…selling the beginning

I started painting furniture 13 years ago when DH and I were first married. I started painting pieces seriously when my youngest was in a bouncy chair, Fiona was climbing on furniture, Greta was playing in the creek and we were living with Frammie and Pa while we were building a house. Here’s what life looked like at a glimpse.

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We have come a long way.

My first project was the 8 chairs that I purchased off Craigslist. I made DH go buy and pick them up and he thought I had lost my mind.

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I worked for 2 weeks on them, mixing milk paint, sanding, stripping, staining, scratching, basically beating them into a look I could be happy with.

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When we moved into our home 9 months later, I had a 5 month old, a one-year-old, a 3-year-old, a prescription for Lexipro and 8 gorgeous chairs.

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I can’t help being really proud of these chairs. I didn’t think I would ever, ever sell them. But, when I purchase my white metal cafe chairs and showed you all the images, the emails started flooding in about selling these chairs. Where would I store 8 chairs? I had to sell.

I am feeling very nostalgic about them and the only thing that helps is that a sweet, long term client is buying them. She has two little children and appreciates all things old and loved. Maya, I may have to come sit in them every once in a while 🙂 xo

 

Comments

  1. Is there a video of you painting this table ? I saw & loved the end result. Did you paint the old white with a flat brush & did you wipe some away with a cloth to distress before it was dry or scrape after dry ?

  2. What a sweet post! Happy story – happy ending

  3. Judy Woodbury says:

    I hope you had a nice Christmas and New Years! Your tree was beautiful!!

    This is such a cute story! Thanks for sharing, I also get very attached to my furniture. And for sure I would if they were my first project and something my whole family used. But you kn ow they will be well loved!! I have painted a few pieces now and have even sold them! I like working on buffets and vanities the most, and some little tables tilt one round ones. Can’t wait to see what this year will bring. Happy painting!!

  4. Is there any specific reason you used the Miss Mustard seed DJ wax in your table instead of the Annie Sloan?

  5. Is there any specific reason you used the Miss Mustard seed DJ wax in your table instead of the Annie Sloan? On your dining table

  6. Is there any specific reason you used the Miss Mustard wax in table instead of the Annie Sloan? On your dining table

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