SHEW!!!! I am exhausted! It’s been a busy but very exciting week. I announced last Sunday that I had been given the awesome opportunity to sell my furniture and small projects at a local store in Carytown called Orange. When I signed onto the 3 month trial period with Orange, I was completely out of inventory except for the green dresser I shared last week. My goal for the past 7 days was to knock out as many projects as possible so I could keep my foot in the door. Luckily, because of the 4th of July holiday, I had a 4 day weekend and was able to get a lot accomplished!
I purchased two identical club chairs last Sunday and was able to quickly flip them in time to drop them by the store on Wednesday afternoon.
The upholstery was in perfect condition so this was a pretty easy transformation
On Tuesday after work, I picked up two great pieces from a fellow Richmond blogger/furniture flipper extraordinaire, Susan of Uniquely Yours, or Mine. Her family is moving out of the state and she is in the process of cleaning out her garage full of awesome pieces. She gave me so many great tips and I got some really unique dressers from her!
I was so anxious to get started on the first piece from Susan, that I spent most of the 4th of July in the basement…
…stripping crackle paint….
off of this beautiful antique linen press.
I’m not going to lie… it was absolutely horrible and I will never use gel stripper again…. Lesson learned!
but here is what the chest looked after 4 hours of stripping and sanding.
It’s really amazing what a few coats of paint can do!
I’m totally in love with the piece. I’ve never worked on a linen press before…
…and I just adore the interior drawers.
I did a mint green custom mixed chalk paint on the outside and cream drawers on the inside.
I used chalkboard paint on the interior of the doors to give an extra little pop of boldness.
I plan to bring this over to Orange early this week!
Last but not least on my TO DO list for the long weekend was to work on some paper goods.
My brother Dan asked me what “paper goods” were (I’m pretty sure he was making fun). But they are just objects made from paper…I knew all those paper folding assignment in first year architecture studio would come in handy someday!
I have always loved working with paper…
and I had so much fun making the decorations for Anna’s shower, that I decided to try a few “party packs” to bring into the shop.
The package includes 8 utensil pockets, each with fork, knife, and spoon as well as a napkin and paper straw.
It’s just a fun way to display these items for a shower, bbq or any special occasion!
Also included: 8 name tags/labels for attaching to mason jars, food platters, drink canisters, etc.
We will see if they sell!
Nonetheless, its been relaxing/inspiring/motivating/rewarding to work on these projects this week! I’ve been pretty consumed but wanted to get a good stock built up before Nick and I leave for vacation next week.
There are still lots of things on the horizon so stay tuned!
Linking to these parties!
Miss Mustard Seed