Friday, September 2, 2016

Day №. 1 Kitchen Demo

Day №. 1 DEMO

A million laughs with a high school gal pal...priceless!
[here's her "let's rock this demo" attire...complete with candy cigarette]


Our goal for today was to "see the light" into the dining area!

After prepping the kitchen & laying coverall sheets over all of the surfaces
(for anyone who has gone through demo while living in the house...
you know that there is absolutely NO way of complete coverage) we got started.  
Ha! That crazy, teeny-tiny dust gets EVERYWHERE!

As we got the first sledge hammer whack into the wall...
was when we realized that we are dealing with plaster.  
After living in the house for 10 years one would think I could be sure about this...
but a girl can dream of drywall!

The whacks were in much need of super girl strength
...WOW plaster is thick.
And shoot, complete with heavy duty wire mesh around all of the seams...YAY!

But...we made our goal...cabinets & wall down and the light was shining through!
Can we get an AMEN?


So excited that our first day is done...what a feeling of accomplishment.
Two gal pals, lots of tools, tons of sore muscles & laughs...as we head into Day 2!

Can't wait!

And if it couldn't have gotten any better...
➳ one of the sledge hammer whacks produced our state, the State of IL
➳ we found hardwood flooring under the ceramic tile
➳ the wall was not a load bearing wall 


Stay tuned for more Farmhouse Kitchen renovation to come!


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Lucky Junk Kitchen Renovation

authenticity |ˌôTHenˈtisitē
noun
the quality of being authentic
Let's here it for being authentic...as far as I'm concerned, there is no other way to be. My hubby & I both believe in living truly authentic lives.And for all of you that shop my brick & mortar,  Lucky Junk, nothing could be more vintagely (ha, made up a new word) authentic!
I get asked SO often as a vintage home decor shop owner to post pictures of my own homes interior.  As, enduring & flattering as that request is, I have never had the guts to do it.  I don't want to disappoint any of our Lucky Junkers.
All of my time, creativity & energy are used up most days by the shop.  Not that I'm complaining, but gosh it sure would be awesome to not only do the constant Re-Styles at Lucky Junk...but some for my own home too!
Well, with the encouragement of one of my gal pals.planner-draftswoman.demolition goddess & of course the thumbs up from the hubby we are finally taking on our first "demo" interior remodel.
So with authenticity by my side...let's embark together on this Budget-Concscience,  U-Do-It Transformation of our Dutch Colonial Cottage Kitchen circa 1942. 


Not all you see was of course original to this era, like the purple, yes purple laminate countertops or the Big Box Hardware Store faux stained glass lighting 
that we inherited when we purchased the home 10 years ago.
But yes, oh yes, the knotty pine wood cabinets are all of 1942...can we get an AMEN!



We truly liked the separation between the kitchen & dining area when we first bought the home.
But, now with this nagging-won't go away feeling that we want to live a simpler life...
we are ready for an Urban Farmhouse Kitchen Decor, complete with some open shelves.  

The open shelves will keep us honest and minimal...
using & purchasing only kitchenware that we need.

We plan on leaving some cabinetry...
as the wall separating these two rooms is what we will be focusing on to start.

The journey is about to begin & will continue to evolve.
Would be honored if you come along for the ride.





Thursday, January 28, 2016

2 much FUN! [second year anniversary celebration]


We can't believe it already has been 2 years! 
We thank ALL of you for being such fabulous 
customers, supporters & friends! 
Please join us this Saturday for ALL of the FUN!! 


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015


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Friday, October 2, 2015

Salsa 17 & Lucky Junk have created a FUN girls night out!
Margaritas, Mexican Nibbles, Shop Vintage & create your own Sugar Skull Pumpkin!
Register TODAY...space is limited!
Just click link below...we look forward to having a fiesta with you!





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Wednesday, July 29, 2015


We are absolutely blown away & SO humbled by this opportunity! 
We hope that you will Tune In...and Enjoy the Show!!



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

You touched our LUCKY Hearts!

Lots of windshield time the beginning of August this year on the 127 Yard Sale 
through Tennessee & Kentucky!  

Our journey was met with unbelievably beautiful scenery, 
mouth-watering BBQ, rusty-crusty-shabby finds that filled up our whole picker truck 
and lots of fun folks with stories to share!

And as it does happen in life (thank God)...there was one very special moment 
that touched our hearts!

As we were making our way down Route 127 I was intrigued by this sweet cottage...
and from the pictures below...you'd be pulling in with us, right?




There was a sign at the residence that said 
"see my creations at the yard sale in the next field".
Well, we couldn't get there fast enough...
saw a table that had one our two nature-type creations, 
but no one was there...sigh.

We pulled our picker truck down the road, but I couldn't stop thinking about this artist.  The next morning we were heading onto Kentucky...and I was SO happy to discover that we had to drive past this yard sale again...and I was crossing my fingers they would be there.

As we pulled up, I could see that the once barren table was now being filled with incredible, stunning nature creations. We walked up and met Henry.  
We were greeted with the most welcoming smile...no one could resist.  
We shared our joy that he was there...our compliments regarding his sweet cottage & that we couldn't wait to hear his artist story and start shopping!  

He was over the top appreciative...
and couldn't believe how enamored we were with his work.

Little did we know that at that moment, time was not going matter, nor our next destination.  For Henry started to share the story of his struggles...and we were hanging on every word.  

He explained that he was depressed, anxious and had been in bed the last 2 years.  He would set up for shows with all of his incredible talent & creations and not show up.  This was the first time in such a long time that he actually made it!  
Wow...and we were there to be his first customers!

NO CHANCE MEETINGS IN LIFE!

I don't know why at that moment, but I shared with him my phrase that I use in my workshops to describe painting with chalk-based paints...
"The Art of Imperfect Perfection".  

He was blown away and said, "that is ME"...and could not write it down fast enough.  Through all of our tears and of course shopping...
we realized that this was the BEST moment of our journey!

And of course then to come home to the tragic news of Robin Williams...it was all too much!

You never know how you will be touched or touch another soul...
be fearless and live with your heart wide open!

Here's some of Henry's creations...available at the Lucky Junk Shop.





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