Today our new shop opened it’s doors at 10:00 am. I wish I could have been there, but I generally don’t work in the shop & I had a previous commitment. I was also beat and probably would’ve been tempted to curl up in the bed for a nap. I have so many pictures to sort through and share with you, so I picked some of my favorites to start with.
This bed was an auction find by the woman who owns our shop. It had a good shape, but it was metal with a faux wood finish. Not very cute. Since it was metal, I decided to go with a white satin spray paint. I thought this would be an easy makeover. Some spray paint and some decorative painting detail and done. Well, it didn’t work out that way. I wiped the bed down and started spraying. The paint was resisting and dripping. It was terrible. Even after multiple coats, it looked awful. So, I had to improvise. I decided to paint the center of the head and foot board in chalkboard paint and paint a couple of coats of white latex paint on the rest.
I love how it turned out! This was definitely a happy accident. It works out perfectly, anyway. This is a full-sized bed, which is generally used in a kid’s room or guest room, so it’s a perfect bed to have fun with. This before picture doesn’t look that bad, but, trust me, it was bad.
The next transformation I’m sharing with you is a couple of chandeliers. I picked both of them up off of Craig’s List for $10 & $30. I am proud to say that I painted, wired, and hung them all by myself. They really add a warm, homey glow to the store (which has rows of fluorescent lights, ick.) I painted the first one a perwinkle blue with a blue & yellow cord cover. The second one was perfect, even in it’s brassy finish, so I just made a cord cover out of some remnant fabric and added new candle sleeves.
This is what these chandeliers looked like before. They’ve really come a long way.