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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Roller Coaster ride..thanks to my store.

I've never been one for roller coaster rides. In fact I only ever went on one once and that was enough! I literally thought I was going to die that day with my heart beating so fast and hard I thought it was going to burst out of my chest. Yep, that was the first and VERY LAST time I had gone on one some thirty years ago and swore I would never go on one again.



Yet here I find myself on one again for the last 5 months since opening my store!
I liken it to a roller coaster as there are sooo many ups and downs it's just exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Except this time I don't want to get off.




I am so happy and grateful that I have the opportunity doing what I love and working in my own shop that I will take the good the bad and the ugly all in the name of following my passion no matter what the outcome.





It's definitely been a learning experience and I still have a lot to learn .. about my customers and the business. I've had really good feedback so far. I've learnt through time that the childrens' vintage toy section was probably not a good idea so will be replacing that with something else like womens' clothing. One can only try different ideas till I get it right.




I love my new bright pink banners... if that doesn't flag people down I don't know what will.
I know it's been a while since posting and I will try to post more often about the journey and what I'm up to.
                                                           So take care and until next time,
                                                                                  Maryann xx





Monday, September 19, 2016

Shabby French & Vintage.. finally opens

So it has been 2 weeks already since I opened my store. I have had good days and a few quiet days but it has been such an experience! Meeting new people and seeing their different personalities when it comes to shopping is quite interesting. I am still getting a feel for what is generally wanted around my area. I have located my shop near a few antique stores and in a country town where visitors from the city come for the day so I may have to diversify a little along the way! Here are some pics of my store so far...














I am always tweaking and yet to good professional signage put up and a few chandeliers too but it's coming along nicely. I love going there everyday and am still deciding which is the best day to have off, but today I am off to a trade show.
So take care ladies!
Maryann xx


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Buffet & Hutch make-over finished

Well I finally finished painting the buffet and hutch I purchased a while ago. I painted it using Annie Sloans' Old White and gave it a light distress and then a coat of clear wax.




I also chose a pretty damask design wallpaper in duck egg blue. Love the statement this wallpaper made!


This was a bigger job than I thought it would be. Mainly because of the 2 side glass panels on the hutch. They do not open making it harder to get in and paint and to remove and reinstall the glass!


Above: in my store ready for sale.


Before.

take care, Maryann xx

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

hutch inspiration....

In a previous post I mentioned I was working on making over a buffet and hutch. I did paint the bottom section but came to a halt because I wanted to back the hutch section with wall paper. Since there are no great wall paper shops where I live and the ones at the hardware stores are very limited I decided to look online and found a website where I could get some samples which I am waiting on as we speak. There were quite a few that I liked and couldn't decide which is so typically me. So in the meantime here are some inspiration photos I found on pinterest...







This one is painted a different colour has the same effect.



I hope my project will turn out as nice as these!
take care, Maryann


Friday, May 13, 2016

A couple of little make overs..

I thought I would show you all a couple of small make overs I did just recently. One of a gorgeous brass cherub bowl and the other of a candelabra.









I did them both with Annie Sloan chalk paint and am very happy with the results.

I'm also in the process of purging and trying to declutter some of my stuff with a bit of rearranging as well in an effort to make life easier once I open my store but it's proving harder than anticipated!
 take care ladies,
Maryann 







Monday, May 2, 2016

Buffet & Hutch make over in progress....

At the moment I am working on making over this lovely buffet & hutch that I picked up not long ago. I absolutely loved the details on the drawers so it came home with me. I am also using using Annie Sloan's chalk paint for the first time and I am happy with the result and the creamy texture of the paint it leaves. I did water it down just a little though as it is very thick.







I still need to wax it and paint the hutch section but I'm thinking of wall paper for the back of the hutch since it's such a large expanse and very plain. Something very subtle and neutral perhaps with a fine design or pattern.




So once it's all done I'll post some more pics.  I am also doing the happy dance at the moment as I finally get the keys to my store today. So I will be very busy getting all that ready as well and hopefully won't be long before I can open my doors.
                                                                So take care ladies...
                                                                   Maryann.

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