On Thursday, I drove down to Lucketts with Faith and my husband and we worked on getting my space in the lobby looking great and filled with milk paint. I’ve been in the lobby for a couple of months, but it’s been hard for me to get settled there. With the milk paint finally in transit from Canada, I asked two design gurus, Suzanne and Amy of Design House fame, to help me with the layout of the space. Suzanne traded a slim, glass topped shirt counter for my HUGE hardware counter and she also loaned me the hutch on the back wall. Soooooo much better.
I’m selling the two tall bookcases, so the back wall can be a spot for furniture pieces. I’m hoping to figure out how to maximize that little nook and fill it with cozy furnishings and accessories and hang some of my hand painted signs on the wall.
Aside from the awesome store counter, the real statement in the space is this fabulous crystal chandelier (bought from “the Chandelier Girl” at Lucketts), that looks (intentionally) a lot like the chandelier in my dining room and the colorful flags swagged between the chain and the rafters.
When I was driving down to Lucketts last week, my mind was especially clear and creative and I had all sorts of amazing ideas. One of those ideas was for this banner. Banners are nothing new, that’s for sure, but I decided to make one to display the milk paint colors. It’s not the kind of thing people will use as a reference, but it is a strong suggestion of the overall pallet of the milk paint line. You get a feel for the colors immediately, just by looking at the space. I’ll share a tutorial on how I made it soon.
I didn’t have a lot of extra things to sell, but I spread out what I did have to make everything look pretty and clean. Faith and I stocked the shelves and counter with paint and product and I must say, it was thrilling.
I have been keeping the table leg color samples in a big basket, but they were pretty cumbersome to move around, so I decided to lay them out on the counter for now. I’ll probably end up hanging them or something, but I like the idea of people being able to touch them and bring the color into different light. (It’s obvious from the yellow glow of the pictures that my space doesn’t have a lot of natural light.)
I used an old berry tote I found at a yard sale as a place for the tester bags.
I still have a lot of ideas I want to implement in the space to make it really special, but I’m so pleased with how it’s coming together.
Thank you so much to the Lucketts Store for putting my line of milk paint front and center in the store. Thanks to Homestead House for believing in me and my ideas enough to make and distribute this paint. Thanks to all of the retailers who have signed onto this crazy adventure. And thanks so much to all of the people who are buying the paint. One of my retailers sold out of her paint in ONE DAY (and she ordered more than I did)! I recognize how blessed I am and how special this opportunity is and I’m so thankful I can share it with all of you!