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Trade days toil

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As I blogged about last time, I had many a table prepared to go to my booth at trade days. I worked very hard in the weeks prior to trade days accumulating furniture, then madly painting everything and trying to price it all effectively. This event was a true learning experience. What did I learn?

I learned:

*sitting outside in 90+ degree weather 3 days straight is terrible draining miserable. No other word to describe but miserable.
*hauling furniture to and from my booth was a ridiculous amount of work.
*why other vendors choose fixed indoor locations to sell their pieces.
*who my true friends are that chose to come sit with me in said miserableness.
*the term “flea market” being tossed around in lieu of “trade days” makes people instantly think anything priced above $10 is too high.
*rearranging the booth multiple times a day keeps me from being bored πŸ˜‰

Will I do trade days again? No! Will I continue to paint furniture? Absolutely! As my husband & I discussed many times during that weekend, this was a learning experience and I now know what I am and am not willing to do. I met some great people that weekend, spread the word about my business, sold a LOT of milk paint, but I think that I’m going to keep my business home based for now.

I wanted to show a quick peek at a dresser I literally finished during the trade days and brought up on the last day. It sold at the last minute of the last day. Coincidentally I had purchased this chest from a local couple, who happened to stop by and see it and were quite pleased with its transformation.

Before:

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After:

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In all the hustle and bustle of trade days, the only pic I got of it “after” was in my booth.

Here are some more pics of my booth throughout the weekend:

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Never stop learning!

~T~

Tables everywhere!

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Over the last few weeks I have been accumulating furniture like crazy to have a full booth at the Wylie Last Monday trade days. I’m excited for the opportunity. I bought furniture from an estate sale, an auction, Craigslist and a local sales site.

I have a “set” amount I like to pay for certain pieces. End tables and night stands are quick sells and always seem to be easy to come by. That was true this time plus I ended up with 3 coffee tables. 2 of them are very very similar but were purchased 40 miles apart! πŸ˜‰

Here are some pics of the pieces and their respective makeovers. All pieces in this post are for sale. Please email me for pricing and availability questions.

Matching end tables BEFORE:

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And AFTER in their Pitch Black milk paint goodness:

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I adore this round end table BEFORE:

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AFTER in its 2 tone chalk paint finish:

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Another end table BEFORE:

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And AFTER in its 2 toned glory:

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Now for some coffee table transformations. This oval beauty BEFORE:

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I have 2 of these but finished them differently. The first in a custom Salem Red/Barn Red milk paint finish:

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The second in a chalk paint/glaze finish:

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Lastly a rectangular coffee table that I somehow didn’t end up with a before pic of! Here it is finished in Sea Green milk paint:

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So here’s hoping my table excessiveness pays off at trade days this weekend πŸ™‚ If you live locally I hope to see you there!!

~T~

Open for Business…

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After much prayer, consideration and time I made my new business official. I opened a Facebook page and I registered for a local trade days that is starting up in June. I’ve confirmed out of the 80+ other vendors that only one other person is selling furniture WOOHOO!! I even got one of those square card reader thingys so I can take credit cards πŸ™‚ I have a plethora of emotions running through me…excitement, nerves, fear (doesn’t everyone fear failure?) and did I mention excitement? Casa de Cass Designs is up and running and I’m buckling up for the ride!

I love painting furniture, I adore the thrill of finding great pieces that need to made over. I’m reminded of the Confucius quote that says

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

When my family sees a garage full of furniture, I see a wonderland of treasures and I start to obsess over how each and every piece will be painted. I know it sounds crazy but most of the pieces I paint kind of speak to me and tell me what color they should end up. I love that!

Anyway, to help me build my business I’m asking everyone to share my page with anyone and everyone they know. It’s a small thing but I’m hoping to start doing classes and giveaways and in order to do that it is helpful if I have a larger audience.

June 21-23 is my first big “sales” opportunity at the trade days and I’ve secured almost all the furniture I think I need and I’m praying for a sell out event!

These 2 pieces are the first ones I’ve ever gotten that basically said don’t paint me! So they are coming to trade days with me and I will be selling them as is, but offering a paint option in case my buyer wants that.

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This is an adorable little wardrobe that I see in a little girls room or a nursery.

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This vanity pic was taken by the seller so the clutter you see is NOT MINE!! But aren’t they great pieces? I love love love them. They will be offered at $150 each or $275 for the pair AS IS πŸ™‚

~T~
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Denim Fabulousness!

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Discovering my love of redoing furniture has been so fun for me. I have been able to make a little extra $$ for my family, and help people transform existing furniture they have. In between, I try and snag great pieces that I find on Craigslist or local sales sites. Thankfully, I’ve been able to sell those pieces as soon as I paint them and in this case even before I can paint them!

I bought this piece from a nice lady who had kept this chest of drawers for 30 years. She had even sanded and stained it herself. I almost didn’t tell her I planned to give it a makeover, but she was cool with it. Here is the pic from her CL ad. It was in great shape!

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I could see potential but I didn’t care at all for the rose knobs in place of drawer pulls. They were very Victorian and looked awkward to me:

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Don’t you agree?

I had it sitting in my garage when a friend was over. She saw it and we discussed how I had planned to paint it. She’s a very artsy, creative type and was open to lots of different ideas. (LOVE clients like this!) I had an end table that I somehow forgot to get a before pic of…..*DOH!* but she wanted that also. So…we decided I would use Annie Sloan Graphite and Cece Caldwell’s Smoky Mountain Gray. The end table I painted gray first, then put graphite on top and wet distressed til gray showed through. I sealed it with AS clear wax. I spray painted the drawer handle in black to freshen it up and I loved the finished product on this one. What do you think?

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For the chest, I removed the rose knobs and filled in the holes in the drawers with wood filler. I painted in Graphite first, then layered gray on top and wet distressed til the Graphite showed through. Once the drawers were painted, I added a single pull with a decorative backing detail that I had removed from a 2nd chest I painted camo (that blog coming soon…). I spray painted the single pulls black and my awesome husband drilled a hole dead center of each drawer so I could install the new fresh hardware. Here’s the after on the chest:

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A close up of the way the distressing looked:

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The side view:

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The customary before/after:

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Even though we reversed the order of the base coat and top coat, both pieces ended up very similar. A little more wood showed through on the end table, but mostly because I loved the deep oak color of it, as opposed to the light pine of the chest πŸ™‚

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In person the finish really resembles a pair of well worn jeans. Love it!

~T~

Time out!

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Several months ago, I blogged about some projects I did for my sister for baby Norah’s nursery (linky here).

A month or so after that I stopped at a community garage sale and found this great little chair for only $2:

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I knew instantly that Norah needed that chair as a “time out” chair. Her brother has one and it gets its fair share of use. Obviously Norah, taking after the women in our family isn’t going to need a time out chair πŸ˜‰ but just in case….I snagged this one πŸ™‚

I started sanding it and discovered that it had been blue, purple, white, green, yellow and flowery in its past lives:

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I decided to paint it black as a base and I just used some black latex paint I happened to have leftovers of. Well, after painting for months with chalk paint which dries in a matter of 5-30 mins depending on brand I was really not happy that the latex paint took about 3 days to cure properly 😦
See…..I like immediate results (read: I have zero patience!!). And when I don’t get that, I get bored and move onto something else. This is why chalk paint works so well for me! So while Norah’s black time out chair was curing, I got distracted bored and worked on about 6 other projects. So it sat…and sat…and sat!

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When I finally got a break from my other projects (and the date for my next trip to Lubbock started looming closer and closer) I mixed up the remainder of the guacamole paint I had used on Norah’s book case and got busy painting the lil chair.

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Following my sisters instruction from the bookshelf I only did minimal distressing (just enough for the black to show through) and then it was DONE!

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Not bad for a $2 garage sale find, huh?
~T~

“Sisters are different flowers from the same garden”

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A side benefit to doing what I do, is getting to help people make over furniture that they like (it’s sturdy, it functions well etc) but they may not necessarily like the color or finish of.

My sister purchased some furniture from our grandmother right after she (sis) got married. She liked the lines of the piece and the great storage but after a while, I think the plain oak finish wasn’t to her tastes. So….when she discovered they would be moving back to Lubbock (where our mom and much family lives) when she was 7 months pregnant she asked me to come help with unpacking. Since I’m known as fairly OCD ahem, organized and available, she asked me. Through many conversations I learned that she also wanted her bedroom furniture made over. Clearly, she had asked the right person πŸ˜‰

So I packed up my supplies,

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(And my teenager) and headed to Lubbock. Here’s the furniture before and forgive my tired self for not reassembling the furniture for better “before” pics but I had driven 6 hours and unpacked 3 rooms the day before so I wasn’t really feeling it.
This was a tall chest:

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The nightstand:

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The dresser/mirror combo:

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And the headboard/footboard:

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As you can see the furniture was sturdy, had great lines (love the curves) and was overall a quality set. She decided she wanted it painted white with slight distressing. So, I chose Annie Sloan Old White and after distressing I waxed it with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. The exception was the tops of the nightstand and the long dresser. I finished the bodies of those in wax, but sealed the tops with Minwax Polyurethane to withstand drinks, the occasional spill and my toddler nephew and soon to be niece πŸ™‚
Here are some afters. First the tall chest:

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I bet you didn’t even pick up on these great details when you saw the “before” pics, did you?

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Something about white makes details just pop out on quality wood pieces. I LOVE IT!!
Here’s the nightstand:

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The dresser/mirror combo:

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This dresser/mirror pic was taken during the night (very, very late at night) so it appears yellow but that’s just the interior lighting. I promise it’s the same gorgeous white as the other pieces.

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Here’s the headboard/footboard that my teenager ended up doing under my supervision (see…anyone can do this!) because my arm was hurting from the 3 pieces I did the day before and the 14 pieces I did the 6 days prior to going to Lubbock. Must. Learn. To. Pace. Myself!!

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Overall, I thought it was a great transformation. My sister feels like she got new furniture without having to spend new furniture $$, and I got to spend time with my sister, my brother-in-love and my amazing nephew. All because I decided to try painting one day. WINNING!!

~T~

Red and Black – client pieces

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Over the months, I’ve had quite a few people approach me to quote them on painting custom pieces for them. I find that so cool. Not only do I get to make some extra $$ but I get to paint pieces of furniture that people will have in their homes for years. Wow.

This particular client had shared with me what she was looking for furniture wise and during my daily strolls through Craigslist I sent her links to things I thought would work. She found these great pieces…..

This long dresser:

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2 of these night stands:

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And a tall chest:

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With these 5 drawers that I was too tired to put back in just for a photo op:

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She decided she wanted the long dresser to be red with brushed nickel hardware. So I used milk paint in Barn Red and Salem Red and created a custom blend. Once painted and distressed, I used clear wax, then dark wax. Both from Annie Sloan.
Here’s a shot of the drawers with the left side waxed and the right side just painted and distressed. It really shows how the wax deepens the color:

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Here’s the completed piece:

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And the customary before/after comparison:

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She then decided she wanted the tall chest and the nightstands to be painted black and distressed with gray hardware. She wanted a true black so I chose CeCe Caldwells chalk paint in Beckley Coal. She wanted a medium to heavy distress so here’s how they turned out after distress and clear waxing with Annie Sloan clear wax:

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And the customary before/afters:

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I was able to complete all 4 of these pieces in 3 days from start to finish. I loved the way they turned out, do you?

~T~