Spring Trend Alert: The Decoupage Look


We recently spotted a Shabby Chic Console from the website  Country Door and it just so happens to be one of our favorite looks.

Beautiful paper + colorful paint + Vintage Knobs = Gorgeous! We’ve been loving this look for years and it appears to be catching on!



Country Door

countrydoorphotoThis is a really fun & creative DIY project that  you can custom make to fit your home’s style, whether it’s in your living room, kitchen or bedroom. And the best part of doing-it-yourself is you get to choose your own paint colors, paper and hardware. Give us a call for more information or to sign up for our Furniture Painting 101 class or an upcoming decoupage class.


Boho Upcycle


Boho Upcycle


Boho Upcycle


Going Back to a First Love in 2015

Years ago when I picked up my first paint brush -Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan was my first love. I took a can of Antibes (a dreamy bright green), a can of dark wax and turned a second-hand nightstand into my first Boho Upcycle piece.


It was love at first brush stroke!  Which is why, I’m giddy with excitement to announce that Boho Upcycle was selected to become a Chalk Paint® stockist for the Los Angeles area. We are thrilled and proud to have been chosen and we look forward to stocking our shelves with the beautiful colors and style Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is known for worldwide.

Annie Sloan - Stockist logos - Chalk Paint - Florence


We have lots of changes coming up in the next few months, including classes changing to fit Chalk Paint® products, in-store painting demonstrations and adding Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan’s line of home décor books that will inspire you as you work on your home projects.


Also, we will continue to carry Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and she is actually introducing a new European Colors line on January 24th. Everyone is going to adore this line of subtle neutral colors that play on the simple beauty of grey, white, mint, blush and beige.

mmsmp euro colors

We look forward to all the new additions and changes happening this year! Please stop by and take advantage of our discounted merchandise as we make room for the new arrivals.



See you soon and happy painting!


Boho Upcycle

A Chat with Strauss Vintage Shoppe

We love catching up with some of our guest teachers who come over to Boho Upcycle and teach our student new tips & tricks when it comes to crafting, D.I.Y and Home Decor.

Today we are happy to have Candice Strauss with us! Sharing a bit more about her process for her Halloween-Inspired  Image Transfer class that we are happy to be hosting on Sunday, October 5th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We have a few more spots left, so please sign up here!

Thanks for joining us Candice! 

Can you explain what image transfer is for the person who loves home décor but maybe doesn’t know the process? Is it something that someone without a lot of skill can do?
Image transfer in a process in which you can take an image and basically embed it into a piece of wood. The process is quite simple but takes a great deal of patience. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy teaching classes on image transfer techniques. It doesn’t require a lot of skill to make a really unique art piece.


What kind of images can people use?
Any image works. Family photos, royalty-free images, landscape picture from a vacation, vintage postcards and other ephemera all can produce excellent results. The most important thing is that the image be of high quality and a minimum of 300 dpi.

Tell us a bit about how you got into image transfer?
I really enjoy learning new art forms and techniques and thinking about how I might use them for decorative works, rehab projects, and just general crafting. I have an extensive “creative bucket list”, and last summer I finally learned how to transfer images right on to wood. I loved the process! At first I made them for my home and as gifts for friends and family, then I began receiving order requests, and the rest is history.


 Seems like image transfers are growing steadily in popularity, what do you think they add to a piece? To a space?
I think image transfers are a great alternative to a typical framed photo, or a canvas print. They add depth and dimension to a space; they work as images, from a design perspective, but on an organic medium, and including an aged, original look that can contribute a lot to the feel of the overall space.

Are you working on anything right now? What was your last big project? Something small?
I am currently working on new transfers for the fall and winter craft shows. My most recent larger project was a collaboration with Krissy from Boho Upcycle. She re-finished a mid-century dresser and I did an image transfer of a vintage typewriter onto the front of the dresser. We were both very pleased with the finished product! This unique piece generated a bit of buzz on social media and sold within just a few days. Yay! We’ve already brainstormed about our next project. As for small projects, I’m looking into producing mini sized transfers that can be displayed on a desk or on a night stand. I think they’d work great as room accents.

What’s your favorite way to spoil yourself if you are having time for just you?
I recently left a teaching career, primarily to focus on growing my little business, Strauss Vintage Shoppe. But I also very much seek a better balance in life. So spoiling myself really means many things: taking classes (I’m taking a calligraphy class in October), road trips planned around thrifting & picking vintage goods (possibly Portland in December), and I will confess I am quite the girly-girl when it comes to manicures (I like to go a couple times a month).


Join us this Sunday for the Spook-tacular Image Transfer Class with Candice Strauss & Boho Upcycle! We look forward to meeting you!





Settee Dreams

Hey Everyone! Happy 2014! I’m excited for the new year and all the exciting things to come! 2013 was a lot of changes in my life and am grateful for everything that has come my way!

Aside from opening my storefront late fall 2013…I was working on so many projects and this Settee was one of them! My hats are off to all those who do upholstery the labor and work is detailed and requires patience and time. I love reupholstering, because I am always up for a challenge and I get so excited to see how it will turn out.

Here is the process on this Settee… I did the underneath work that makes sitting on this possible, new springs, Dacron, cotton, etc. etc. BUT then I opened my store and this got pushed to the back burner and I was so busy I did not have time to finish this :(

I hired another upholsterer and this is finally complete! I found eleven yards of vintage floral upholstery fabric that I LOVE!

I’m so happy with the turn out!!