The first Friday of each month, the East Village will be staying open late. Cherry Clark will be hosting "First Friday Free Fun" an activity that kids of all ages can to participate in.
Our first event was last Friday with the theme "A Floral Affair". It was an incredible event and so much fun. I loved to see the variety of flower pots that the kids painted. I even convinced the big brother of a couple of siblings to paint and I think he enjoyed it. What didn't happen? None of the parents painted. It was an option.
Now I get that they may have thought it was really a "kids" activity. But nothing would make me happier than to have mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa all go home with a completed project. I am a grandmother and the best times are when my grandson and I are on the floor painting. That's the great thing about wood floors and Clorox wipes - easy cleanup. No - I don't expect everyone to get down on the floor and paint. We have tables and chairs. Although, you can if you want to.
So why should I paint - I'm the adult in the relationship?
1. It is more fun to participate in the activity with the child than it is to sit back and watch. Plus, they will think you are really cool for doing so!
2. Loosen up - get your creative juices flowing.
3. Life feels so structured - step outside of the box.
4. You may realize that you enjoy it and take up a new hobby.
5. Because it's fun - nuff said!
I hope to see at our next "First Friday Free Fun" activity for kids of all ages at Cherry Clark on Friday, June 2nd from 5-8pm.
When I first started doing projects, I would be in the middle of something and have to stop and ask my husband for help. Can you hang this for me? Can you put this together for me? How do I do this? I got tired of being dependent on him and scared of the tools. If he can use them - why can't I?
So instead of just letting him do it for me, I started having him teach me to do things. And, I started reading books and teaching myself. Now I have all my own tools - he has his and I have mine. I do catch him using mine from time to time. I was very careful in picking each tool to make sure that it was going to meet my needs.
The Chicks and Power Tools Series was created for women like me. Those who love doing DIY projects, but are put off by tools and power tools. This class will educate and empower women to be confident when using power tools. The introductory class is an education class about the six power tools that every chick should have in their tool box. Why you need it? What you do with it? How you pick it out? Once you have completed this class, the series will consist of a variety of classes where you will get hands on experience in a safe and supervised environment using the tools. Plus, you'll create great projects that you get to take home with you.
Sign up for the Chicks and Power Tools Series and become empowered. Never ask for help when hanging a picture again. Complete those DIY projects with confidence.
March 1st, 2016 we unlocked the doors to Cherry Clark. We were unofficially open. We had some product in the store, but not enough to fill it. We had no signs on the windows, so if people came in it was because they were curious. Neither Gary or I had any experience owning a retail store. I remember the two of us standing there wondering how we were going to fill this space.
Fast forward a year, we're under construction because we need more space. What a difference a year can make. The new space will be a playroom, I mean a classroom. The playroom will be a place where big kids can come play with paint, jewels, embellishments, nails, hammers, and so much more. We will have a full list of classes. Diva classes, couples classes, team building classes, and more. The most important thing is that you have fun while you're here. All classes are "make and take" which means you'll have something awesome to take home and show to your kids or your parents.
Have an idea for a class? Interested in teaching a class? Let me know!
Cherry Clark plans to have the expansion complete by April 1 - no foolin'! Stop by and see how our progress is going - we'd love to see you!
March 1st will be our one year anniversary in our retail location in the Historic East Village of Des Moines. It has been a wonderful year! Everyday we have learned something new! One thing was very clear - we needed more space for our classes. We have knocked down two walls, torn down ceilings, pulled up old nasty carpet. So we're on our way. Feel free to stop in and see our progress...
April 1st is our goal date for the expansion to be completed.. When it's down we'll have a nice big open space for our classes. It's an exciting time at Cherry Clark!
Do you feel blah every time you walk into your kitchen?
Do you have the same boring oak cabinets everyone in your neighborhood has?
Good news! You don't have to do a $15,000 kitchen renovation to freshen up your kitchen. General Finishes now has paints and stains that allow you to give your kitchen cabinets a makeover.
You can do the work yourself or Cherry Clark will come out and paint your cabinets for you. Ask us for a quote!
How do I decide if I paint or stain my cabinets?
1 - Do you want a modern look or a classic look?
Stained cabinets offer a more traditional look. Painted cabinets offer a crisp modern look. Another option is to do a combination of both.
2 - Are you wanting to add color to your kitchen?
When we talk about painting your cabinets, we don't mean just white or gray. You can do Holiday Red, Patina Green, Sunglow Yellow, and more. Your color can be bold, dramatic, whimsical, or classic.
3 - What is the color scheme of the kitchen going to be?
Do your cabinets need to compliment a current color scheme or are you going to be creating a whole new color scheme for the kitchen. What rooms attach to the kitchen? What are their colors? You want to make sure that your new kitchen cabinets will not clash with attached rooms.
4 - What is the lighting like in your kitchen?
If your kitchen is dark or lighting is an issue, then you want to steer away from darker stains or paints. Choosing a lighter paint or stain will brighten up your kitchen. When lighting isn't an issue or you have a open floor plan, you will be able to choose darker paints and stains.
For more information on painting your kitchen cabinets, please contact Sarah Clark at Cherry Clark 515-635-1873. You can also sign up for the Cabinet Transformations class at www.cherryclarkfurniture.com. This is an instructional class to assist you in preparing to paint your kitchen cabinets.
Creating custom order pieces is so much fun! A customer brought us this grate and asked us to make an end table out of it. This is the end result and she was thrilled! The end table was build with barn wood from a barn that was built in 1890. It was stained with General Finishes Nutmeg Gel Based Stain. The grate was sprayed with Rustoleum Hammered Metal Gray. A glass was cut to lay over the grate for protection and so that the table would be functional. It is a one-of-a kind piece and very unique. Not to mention it turned out beautiful!
When customers pick up there new piece of furniture, it is important that they have an understanding of how to take care of their piece. How do they keep that wood looking beautiful? They want to be able to use the piece without losing that lustre.
Here are the cleaning recommendations provided by General Finishes:
After your finish has cured, the best way to clean is with a water-damp rag. If your surface requires deep cleaning due to grease or grime build-up, add a speck of detergent or a bit of vinegar to your damp rag.
Avoid using oil-soap or silcone-based daily cleaners such as Pledge, Endust or Murphy's Oil. These products and the chemicals in other cleaners can contaminate your finish, preventing adhesion of future finishes. One exception: we have successfully cleaned with Clorox wipes in the past.
NOTE: Do not clean furniture until the finish has cured completely.
Cure Time Guidelines:
Water Based Finishes: 21 days
Oil Based Finishes: 30 days
Since we opened our storefront in March, we have had many firsts. Every day is a learning experience, a trial and error, OR a trial and success. Today was our first Small Business Saturday and it was definitely a SUCCESS. Mother Nature was working in our favor as it was another beautiful fall day. There were people walking around the Historic East Village with no coats and some even in shorts.
As a small business owner, I do my best to shop local and support other small business owners. It was so exciting to see the support of the small businesses in the Historic East Village.excitement and energy on the streets!
What are some reasons to Shop Small -
1. Helping dreams come true - help support local entrepreneurs in your community to grow their business
2. Building your neighborhood - when you support local business it will make your neighborhood stronger
3. Quality vs. quantity - big box stores focus on more product for cheaper prices. Sometimes you want the high level customer service with the quality product.
4. Keeping dollars local - when you shop local the money stays in the community and doesn't go to the big box stores corporation
5. Inspiring others - successful entrepreneurs will pass on their knowledge to others so the community can continue to grow
Support local small business every day of the year and see your community thrive!
Using milk paint and chalk paint on furniture makes it fun and easy to bring some new attitude to a piece of furniture. There is a common misconception that all you need to do is wipe down the piece of furniture and start painting. However, it is important that you follow these simple steps to prepare your furniture before painting.
1-Prepare a mixture of 50/50 water and denatured alcohol
Clean the piece of furniture with a green scotch brite pad and a solution of ½ denatured alcohol and ½ water.
Spray and scrub thoroughly with the scotch brite pad trying to remove all the grit and grime. Dry off excess liquid with a paper towel. Let the piece of furniture air dry for two hours.
2-Lightly sand the surface with a 220 grit sanding pad
After the piece of furniture has dried, give it a light sanding with a 220 grit sanding pad. This is a light buffing, not a heavy duty sanding. You are not trying to remove the surface of the piece. You are just going to be creating a light white dust.
3-Wipe down the surface with a yellow tack cloth
Wipe down the surface of the piece of furniture with a yellow tack cloth to ensure it is smooth and clear of the white dust and any debris.
Once you have completed these steps, your piece of furniture is prepared to be painted.
Choose your paint and start painting. Have fun!
Repairing beautiful old pieces of furniture is one of my favorite things to do. Customers bring their family heirlooms in with the hope that we can restore them to their original condition. My head starts racing and I visualize all that needs to be done to bring it back to that original beauty. Sometimes it is easy as that!
But, sometimes we get a piece like this chair. It was going to be an easy pull out the old cane and put the new cane in. Right? Wrong! The old cane must have been superglued in because it took hours to chisel it out, so that we could put the new cane in. But, I believe you will agree that it was well worth it. This piece turned out absolutely beautiful and looks as good as new - for an old family heirloom.
Do you have a cherished piece that could use some love? Bring it in and we'll discuss the options.
Farmhouse tables aren't just for the farm anymore. We have customers come to Cherry Clark every day interested in farmhouse tables. What do they like about them?
1 - Plain and simple - they're beautiful. Whether you paint them or stain them, finish them to match your decor.
2 - Heavy - built to last and stay in place
3 - Durable - perfect for high traffic use.
4 - Versatile - can be used in a kitchen, sunroom, office, deck, and more.
5 - Size - customizable size allows you to make the table as big or small as you need to acomodate your family
6 - Benches, chairs, or both - farmhouse table seating can be built to fit the needs of your room
7 - Solid wood - no particle board here only solid wood to make farmhouse tables
8 - Longevity - farmhouse tables are built to last
9 - Affordable - farmhouse tables although extremely beautiful are extremely affordable
10 - Choose your style - farmhouse tables can be rustic, modern, country, and industrial
What do you think about a farmhouse table for your house?
Sarah Clark along with her husband Gary have busy hands. They love to build beautiful crafted furniture. But, they also upcycle from palettes, insulators, cabinets, doors, and old furniture. It is so much fun to make the old into beautiful new pieces. Follow us on our journey.