Funky Fresh is now CLOSED

We're leaving this great page up as a resource for ideas and inspiration but the store is no longer open. Come visit our new project: Amuse - Modern Cottage Industry in Press Bay Alley on Green St.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Weekly News

This weekend at Funky Junk:

--Saturday March 2nd--  
ITHACON 38 Comic Book Fair
10am- 4pm
presented by the Comic Book Club of Ithaca
Artist and paleontologist Richard Kissel and designer Kelly Kennard
Actor and writer J.G. Hertzler
DC Comics editor Will Dennis
DC and Marvel Comics artist Aaron Kuder
Popeye artist Ken Wheaton
And so many more!

For a full listing of guests check out the Comic Book Club of Ithaca website.
From a previous Winter Comic Book Show

--Sunday March 3rd--
Paint Party!
Try out CeCe Caldwell's 100% Natural Chalk + Clay Paints!
Funky Junk will provide a range of 20+ CeCe Caldwell's colors, one kind of CeCe Caldwell's finish, and help in mixing new vibrant shades.

You bring an item to paint, sized smaller than 24 x 24 x 24 - ie. lamp, side table, stool- or you can buy one at the store for this class for 10% off.

Cost- $25-$30 Sliding Scale

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Funky Fresh Tuesday: Radio Cabinet

This old radio cabinet has been upcycled with a Funky fresh style and will liven up any room!  The painted exterior in CeCe Caldwell's Cinco Bayou Moss, and an interior of Cottonwood Sienna, brings this vintage radio cabinet to life again.

This cabinet once looked like this, and needed a lot of work for revival.

 Though the transformation was awesome once complete, the radio itself does not work.  There is a light inside that does function and would make an excellent night light.
Tune in to Funky Junk on the Commons to get this one-of-a-kind vintage radio for your home!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Jillian's Drawers

Welcome to Jillian's Drawers!

Downtown on the Ithaca Commons, only a few shops away from Funky Junk is Jillian's Drawers, a locally and mom owned, mom-operated, and family friendly store.  The business started in baby Jillian's bedroom, when her mom, Mandi was trying out cloth diapers. Mandi began her small business with the aim of helping other parents learn to use cloth diapers. After a few busy years of working out of the bedroom, Mandi expanded in 2008 to a retail shop, and then in 2010 to the spacious and bright shop on the Commons.

Selling everything from baby carriers to toys to cloth diapers, Jillian's Drawers specializes in natural and earth-friendly products. Everything in the store is safe for kids. Their goals are to support and educate the community of moms, offer high-quality and safe products, support other local businesses, and work sustainably.

 This is where Funky Junk comes in!  Mandi sells non-toxic, BPA and Phthalate free items, but she also wants the store itself to be safe. So she shops at Funky Junk! There she can find fixtures for her store that won't be toxic for any of her shoppers.  "Funky Junk is a good resource for safe fixtures because they go above and beyond in their furniture upcycling." 

Mandi appreciates that Funky Junk always has reused furniture available that is non toxic. She firmly believes in recycling and reuse. Thus, she is "glad they can do that," and she doesn't have to worry about dealing with the process of refurbishing old items. Funky Junk makes her life easier and her store safer!

Mandi has purchased several items from Funky Junk over time, and they all fit perfectly into her colorful store.

Mandi is also glad that Funky Junk is so close by! She says she is "interested in following their changes and growth, as they expand and move into their new store."  Locals like Mandi at Jillian's Drawers are the epitome of Local Love! 

Mandi and two colorful Funky Junk tables.

Stop by Jillian's Drawer's on the Commons, or their website for more.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Fix-Up Friday- Part 9

Remember this initial photo from Funky Junk Island?  One nice big picture window by the front door.  But otherwise a dark old room...

Well, here's that front door again, a much brighter room, AND a hidden window!

That's right, behind that drywall there is the potential for more light!  David took down the drywall and exposed another set of windows. To make sure he does the reconstruction right, David called in professional carpenter and friend Robert Champion for some serious consultation.

 Robert gave David some good advice as they discussed how to cut through the siding on the outside of the building and open up that window.
Thanks Robert for your time!

Meanwhile, Kristina is getting very excited as all the possibilities turn into openings!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Recent Funky Fresh Upcycles

There are always Fresh Funky Upcycled pieces flying smoothly off the brushes!  Check out the latest...

This creative side table was painted in CeCe Caldwell's Kentucky Mint, with a Vermont Slate wash.  The bike stencil on top was painted in Portland Rose.

The accompanying chair is a one-of-a-kind!  It is reupholstered with a fun map fabric, and can subtly fit in with any decor.

This box is a personal humidor- upcycled for use to store your cigars, or simply as a small cabinet.

The outside was painted with CeCe Caldwell's Maine Harbor Blue, and finished with a Vermont Slate crackle finish.  The inside is copper!
Perfect for the man cave in your home.

 Stop by the store to see these, and so many more, Fresh creations.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine Card-Making Class

Valentine Card-Making Class
Sunday February 10th

Come to another fun, family-friendly Card-Making Holiday event at Funky Junk with Barbara Bennett.
Barbara will provide all sorts of interesting and colorful bits of paper to turn into Valentines.  All you have to do is bring your list of loved ones.

Only $20 admission for the whole family, and you can make as many cards as you like.  Kids are very welcome, and everyone will enjoy giving handmade and individual Valentines for those school parties.  Barbara's Holiday Card event was great fun, so don't miss this one!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dining Chair Upholstery Classes

Upholstery: "the work of providing furniture with padding, springs, and fabric or leather covers."

Re-upholstery is a simple DIY way to give old furniture a whole new feel. And Funky Junk's Upholstery class combines upcycling and fabric by taking a worn out seat and making it feel great again.  

Upcoming Dates for Dining Chair Upholstery Class

Saturday February 9th, 10am- 12pm
Saturday March 9th, 2pm- 4pm

Teacher: Kristina Thelen
 Cost: $50-$75.

Instruction, upholstery gun and staples, and batting is provided.
Bring your own chair or buy one from us for 10% off for this class.

Bring your own fabric or buy some from Funky Junk (5$ per chair for class participants).
Sew Green is also right around the corner on Cayuga Street, and they have an extensive shop full of fabric choices.

A note on fabric:  When choosing your fabric, keep in mind upholstery weight fabric is best- look for durability and strength.  Medium weight could work too.  Lightweight fabrics like calico cottons and quilting fabrics are not durable enough and will wear and tear within a year.  Also, think about how easily the fabric will clean- particularly if you have kids!

Once the class is finished and you have learned how to reupholster, you can come back and use the Funky Junk Craft-In area to do the rest of your dining set!  

Call or email the store to sign up now!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fix-Up Friday- Part 8

At Funky Junk Island, the extreme upcycling continues.  

David is leading the charge and the Funky Junk team is pouring out the white paint and turning this old shell of a building into a bright place of business!

Even the kids are in getting in on the work!

David has also begun construction of a new register stand and pallet wall.

He takes apart these old wooden pallets, cleans the wood up a bit, and lays them out to be screwed together.  The finished product will cover up a few uneven walls and create a fresh new feel to the space.

Changes are happening quickly now.  As we enter February the time to get this shop open and running is getting closer.  Check back more more in the next installment of Fix-Up Friday!

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