Chantelle and I are always out picking for vintage finds. We are always finding furniture, that if they could talk would say, I need a makeover!
Climbing out of bed in the morning and walking by the mirror can be scary at times. I often think, “man, I need a makeover!” Sometimes we find furniture that is just screaming for a redo. Maybe it knows that if it were to not get one, it would end up unloved and dumped on the side of the road. Frankly, we might still find it. I think I have mentioned before that we are certainly not above trash picking.
Actually I have a funny story about that… One day I received a text message from a friend who said, “I’m on ‘X’ Road and just drove by a piece of furniture in someone’s trash that looks like something you would like”. Conveniently, that was very close to where I knew Chantelle happened to be visiting family. I quickly texted her and relayed the info. Within about 3-4 minutes she sent a text back, “Got it!” I laughed my head off! Man, that girl is on it! We just can’t resist an opportunity for a furniture makeover!
We have given a lot of furniture makeovers over the years.
When we find items, sometimes a little more is needed than just love. Gluing, nailing, painting, and repairing are sometimes required but the rewards are “oh so good”! We do have a small group of people we see occasionally who are appalled that we would actually paint ‘antiques’. We laugh at their disdain. Not because we are renegades (well, kind of) but simply because we would never paint legitimate antiques.
Consider a real antique as the beauty queen in school. She’s elegant and confident and just doesn’t need any help knowing how fabulous she is. We prefer to help the homely girl. The one who hasn’t yet discovered that she is, indeed, fabulous and has much to offer. We save the one that has been overlooked for being awkward or seemingly useless. Frankly, we are esteem builders for furniture everywhere!
Should you paint antique furniture?
When assessing whether or not a piece should be redone, here are a few tips. First, think outside the box. A dresser can be used in the kitchen or dining room as a fabulous sideboard offering tons of storage. Bookcases are great in a bathroom to stack towels and toiletries. Hutches can be used in bedrooms, even displaying flat screen TVs above and providing storage below. Stack tables and trunks for eye catching displays and maximum storage and the possibilities are endless for side and coffee tables!
Second, life is too short, live a little. Paint an old piece a bright new color for a jolt of fabulous in a room. You cannot live your life with beige anymore! If you get sick of it, just paint it again. I can almost hear a few of you saying, “sure that’s easy for you” but actually it’s easy for you as well. Just come in and check out our line of chalk and clay paints. It is a clay and chalk base that can cover most projects with little or no prep work. No priming or sanding, just paint and go!
This weekend happens to be our semi-annual Warehouse Sale! This is the time where we open our back studio (known as Studio 47) and sell all the super cool stuff we have been hoarding all year. You can come and peruse our stacks of tables, chairs, dressers, buffets (all priced at bargain prices) that are waiting for that loving redo that you can provide. It is the ultimate DIY-er event! The cool part is, as far as sales go, this is fun because it is stuff you haven’t seen before.
Most stores like to have sales of items that they have been trying to sell and are now reducing to get rid of. Always trying to be different, we even structured our SALE to be unique since this is awesome stuff that you haven’t seen on our floor. It’s ‘new to you’ and waiting for it’s makeover!
There is something quite fabulous about making something better than it was. Talk about a self esteem boost! With little effort you can take a piece from drab to fab and have the bragging rights as bonus. There is nothing quite like having someone admire a piece you have revitalized and then humbly (hee, hee) admitting, “oh I did that!” And on those days when we don’t quite look our best, we can rest assured, at least the furniture looks amazing!
Be happy, Jill