Allison from Refunk My Junk!

Howdy Redoux Mavens!  My name is Allison from Refunk My Junk! I am so thrilled Karen invited me to spend some time with you, share my blogging and business story, as well as some of my projects with you today!


One thing Karen and I have in common, besides being CeCe Caldwell’s Paint fanatics, is our love for rescuing junk and saving our planet one ugly piece of furniture at a time (que the Superman music: dun dun dun dun!).  You don’t have to be a fancy interior decorator to make your home look fab and you don’t have to break the bank doing it!

3 years ago I started Refunk My Junk as a hobby to unleash some pent up creativity.  I was a Vice President at a corporate bank and a about to have my first baby.


  I just needed an outlet to feel like “me” again and starting a blog to showcase my projects seemed to do the trick.  I loved to treasure hunt at garage sales and thrift stores, paint the pieces in fun colors, and sell them on Craigslist.

I also hosted DIY workshops teaching women about how to Refunk their own junk using Latex paints and oil-based glazes.  Although they were fun, using Latex paints posed many issues.  The sanding, priming, dust, masks, fumes, you know the rest.  So along came CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and I was hooked.  I immediately signed up the be a retailer and never looked back!  6 months later I left my fancy corporate job to work my hobby-turned-business full time. You can read more about my journey to self-employment here.

This past year has been full of fun projects and here are a few to share with you!

I transformed this $40.00 Flea Market Desk into a Turquoise Treasure with CeCe Caldwell’s Santa Fe Turquoise.

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I am also a retailer for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints.  As soon as I received my retailers test kit I immediately painted my dining room table.  I purchased the entire set, chairs and all, for $125.00 off of Craigslist.

If you have never used Milk Paint before here are some tips for mixing it.  I was skeered to mix it myself so this helped me get over my fear and hopefully helps you too!

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One of my favorite projects was Redouxing this dresser,which I scored at a 150 mile-long garage sale, into a metallic silver beauty!

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Of course, I still host DIY Workshops, which are so much more fun with CeCe Caldwell’s Paints!

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Thank you so much for letting me share a little bit about me today!  I would love for you to hop on over to my blog for more inspiration!

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You can find me over at, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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  1. mj says

    Those stinking perfume-y air freshener whatevers are full of chemicals. Only time will tell how they will affect the bodies and brains of the people living with them–especially the babies.
    No way (that I saw on Allison’s site) to suggest the likelihood of danger.
    So I do it here.
    I signed up for your site and saw the damage to the black chest. It would be interesting to see if you used the damage as a basis for painting something interesting over it. Or what else you might have done to the piece. It’s a beauty all right and shows how you have chosen the road that was meant for you.

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