Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekend projects...All About A & J Antique Mall!

Busy weekend! It seemed to be all about A & J Antique Mall, so I am going to just quickly go through a couple of projects that kept me hoppin' this weekend. First, I have a dealer friend at the mall that has a great eye for furniture items but she doesn't paint... : ( . So we were talking the other day in the mall and she showed me these two great corner cabinets that she has had for sale for quite some time. They are good and solid and very unique in that they have beautiful nine pane glass fronts and storage cabinets on the bottom. Great bones. I painted one of them black with a medium distressed finish and then a polycrylic overcoat for some sheen. One I left natural and Taylor decided she wanted it. Of course I am going to paint it! She hasn't decided what color yet but it will be an Easter weekend project, so I'll show you later. The other project was a china hutch that I bought from another dealer. It was beautiful in stature and had great dental molding and cabinetry but it was just painted white with a thick finish. It was really wanting to become more stylized so I got out some 3X sandpaper and went to work! Here is how it went.
A close up of the medium distress. This is after two coats of black flat paint, Then 3X distress and a coat of polycrylic. All Home Depot products and latex based. Little drying time.
Back at A & J's next to it's unpainted brother that Taylor purchased.

The next project was the china hutch. I love this. I have it priced fairly high because I want to bring it home myself. If it sells, it will be bittersweet, because of it's one of a kind nature, but I will live. I have parted with some absolutely wonderful things in the past. Part of the business that takes getting used to. I really wish you could have seen the before but I was just a little too busy to remember to take a sorry because the distressing is what brought this piece to life!

This is the AFTER

One more thing that was on my agenda was a staff meeting at Pier 1 Imports. I work there because I love the people. The managers are wonderful and have become such dear people in my life and the other associates are amazing. I also receive a 25% discount on all of my purchases. It is a wonderful place to work and although it is difficult to fit it into my busy life, I can't seem to let it go. I love Pier 1. Here is a place setting we had to put together as a project. This is my version of Easter Brunch place setting.
So cute! Not only is working at Pier1 fun and I get such a generous discount on all of my personal purchases, but it also keeps me up to date with the newest home fashions and styles. It helps me offer things in my booth that I know people are looking for. What a great place to work. In addition to a busy weekend working, I also cleaned the garage, restored my daughters' easter baskets and sewed some vintage pillows. I'll show you some photos tomorrow. Until then...happy thrifting! XOXO the thrift addict

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