Can you believe you’re hearing from me again? I know. I took a little break from blogging this winter and I have to say, it was kind of nice! Yes, I enjoy blogging, but it was nice to just focus on hanging out with my kids and being lazy for a while! Oh, and painting! Did I mention I’ve moved my furniture booth to a new shop? My girl Liz Marie (and some other super talented ladies!) just opened a shop TODAY and I am so honored to be a part of it. I’ll be selling my hand painted furniture pieces, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint & products, and vintage accessories. I’m so pumped for my friend and I’m so thrilled to be able to be involved! So, even though I haven’t been blogging…I’ve been staying busy! I brought this piece to the shop the other day along with a few other last minute things. This guy was a bear to redo. It’s a huge piece and it sucked in the paint like crazy! It was a tv cabinet in a previous life. Our friends gifted it to us a few weeks ago because they just didn’t need it anymore. I mean, how many people have a tv nowadays that fits in one of these guys anymore? They’re just not something people really need anymore, right?! So, what do you do with a piece that’s pretty obsolete? Well, you turn it into something new! Because my hubby and I have done this exact thing before, I knew just what to do. We started with taking the old back off – it was pretty much falling off anyway – and then cutting, staining, and nailing pine boards to the back to give it a planked look. Last time we did this, we painted the planks white. This time I wanted a more rustic vibe and I’m so happy we went this direction. I’m kind of in love with all things rustic right now! Once the back was taken care of, it was my turn. Once I started painting this beast, I realized just how big it is! It literally took me hours to paint the first coat on. Mostly because I had to be careful around the edges, so I didn’t get paint on the back. It was tedious. And not fun. But Justin Bieber kept me company, so it was all good! (wink) I painted the outside with Artissimo (MMS Milk Paint) & the inside is a mixture of Schloss & Typewriter (also both MMSMP). And lastly, to give the piece some function, we added a clothing bar to the top portion of the inside. It takes the piece from an outdated shell to something that could be used for years to come! I can just imagine it in a cozy guest room, can’t you? If you’re in West Michigan this weekend, be sure to stop by The Found Cottage for their Grand Opening! I’ll be there Thursday (Jan 14th) evening for sure and might stop in a couple more times over the weekend! Can’t wait to meet everyone and share in Liz’s excitement on opening her store!