Sunday, April 15, 2012

Shop series: Lavender Paint and the biggest oil painting ever!

 At the shop today~its Sunday I know...but anyway, 
I was able to have hubby and Colin bring a few of my 
auction purchases to the store~and one of them
 is this gigantic oil painting! Its 6 feet long by 53" high.
 And it is really nice~a very romantic floral still life.
 In an ornate frame~it came out of an old hotel I guess~its huge!!
 Colin helped continue to prime~
 I tackled my fear of heights and started painting 
out the caramel color with a dusky lavander.
 Its pretty~
 Lots of you complimented the frenchy chair~
I love it too, but it has a dirty secret!
 A big fat hole in the caning...
covered up nicely by a custom cushion of course!
 I wanted to see how the glossy paint looked over the primer
 and it looks like melted vanilla ice cream.
Yummy~I really liked it! I can't wait to finish 
the whole darn place~and I have to do it soon...
Cuz I keep getting big pieces like this pretty oak bookcase 
( I have the shelves put aside).
Its a real beauty~! I have a few other show stoppers too, 
so stay tuned and I'll keep 
sprinkling in the pretty with the needful!
Oh and thank you to all you Mora clock lovers for placing orders~
I will be showing off a Mora clock in cream and old white
as well as one in Versailles and Cream after I custom paint them!


  1. You're doing a beautiful job transforming the place, Amy. Love the floor color, and all your delish furniture pieces.

  2. What magnificent pieces! LOVE the painting! It would make a REAL STATEMENT in the right place!
    Your shop is SO very inviting, I wish I lived near!
    Have a wonderful week,

  3. Amy, I've loved reading your shop series so far! Everything you're doing is simply beautiful and since I dream of having my own shop someday too it's great to read about the whole process. I wish I lived closer so I could come visit when you open!

  4. What a grand time you're having! You're the first blog I check when I start reading -- don't want to miss a chapter!

  5. Love the lavendar you chose to go above the beadboard. Dang, I want that french chair!!! Who cares about the hole when you can cover it with a cushion.

  6. I'm loving the lavender! And that oil painting is stunning!

  7. it's just going to be gorgeous Amy! I can't wait to see everything! Love the armoire!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  8. OH Amy, I have been catching up on your posts. Your shop is starting to look so pretty. I LOVE the pieces you are bringing in. Your craigslist find was awesome!!

  9. Amy - I can't even imagine how utterly busy you are, girl! Oh my gosh. But you are making headway! I love that pretty lavender you chose for the walls. And your furniture pieces are ammmmaaaazing!!! Keep up the good work - but take time out to catch your breath, too! :)

    xoxo laurie

  10. I soooo wished I lived closer!! I really LOVE the french Armoir(sp)I would Love to have that!!
    LOVE my mora clock!!! All the best as you get the shop looking beautiful!!!

  11. Amy its coming together beautifully...just what I imagined when you first said you were opening a store!

  12. You must be running on adrenaline, because I'm tired just thinking about all you are doing and will be doing to get your shop ready to open! I can already tell it will be amazing, so excited for you. :)

  13. One year I painted my daughter's room a very soft lavender. It looked white till you saw it with a shadow. Her room was pink, lavender and green and had a fairy theme. I love that color too. Your shop is starting to look amazing. :)

    If you want to see her room go to this link:

  14. Whoa Amy! Awesome huge painting and frame... the frame alone is beyond fabulous! Ya'll are getting so much done so fast, it just blows my mind. And girl, you are finding some incredible stuff...! You should have been doing this for years, you're a natural!


  15. I love that bookcase! The place looks great so far - can't wait to see final pics :)

  16. Wow--look at you go! I can't believe how things are coming along already! Love that chair..and that painting is so awesome. That frame is gorgeous! I hope you rest sometime :)

  17. Hi Amy,
    I just had to catch up on your last few posts as i just got home from the coast,Wowee!!!! your shop is looking amazing!...i know how tired you will be and also excited too,i just wish i lived near you as i would be over there painting with you and making over furniture and sewing.
    I am so happy for you that your dream came true and i love everything you have bought so far,your taste is amazing and shoppers are going to be in heaven.
    The oil painting is stunning and i love the lavender colour on the walls its so soft and pretty.
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us,i for one am really loving it xxxxx

  18. It's really coming together Amy, nice work! That painting is gorgeous and I love the lavendar too! Macayla picked out a purple very similar to that for her bedroom at the new house :) The progress you're making is awesome! I wish I lived closer to come visit!

  19. So fun to see it all coming together.

  20. Amy...


    Nothing makes me smile bigger than a gorgeous cabbage rose and floral old world oil painting in a stunning frame. Great find!!

    Your shop is looking so classically chic and dare I say...FRENCH!

    I know it is hard work, but I also know you are loving every second of it.

    your friend,
    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  21. Very fine series of oil painting. Really something that every one wanna see it again. Totally impressed.

    Great job buddy.

  22. The furniture you are collecting for the shop is gorgeous!

  23. Amy,
    All of the love and attention you and your family are putting into your shop shines through! Every piece you've shared with us fits in perfect. It has been exciting to follow your progress.

  24. Looks like things are really coming along and you are having the time of your life! certainly are starting off with such great items....good for you!!...The wall looks great in that color!!

  25. Amy, I love that you are sharing this whole process - what fun to see it develop! I've posted about it today at stylesson. Can't wait for more posts - you must be happy/exhausted though!

  26. I love the lavender colour! I think it will look divine! Congratulations once again! Xx

  27. Amy, I have goosebumps reading this post I am soooo excited for you. And I love how everything is coming out:) The painting you asked about is for sale but is in a shop here in CT. BUT I am working on a bunch of them for our online boutique and will be posting them shortly. I will make a similar one and post that too. You may like it too? Thank you so much for your interest. It means a lot to me:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers fo the vintage vixens

  28. amy ive owned a shabby chic shop for 2 yrs and i have yet to run into pieces like you have i believe it is truly providence and of course your talent and eye is amazing, as a shop owner im soo excited to follow your progress and get ideas from you

  29. It's nice that you've got some big pieces, Amy. They will certainly look great in this big space. The way you're moving along, you'll be done and ready in no time!

  30. Everything is looking great Amy, the pieces are so romantic! Cant wait to see everything done!


  31. I love seeing the progress, I can't wait to visit!

  32. Beautiful painting. I look forward to seeing the clocks.
    When you have time drop by to see me.
    hugs, Ginger :)

  33. Amy!
    I'm just getting caught up on your big news. What a great space! It's HUGE and it's got such great bones. Those columns are amazing and that beadboard was a real gift. I'm interesting to see what you're going to do at the windows for display. It's too bad they're so high but I'm sure you'll figure it out. And I can't believe what fast progress you're making...and blogging it all at the same time!



  34. Hi Amy!
    I too am getting caught up on your big huge store news! That is terrific! Looks great and love the pieces you are putting in there. Wish I could come and help you and then come and shop with you too.

    You are going to be a smashing success! Best wishes to you!

  35. woops wrote on the wrong post...oh well I did a lot of looking around, which was fun!
    Love your new kitchen...I have been curious about the fauz marble formica...hmmm very tempted!
    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Your new picture is wonderful! Great size!

  36. What a beautiful painting.It is going to look amazing in your shop.


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