Nesting tables

Bought this set of wood nesting tables at an estate sale a while back.

At first I didn’t think they all actually went together, because of the different shapes; but they are indeed a ‘set’.  When the smaller tables are ‘nested’ they slide on runners that actually lift the legs slightly off the floor.  A unique feature.

I sanded off all the ‘sheen’; painted them aqua and sanded again to distress.  (I was able to do most of the distressing with an orbital sander.  Then added some stenciled designs.  Since I never actually sell a set of tables ‘as a set’

A set of ANYthing that a customer MIGHT want to buy ‘just one of’; it’s always best to price individually.  For several reasons:  a) Someone WILL ask “How much for just one of them?” whether they are actually interested in buying just one of not.  b) They can STILL buy the set for the combined price; but the store doesn’t have to waste time calling you to ask.  c) If the set gets ‘separated’ by shoppers in your booth you have items that don’t have tags and they end up in another booth!  It’s just easier to price them individually and be done with it!

I didn’t want to completely cover the tables with a design, and I didn’t have any stencils that ‘worked’ with both shapes.  Settled on these simple edge designs.

Nesting tables are GREAT to work with in your displays!  You can ‘nest’ them id space is tight.  Stack and use them like a shelf, or spread them around.

I actually only had room for the large oval one when I took then in last week.  Stacked it atop a little night stand at the front of my booth.

In the meantime, I got this other oval table put together and painted, and took it in along with the two smaller nesting tables on my next trip.

This third oval table has been in my booth for a while.  I was HOPING the newer oval pedestal table was a slightly lower height than the one already in my booth; and I knew the oval from the nesting set was shorter.  I putting them at the front of my booth, cascading from taller to shortest; with the matching upholstered chair and overstuffed foot stool sitting on top of them; along with some stacks of my grubby books.

Yippee Skippee!!!  The heights are just right!

Alas, the chair legs were a tad too wide to fit on the biggest table.  (well, the just perfectly fit . . . but could have easily been knocked off with the slightest touch.  A gamble I was not willing to take.  So the three tables ended up like this.

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You can still see part of them from the front of my booth; tucked behind a couple of night stands.  As soon as something sells and I have a little more room to work with; I’ll bring the three tabled forward.

Did you notice the two smaller nesting tables on top of the tallest oval?  Once I have more room, I’ll spread those out or stack them for better visibility.

I wanted to be sure it was really well stocked going into this weekend because  . . .

I am occupied taking care of this little ball of energy this weekend while her mommy  and daddy (My son and his wife) are out of town for a friend’s wedding.

Yep!  She follows my every move.  Sleeps at my feet when I am sitting down (she’s ON my feet, under the computer desk right now!) And keeps me very entertained.

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And before you ask . . .  she is a ‘Bernedoodle’.

The right place at the right time

For all those times you are disappointed because ‘just missed’ that perfect piece or missed out on a great deal . . . .

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 . . . . something like THIS happens and you do your happy dance!

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I don’t usually buy chairs with upholstered parts due to the high cost of new padding and fabric.  But at that great price, I could afford to make over this vintage chair.

This is pretty typical of what I’ve found on covered seats; someone has just re-covered the original tattered ugly fabric and and the worn out foam with new fabric and called it good.  ICK!!  The wood is usually fine to re-use; but if it’s in bad shape, it’s easy to use the old one as a template to cut a new one.  The hardest part of making over a padded seat is removing all the staples that are holding on the old fabric!

I had this pretty brown and blue fabric in my stash and decided to use it so I could leave the chair brown, as found.  I just gave the chair frame a good sanding to distress it though.

The new foam seat cushions usually run around $20.00; and I like to add a couple of layers of batting over the foam to protect the fabric and to add some extra ‘cush’.  I wrap the fabric over the batting and foam cushion, use a staple gun to attach the new fabric to the wood base.

By the time I’ve added up the cost of the foam cushion, batting and fabric; I’ve got about $30.00 just in materials invested in the chair.  Which is difficult to factor into the selling price if you’ve paid a lot for the chair.

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I also had this little foot stool and decided to paint and cover it to match the chair.

I did NOT distress the wood base on the footstool though; because the undercoat was too dark to really show.  I used a small pillow instead of a foam pad on the footstool for a really ‘OVER-stuffed’ look.  I love over stuffed stools and chairs!

Both have gone to my booth at Stars.

BIG SALE AT ALL THREE STARS MALLS THIS THURSDAY – MONDAY, July 14 – 18.

As always during the sales, EVERYTHING in my booth is 50% off!!

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The big 8 drawer blue dresser has already sold.

But my booth is still jam-packed with goodies!!

More of the ‘new blue’

Well, I guess the customers at Stars prefer the ‘new blue’ too!  Everything I painted that color has already sold!  Here’s the rundown:

P1220754You’ve already seen this piece in the previous post, but here are the details of it.  It was originally a plain dark pine stain with round wood knobs and sat flat on the ground.

P1220755I added some wood feet, because . . . . . I like stuff with feet!

P1220752Just sanded off the original varnish, painted it my new blue and sanded again to distress.  The plain wood knobs HAD to go! (although if you MUST re-use the original knobs, you CAN paint them)
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I found these gorgeous bubble glass knobs at Home Goods a while ago.  I NEVER go out and buy specific knobs for a specific project.  I buy them when I find them at the right price and always have a stash of them to select from.  The old original knobs get added to the stash as well.  These just happened to have one knob missing; so only five instead of a set of 6 . . . and consequently at a reduced price!

P1220747I lined the drawer with some vintage post card wrapping paper.

P1220748And decided to line the shelves too.

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I must have made the ‘right choices’ because it sold from my space at Stars in just over a week!

P1220908I also painted this old wood chair my ‘new blue’ and distressed it.

P1220659Here’s what it looked like when I bought it.  Gotta LOVE it when you find pieces that don’t need a lot of prep-work’!

P1220774The chair sold right away also.

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Painted this pair of end tables with the new blue as well.

P1220903The tops were pretty badly chipped and scratched, so I did have to sand them quite a bit before I could paint; but the legs were pristine!

P1220901Love this little cut out detail on the fronts of them.

P1220902And the ‘shapely’ legs.

P1220905No two pieces will ever distress exactly the same, so don’t even bother trying to get them to perfectly match.

P1220906As long as each has a comparable AMOUNT of distressing; they will still look like a ‘matched pair’.

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 I almost always price everything ‘individually’, makes the clerks job much easier and saves them and ME time.  Because IF you price items as a ‘set’ you can BET that half the people who look at it will want to know if they can buy just ONE!!  Then the clerk has to take time to call me and ask IF I will break up the set and what would the individual prices be . . . . and 9 times out of 10, the customer will NOT buy even one of them!!

So, save everyone involved a lot of time and trouble and price items separately.  UNLESS you absolutely insist that they be sold as a set.  In which case, BE SURE to make a note of that on the price tag.

For example I found a pair of matching twin size chenille bed spreads.  Chenille is always hard to find and I have NEVER found two that match.  So, since this is such a rear find, I want them to be sold together, so the new owners can really enjoy their ‘rare’ vintage find.

So, all of these items sold within WEEKS of putting them in my booth.  Now I need to find more stuff to paint.  And that ‘might’ involve bringing some of the ‘white stuff’ currently in my booth home to RE-paint!   Haven’t been finding much furniture lately on my thrifting adventures.

Recent thrifting finds

It's nearly impossible to photograph velvet without glare!

It’s nearly impossible to photograph velvet without glare!

 

Can't quite figure out WHAT this is supposed to be?!?!

Can’t quite figure out WHAT this is supposed to be?!?!

And I’m actually surprised that I liked it well enough to buy it.  I’m usually pretty anal about the ‘odd number decorating rule’ ; but the fact that this piece has four ‘towers’ doesn’t seem to bother me.

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Maybe my eyes are more focused on the ‘neutral space’ (THREE!) between the towers, and that is why the four points seem to ‘work’.  I’m not even sure if it’s supposed to BE ‘something’, or if it’s just an abstract wire sculpture.  I just thought it was kinda cool looking.  Any thoughts as to what I could DO with it are welcome.  Of course I can always just sell it ‘as found’.  Was thinking of maybe painting it a matte industrial grey??

P1120073VERY water stained little oak table that was obviously used as a plant stand by someone who habitually over watered their plants!  Nothing a good sanding and some paint can’t cure though.

P1120075Wood foot stool with handle hole.  Someone had carved their name into it, so it’s going to take a really GOOD sanding before I can repaint it.

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Another very grubby little table.  Little tables like these are always good sellers, so I buy them whenever I find them ‘at the right price’.

P1120077Soooooooooooooooooo generic!!  And quite a bit of sanding to be done before I can repaint it since it has a shiney finish; but the price was right.  Little night stands sell even better than little tables.   New paint and replacing the wood knob with something unique will make this a whole new piece.

P1120078Vintage wire newspaper/magazine rack.  A good cleaning and some spray paint is all this will need.

PAIR of night stands made from taking apart a big desk that had drawers on both sides.

PAIR of night stands made from taking apart a big desk that had drawers on both sides.

Remember these?  Originally the two sides of a big desk, that Michael took the top off of for me.  Added new tops and new pulls to create a pair of night stands.  NOW, what to do with the desk top?!?!

Rusty old legs from an enamel top table.  The top is too messed up to fix, but the base is still very sturdy.

Rusty old legs from an enamel top table. The top is too messed up to fix, but the base is still very sturdy.

And it’s the perfect size for attaching that orphaned desk top to!!  I wanted to KEEP the legs rusty, but not too many people wall rust shedding all over their floors or carpet.  The fix?  Clean spray paint!  Wipe off any loose rust then give it a couple of good coats of a clear matte spray varnish.  The varnish will ‘darken’ the rust color a bit.  And it prevents the rust from shedding and hinders the corrosive process.  Left untreated and the corrosion will continue to progress.

P1110694Sweet vintage vanity chair will just need to be spray painted.

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Little metal mesh table looks like it was part of a nesting set as it’s ‘open’ on one side of the leg structure.  Another quick spray paint project.

P1110692Rusty, shabby  . . . perfect as is!  And my ‘inspiration piece’ to kick-start a new spring collection in WHITE!

P1110696BIG old Lazy Susan!  Do people still use these things?  This one is SO big that I figure if it doesn’t sell for it’s intended purpose, that I can always use the top and add legs to make a little round table.

P1110689Ornate gold frames.

P1110682HUGE roll top bread box!  Might try turning it into a mini roll top DESK!!

Sooooooooooooo, this should keep me busy for a while!

Latest Estate sale finds

We don’t get out to estate sales very often anymore.  It’s just too ‘hit or miss’ as to whether or not it’s worth the trip with the price of gas these days.  This is why I love estate sale companies that offer email notifications WITH pictures to preview!  Kathy’s Estate Sales  is one such company, and actually the ONLY one we ‘bother with’.  They are very nice people.  Price things very reasonably and always have GOOD STUFF!  Here’s what I found at their last sale:

P1090717Little PINK storage chest.

P1090721I had actually only opened up the TOP couple of drawers before I grabbed it to buy it.

P1090718Look what I found in the bottom drawer when I got home!!!

P1090719Ooooohhhhhhh  . . . . I am so very tempted to KEEP this one to store my craft supplies in!!

P1090723Such pretty wood grain patterns on this piece!!  The door will have to be worked on (it doesn’t close)

P1090739And there is a pretty big gouge in the veneer on the top AND it’s warped quite a bit.  (but we CAN always take the old top off and replace it)

P1090737And such pretty FEET.  You know how I love feet on furniture!

P1090738Pretty crystal drawer pull, but the pull for the door is missing.  This might be a good candidate for some of those other old pulls I got recently.

P1090740The inside of the door is pretty chewed up too.  STILL was worth it for the price we paid.  Another great thing about Kathy’s estate sales is that on the last day of the sale (usually Sunday) everything under $50.00 is half price!  And they will take bids on the higher priced stuff.

P1090724This is probably the most expensive item I have ever bought at an estate sale.  Bear in mind that I am ALWAYS shopping for items to re-sell at the antique malls; so MY top price has to be LOW enough to ‘up’ to cover rent, commission, gas and a bit of profit.

P1090729OOPS!!  A little too close on that picture, but the claws have actual GLASS balls under them.

P1090730At least THREE of them have glass balls!  This one has a wood replacement.  sigh.  Didn’t notice it at ALL until I turned it upside down at home.

P1090726Very intricate carved details on the center support post.

P1090727And legs!

P1090728And the seat rim.  It ‘used to’ be a piano seat that you could raise and lower, but it’s been changed to a fixed height.  Not sure if I should LEAVE this one as is, or paint it white or aqua??  It’s probably not a ‘collectible’ piece due to the flaws; but it’s still pretty cool looking ‘as is’.  But all those intricate carved parts would really POP if painted a light color then distressed!  To alter or not to alter?!?

P1090731Grubby little foot stool with cute feet!

P1090732Looks like it was ‘meant to be upholstered’ but just never got covered and was used for years ‘as is’.  Again, I can’t decided if I should leave it as is to sell, or upholster it?  Maybe with burlap?

P1090733LOTS of neat old frames at this sale too!

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P1090735Oval frame.

P1090745BIG old gold frame.

P1090744In incredibly good shape for as old as it is.

P1090746Can’t really even TELL how old it is until you look at the back.

P1090743And one last frame.    I’m probably going to take these frames to the antique malls ‘as is’; since I have been finding quite a few at thrift stores lately to re-paint.

Shabby kitchen chair

P1080134I found this little lovely at Stars a few weeks ago.  Forgot the before photo, but it looked much the same.  A bit more grime and cracked paint; which I sanded away.

P1080135Some pretty blue paint came through as I sanded through the layers with my orbital sander.

P1080136A little blue on the head rest and back rungs too.

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P1080137It’s in storage for now, until there is room in one of my booths.

Updated child size rocking chair

P1070446Remember the $1.00 rocking chair?

P1070806It had been (very POORLY!) spray painted turquoise over an original white finish.  I just HATE IT when people don’t repaint the UNDERSIDES of the rungs on stuff like this!  So anyhow it was a shiny paint finish so I needed to sand OR prime it to prep it for refinishing,  I chose to sand since the paint was cracking and peeling in several places.

P1070804And as I pondered my next step, I decided to ‘just go with it’ and leave the distressed turquoise and white.  I stenciled “IMAGINE” along the headrest.

P1070805Pretty quick and easy make over.

P1070807It’s in storage for now, until the next big ‘do-over’ in my booths.

Five minute make over

P1070445Thrifted blue stool.  Sloppy paint job to begin with, and getting a bit grubby looking. (but not grubby in a GOOD way!  just dirty and ICKY looking!)  Needed a good sanding before I could do anything further with it.

P1070702Got out my trusty orbital sander and gave it a VERY quick once over.  Seriously, less than five minutes!

P1070703So then I stood back and pondered my next step for this stool.

P1070704It isn’t quite ‘my color’; but I’m kinds liking the faded denim look . . .

P1070705So I decided to stop there and leave it just sanded. Sometimes LESS word is just enough!  Like not further embellishing the chair; I can always bring it home later if it doesn’t sell and ‘do more work’ on it.

P1070748This little stool can be purchased for $19.00 in my booth at Stars Antiques in Portland.

Child size desk chair

Found this cute child size desk chair on my recent thrifting rounds.

P1070539And while I LOVE finding ‘child size’ items; I HATE that they almost always come laden with stickers!!!  ACK!!!  Only a few to deal with on this particular piece.  Plus, it had a fairly shiny finish, so I was going to need to sand it before repainting it anyhow.  And the stickers sand right off with the finish.

P1070647About ten minutes with the orbital sander and it was prepped for painting.

P1070646If you don’t have an orbital sander, and you want to fix up and repaint old furniture; you really NEED this tool.  It would have taken a good HOUR to hand sand this little chair.  With the orbital it took about 5 minutes.  Time IS money!

P1070696Most of the chair I was able to paint using a mini sponge roller.  Just needed a brush for the corners.  Using a paint roller is a real time saver too.  Plus the paint goes on much smoother and more evenly.

P1070698After two quick coats of paint and almost NO drying time in the summer heat, I was ready to distress; again using the orbital sander.

P1070700Fast and easy!

P1070701I debated whether or not to paint some kind of design on the seat or back rest.  Went withOUT for now.  If it doesn’t sell right away I’ll bring it home for some additional detailing.

P1070708It is available to purchase for $25.00 in my booth at Stars in Portland.

The big old oak chair make-over

Well, you know the old saying . . .  ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, TRY again!’

4.12.13 signs CURIOSITIES stencils 028This awesome big bulky old oak chair that I was SOOOOOOOOOO certain would sell instantly; didn’t.  Took it home last week for a makeover.

6..25.13 projects big chair 001I was tempted to leave it undistressed; but to do so would have required yet another coat of paint and I was too tired to give it another coat and I only had ONE sunny day to ‘git-er-done’.

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 So I grabbed the orbital sander and started sanding.

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 Took a break to fix dinner and eat, then decided it ‘needed something decorative’ along the head rest part.

6..25.13 projects big chair 009After trying nearly every stencil and stamp that I have; and all of them being either too big or too small, I ended up with the ‘live  laugh  love’ stencil for the simple fact that it was the ONLY one that fit the space!

6..25.13 projects big chair 010It’s weird because USUALLY stuff looks LESS distressed in pictures than it does in person.  But it’s the opposite on this chair, and it looks far GRUBBIER in the photos than it does in person.  Go figure?!? 

6..25.13 projects big chair 008For now, it’s sitting in the back of my car,  will see if there is room for it in either mall space tomorrow.  If not, it will go to storage until there IS room because I already filled the spot where it was.

6..25.13 projects big chair 049Snapped up this grubby ole thang on my thrifting rounds yesterday.

6..25.13 projects big chair 050It is most definitely MORE beat up looking in person that it looks in the pictures.  But that’s why I got such a great price on it.   A half hour or so of quality time with my orbital sander and this baby will be stripped of all her old scars and ready for fresh paint and a new lease on life!