Monday, October 17, 2011

$30 Craigslist Find

So I just can't wait to share my awesome $30 Craigslist find with you.  
There is a chip on the side of one of the drawers but you don't really notice it, besides, it adds character.  I like things imperfect I feel it adds some charm to a piece.  Other than the chip, the finish was fairly good so all I had to do was rub it down with some Howard's Restore A Finish to bring back the richness in the wood.  Here's a little bit closer photo that shows the detail on the bottom a little better.
It took me a long time to score a find like this one on Craigslist but I think that this time I hit a home run.  :)


Thursday, October 6, 2011

From Oh No! to Ooh La La!

I found this ratty, ugly chair on Craigslist.  The seat cushions and wood were so filthy I could hardly stand to touch it!  This was actually my very first purchase on craigslist and it almost made me think twice about ever buying anything else on there.

That's right, I was thinking, "I've made a huge mistake"!  But, figuring I didn't have anything to lose, I tore it all apart, scrubbed it down with some TSP cleaner and set out to spiff her up.  

I used two coats of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Old White, distressed and waxed with clear wax and just a touch of dark wax.  I used a tightly woven fine burlap and a dark brown trim.  The Paris pillow I made using an iron on transfer I purchased from Graphique on Etsy and the faux grain sack pillow was made using a stencil I purchased from Maison De Stencils.    This was one piece I didn't want to sell.  But then again, I do say that about most of them.  :)

I'm linking this post back to:

Miss Mustard's party, Furniture Feature Friday

French Country Cottage's, Feathered Nest Friday

Coastal Charm:  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

House of Grace:  Twice Owned Party

Domestically Speaking:  95th Power of Paint Party

Thank you for reading!  You all have a lovely weekend!


Twice Owned Party

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Getting Attached and Separation Anxiety

I am a self proclaimed borderline hoarder.  Well, minus the flat dead cats, rotting year old pumpkins and garbage.  With this being true it makes my new interest of restyling furniture kind of interesting.  I now get to justify the things that I buy and the things I won't get rid of because I'm going to "re-do" them and "sell" them.  (I use the word "sell" very loosely because when I finish something and it turns out really cute I have a hard time parting with it and taking it to my antique booth.)  I also have been collecting so very many pieces of furniture, antiques, primitives, etc.  Most recently it was this chair that I really wanted to keep.
I did, grudgingly, load it in my  Jeep and bring it over to my booth.  It hasn't sold yet, though, hmmm..............

I do feel that I am getting a little better at giving things up.  I am finding that there is always another one right around the corner.  

Here is a photo of some cute little nightstands I just finished and brought over to my booth on friday.  These were a bit hard to part with as well.  
Good night for now!