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Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

 

I'm sitting at the counter of the Market and I can hardly believe I'm writing this -- the Revolutionaries Market Renovation is done and our Grand Opening was incredible! If this is your first time here, make sure you start with these posts first to see where we started:

Revolutionaries Market Announcement

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Before Pictures

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #1

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3

I have SO many pictures, so bear with me! I'm going to jump right into it!

The Outside:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

It took us a while to get the front just right, but I love the way it turned out! The glass storefront is so beautiful and gives the store a lot of natural light!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

Our good friends at Cooper Signage and Graphics created our sign and, as we've shared before, our friend Josh at Hipster Perspective created our logo.

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

Monroe Downtown gave us these adorable planters to use in the alleyway! It's amazing how paint and plants can completely change a space!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

The Inside:

(As you walk in the front door)

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

The large mantel piece was the original header above the garage door. I saw them tear it down during demo and luckily they saved it for me! I paired it with some chippy corbels from my friend Michael, and my Dad secured it to the wall (which was a HUGE job in itself!)

My Dad also built the counter with the tongue and groove wood that we salvaged from the building. It's the same tongue and groove wood that is continued in the recessed areas of the store.

Our register was made by the talented guys at WOODESIGNERS. Scott and Tom were so amazing to work with!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

View from the counter:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

To the left of the front door, you'll find our chalkboard map with our classes and Cause of the Month

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

On the other side of the wall of doors, you'll find our classroom:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

My Dad built the table too (I know, he's amazing)! He used wood that we saved from the building for the top. I love all of the character it has!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

Right outside of the classroom is our Paint / DIY area! We used the recessed area as a "built in" shelf for our General Finishes products!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

We used an old ladder to display our BB Frosch products which include Chalk Paint Powder, clear & dark wax, and paint & wax brushes.

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

Then we have our hardware, sand paper, and other DIY supplies! The table in the middle was made with the original bathroom door and the blue piece on the right we found in the building as well.

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

On the other side of the room is the "coffee corner" where my friend Crystal is selling cute coffee cups and hand-painted signs!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

(Photo above by Hipster Perspective)

Next to that is the other recessed area that used to be a window:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

(Photo above by Hipster Perspective)

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

Then, we have hand-made and hand-stamped jewelry from my friend Jessica at Beyond the Stars Boutique

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

(Photo above by Hipster Perspective)

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

It's really quite dangerous that her jewelry is in the shop because I want. all. the. things. (Especially the junk lover necklace above!)

Next we have our fabulous prints by Hipster Perspective. Josh is not only a talented graphic designer (he did my logo) or website designer (he designed my website), but he is an amazing friend. He helped me stage, price, clean, or really anything I could think of the week before our Grand Opening. So thankful for him!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

While I feel silly for showing you the "after" of the bathroom, it's a pretty big deal because it used to be a hole in the floor and some pipes coming out of the wall.

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

Outside of the bathroom and to the right of the front door is my favorite piece of the entire shop: an old organ! I shared a before picture on our Facebook/Instagram last week, but I'll do a full before and after post down the road!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

This piece isn't for sale, so we use it as a display and it's a place for customers to sign up for our mailing list.

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

That's the full tour! What do you think!?

Every day I walk in and I can hardly believe that my Mom and I own a store! I am so thankful!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Final Reveal!

Oh, and our Grand Opening? It was AMAZING! I'll do another post next week with the photos from that!

Really quick I must do my "awards speech":

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has helped make this a reality -- Abhiram (the owner of the building who funded the renovation and allowed me to be a part of it), Mike McCllellan (the contractor), the Monroe DDA, my amazing parents and brother, friends who have lovingly listened to me dream and pray about this for years, friends and family who helped paint, clean, etc.,  family who came from Florida to support us at our Grand Opening, my church family who has prayed and supported me, and SO many who have loved me from afar through this little ol' blog that I started 5 years ago. 

My heart is full!

 

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3 and Our Grand Opening!

 

If you're new here, you might want to start from the beginning:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Before Pictures

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #1

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

Happy Sunday, friends! I'm sitting here drinking a cup of coffee and chatting with Momma Rev. My heart is just overflowing with excitement from this week and the week that's ahead (our Grand Opening is next Saturday, July 16th!). It hasn't been easy or even "smooth," but we're getting there! 

I wanted to pop in and give a final update on the building before we show it filled with goodies. There are some items I'm keeping a secret for the Grand Opening (and we'll do a reveal post of the full space next week), but here are some features we can update you on from our last post! Of course it goes without saying that we now have a bathroom, AC/Heat, etc., but that's boring stuff to photograph! Here are the pretty things that we adore:

1. Our classroom divider is in place (a free-standing wall made from doors) and the chalkboard calendar is hung up! We painted an old pull down map with chalkboard paint and then my Mom painted the calendar and such on it. This is at the front of the shop and we'll use it to display our Cause of the Month and the calendar will have all of our events and classes

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3 and Our Grand Opening!

2. On the other side of our classroom divider is our classroom! Here you'll find the gorgeous table my Dad made! The top is made from wood that we salvaged from the space. The chairs are mis-matched chairs that we found and painted Patina Green by General Finishes. There will be other tables/chairs set up for classes, but the table will be the focal point in this room.

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3 and Our Grand Opening!
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3 and Our Grand Opening!

3. The lighting and chandelier has been hung!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3 and Our Grand Opening!

4. You might remember from Update #2 that my Dad put the tongue and groove wood that we salvaged from the building in the old door space. These doors used to lead to the units that are in front of us, but now they're a beautiful built in shelf! The trim is Patina Green by General Finishes, the stain is Brown Mahogany by General Finishes, and the plaster is now painted a simple bright white from Behr.

Before:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3 and Our Grand Opening!!

During:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3 and Our Grand Opening!

After:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3 and Our Grand Opening!

I can't get over how far the space has come! There's still a good bit to get accomplished this week, but we're ready for the challenge and can't WAIT for you guys to see it!

Before I go, I must say a HUGE thank you to my family and friends who have worked SO hard with me the last few weeks to make this possible. I seriously could not do it without you all!

How you can help us this week:

1. Tell your friends and family about our Grand Opening!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #3 and Our Grand Opening!
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3. Come to our Grand Opening! We want to see you!

Love you guys and hope to see you soon!!

 

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

 

Hey friends! It's been a busy week and things are moving right along with the Revolutionaries Market Renovation! If you haven't seen the Before Pictures and Update #1, read those first! Of course, the contractor has been doing the majority of the work (like plumbing, building the storage closet and bathroom, building out the front of the building, etc), but this weekend my parents and I got in on the action! (Okay, let's be honest, my Dad really did most of the work.)

Our goals for the weekend were to remove a majority of the plaster from the brick, put wood in the area where two doors used to be (we're turning it into a built in shelf/display), and remove the security grate from the sky light. Here's what we started with:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

Let's start with the grate first -- the grate was built into the frame of the sky light, so it was  a bit more difficult to remove than we expected. Even still, my Dad used bolt cutters to cut it out and then used a grinder to smooth everything out. The broken panes still need to be replaced (and will be replaced soon), but it already looks better, right!?

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

Next, the built in area! Remember the tongue and groove wood that we salvaged from this wall:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

My Dad sanded the boards down to the bare wood so we could reuse them throughout the shop. The first place we reused them is in the random door area that leads to the other shops beside us. We're going to turn this awkward space into a really cool built in shelf/display. Here's stage 1 --  the beautiful wood back!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

Last but not least, the brick! The girls (Mom, my friend Crystal, and I) used chisels and hammers to remove plaster, while my Dad used a small jack hammer (or Bosch rotary hammer) to remove the majority of it. He was a champ and the hero of the weekend (and probably forever and ever)! It was so satisfying to see the plaster come off and see that beautiful brick come through!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

Some of the plaster just wouldn't budge, so we decided to leave some for an artistic look. We'll paint it in the next few weeks so it's all one color, too.

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

Mom also used a wire brush mounted in a drill to take off some paint on one area of the brick. I actually like the patina color, but we just wanted the brick to shine through a bit more. I love how it looks now!

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

You'll see in the pictures that the storage closet and bathroom have been built by the contractor. The wood on the outside will eventually be painted/white washed as well.

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

I am SO happy with all of the progress we made! I will do an update on the outside of the building in a few weeks -- there are still some changes we're making, so I want to wait until it's done. 

What do you think so far!? Here's some side by side before and after pictures just to recap:

Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2
Revolutionaries Market Renovation: Update #2

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