So the weeks are flying by.  It is hard to believe that we have already been open almost two weeks in Bismarck.  It feels as if Tate and I just had the “what if” conversation about expanding…and here we are.

The new store has so many great features.  The big windows, the fireplace, the friendly people just to name a few.


What it doesn’t have is a storage room.  So in order to hide some of my supplies and other stuff I had to get creative.

I had been contacted by someone with some barn doors to sell and initially I almost passed on the chance to buy them.

I know. I know.  I must not have been fully awake that day, because, WHAT PERSON IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WALKS AWAY FROM BARN DOORS.

Once I came to my barn picking senses I called the lady back and said I would take them.

I of course sent Tate to fetch them because he likes that part of this “partnership.”  The “guess what you get to pick up now” phone calls are always fun.

He was helpful as always and loaded them in  the truck.  From there I drove them to Bismarck and the work began.

This is how they looked after I banged the dirt and spider webs off them.  I didn’t take a picture of that because I’m afraid of spiders and don’t want to EVER relive that moment.



Next, they needed some feet so they would stand up.  Nothing fancy just a few of these large shelf brackets will do the trick.


Look they are standing up!  But I didn’t buy enough feet.  So back to Lowe’s to get another set of them so I can put two on each side.  These doors are 4′ wide and 6′ high.  I don’t want them to have any chance of tipping over.



Now they need a little facelift.  The old patina is nice but for the new store I want them a little crisp and cleaner.  So I’m going to give them a little sanding and then a white wash bath.


I bought this handy dandy attachment for my drill.  It did the job but it bounced around a bunch.  So next time I might just stick to my palm sander.



For the white wash I mixed about a cup of water into the last 1/4 of a can of Old White Chalk Paint®.  About halfway through the second door I tossed in a little more water because I wasn’t sure I had enough paint to complete the project.  There is no science to the mixture.  Just mix what feels right.  You can’t ruin the paint.



Half way done.  I had lots of drips and runs while doing this because the paint was so thin.  Be sure to lay down a drop cloth or cardboard to catch your spills.  Not that you would spill…I’m really just talking to me.  I’m sure you are very neat.


I left the doors unwaxed because I wanted a rustic white washed look and wasn’t worried about them being being sealed from spills or anything.  They are barn doors for crying out loud. They are use to the rain.

Then to dress them up I added a couple of windows with fabric to bring a little color and dimension to them.


They are the perfect addition to the store. And can you see any of the supplies and stuff hiding behind them?

I didn’t think so.

Looks like they are doing their job.

Still afraid of Spiders,


The Deep Blue
Transformations that continue

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