So March is over. My goal was to get lots of furniture painted so that when I figure out where to sell my furniture I'll be ready. I started with 2 chairs that needed painting and reupholstering but the reupholstering was pretty darn difficult and so those are on the back burner for now.
I was able to complete a beautiful dresser for a wonderful couple I'm friends with who are expecting their first baby. I made a fresh eggs sign which is a quick, fun project that I would love to sell along with my furniture somewhere. And I did a quick re-do on two little tables that were collecting dust in my garage.
But I finished out the month with an incredible piece of furniture that I will be very proud to sell as an "All That Brings Joy" piece.
I got this dresser along with it's short and wide sibling on Craigslist last year. They weren't a steal and are such nice pieces of furniture that I was a little scared to put a paint brush to them. All along I knew I wanted to paint them gray with white drybrushed over but I let them sit in my garage while I thought and thought and thought, making sure that was the right decision! Now I know it was :)
The colors I used are Annie Sloan's Paris Grey with Pure White dry brushed over it.
It started out beautiful but a little orange.
I decided to strip the top and restain it darker. I went with Minwax's Jacobean stain. I was surprised when it didn't take the stain as easily as my Primer Red dresser had. I'm guessing that this dresser must be made out of a harder wood. But even without the top getting as dark as I had wanted it turned out gorgeous.
I loved all of the details on this piece and knew that once painted they'd stand out even more.
It came with all of the original hardware still in great shape.
I'm finishing up the short and long sibling this week but would like to make a video of how to achieve this dry brushed look so it may be a few days before I figure out how to do that!! ;)
As far as selling my furniture goes I have a few ideas in mind. I'm thinking about having a sale at my house and advertising it around the neighborhood as much as possible. My only concern is that it will resemble a garage sale and people who stop in expecting that might be disgusted by my prices!! I don't like upsetting people, 100% people pleaser right here folks.
There's the Kane County Fair that is about 30 minutes from my house which is a good option if I can figure out all of the logistics of it (hauling that much furniture!!).
And when summer comes and my babysitting slows down I plan on visiting as many antique shops as I can hoping to find a store that feels like a good fit for me.
In the meantime I'll just keep on painting!! :)
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