In my recent endeavors, I have been working less on our house and more on making our house a home. Since they say home is where your heart is! Over the years we have acquired many things, some we loved and some we just needed. I wanted to give new life to some of these things and a friend suggested I check out Funky Junk Boutique just over in Seville. So we went there and with her help and the amazing owner Shell… well … they may have helped in creating a monster. 🙂
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More Than Just A Boutique
When you step into Funky Junk Boutique you are greeted by the beauty of reloved furniture, art, and amazing small local business gifts. With its farmhouse vibes, you instantly feel at home. Shell the owner greeted me warmly and was nearby for questions and guidance. She made me and my girls (who tag along pretty much everywhere with me ) feel right at home. One side of the boutique is all the lovely goodies from local vendors and the other side is the room where Shell helped me figure out what I was hunting for.
Putting My Heart All In
That was the day I really got to know Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint line. I have used other chalk paints in the past and had some pretty epic failures. With a little guidance from Shell, I felt much more confident that maybe with the right products, I could actually make this furniture that I don’t love but was 1) FREE and 2) already in my house, into items that I love. Shell gave me a brief intro. She also, offers workshops where you can bring a small piece in and they will walk you through the steps. They call it ReFunk Your Junk which I love. The Annie Sloan Paint color I chose was Paris Grey, in hindsight I could have gone with a darker color but I love the hint of blue that Paris Grey has!
Show Me the Stain
With my furniture, I really wanted a dark stained top and was worried because I knew my pieces were not the best quality and was not sure I could get the look I wanted. The stain that Funky Junk Boutique carries is all over Pinterest, General Finishes Gel stain! These Gel stains are easy to apply and pack a ton of pigment. I chose the color Java to give me a great contrast with my Paris gray chalk paint.
Then I asked Shell how to protect all the hard work I am about to put into this. She showed me the waxes for the Chalk Paint and the top coat options for over my stained tops. She explained how to use them and even gave me a little hand out to make sure I didn’t forget anything. While she was helping me check out, We were admiring the local hand made jewelry, the really cool wall art (Funky Junk also has workshops for some of these) and some of the furniture pieces they have redone. It’s such a cool little shop and I was thrilled to be supporting a local business.
There are several ReFunk your Junk workshops in the coming months. I think this is a great way to learn verses my jumping headlong into it, but for me, let’s just say I like to be all in and ask for help later. Maybe that’s a small flaw, but more often then not it works out ok. If you’re like me and you want to be elbows deep into a project right away then Shell and the other employees at Funky Junk Boutique are more than happy to guide you! Check out all their upcoming workshops here.