest

Orange Grove

Parchment – from Ellis


Shining Seas

Tea Cup – from Ellis

Waistcoat – from Ellis

Wild Horses

The main line will have 30 colors, sold in quarts and sample sizes, and will include the following colors:

So there you have it, we will have 42 colors in all, new sizing and containers, and an awesome color palette! I plan to pre-order everything I can, and should have the new colors in stock around early November. Last but not least, I will be placing the 15 retiring colors on sale, so all of my customers are going to enjoy some really great deals =)