day 27: the styling & the grand opening date

To say that I’m a leeetle aggravated that I’ve lost my 7D’s USB is a bit of an understatement.

Here we are.  It’s the end of the 31 days we’ve spent together on this journey to open our shop, and I can’t even show you progress day by day.  I’d love to catch up on the two days I lost, but I’d love for you to see what we’ve been up to!

After whining to myself all day about the lack of visuals, I decided to throw my caution to the wind.

I chose to blog without pictures.


After painting for what felt like 4 months, we have moved on to the fun stuff.  Who cares if I still have to paint three or four pieces of furniture & finish the shop counter.  My arm needed a break.  We started uncovering upholstered/new furniture on Saturday, and boy, was. it. fun.

And overwhelming.

This pile of stuff that’s been sitting there to the side now has to find a home–has to find a spot that makes sense.  I’m not easily intimidated by space planning, but y’all, it’s 2800 square feet of wide open space.

I had lots of helpers come that day, and my sweet cousin Jennifer came by first…and helped all day long.  I meant to snap a pic of her hard at space planning, but time got away from me.  She just kept reminding me to place one item at a time, which was totally helpful, because I kept staring around blankly, not sure where to put things…even though I sketched the layout months ago!

Talk about choking.

My other cousin, Eden, and my aunt came by and we all unloaded our beautiful Monroe sofa (which I’ve deemed as Hepburn because she’s so classic and lovely).  Here’s where pictures would be helpful.

My sweet friends, Jenn and Jenn (yep) came from Montgomery to help, and it couldn’t have been any more of a joy to see them.  The place was full and busy and happy, people coming and going all day, and it stirred hope in me for the future of what could happen within these walls.

I’ll show you pictures as soon as I can find a way to get them on my computer!

Along other news, we’ve decided on an opening date.  We will open the shop on November 8th at 10 am!  Our Grand Opening will be that Saturday, November 10th at 10 am.  If you’re thinking about driving to the opening, this is the date you’ll want to come!  We are planning on all sorts of fun stuff like giveaways (think t-shirts, chalk paint starter kits, some home decor, etc.), cupcakes, and well, you get the idea.  I’ll also be doing a Chalk Paint™ demo around Noon that day, sharing some quick tips on my favorite finishes and waxing!  There will even be a drawing for a piece of furniture painted by yours truly–I really, really hope I get to meet some of you that day & see some familiar faces that have been to workshops, etc.

It should be the most fun-filled paint/home decor shop opening day of all time.

I’ll keep sharing details the next few days, and here’s hoping we can find that picture-producing cord!

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15 Responses to day 27: the styling & the grand opening date

  1. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline October 30, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    :) your opening sounds like it will be awesome! Wish I didn’t live so far away!

  2. Pauli October 30, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Congratulations on your grand opening date!!! Wish I could make it to the grand opening, we are going to the Bama game that day…. Maybe me and the kiddos can take a field trip to your store on the 8th lol.

  3. Anna@agoodhome October 30, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Oh, Shaunna, I SOOOOO wish I could come to your grand opening!! Waaaaa!

    Ok, enough whining :) Not have pictures today is kinda fun, actually, because I get to imagine what you’ve done from your descriptions, and then I’ll get to see how my imaginings differ from the reality when you DO have the pics up! See? Silver lining! :)

  4. Beth Magness October 30, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    So there!!!!! Yay! :)

  5. Shannon Fox October 30, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    To bad all the bloggy peeps didn’t live closer, we could all come support you!! Best of luck to you (:

  6. Dawn October 30, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Okay, i was going to come down this week sometime to get some paint but I will wait for the grand opening to come! Can’t wait! Don’t forgot to give us locals the address (well sort of local, hour and a half away :)

    Dawn J.

  7. Jody October 30, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Field trip from Indianapolis, who wants to share a ride? Best wishes Shaunna on the opening!

  8. Wanda October 30, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    So excited and happy for you!! Can’t wait to see what you have transformed “Stanton’s” (Oliver’s) :) into!! I know it is going to be gorgeous!!! Prayers for a very successful venture!!!

  9. Jennifer October 30, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Thanks for the shout out! It was a fun day. More to come!!!

  10. caroline October 30, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    so excited for you! and impressed at your stepping out of the box and not posting pics :)

  11. Rachel October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    If only Seattle weren’t so far away!!! I’m adding a trip to your shop on my Bucket List of places to visit…or shop!

  12. Debby October 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Need directions from Montgomery! Want to be there!

    • perfectlyimperfect October 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

      Hey Debby! Take 231 South to Troy, and turn left at the second light in Troy…at the KFC & CVS. You’ll drive through a few lights, and when you see The Pines on your left, you’ve hit the downtown square. Take a right at that stoplight, and we are around the square on your right. Hope to have our huge sign up by then! :-)

  13. Beja {Howdy Honey} October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Love your authenticity! I feel like we’re on a similar plane. I’m doing my first trade days, and it’s crazy how time slips away (even with a plan).

    • Paula Culver October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      I am so happy for you and your family. I cannot wait to see the shop! Praying God’s sweet blessings over you.

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