Yes, there will be a quiz to see if you really read. ;P
I've never been much good at goodbye's. I'm more of a 'see ya later' then 'awkward hug' type of gal. It all started when as a sophomore in high school I decided to be a foreign exchange student to Brazil. I spent my entire year preparing for my exchange by going on weekend retreats and making friends from around the world. Dozens and Dozens of friends from around the world. In the beginning my tender young heart would mourn deeply each friend I said goodbye to, knowing that I would most likely never see them again.
And then I realized I simply couldn't see the lost of each friend as a loss. Rather, I realized that each person I met would leave a trace on my soul and I would be different because of knowing them. I had to cherish what I could from that relationship, and see it as a gain--however brief our friendship might have been.
Then I spent a year in Sao Paulo, and did the same thing dozens and dozens more times. Too many friends to remember. And I don't cry anymore. And I'm not really good at even looking back. Even if I TRY to make myself get teary eyed. Weep. Weep. Nope, nothing coming. I just love looking forward now.
I just love change.
I. LOVE. CHANGE.
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
But I will take one more moment to say goodbye to my first store. The store that was never meant to be. It was supposed to just be a paint booth where clients could come get their pieces and I could store unfinished--what we call 'raw' pieces of furniture. Wha?? How did this all happen?
Grand Opening day June 24th, 2011
Last day of business at 2810 N. Monroe July 28th, 2012
The original post:
The whole story of the Paint In My Hair Boutique started as me wanting to find a bigger space to paint. I looked into industrial parks, but then decided that I really didn't want to be a lone female working in an industrial area.
So I found this little store on Monroe street that had great rent. Well, there was a reason it was such a great deal! It needed a LOT of work. One thing that really bugged me was the drop ceiling. Budget wasn't going to let me build a new ceiling or hire an electrician to redo it for me. So I came up with this idea: Making my own Shabby Chic Light Covers! I think I get more comments on my lights than any other part of the store--outside my fabulous garden design, but that's another post.
How I got this:
First we had to pull down the aweful drop ceiling.
We discovered that there was dry wall,
but it wasn't mudded or taped.
And the fluorescents were recessed, making the possibility of removing them even more cost prohibitive.
I sprayed a layer of flat dark gray on the dry wall and call it industrial!
Then we found tons of great wood framed windows to cover the lights.
We gave them a scrape to get off the loose paint, softly power washed them down & called it good. I wanted the lights to have a super rustic feel. Be sure to hang them wood trim side down. The other side is just plaster, and not as strong.
We added frosted privacy film to the panes &
used screws and 15 lb. chain to hold them up.
Isn't this so much better than a fluorescent bubble cover!?
And more pictures from the begining:
You can enter to win the 2 Grand Prizes by coming in to the store and filling out an entry form Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!! No Purchase nesessary and you can enter each day!
Grand Prize 1:
A DeWalt Drill Set
Grand Prize 2:
$100 Paint In My Hair Gift Certificate good towards my stuff in the store--INCLUDING the Chalk Paint ™ products!!
And 10 Paint In My Hair Totes to the first 10 customers on Grand Opening day Thursday August 9th!!
Each will be stuffed with fun goodies and trinkets . . .
One of which will have a Golden Ticket to for a Free Chalk Paint ™ workshop in my NEW Classroom!
More Prizes to be announced in the days to come so stay tuned in!
Thanks for all the love and support you've given us over the last 13 months!