After months of searching we have finally found our new headquarters. It’s small and in the most unlikely of places but, I love it and I hope y’all will too. Its located in the teeny-tiny (seriously tiny, don’t blink kind of tiny ) Downtown Ocoee. I’m sure everyone has heard of it right? I wouldn’t call it a booming town center at all, but its quaint and charming (lest I remind you that I see potential in things that no one else does…duh… I’m a junker) but none the less, I think it does. Call me a daydream believer if you may, but it’s there, I tell ya.
Anyhoo…we were driving around looking for leasable space when we turned down a street that I have never been down. I spotted this little building and said look! Its perfect. It didn’t have any signage saying it was available, so I assumed it wasn’t.
There was also a space with big storefront windows and a turquoise (fave color) ceiling that was a pawn shop, although I had never seen it open in the year I’ve been here. I went to ask about a storefront and I described what I was looking for …a workshop space with a small showroom area…and most important…AC. Guess where he took me? The little building I mentioned earlier. Now a normal person would have said yes, this is perfect, but of course I like to complicate matters so I asked to looked at the storefront location as well. I pondered it a couple of days and finally my friend said “I’m giving you until the end of the week to make a decision.” Basically she was saying. “I’m tired of hearing you talk about it, get it done!!”
So I took my friend and personal advisor (aka Jules) to see both spaces and do you know what she said? “Well clearly the studio is the one, duh!” At that point all the stars aligned and the angels sang and I was hurdling headlong into another big adventure, but not too big. I have very consciously tried to keep my big dreams from becoming overwhelming ones, as they have in the past. This time I’m going for manageable dreams.
So here it is…manageable…well, sort of…we all know that I can over complicate anything, but I’m really going to try to keep it simple…a studio that I can work from to supply all of my vintage booths and a place that I can host occasional sales. Yep, and I’m going to invite some of my other friends that are vintage dealers, artists and jewelry makers and we are going to throw some major shin-digs Ocoee style, lol.
As you can see I’ve done a little painting already. It needed a girls touch and a little bit of turquoise!
A friend which I have painted several pieces for over the years requested this specific design for her teen daughter. I must admit that I have a love/hate relationship with the Chevron pattern. Mostly because I am cheap and refuse to purchase a reusable stencil. Instead, I do it the old-fashioned way using a calculator, tape measure, straight edge and tons of painters tape.
I painted the body of the table with Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and the chevron is ASCP Paris Grey. Yep, those are my toes…obviously my love for paint doesn’t follow over to my toe nails.
So…after feeling rewarded by my awesome mathematical accomplishment, I decided that I would take the easy route on the next couple of pieces and paint plain old stripes. I will warn you that sometimes I get a little
obsessed, stuck, okay…so, I can beat a style to death sometimes. That might be what happened in this scenario. I was going for the surprise inside effect on this one. It’s Annie Sloan Pure White as the main color and Napoleonic Blue and Pure White stripe on the sides of the drawer.
anchors…help it’s out of control…nope, false alarm that just the creative juices starting to kick in…and wah-la… just like that, the idea hits me for this sad little piece that had occupied valuable space in my garage.
The stripes are Country Grey and Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I removed the drawer pulls and used rope for drawer pulls. I removed one of the drawers which was broken and reused it as a wall hook with dock cleats for the hooks. While I was painting the blue piece, this is the dialog that occurred in my over active brain…
“ooh we should go to Tybee Island over the summer…ohh I should name this group Tybee Beach.”
At this point I’m pretty sure a squirrel ran by and distracted me for half a second and then I was back to
stripping. No, no I meant striping…in my clothes. I don’t paint naked. Although, I have witnesses it before, but that’s another story.
Anyway, stripes were on everything at this point …and anchors. Don’t forget the anchors.
Then I painted this cute little shelf with ASCP Pure White and Paris Grey and made a matching jewelry hanger out of an old frame and knobs that I had. It was instantly snapped up by another of my favorite teens.
So after a couple of days of seeing stripes, another friend saw the chevron table and mentioned that her teenage daughter loved it and that she had a 4 poster bed in her garage that maybe I could do something with. I asked her to describe her daughters style. Get this…she said the walls are Tiffany blue and she has black and white Marilyn Monroe posters.
So that is how the Chevron and Stripe madness ended…just like that. Not really. It’s still happening, but I’m hiding all the other pieces that I’ve painted that way, just so you don’t think I’ve completely lost my mind.
Thanks for stopping by…
btw…I have some really big news to share with y’all very soon.
Were getting back into the swing of things and enjoying our little space at Adjectives Market which we named Johnny & Gypsy’s Modern General. We must say that we do miss seeing all of you High Falootin’ Junkies so we figured we would drop a line on our old blog and show you what we’ve been pickin’ and painting. Toot-a-loo…
Here it is…my Cowgirl/Red Licorice Kitchen. Whew! That was a lot of work and it took longer than planned because we had family reunion slap dab in the middle of my project, but it was a nice break, so I’m not complaining.
I mentioned in Part I that I would explain a little more about why I used wax to finish the kitchen cabinets. I also said that I would give a estimate on how much a job like this would cost as a DIY project and how much I would quote this job for. I want to start by saying that this is not a typical project. It is in my home so I used advanced paint techniques and bold color choices that I probably wouldn’t suggest to the typical client. I have bold taste and I have the ability to repaint at anytime if I need to tone the colors down a bit.
So first off…the reason I LIKE WAX, is for the ability to touch up and blend in repairs without being able to tell the boo-boo ever happened. Okay, so you are saying to yourself…why would there be deep gouges, scratches and other issues that might need touching up? The answer…CAUSE ANYTHING PAINTED HAS THE ABILITY TO SCRATCH with enough force. I have kids, dogs and LIFE that happens every day. Not to mention, these cabinets are NOT even WOOD, so it’s not a question of if…it’s when it scratches, I can make the scratch disappear in minutes with very little effort. With any other finish they would need to be stripped, sanded and completely repainted. With Chalk Paint and Wax you can paint right over the old wax and then re-wax, making it all blend together…like it never happened. Now that is magic!
Now lets get down to the nitty gritty details of the job…
This job it not for the faint of heart or a first timer. There were moments that I wanted to sit in the floor and cry, but I put my big girl boots on and pushed through. I also made mistakes…I’m a human and I do make mistakes…the important part is having the knowledge to fix the mistakes. This only comes with experience and it’s the most valuable tool there is.
So all you DIYers out there here are the numbers…
and here are the supply costs…
|Chalk Paint ™ Primer Red (2)||$70|
|Chalk Paint ™Emperors Silk||$35|
|Chalk Paint ™Florence||$35|
|Spray Paint (Hardware)||$7|
|ASCP Clear Wax (2)||$50|
|ASCP Dark Wax||$25|
|Paint Brushes (2) Purdy Cub||$35|
|Ultimate Wax Brushes (2)||$50|
|Total Supply Cost||$331|
Now for those of you that do not feel comfortable with tackling a project of this scale, here is what I would have charged for a job like this. Please note that this was more than just a single color paint technique. It was actually two colors (the second being a wash).
|Cabinet Doors (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall)||26||x $55||$1,430|
|Drawers (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall)||12||x $40||$480|
|Pulls (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall)||38||$25.00|
|Hinges (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall)||52||$25.00|
|plus Island (same as 4 extra doors)||4||x $55||$220|
Now add the supplies that labor cost and for about $2500 you have a whole new look. That is significantly less than replacing all the cabinets for a kitchen this size which, by the way is 15′ x 15′.
Here is how I come up with the quote. Each cabinet door is $55 and each drawer is $45. Obviously I’m not painting just the door and drawers…I’m also painting the cabinet itself, but this is just an simplified way to figure the cost quickly when doing a quote. Now there are exceptions to this rule when the kitchen has a large island that doesn’t have doors all the way around I just figure what it would be if the doors were there. (it’s simple, no hard math for me)
I just want to say this about painting a kitchen versus painting a piece of furniture…if it doesn’t turn out right, it’s a little harder to change out than a dresser or a table. It is a LOT of work and it is a major room in your house. It can also make or break your house if you are trying to sell it so make sure that you are prepared for the job if you are going to do it yourself.
Another note…there are a variety of techniques that could change the cost of this job, such as painting the inside of the cabinets and the doors, which is a lot more work and more money, but creates a very nice, finished look. You might also want to distress the doors, trim out flat panels or fill in holes for new hardware, etc, etc…which all changes the cost.
Overall it was a fun project and I’m glad it’s finished. Now who needs a kitchen makeover? I gettin’ bored already…I need a new project or I’m gonna start gettin’ into trouble, lol.
I have so much to share with y’all about the farm and the house, that I almost don’t know where to begin. I guess I will tell you a little about the farm first. It is a sustainable 100% grass-fed meat farm with cattle, chickens, pigs and turkeys. We are not the caretakers of the farm, but merely just leasing a property that is located on the farm. The operation is very intriguing to me since I was raised on a farm. Of course, when I was young I didn’t appreciate farm life all that much, as I wanted to be a big city girl. I guess it’s that time in my life when the cliché about going back to your roots is starting to apply.
Anyway, here are a few pictures of the farm.
We have only just begun to explore the 480 acres of pasture land.
Nature happens all the time around here, so there are several pregnant animals.
This is Honky the Donkey – He earned that name, although I didn’t give it to him, but he makes an excellent alarm clock. I found out that he loves red licorice so of course I had to buy some. He can spot me waving it in the air and he knows what it is. He will take off running toward me hee-hawing the whole way.
This is Brownie. I know, I know…the names are just not very original, but I didn’t name them. She is very pregnant and I just can’t wait until there is a little foal running around. The horse farm next door has had a foal born each week we have been here. I love watching them get their legs.
The chicks are irresistible! Sorry Steph, I’m talking about the real baby chicks.
Mr. Turkey got his feathers all ruffled and started chasing me through the field. It’s probably the first time I screamed like a little girl in a long time.
The girls checking out the farm with their cousins. This is what kids should be doing instead of playing on the computer.
Although there aren’t any horses on this farm, all of the surrounding properties are horse farms. This guy and 4 of his friends visit with me every day. It really is the highlight of my day.
Our property is very wooded and secluded. We have old Hammock Oaks all over the place and tons of Pine trees.
See the little platform in the crook of the tree. The kids love to sit up there.
This is right outside of my kitchen window. I call it the stairway to heaven tree.
Well that is all for today…I have been working away on the painting the kitchen cabinets. I will start to post pictures this week. It is amazing…Of course I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so you are going to want to check out that post. I will give a lot of tips and tricks.
Until then…Happy Trails…Denna
As many of you already know, we have closed the Mount Dora store. We originally were trying to sell it and we had a serious buyer, but as the old saying goes “shit happens”. We had grown very tired of the brick and mortar/ retail aspect of the store. It really took me away from what I loved, which was furniture painting, junkin’ and decorating. It also took me away from traveling to find all of the cool stuff that I painted and decorated with. Basically, I lost myself and after a lot of stressful days and sleepless nights we decided that it was best that we sell/closed the brick and mortar and go back to being a working studio and occasional sale operation.
At the same time that we were trying to sell the store, we had found an amazing new home over an hour away from the store, but closer to our Ocala bail bond office. We moved back to Marion County, which we absolutely loved and missed so much. For some reason Ocala just seems like home. Our new home is located on a 480 acre working cattle ranch and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful horse country I’ve ever seen. It’s just what I needed…to disconnect for a while. I will take the next couple of months to work on the house and do lots of painting. I will be blogging about all the projects around the house and cool things about the ranch.
What’s To Come
We plan to do a lot of shows around the country, but we also want to host our own show or barn sales. We hope to have our first barn sale in September here at the ranch. We will have other antique/vintage vendors, great food and live music.
Where To Find The Products/Artists That Were At The Store
Painted Furniture from Blue French Horn by Marcia Malloy can be found at When Pigs Fly on Donnelly St.
I will keep you posted on the others as the find new stores to call home.
My name is Cary Martin. I have been invited by Denna to occasionally post about what I am working on, what is new in the High Falootin jewelry side of things and basically just what I find fabulous and completely necessary in life!