Sorry I’ve been MIA again. Last week was a whirlwind, which carried into this week, and I’m just now getting my stuff together enough to post.
Saturday the 17th, Cara and I set up for our first try at a big furniture sale. We set up at a community wide yard sale day in a large, local subdivision. It was a gorgeous day. We were excited. But the crickets chirped, we had few visitors, and didn’t make a single sale. I was about ready to throw in the towel. How can we keep doing this if no one is buying the things we’re making?
Cara set out to try and get some of our pieces out of our homes (halleluiah!) and into some local Salons. She had great success with one Salon in particular that is decorated in black and white with lots of damask (perfect!) Silver lining #1!!!
I decided to give another push at doing some nice Craigslist ads to move along some of the pieces we had on hand. We were contacted by a lady who is starting up a new little boutique with her Mother-in-law and Sisters-in-law. She had seen our pieces on CL, LOVED them, and wanted to talk to us about furnishing their boutique with our furniture. They would, in turn, sell the furniture for us in their store for FREE (read no consignment percentage!) They have the benefit of having a furnished store from which to display all their goodies (jewelry, handbags, etc.), and we get (hopefully) some great exposure and a place to sell our stuff! Silver lining #2!!!
The shiny, sparkly, gleaming silver lining #3: On Thursday, I met with Elizabeth, who had also seen and fell in love with the stuff I had posted on CL. She works at a cute and eclectic Aveda salon where each of the stylists have their own little room which is theirs to decorate. She wanted me to do some custom pieces for her salon room. She needed a large dresser to keep all her equipment and stuff, a large framed mirror, and a small piece to house all the product for sale. Elizabeth was SO fun to work with. We came up with a great color scheme and design ideas, bouncing ideas off each other. I think she LOVED the finished product as much as I did. :)
Here are the pieces as they were when we started on Friday:
And here’s how they turned out: (The top color on the paint chip on the dresser is the wall color in her salon room, “Sea Kelp” from Behr. The GORGEOUS main color on the dresser and side table is Catalina Mist from Krylon. Yes! A spray paint!)
So, things are looking up. I am finally starting to get the feeling that this endeavor could really work out. Thank goodness, because it’s so FUN and rewarding! And I love working with Cara (hugs, Cara…)
Oh! And a great big thank you to my cuz Meghan, who is the proud owner of the Springy Chair and End Table! (hugs, Meg…)
Linking to some par-tays!
Domestically Speaking, My Backyard Eden, Reinvented, Lucky Star Lane, The Persimmon Perch, It’s So Very Cheri, DIY Showoff, Miss Mustard Seed, Funky Junk Interiors, A Soft Place To Land, Thrifty Decor Chick
This project is also participating in the Spray Paint Challenge over at the CSI Project!
Amazing pieces! LuckyReplyDelete
oh wow! Those color are fantastic! Awesome pieces.ReplyDelete
Well done. I just wanted to say 'hang in there' with your sales (or lack of). I tend to have a couple of busy weeks then a couple of quiet months with mine, but eventually a buyer comes along and pays the price I ask. I am lucky that the money I make from this isn't actually relied upon to feed our family, it is just a very nice bonus when it comes in. I guess that 'Craigslist' is like the NZ 'Trademe' that I sell on...what about 'ebay'? No-one seems to mention that around blogland for selling furniture? Have a great painting day! xx KarenReplyDelete
That is absolutely amazing! I love these pieces!ReplyDelete
OMG! Would have never thought to put those colors together but they are fabulous!ReplyDelete
my heart skipped a beat! these are soooo beautiful! they aren't my fave style, but what you did with them is incredible. you are seriously talented, and never undervalue yourself just to make sales- know your worth in this world! the right customers always do come along, given time. and don't you want your pieces to go to the right people who will LOVE them and appreciate them like you do? of course ya do, sister!ReplyDelete
Just wanted to stop by and say that I think you are very talented and I am so happy for you that things are falling into place. Your furniture pieces are soooo fun. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
They turned out fantastic!!! Congrats on all the silver linings!! ;)ReplyDelete
stop by my blog to pick up your award!!ReplyDelete
Wow! I love everything here! I actually just bought that exact same mirror (only mine was a gaudy gold color) and I'm still wondering what the heck I should do with it. I painted it white, but that's just not cutting it so far. If only my husband would go for pink...ReplyDelete
Those look great!ReplyDelete
Ok, that dresser is AMAZING! U did a fabulous job. I love how you painted it. It is different, and totally unique, LOVE it!ReplyDelete
The colors used on those pieces are so unusual, but they really work. I love that dresser especially. You girls are so good.ReplyDelete
Anne Marie, it'd be fun to take pictures of this furniture at work in her salon (in all their glory).ReplyDelete
Love! The colors are fantastic, and the tree is great!ReplyDelete
Ann Marie, those are just perfect for a salon. I love the color combination. I know business will pick up soon because you do such amazing work!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!
Gorgeous... love the color combination!ReplyDelete
This is gorgeous!! Great job! And I love the colors...perfection!!ReplyDelete
Wow - I love what you did with the dresser! Great colour combos, I would of never thought to combine those colours. I really like the mirror too, it would look perfect in my daugher's room!ReplyDelete
I don't know what rock I was living under, but this is the first time visit. I'm inspired and in awe of your work. Bravo!ReplyDelete
Those pieces are FANTASTIC! I love the colour combinations and the tree is divine. The knobs (Anthropologie?) just make it. Good luck with all your new ventures.ReplyDelete
I thought the knobs looked very Anthro too, but they're actually from good ol' Hob Lob. AND they were 50%, so only $1.50 per knob. WAY less than anything at Anthropologie. :)ReplyDelete
absolutely delightful! so full of charm!ReplyDelete
really cool! well done! found you thru mustard seed!ReplyDelete
following you now!
That turned out great, I love it, and the colors you used are just perfect!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! amazing work, wish I had a DIY buddy!ReplyDelete
I can't imagine anyone NOT buying them! They are beautiful. Great job ... you'd never know how bland they once were. :)ReplyDelete
This is gorgeous. We've chosen your item as our Lucky Linky Fetaure of the Week!ReplyDelete
confession: i almost just peed in my pants, this is so fabulous. you rocked these pieces HARD.ReplyDelete
Ha ha!! Sarah, YOU rock HARD!! Thanks for the love. :)ReplyDelete
That dresser is to die for! Are those Anthropologie knobs? How sad is it that I know what their hardware looks like because go in to drool over them so often?ReplyDelete
Ohmygoodness - this is stunning! You did a seriously amazing job!ReplyDelete
VERY COOL transformation! Great job!ReplyDelete
LOVE the tree on the dresser! :) would be adorable in a nursery too!ReplyDelete
I came over from the CSI Project!
Love your work!! Very creative!ReplyDelete
What an amazing transformation!!!!!ReplyDelete
Such talent! Beautiful!ReplyDelete
Jasey @ Crazy Daisy
oh my goodness! so creative and beautiful!ReplyDelete
I LOVE THIS!!!!!! People like you make me sick. (Just kidding) You're too talented for your own good, sister!ReplyDelete
Beautiful job..love it.ReplyDelete
LOVE this! LOVe it so much! I love the colors you've used and everything!! Stopping by from CSI. Now I am a follower!ReplyDelete
I love this. My husband would die if I did a tree on something. I love trees and they inspire me a lot. Great job.ReplyDelete
Those are absolutely lovely.ReplyDelete
WOW!! you are good!!ReplyDelete
You have some serious flair! Love your style- brillian!ReplyDelete
Very cute! Love that mirror color as well.ReplyDelete
Oh my word, that is amazing! LOVE the turquoise with pink! that may be a color combo I'll have to try!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! Love, love, love the colors. Could you get any pics of the pieces in the salon?ReplyDelete
Wow!! I love the finish that you did on the pink sections. What is the color of pink? What a great idea to furnish boutiques.ReplyDelete
I LOVE these! I work in a salon as a hairstylist, and I think these pieces of furniture would look great in a salon! I love the colors and the distressing really adds a little texture to it. Nice job!ReplyDelete
You are so talented. I love these. So beautiful! Thanks for linking up!ReplyDelete
I love dressers with painted scenes like this. The knobs are darling. Gotta love Anthro! I would have never thought of putting all these colors together, but they look great!ReplyDelete
I'm totally in LOVE!!!! I am so impressed!ReplyDelete
so, so beautiful!!!ReplyDelete
Fabulous job! Those are beautiful!ReplyDelete
Visiting from CSI.
So gorgeous! I love the colors and the tree is beautiful.ReplyDelete
These are sooooo lovely - at least twice lovely, but probably even thrice lovely. I wish I had an all-girly household and could have this kind of prettiness around me all the time. I found you guys from a cross-post (is that what they call them?) of your pic on vintage revivals and I'm so glad I did because now I have a second home for funiture fantasy.ReplyDelete