It was so nice to be back in my studio today after being away for several days. I just love having the creative space to work…it’s rejuvenating and fun and seems so full of possibility. I’m still a little fuzzy-headed from my cold, but I was able to get some good things done today. The light was really soft and pretty today when I arrived, so I carried some new products across the parking lot to the old white and gray building to snap some pictures.
The soft colors, chippy paint and old texture are just perfect for me! I was shooting pictures of our new topcoat, Tough Coat…
…and of our new sample size bags. I photographed them with the quart size, so you can see the difference. It’s so cute and small. The Tough Coat is available for our retailers to order and the sample sized bags will be available in a couple of weeks. I’ll be sharing more about the Tough Coat in upcoming posts.
I mostly took pictures on a loading dock, in front of a sliding barn-style door and on a door threshold at the side of the building. It really is the perfect backdrop.
I was informed today, though, that they are painting it. Ah, no!! I had a brief thought of Frog-taping myself to the building, but that would be a little extreme and inappropriate. I was happy to hear that they are painting it white and I think you’ll still be able to see the amazing old texture. As they’re cleaning up the building, though, to get it ready to paint, they found some signs and an old crate and gave them to me.
I let them know I’ll take any old wood, doors, hardware, whatever off their hands if they’re just getting rid of it, anyway. It seems to be an arrangement that’s working well for both of us.
Kriste and I worked on pricing and putting away the milk paint stock I got in. I forgot to take a picture of it, but we filled each drawer of the shirt counter with one color of milk paint. I have 18 drawers, so it’s perfect. If you’re local to Biglerville, PA and have been waiting, I do have milk paint in stock now and you can purchase it directly from me. My studio is not a regular shop, though, so it is only open by chance or appointment. Just send me an e-mail if you want to stop in. We’ll have an official open house at some point…
I also worked on white washing the tables Jeff built for the workshops. (I’m still debating on painting the chairs…)
When brushed on, it brings out the grain and adds depth to the color. It also provides the finish to protect the wood and make it resistant to water.
I mixed about two parts White Wax to one part Antiquing Wax to get this pale color.
I am loving taking pictures against the washed wood. It looks almost limed or faded with age.
As Kriste and I were putting all of the product away, we couldn’t figure out a cute way to display the milk paint mixers, so we decided to wrap them up like little presents.
The rest of the accessory products we put out on shelves and in ironstone bowls and sugar jars.
I’m hoping to get the rolling walls/backdrops finished next week and my office area set up and functional. And I need to put the pedal to the metal with getting ready for The Chapel Market…