Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Painting the latest auction pieces and our February classes

 Oh we know Christmas is coming....but we have a lot to do around the shop~and it really doesn't leave us much time for doing much of any Christmassy stuff at home.  Like last night we finally got our tree.  It was icy rain and dark outside when Mr. Maison Decor and his 10 year old and I went a hunting for our tree.  I think the lady at the tree stand was so happy someone came as she mixed up a cup of hot cocoa for the little guy while we had the entire tree farmstand to ourselves!!  I guess everyone else had already bought their trees, and probably decorated them too. At any rate, we found the perfect tree and brought it home to our dark lifeless house....I blurted out "How about we put up some lights outside?"  "Now?" was the response~and it wasn't from my husband. But in the end we deemed it a good idea to keep decorating for Christmas in the cold rain~and before we knew it we had the house railings and front door decked out in white lights! It was so cheery and we were frozen to the bone...we dashed inside and pushed the button to our fireplace (nice to have modern conveniences even if I SAY I prefer a real fireplace) to warm ourselves up.  A cup of Eggnog and soon we were trading stories of Christmas' past~all in all a nice holiday moment.  
But today I am back in the store and tonight we will decorate the tree with Colin's help~I will have my camera to chronicle it all and hope to share it here later this week!
Little touches in the store remind us of the season and that
 I am happy and grateful for all of my blessings this year~
the store and its success, along with the willingness of the boys 
and my husband who all make this operation a reality from day to day.
 Today Colin was busy unloading our shipments of Chalk Paint 
and Milk Paint and finally we got to pick a project to paint.  
We also had this beautiful bed to wax and finish off for a client as it has been SOLD.
 Colin is a great painter now and loves working 
with the Chalk Paint.  He used Graphite on this
simple country spool chest.  
 The turned spool details and the big wooden knobs give this piece its personality.
 Graphite is the perfect color too~and it will get a light distressing 
and head into Boston as the demand for smaller chests and
 anything in Graphite remains high!  The price on this piece 
will be very reasonable so I don't expect it to hang around for long.
 I decided to get going on the console table 
and planned to do it up in Ironstone Milk Paint.
 Milk Paint is so much different than Chalk Paint~
its drippier and you need to pay attention to the consistency of the paint 
so you don't have dribble marks.  This piece is half way done...
as it dries it will self distress and reveal what parts are
 going to chip up and chunk up and fall away!  
Woo hoo~lets see what this piece will do.  I love surprises!
A great block front desk needs a paint job..
.the auction house said it was a vanity 'cause it went 
with a bedroom set...but I am not so sure. 
You could use it as a vanity, but it looks quite like a desk to me.
 Our shelves are restocked again with every color including 
sample sizes and we have tons of wax so 
come on in and rest assured we have what you need.
 Everything comes to Malden first, gets sorted out
 and then boxes are set up for Boston and Colin will run them in~
this goes for the furniture too.  Everything comes to Malden first...
 Another exciting project that I cannot wait to do
 is this beautiful Jacobean buffet...it came out of a house
 with this mirror hanging above it.  This style mirror is my favorite!!
 Pretty right? THe sideboard is going to get the Shabby Chic treatment 
in Old White.  Soft and pretty and elegant in white...
all the details will scream "look at me!!" after its painted.
 You will catch us painting for sure if you pop in this week~
its not the busiest time to sell paint for projects at this time of year, 
but I have been surprised to see what is selling~
I was asked to create these:
Gift certificates! 
I sell them online at shopmaisondecor.com and they are good for everything!
My Workshop classes are selling out as usual too~
I just listed the February classes with two dates for the "Everything" class 
(that's what I call the Annie Sloan Introductory class). 
You can sign up online for that as well if you want to secure your spot.
In the meantime Colin just finished this chest and 
left to pick up Tobey at the groomer. 
 He badly needed his Christmas haircut...and so do I!! 
I am going to squeeze in an early appointment tomorrow~
as we have a family party tomorrow night at Colin's dad's house! 
 Until then~stay merry and bright!



  1. Everything looks really great Amy,i can't wait to see your Christmas tree,have fun decorating xxx

  2. The shop looks wonderful, Amy! I love all the pieces you got in. I think that piece could go either way ~ desk or vanity, which is nice to have the option. So do you let Colin decide on the color to paint a piece? It's wonderful that you have so much support from your men! Merry Christmas!

  3. Amy seeing all of those beautiful pieces and that paint makes me weak kneed! What a nice shout-out the the guys in your life... what helpers! I hope you carve out a little time for some Christmas fun!!!

  4. Your shop looks amazing. I just love it .. love all your painting as well........ I love the big store front window too. God Bless.............. Merry Christmas

  5. The shop is looking good, Amy. I completely understand the homestead suffering when you have business to take care of. But, you have awesome helpers. I'm sure the tree will be beautiful.

  6. Everything looks great Amy! Colin is an AWESOME helper!

  7. Amy I love all of these beautiful new pieces for the shops. I am going to have to try the graphite soon!

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  8. I'm glad you finally got a little Christmas at your house. YOu know I love that buffet! It's got great details. I am seriously thinking about painting my bedroom furniture. It's birdseye maple and is very pretty but I am so over the maple. Do you think it a crime to paint over it...my Mom will. Speaking of my MOm....her surgery is scheduled for Dec 27. It's going to be an interesting few weeks ahead. I finally got my mantel and tree done and am working on the dining room. Then I have to fix up the spare room for Mom.

  9. I love your work. Your transformations are beautiful. That is one great mirror!

  10. Merry Christmas Amy! One of my new years resolutions is to head down 84 to visit your store the next time I am up in Connecticut!! :) Merry Merry! donna

  11. Morning Amy, Your shop looks so festive. Love that block front desk with the little curved feet. What fun! Wishing you a very merry Christmas and continued success in the new year.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  12. Soooo many interesting things going on! I'm so curious how the console table will distress itself with the milk paint, yho HAVE to show us! Your sons are so handsome, and what great helpers, they have really taken to all of this like it was natural to them. You have some great pieces to work on, can't wait to see each and every one of them all done. And, i like your story about the tree and getting the lights up. Nice to be able to turn on a fire so easily, but i'm like you... i love a real fire the best too...



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