Wednesday, April 25, 2012

You Did Not!

That was the reaction from a few of the other dealers at the shop. … when I told them that I had painted a table….green!  I paint 99% of my furniture a shade of white or cream.  (Who knew there were so many shades!) 

I was at Lowe’s and there was a gallon of  green “oops” paint for $5.  Significantly cheaper than most paints so I bought it.   

0411 Green Table
It’s a kind of…..mmm…..Spring green’ish?  When I took it outside in the sunlight the color was kind of shocking for my eyes since they are so accustomed to white.  I let it sit for a couple of hours to see how I felt.

0411 Green Table BOTTOM
It’s a pretty color but I just thought the all over green was a little too intense.

0411 Green Table DISTRESSED
So I distressed the top.  Couldn’t help myself.

0411 Green Table IN SHOP
After 4 hours of redoing my booth for a weekend sale I was pooped and this is the only picture that I managed to take.  But look!  A blue chair too!  I’m working on it…..

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bigger Isn't Better–OOK Picture Hangers

This post is less about what I did and more about what I found.  So no “before” just an “after” pic.

I painted this huge chalkboard over a month ago and it has been sitting in my garage ever since.
0420 Dresser Chalkboard

It’s big and heavy and I was worried about hanging it on the drywall in the shop for fear that it would come crashing down.   I finally decided that I was being silly.  First of all, it wasn’t going to sell sitting in the garage and, secondly, I was getting tired of moving it around when I worked on other projects! 

So off to the hardware store I went.    Looking for industrial sized picture hanging ‘equipment’.  Bigger is better, right?  

Since I prefer the local mom & pop stores that's where I headed.  I was greeted by a very helpful guy when I arrived.  I told him what I was looking for.   Already knowing in my head that what I needed were some big honkin’ wall plugs,  screws, etc…..a drill, hammer….    He suggested that I try these.

OOK Picture hangerHe told me that they are much easier to use and only require a hammer to install.  They hold up to 100 lbs.  No drilling for wall plugs, etc.  I was hesitant but he seemed to know what he was talking about.   Well let’s just say that it pays to ask questions.    I had the chalkboard hanging on the wall in less than a minute.

Lessons learned?   Use the local stores whenever possible.   Ask questions.  (That’s what they’re there for.)  I might still be standing in the aisle of the big box store with a blank look on my face.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Upcycling Old Cabinet Doors

A few months ago while scouting a local salvage yard (a la Sanford & Sons kind of salvage yard) I came across a trio of old, crackled cabinet doors.  Crackled to perfection.

So, up first.   The first door was upcycled to a frenchy sign.  No sanding and I left the old hardware intact.

0226 French Sign
Painted, stenciled, distressed and sprayed with a clear spray.  I bought the stencil from   (SOLD!)

Door No. 2.  (I feel like I’m channeling “Let’s Make a Deal”)  took a different route.    I painted them both at the same time but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do.  A few days ago it struck me so I gathered some supplies.

0331 Mason Jar Supplies
Mason jars, adjustable metal clamps, L-brackets and tools.

0331 Mason Jar MIDWAY
Attach L-brackets and clamps.
0331 Mason Jar AFTER 1
Insert jars & fill with sea glass.

0331 Mason Jar AFTER 2
I love the crackled patina on these doors.

0331 Mason Jar AFTER 3

0331 Mason Jar AFTER 4
Tomorrow I’ll pick up a few flower stems and off to the shop it goes.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It should have been easy…..Blue Toile Bench

Our shop is having a Spring sale this weekend so I’ve been going full tilt getting things ready.  I’ve been sanding, painting, cleaning, ironing and running around like a crazy person. 

Today was stocking day and I wanted to squeeze in one more piece.  I chose a vanity bench.  Quick & easy project.    Apparently there is no such thing.

Removing old fabric can be much more time consuming than putting it back on.    Why does anyone put new fabric over old fabric?   It’s gross!

0411 Toile bench before
The first layer was put in place with masking tape!  That’s a new one on me.

0411 Toile bench before 2
Layer 2:   Thumbtacks.

0411 Toile bench before 3
Layer 3:  A few random nails.

0411 Toile bench before 4
Layer 4:     A disgusting-ly dirty fabric held in place by a ton of rusty old hand forged nails.  Why would anyone cover over something so gross?

So after removing the layers I was able to use only the frame and I cut new foam and fabric. 

0411 Toile Bench AFTER
And….voila!  Installed in the shop and ready to go home with someone.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Booth Foofing–A Curio

Tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of our relocated shop.  It’s been a crazy year in this crazy business. 

What I sell varies from month to month.  Either I can’t keep up with furniture or I don’t sell any.  There is absolutely no rhyme or reason.  March was all about smalls.   Ransacked.

I had this lighted curio waiting in the wings for 3 or 4 weeks.
0401 Curio
I needed to reclaim some space in my garage to work on projects so into the shop it went.   
0401 Booth
See that chandelier?  It’s a true antique and had cloth wiring and…. I rewired it myself! 
0401 Booth 2
Since I always forget to take pics when I’m done, I took a couple when I was working on the space.  Good thing.  I forgot to take pics when I was done!