I have been promising refurb photos for a while, sorry I haven't done them sooner, I have been busy getting my classes up and running again. Steve from Foto Inspirations came last week and took the 'afters' for me. Thankyou Steve.
Before - the view from the door, you can see the ripples in the floor, the shelves are almost empty after our huge January sale. The sale was a massive success and made it much easier to clear the shop, we had so much stock to store and it also meant we could start with a 'clean slate' ( read this as lots of lovely new products !)
After - A lovely even and level floor, the newly laid concrete is so much better and much cooler in the warmer months too, the flooring is a special kind that is easy to clean and hard wearing, looks pretty stylish too, I love the fact that it makes the shop so light and airy. Everyone says how bright and spacious the shop now seems.
Before - The old shelving had seen better days and although it had served its purposes well, we really needed extra storage for all the yummy new A4 cardstock. The units had been damaged and so it was a good time to renew the shelving into something that was both more practical and that looked brighter and more open.
After - the new shelving houses over 100 shades and styles of A4 cardstock and paper, we have more than tripled our range and have space to accommodate even more. All the shelving was put together by dad who worked tirelessly to get us back up and running again, thanks really isn't enough, one day I will find a way to repay him for all his hard work and support, love you dad xxx
Before - the corner that once housed the sofa, the sofa was damaged also, so had to go, and as it had only ever really been used to drape coats on, we decided to utilize the space to house extra 12 x 12 papers.
Dad added some slat-walling to where the noticeboard used to be to house all the adhesives and we added a further 64 paper trays to hold even more 12 x 12 papers, we currently stock well over 500 different sheets of patterned paper.
All these next few photos are 'afters', the tables all set up for our next scrapbooking class.
I hope you all like my little tour of the shop.
What we haven't shown is the area out back, we have also redone all of that too, the kitchen, stock room and bathroom areas. They have all received new doors, units, shelving and a much needed coat of paint and the flooring is the same as in the main area of the shop.
I have been promising these photos for a while and debated whether to post them in the end. I wasn't sure that we had anything to celebrate, after all we only suffered a flood like so many other Britons this year. But, all in all, I am proud of what we have achieved. It was hard work and there were times I felt like giving up but my family and friends were amazing and so supportive !
We have loads of exciting plans and changes too, it really was a kick start - watch this space !
Love and new beginnings