Duck Egg Dressers

I finished a MAJOR project!  Yay!  Two weeks ago I saw these beautiful antique “His” and “Hers” dressers for sale on Craigslist.  They looked stunning in the pictures, and seemed to be in great shape for their age.  Turned out they were being sold by another dealer in a neighboring Dallas suburb.  This dealer tends to deal less in antiques and more in newer second-hand furnishings, so they were looking to unload these. They gave me a great deal on both dressers with the agreement to pick them up that day . . . So, my wonderful husband offered to make the hour and half round-trip trek to get them that evening after work.  Thank you dear!

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I was really attracted to the details on each piece, especially the original hardware and casters.  Boy, do I love casters! The Hers dresser also came with a mirror, but I forgot to throw that in the before picture.  Whoops.

They were quite smokey, so they required several days of airing out and washing them down with vinegar water.  A few drawers also needed to be repaired, and both tops needed to be sanded down. They were alot of work.  But, I think they were worth it, and I hope you will agree!

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Here’s the “Hers”.  And now, the “His”

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Aren’t they fabulous? I painted them both in Annie Sloan  Duck Egg Blue, and hand-painted some accents in Old White.  Then they both got a coat of Dark Wax to tone down the blue.  The tops I refinished with a dark walnut stain, and they turned out beautifully.

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I have sold 3 furniture pieces out of my shop in the past week, so I finished these up just in time. I have a feeling they won’t last long.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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The Time Question

When talking about my business, I often get asked by friends and family, “how do you have time to do all of this?” Remember–I’m mom to three little boys under the age of 6! The short answer to that question is always “I don’t!”  There is a longer answer though that has several parts.

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First, I have a wonderful, supportive, husband.  He readily gives up his own leisure time to help me with projects or watch the children for me.  He enjoys “junk” too, so working together on this venture is  really alot of fun.  Without his help though, there is no way I could maintain this business.

Second, my older two children have reached the age where they play together really well and do a pretty good job of entertaining themselves.  I can go out in the garage and work on some furniture, while they run around outside in the back and pretend ninja, or pirate, or whatever the theme of the day is.  There was a season where they were not so self-sufficient, and my youngest is entering that stage now. But with children, everything is just a season.  So if you are a mom of youngsters and you wonder if you will ever have time again for your creative endeavors, just hold on a little longer.

And lastly, the craziness of this business really goes in spurts. I’ll go for weeks where there are no furniture projects, and no real makeovers to do, so then the work is really light.  But then I’ll head to a market and come home with a van load of stuff that needs work, or I’ll find some great furniture pieces that need some TLC, and then things ramp us.  The past 10 days has definitely been one of those spurts of craziness!

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Right now my garage is full of projects . . . there are the 3 window frames I grabbed at a garage sale, waiting for chicken wire.  Also, stacked up behind the windows is a custom mirror frame I need to get back to the owner. And for some reason, I decided to unload a dresser of my own and start working on that; not sure why, I got a little too excited about the beautiful weather I think.

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This is one-half of another major project in the works–the “His” to a “His & Hers” antique dresser set I found on craigslist. Here is the “Hers”, not yet touched.

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Both pieces were really smoky, so I have to spend a few days airing them out and washing them down.  Then, both tops need to be sanded down and refinished, and then of course the painting . . . like I said, major project.

So, I remind myself it’s just a spurt right now.  In a week or two I’ll have nothing to do again.

Have a happy spring week!

More Green!

One of the tricks to running a successful antique booth is to make sure your inventory rotates often.  I’ve had an antique washstand hanging out in my space up at Antique Company Mall for a month or two, which is longer than I would like. So, I decided it was time to give it a new look.  I had such a great response with the Luckett’s Green milk painted dresser that I decided to try the same color again on this piece. I liked the tone of the washstand’s existing wood and most of it was in great shape, so it made a good candidate for milk paint.

Now, here’s the bad news . . . major blogging fail! I accidentally took the before pictures of the washstand when my camera didn’t have in its memory card. So, that means no before pictures!  BUT, I do have some great after pictures, that I think are still worth sharing.

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I love how it turned out! What was an ok piece turned into a statement piece, with only about two hours and a little bit of paint.  With the green dresser from before, I painted on an undercoat of chalk paint so that the milk paint would stick better.  With the washstand, I painted the milk paint directly onto the wood, and it performed its chippy magic.

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I also really like the original brass hardware, including the towel bar and casters.

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In the middle of every milk paint project I always think “oh my gosh, this looks horrible!”  But I’m learning to trust the process, and without fail, the end product is always fabulous.  I think this piece will now make a quick exit from my booth and free up some space for new inventory.

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