The Painted Cupboard

Apr 2, 2014 | Parisienne Farmhouse Design | 14 comments


You long time followers know the scoop.

Long story short we once had a rockin’ rather successful painting/faux finishing biz.  Enter 2007 and POOF!  Phone stopped ringing (as it did for so many across the country).
Struggle, struggle, struggle.
Late 2009 phone rings.  It’s a large midwest grocery delivery company wanting to hire Joel.  He learned to drive a 25 foot truck, learned his way thru every nook and cranny of downtown Chicago.  We learned to live without him from noon til midnight five days a week.

He developed bags under his eyes.
I sprouted way too many gray hairs.

Paycheck to paycheck with painting on the side.

Well.  We are entrepreneurs at heart.  Praying for a way for him to get back to something to make him feel respectable and something to bring him back home to the dinner table with us.  We miss him so much.

Going back to manual labor wasn’t inspiring either of us.  Before we know it Joel will be fifty.  He’s been in the trades since he was sixteen.  It wears on the body.

Back and forth.  Multiple conversations, until suddenly it came to us.  Why not re-open the business with a new name and a new game… a new modus aperandi if you will…

The thing he does so well… it allows him to work 50% from home… it’s not back breaking… 
Painting kitchen cabinets.  And not just painting them but tricking them out to look like something out of a magazine!!!  He is SO good at it!!!   After all, that was his handywork too that appeared in those all books and magazines I was featured in a couple of years ago.

So, I give you:

He’s gonna tear it up on Facebook, Craigslist, we are tricking out the vehicles, spreading the word and we’re even going door to door with the kids once the weather suits. 











We’ve done SO many kitchens in the past years – can you believe this is all the photos I can find since we’ve moved??? Grrrrrrrr!!!!

We are pretty pumped.  And I feel relief coming for Joel.  He will give his notice as soon as we have a certain amount of jobs booked on the calendar.  (He will still do “regular painting” as requested but our MAIN focus will be cabs.)  We are praying this was his last winter driving and delivery as it’s grueling work in the snow.  In and out of a truck, carrying boxes of groceries up three flights of stairs, 6, 7 and 8 times per delivery.  It was a blessing when we got the job, it bailed us out but we’ve outgrown it.  The time has come.

So…. if you are in the following areas we’d love to make over YOUR kitchen cabs:
Southern Michigan
Northwest Indiana
Chicagoland  and
Southern Wisconsin

For those out of state jobs Joel will bid your job via email and he’ll make up a sample and send it out for you to approve.   For now, if you’ll go “LIKE” his new business on Facebook that would be SO appreciated.  (I’ll be back to Facebook after Lent).  And spread the word.  He’s got a generous referral program too:)

I’m excited for him.
I’m excited for the kids to have him tuck them in again.
Shoot – I’m excited for ME!  Just to sit with him in the evenings again.  To watch the sun go down together.  To have that relief of another adult around during dinner, bath and bedtime.  Sigh…  This will help me be able to think about getting back to my magazine too!

Some of you pray for us so we appreciate your prayers and anything you can do to help us spread the word. 

On the gardening from we’ve got four loads of mutlch for the “Back to Eden” style gardening.  Greenhouse is in full swing and it’s 43 degrees here today.  We’re getting somewhere aren’t we???




  1. Tara Dillard

    Please take this, ” Praying for a way for him to get back to something to make him feel respectable..” out of your mind/heart.

    Any person working hard to feed himself/family IS respectable. USA needs far more of him.

    Know well the body pains of hard work, too well. Very proud to have survived that part of my career into what I have now, brain not body.

    All the best in your new chapter, it is a winner. Of course ya’ll have always been winners.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  2. Mandy

    I agree with Tara’s first comment, but know that you didn’t mean it to sound like that <3 I pray you are all beyond blessed with this new venture and that it brings you provision!

  3. Heather @ Post Road

    oh, that is awesome!! Wishing you all nothing but the best!!! xoxHeather

  4. Gail Peterson

    Spring is the perfect season to start something new, or restart! Sounds as if you need each other, I think your business will be even better now! Wishing you great new beginnings…

  5. WhiteWhispers2u

    Many Blessings for your beautiful family and a way for your company to take off once again.So wish I was closer.

  6. Christi

    Praying it takes off for y’all! xo

  7. Sweet Ashley De

    Praying that this goes well for you all in the adventure!

  8. Pam

    I’m so happy for y’all! I pray God blesses this business beyond your wildest dreams. I know how hard it is not to have Daddy around much.

  9. Teri

    So excited for you guys and I hope the magazine comes back! And definitely praying for God’s WILL to be done.

  10. Deb from WhatsInMyAttic

    I so so so need to have my builders grade honey oak cabinets painted! Have been looking for months at options….all I’ve found is “refacers”….NOT what I want. Wish I was closer to your area! Delaware is a bit of a jaunt from your neck o’ the woods.
    Best of luck, though….sounds like a great plan.

  11. Susan Hawthorne

    Best of luck in the new venture!
    You guys are so talented and creative- plus have a great work ethic! Much success for the future for you and Joel.

  12. à la parisienne

    I hope that Joel’s pursuits in getting back into the cabinet painting business are working out. And by owning one’s own business, he may have the opportunity to test his CSA dreams on the side.



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