I’ve embarked on a new project – furniture restoration. Granted, it isn’t photography, but as I call myself an artist, I thought it would be cool share my new project.
Earlier this Spring, Husband and I moved into a new place. It’s an older home with lots of charm and potential and I decided I needed new furniture.
I hate shopping for furniture, because I can never find what I want. Also, I tend to pinch pennies pretty tightly and can’t imagine spending $100 or more for a chair. A chair! However, I really wanted a new dresser so Husband and I went to the flea market with $200 in my pocket. I wanted to find a dresser for myself, a dresser for Husband, and a dining chair.
Our first purchase was a tool cabinet that could be a dresser for Husband. I bartered the price down to a reasonable $60 (though I probably could have gotten it for less if I was persistent). After a thorough cleaning and a long drawn out fight with contact paper, the tool cabinet serves as a wonderful dresser. I love the character of it.
While I was looking around other stall, Husband spied a cola rack and thought it would make a perfect bakers rack for our small kitchen. Though it wasn’t on the list, I really liked the rack and thought it would be a great piece for our kitchen and give us lots of storage space. The asking price was $95 but after some negotiations, the price went down and I happily paid for it.
After I paid for it, though, I was a bit nervous. I had less than $100 and still needed to find a dresser for myself and a dining chair. We went from vendor to vendor and either I didn’t see anything I liked or the asking price was firm and very expensive. Finally, towards the back of the flea market, I spied my dresser.
It was ugly, but had good bones. Best of all, it was only $40. I purchased it, but my mind was racing to figure out how I wanted to refurnish it. The previous owner had sprayed painted it white and put some ugly, ugly drawer handles on it. But I really liked the grooves and shape of it and decided that I would paint it, and paint the grooves black. And definitely get better drawer handles.
We brought everything home and I had to decide if I wanted to paint it navy blue with black trim, or royal purple with black trim.
~to be continued . . .
PS: I also found the perfect dining chair on the way out. $10. Bam!