Sunday, March 24, 2013

~ Around the shop and an Art Deco restyle ~

Hello friends.....Yes, I know I need to post more often. 
I try...I really do, but as soon as I sit down in the evening with a glass of wine and begin to type, I start yawning!
Seriously.....I am in bed the same hour as most 10 year olds!
I promise to try and do better.
So I thought I would fill you all in on all that is happening at 
The Empty Nest.
New Spring items are arriving and we are busy sewing and painting and restyling the shop.

My son, Sean, was kind enough to indulge his Mom and take a few photos around the shop.
I like this shows me with one of my favorite things, my sewing machine.

I added a new piece to my Spring window display. This vanity is the matching piece to the beautiful French bed. I decided to paint them in different Chalk Paint® colors. 

Soft Duck Egg Blue and Old White with soft Clear and Dark Wax. Age appropriate distressing and some new bone knobs...Sweet!

I think some lucky young girl needs this in her French bedroom.

So now The Empty Nest window is complete!!
Can you tell Roses and the color PINK was the theme???
I was never really a pink gal, but Annie Sloan's Antoinette Pink has completely turned me around.
I am not ashamed to admit I am head over heals in love.
And ...YES, the bed and vanity are 
For Sale!!

I am very lucky having an assistant like my good friend Cheryl, who is a marvel when it comes to staging. Isn't she pretty?
I need to pin down my other awesome ladies Carol and Sue and get them to pose for me also.

One of the pieces I have been working on is this very sturdy Art Deco dresser with really cool Bakelite handles. In fact I bid on it at an auction just because of the handles!
I put this dresser in the shop and it has sat there for months...I was only asking $110...a steal for a super clean and sturdy dresser.
The solution.......Yes, you guessed it..
Chalk Paint® by decorative paint by Annie Sloan

So after a coat of Old Ochre and some fun Paris Grey/Louis Blue mix stripes, my neglected little dresser is ready to take center stage. 

I had a little fun with the drawer sides. They got the striped treatment also.
Makes opening the drawers a bit more fun.
I also lined the drawers with some thrift store blue and cream stripe wallpaper with the help of my trusty Mod Podge.

I used my Royal Design Studio number stencil to add some typography to the front of the drawers and the bottom cupboard.
Speaking of the bottom cupboard...isn't that unique,
 having the doors at the bottom instead of the top?
I think this makes this the perfect dresser for a child's room. They can keep toys or shoes, that they can easily reach, in the bottom.
And guessed it, this dresser is no longer $110.00.

 You know I love my porcelain!

These Nippon teacups and saucers are my delicate you can see through them!
I have a pretty large collection of Nippon china..beautiful stuff.
They sit on a lovely Emile and Paris Grey wall shelf. These Chalk Paint® colors show off the china beautifully...they don't overwhelm which is very important.

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you know how I love will find lots of little feathered friends all around the shop and they are so very affordable. A great inexpensive way to bring Spring into your home.

Aren't these dishes GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
They really look wonderful in my Welsh cupboard.

Isn't this a beautiful the quarter sewn oak, so special.
Why yes Ma'am...she IS for sale!
Another eagerly anticipated happening is the arrival of Annie Sloan's new book

She is ordered and will be in the shop very soon! All the reviews for Annie's book have been A+.
Before it was even released, it went into second print status!
Once the book arrives in the shop, stay tuned for a fun announcement!

Soon I will be headed to New Orleans for the annual Chalk Paint® Stockist Conference!
We will hang out and learn from Annie herself and share techniques and lot's of laughs.

So that's what is going on at 
The Empty Nest.
Leave me a comment and let me know how all of you are 
and if you are as ready for Spring as I am!
Until next kind and stay creative.
Don't forget to check out to find the Stockist closest to you!



Caroline (Piorra Maison) said...

Wonderful Janet. Your pic's are fabulous. Your boutique looks gorgeous, fresh and fluffy :) I too have been revamping the boutique...just love IT! looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans.

The White Pear Tree said...

Yummy pics!! A feast for the eyes. I have found an Art Deco vanity myself in need of TLC and I didn't quite know what colour to use but I find your Duck Egg blue very inspiring!

Have a great Sunday,


Kathleen Grace said...

Your window is spectacular Janet, Amazingly beautiful! Love the welsh cupboard, and all these pretty things are just a wicked tease for someone who lives so far away! lOl

Shari G said...


As for the blogging, what I do is try to blog a little through out the day when I get a few minutes. I like to schedule ahead too, so when I am working on something it's usually a week ahead. So I can miss some time if needed.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Great post Janet! I need to get to post more often too...I also am in bed by 9 and up by 6...plenty of rest to get my through the day, just like you! I love your son's photography, what a talent! Also the window is beautiful as is the furniture. I will share a glass or two with you in New Orleans!! Annie here we come!!!

Sue said...

Love your transformed piece! Some lucky person will get a pretty piece of furniture now. :-) The shop looks wonderful, Janet!

Anne said...

Everything is just beautiful Janet! Just love your shop, so inspiring!

Little Blue Mouse said...

Your shop looks beautiful!
The French vanity is absolutely gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

lovely... see you soon dear Janet!!

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Linda said...

That first picture of you and the one of Cheryl are STUNNING. You should use them everywhere you need a professional picture. Oh yes, and I WANT ANNIE'S SECOND BOOK!

Amy W. said...

Loved reading of all your projects!!
How wonderful and great your talents are!
You're always truly inspiring!!
Take care!!

Aprons and More said...

Feels like I just got to walk around your pretty!!! Love the window and the bed!

Katy :)

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Janet I love the front window. I wish my bedroom looked like that. The paper flowers make it so pretty and softens the look for spring time!

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