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Moving A Store… It’s Finally Here!

I’ve been anticipating this move since late last fall, when we decided more space was necessary for our fun little paint store/studio…   who’d have thought – what started as this, late summer 2011DSC_0349


would turn into this a year later



The last couple of months I’ve been jumping down to the new store, trying to pretty this up

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I’ve shared some of the progress along the way,  painting, plastering and crackling walls,  decorating display units and new desks with paints and epoxy…  adding work lights, shelves, and (my favorite transformation)  a pretty girlie chandelier


This past Saturday I closed a chapter in my life – it was the last operating day out of our old store.   We packed everything up, truckload after truckload, and moved it 1/2 mile down the road to our new location.

The kids helped, their friends helped, my hubby and my friend helped…. and near the end I broke down in tears.   It was bittersweet – happy, excited, feeling beyond blessed that all of this is happening, but at the same time, while we were stripping layers of the old store and boxing it up, it reminded me of the first days in that store –   we had NOTHING,  and we made it something.

My true leap of faith. 


We worked until 10pm Saturday night, moving the old to the new…

The girls unpacked the samplers…


Many piles of boxes…


and furniture…  how did I fit all this stuff in less than 1/2 this space? IMG_1917

One of many truckloads …


Thank God for teenagers!   The boys, jumping out to unload…IMG_1919

of course the girls always find a photo opportunity…


We did get all the paint stock put away… it was SOOO nice to be able to SEE what I had, all in alphabetical order…   and our new embroidered aprons are hanging in place , waiting for the first workshop next week!



The tables made it –  3 down, 3 more to be built…. I LOVE these work tables…


Furniture everywhere… just piled in…


Would figure that all out later…  at least it was in it’s new home.


Exhausted, we called it a night, then went back Sunday early afternoon and spent another 8 hours organizing…


The goal was to find some order to the furniture pieces…



Still so much not in order, but  better…


Monday I arrived with the goal was to make a dent in the back workroom –

LOVE our new shelves that house all our open paint –   alphabetical order CeCe cans-   whoo hooooo!


I would have had all the boxes cleared out, except I hit a glitch when I got to my wall/faux finishes open products.  I didn’t want it up too high, but didn’t want it mixed in the paints that we use daily… so I called my guy to install one more wall of shelves.


We needed to get to our shipping and packing supplies for our online orders, and this was one area I was looking forward to improving with the bigger space, and boy this succeeded my expectations!


Boxes full of finishing products…  like the bubble wrap hanging from the ceiling?

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Our new shopping bags…DSC_0568

This whole corner needs to be organized – waiting on the contractor to hang all the Caromal and Reclaim cabinet door samples…


My pieces seem to show up more in this new space,  maybe it’s the wall colors, maybe its the better lighting…. maybe just bigger space?



I can’t wait for Friday…  still so much to do,  home decor items to stage, touch ups , buffs and shines… DSC_0586

Need to finish hanging all the store info, and our mini chandelier…


Stencils, knobs, brushes, sandpaper, rollers….  design books, color decks….DSC_0595


The gallery is starting to move in



And that ended Monday.

Today,  I got in at 730am and started this post.  Go figure,  it’ll be midnight before I’ve gotten around to finishing it!    ATT came to hook up our internet, and my contractor arrived to build my shelves and 3 more work tables…

 Check those babies out!   Yabba Dabba Doooo!  And see the shelves – awesome.  Tomorrow I’ll put all the stock away- the last chunk of  “boxes” to remain.



Got the kitchen area unpacked.   Found the coffee,  and the wine 🙂


Two recent paint restocking orders,  we are READY to rock and roll Friday!


It’ll never get old,  looking at this organization…


Tomorrow, that left blank wall will be gone, and in its place Caromal Colours and Reclaim door samples.

Hope to see you at our grand RE opening event –

Fabulous Finishes Retail Paint Studio

Friday, February 1st, 2013


51530 Van Dyke Rd,  Shelby Twp, MI 48316

10:00am – 8:00pm

Goodnight!  (ps)  I did not spell check this yet – my eyeballs are closing and I wanted to at least get the post moving – I’ll recheck it tomorrow and correct any errors – sorry in advance!