Thursday, November 1, 2012

Painting and Selling

I go to garage sales every weekend during the spring/summer.  I have been buying toys and clothes for the kids, various home decor and sometimes tools for my husband.  Since I discovered chalk paint, I now buy small furniture pieces that I have passed up all this time since I didn't know I could paint them (and eventually sell them).

My next furniture find that I painted were these two sorry looking chairs.
I found a really nice fabric from the remnant pile in Hobby Lobby and from there decided on Duck Egg Blue distressed with clear and dark wax.

As my 2 year old daughter would say: Ta Da!!!

The chair on the bottom is the one I took with me to the consignment store where I now sell my painted pieces.  I was beyond nervous to go in and ask if they would take the chair, but I was inspired by Miss Mustard Seed's story of how she started and I forced myself to go in and ask.  You can't fail if you don't even try!

I showed the owner the chair and she was so excited.  She had just opened that month and said this was exactly what she was looking for to add to her store.  She took the chair immediately and asked that I bring the other chair and cabinet in right away. 
I now bring her a piece every other week and so far things are selling pretty well.  I was able to sell the cabinet (the piece that started it all), but the two chairs are still waiting to find a home.  Hopefully they will soon.  They really are SO pretty in person.

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  1. Your chairs are beautiful - love the color and that pretty fabric! Good for you having the courage to take the next step - nicely done! ... You might want to consider eliminating word verification. You will get so many more comments!

  2. Really lovely chairs! I am happy people love them, too! I have the exact same chairs to do myself - thanks for the inspiration!
    Thanks for linking up this week to the party - hope to see you this week as well!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  3. Beautiful furniture the distressed cabinet !! Nicely done

  4. Good for you! You go girl! That's how I started also, consigning pieces in an antique store. I now have a spot in a very busy antique and sell like crazy! Look into stores in your area! It might be your next step! Michelle

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog! Your furniture makeovers are wonderful. Who'd have thought those two gorgeous chairs used to look they way they did, well done.

  6. Your story is actually my story. I now have my own booth at a local antique store and sell to a list of people that always want my 'stuff'. You will find that you have to neutralize your painted pieces to sell faster. Seems that people don't have good vision when they think of a place to use your painted furniture in their homes if it's too wild for them. You did a fantastic job, so keep up the good work and maybe you can find a following like I have and not have to give up so much of the profit to your seller.

  7. This is my first time visit here. From the tons of comments on your articles,I guess I am not only one having all the enjoyment right here!


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