Wednesday, April 29, 2015

new goods, new classes, new FUN!

Can you believe 
April is already almost over!!?
that one just FLEW by!

As time flies we're working hard to maintain fresh stock. We have
 loads of new/upcycled/vintage goods in store for all your upcoming 
M A Y 

Mother's Day gifts and inspiration, mixed media supplies and 
gardening & yard art goods a-plenty!

Check out some of the loveliness we've curated just for you...

We're so happy to announce we have a new handmade card designer in house.
Beautiful cards for all occasions, more themes, designs and styles coming soon!

we have lots of vintage hats and Frenchy wares...

perfectly patina'ed patio and porch pieces...

plenty of galvanized goodness and vintage marquee letter art...

 oh! and new mixed media arts and crafts supplies
arrive every week!!

Also...a brand new class schedule is posting this week.
DIY scarves, ivory & lace trinket boxes, Paint & Wine nights and more!! 

and you won't want to miss our brand new 
Milk Paint Workshop 
coming in June!!

Jump on over to our 
to view our newest class offerings.

and just one more thing...
this Friday is 
First Friday
in Old Town Battle Ground!

Festivities start at 4:00PM
 and shops stay open late till 8:00PM!
Grab a map and visit every shop to be entered 
to win a prize from this months host shop: 
Main Street Vintage. 

Each shop has unique specials or treats!
Hope to see you there!!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Industrial Locker Style

we love lockers!
They offer such versatile, powerhouse storage solutions as well as adding chic, 
industrial style to any room or decor.

On one of our recent picking days
we lucked upon an old schoolhouse awaiting demo...and looky what we found inside!! 
We have these beauties available in 1, 2 and 3 bank options.
They are easily adaptable to your home decor or storage needs by simply removing or adding just a couple pieces of (included) hardware. 

The stylish square window openings allow for hidden storage, 
but with just a simple, hands free peek, you can view what's inside. 
The windows also provide proper ventilation for clothing or linen storage. 

This is our last set of this size...
a 3 bank of 6 row lockers. 
(we love this style/size for perfect pantry storage!)

Pinterest is chock full of locker styling ideas. 
Here are some of our favorites...
Need More Storage In Your Kitchen? Use a Metal Locker As a Pantry Organization Inspiration | The Kitchn
As mentioned...lockers are perfect pantry pieces!
Using an old set of lockers as a pantry - awesome idea! From

Linen storage heaven!

Add a pop of color to any room. a simple coat of paint is all it takes!!
Dishfunctional Designs: Salvaged & Repurposed: Vintage Lockers

Refurbished Vintage Lockers Painted Orange - such amazing, yet functional storage for the nursery!

My Sweet Savannah
For even more locker and industrial inspiration check out 
Denise's Pinterest board...lockers, metal, rust and steel, what's not to love!!? 

Here we have happy el&em locker customers 
who have been kind enough to share a few photos of our lockers used in their home decor. 

(the biggest challenge: LOADING! (yay!!) they fit!)

This is Lisa's study. She opted on a 3 bank and a 1 bank, 
rearranging and reconnecting them into 2, 2 banks to flank her window. 
She finished the transformation with a nice coat of flat black paint.
LOVE it!! 

And this is Amber's den.
She bought a 2 bank and divided it to create a unique and one-of-a-kind media center. 
She plans to mount the television and place a nicely hewn shelf along the top of the lockers. 
What a great way to hide away all that cluttery media stuff!!

Thanks for sharing ladies!!

We just love seeing where and how our pieces find themselves in their new forever homes!

FYI on the lockers we have available:
  • we have 4, 3 banks left (the style/size Lisa and Amber have above)
  • 1, 3 bank of the 6 row option
  • remember- you can adjust banks to your needs (single, double, etc)
  • metal number plaques are easily removed for painting or replace them with your own unique labeling option
  • painting is easy breezy!- spray, chalk and milk paint all create lovely, durable finishes
  • 1 bank= $95, 2 bank= $175, 3 bank= $250

Call, drop by or email for more info or to 
reserve your locker set today!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I think I'm in Love...

Yes, it's true.
I am definitely in LOVE!

my first "real" Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Piece

Finally, finally my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint kit arrived!
I was E C S T A T I C and jumped right in.

I started with a smaller piece that I could try multiple techniques on
 (without it looking weird).
First, a good scrub down with my favorite cleaner. 

Meet "Boxwood" a lovely, rich, earthy green.
Milk Paint comes in a powder form that you mix with water. 
Fun and "experimenty" feeling...Love this aspect!!

I mixed:
1/4" C milk paint powder
1/4" C water 

First I used a stir stick,
I eventually found shaking seems to distribute all the powdery bits around better.
It produces bubbles, but they dissipate as you let the mix "cure", so no worries. 

I let the mix "sit" (cure) for about 5-10 minutes. This time allows for the mixture to 
thicken and really release all those lovely pigments and raw ingredients.. 
Another quick stir...and
Beautiful, rich, highly pigmented paint!
Let's do this....
I painted the legs and slats of the stool with Boxwood. 

I painted the top/seat of the stool with Schloss, a warm, soft gray. 
I mixed it up the same as I did the Boxwood above, 
except I only used 1 Tablespoon each- powder and paint 
to make a smaller batch just for the seat. 
I really like this feature...being able to mix up 
just what you need for a certain waste! YAY!!
(my assistant Lily really likes Milk Paint too, or she's hungry?)
I let the paint dry overnight. (it killed me, but I did).

I didn't get any of the beautiful, natural "chipping" effect that can occur when using Milk Paint. 
I was fine with that, because I really wanted to get my hands on the various, 
all natural mediums that can be used to create distressed, well-worn looks.

First up, the wax puck.
A fine beeswax with a wonderful scent...simply rub the puck over the painted surface where you want a distressed look. The shape and size of the puck are perfect for applying wax just where you want it. 
Think of where a piece might show real life wear...usually edges, corners, etc.  
I choose to work with the stool project first so I could apply different mediums...
2 legs received the puck treatment and 2 Hemp Oil.
Apply the oil with a dry cloth, spreading it over the painted surface.
(Hemp Oil is a solvent free, food safe oil that provides a protective water resistant surface over painted pieces. For this application, I'm using it as a resist medium). 

Now for the seat...(painted with Schloss),  
then a thin layer of the Hemp Oil was applied. 

Next I mixed up a small batch of Linen, a nice creamy white. 
(I can see this being one of my "go-to" colors!! YUM!!)

I painted over the entire stool with Linen.

I love the flat, toothy texture achieved once your milk paint is dry.  

I see "chippy"!

Chipping occurs on some pieces, and sometimes not. 
It depends on the surface before and how it reacts to the milk paint. 
This "surprise" effect is- 
{NOTE: Control freaks may not like this aspect. 
Personally, I think it's great. 
Each piece becomes a unique work of art. 
For me it's a lot like mixed media altered art...just play!
Add layers of this, some of that, oh! let's try this!! 
You end up with an unexpected, very organic masterpiece.
I approach painting in a very similar way...
experimenting with pigments and powders and oils..OH MY!!} 

Back to our beauty here...
Although I was totally pumped to see the fine chippy stuff happening, I 
sanded the entire stool (after the Linen layer dried completely) to reveal the color underneath.
Here you can see how the Boxwood shows through where the wax/oil was applied. 
This technique allows you to sand, 
and the applied wax/oil protects the under layer so you don't sand down to the original finish, revealing multiple colors and layers for a very natural, time-worn look. 
The side showing more Boxwood is the Hemp Oil Side, 
the side with a little less Boxwood showing through is the Wax Puck side, 
and again, for the seat I used Hemp Oil.

I am SUPER impressed with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint!
I have a number of pieces I've been hoarding, waiting to gussy up with milk paint techniques, can hardly wait to experiment some more!!

I'll be sharing more info and pieces soon and we will fully stock 
all the products used here (in addition to the complete line of colors).

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. $22.00, via Etsy.
I am attending Miss Mustard Seed's certified training 
next month so I'll be back with tons of fun and tips 
and knowledge for all your upcoming paint projects too.

Looking forward to sharing this versatile, time-tested paint!!

 Check out Miss Mustard Seed's Website for more details, color charts and project samples.

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