I have added a 2nd location and officially moved into the 540 Mercantile on March 1st! The store is located in historic downtown McKinney at 221 E. Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069. Store hours are Mon-Thurs: 10:00am-5:30pm, and Fri-Sat: 10:00am-8:00pm. This is a smaller space, so I will have my paint line & a few small items in the shop for now. I also had a new sign custom made recently…love how it turned out!
I used “With Envy” Shangri-La Lane’s Safe Paint to transform this dresser. It’s a vibrant green, that’s very close in color to an emerald green. This will be going into the Frisco Mercantile for sale, slightly against my will, as it turned out super cute! You can view the Before pic at the bottom of this post, and see just how different it looked…
Around September of last year I was asked by The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company to use one of my pieces for an upcoming full page ad in Fresh Style Magazine. I was honored and delighted to be part of their ad, so of course I accepted! The ad was for the Nov/Dec issue, and I received a copy shortly after it was issued. The furniture photo I had contributed was of a small dining room set I had made over for one of my clients. It was originally all black, and I created a custom color blend using my Shangri-La Lane’s Safe Paint. There were 4 chairs total and the table was in it’s drop leaf position, with just 2 of the chairs showing in the photo used for the ad. Here are all of the pic’s, including the actual ad that was used:
and go all the way back to this past summer! Long story short, we had been actively searching for a historic home over the past 2 years when I came across a home for sale in downtown Frisco. It was built in 1908 and was on over a half acre lot…it was perfect! Well, okay it may not have been perfect, but it was close enough for us and we planned to make it perfect on our own. There was just one problem, we already owned a home, a perfectly good one that we needed to sell first.
So, we made an offer on the historic home & quickly threw our existing home on the market. We had it listed about 40 days, with nearly 50 walk-thru’s, and sold it on the very last day we had to be in contract before walking away from the historic home. Yeah, it was that close! But we did it, hooray, right? Not so fast, you see we still needed to get the appraisal done on the historic home, and that’s when our dream turned into a small nightmare, because it didn’t appraise for the value we agreed to purchase it for. And I’m not talking about falling short a few thousand dollars…it came in $110,000.00 under!!! Yikes. That was a problem, and worse yet was the fact that our home had now been sold and we were about to become homeless. Oh, and school-less, as we were now heading into August & our children were supposed to start school on the 24th.
It was at that point we decided to broaden our search area in the hopes of finding another historic home to purchase, knowing full well that it had already taken us 2 years to find the last one. We weren’t feeling too optimistic and were preparing ourselves for a rental property. We looked at a home in Denton that was on a lovely piece of property, but the house itself just wasn’t a fit for us, so we scratched it off our list.
We then decided to look into McKinney, which has a lovely historic downtown, a thousand times better than Frisco I might add! However, I had one pretty big hang up with moving to McKinney…their schools, which I had been warned about since we first moved to TX. But I started checking into the schools that were designated for the historic area, and they weren’t as bad as I had thought.
Now let me just say that they still didn’t come close to the exemplary schools we had in Frisco, but they were moving up in their rankings & had other things about them that we found beneficial to our children’s special needs. And once we opened ourselves up to considering McKinney we found a home. An adorable home built in 1925 with a good sized yard. We closed in September, on Friday the 13th, and we couldn’t be happier in our new home =)