I was down to just a few things in my to-do stash and that lasted for about two minutes.
Kriste and I went shopping on Monday and brought home some great pieces AND my dad scored a few things on craigslist AND I received a few shipments. You know when you get home from the grocery store and dump all of your bags on the kitchen floor? Now, imagine that with furniture and boxes and bags of antiques and home decor. That’s what the studio was like today – stuff all over the floor and in no particular order.
It was a little chaotic, but it was exciting, too. And, oh, the possibilities!
From our shopping trip, we brought home this pretty oak buffet…
It’s almost exactly like one I bought and painted for Lucketts last year…
We also got this sweet highboy. It has such a pretty and simple shape…
And, from craigslist, my dad delivered this interesting piece…
It’s clearly a buffet with the legs cut off, but I think with the addition of some wheels, it’ll make a unique coffee table, storage for the end of a bed or even a low TV stand. I’m planning to leave the doors and drawers as is and just paint the frame.
And, this beautiful wardrobe…
It is just such a cool piece with interesting graining and I love the scalloped detail.
I am going to remove the piece added to the top that holds the doors closed. That was added, because the latch doesn’t work, but I’m just going to replace it with a new (old) latch that I already had in my hardware stash. I am not going to paint the exterior of this piece, but I plan to add shelves to and paint the interior to brighten it up and make it more functional for storage.
And he picked up two of these industrial cleaning carts. These were a bit of a gamble, but they weren’t expensive, so I decided to go for it. When my dad delivered them, I realized they were a lot larger than I thought they were! Those wheels were huge, making the pieces a height that wasn’t very “residential-friendly.”
I was planning to just remove the wheels and replace them with smaller wheels to make them counter-height, but that plan was foiled when I realized they were soldered on.
Well, my studio happens to be in an industrial park. Just me and Kriste and a bunch of guys who make pole buildings and conveyer belts. We can tell immediately when someone is making a delivery for them and they stop in the studio by mistake, since we’re the first building. They step in, look around, squint their eyes, look at their shipping order and then at us. “Umm…I’m delivering sheet metal…”
We get quite a kick out of it.
I went down there with a picture of the soldered wheels and they referred me to a machine shop that’s just right down the road. I called them and they said they would take on my project, so Kriste and I took a little field trip and wheeled the carts over to the shop. Just a few yards behind a mom pushing her baby in a stroller. It was quite the parade.
Anyway, they removed the wheels for me, so I can make these counter-height and I am super excited about my ideas for styling them.
Cleaning carts will be all the rage!
My dad also delivered a free headboard and footboard from my aunt. It is just begging to be made into a bench, so I shared my vision with Jeff and I hope he can make it happen for me.
We also received several boxes of goodies I ordered a couple of weeks ago. I got a whole bunch of (what I think are) the most photogenic soaps on earth – Savon De Marseille. They are just so pretty. (And, I suppose it should be said, they are really high quality soap as well.)
And I got a bunch of my favorite German dish brushes…
And gardening pot brushes!
How sweet are these, to dust out your pots before planting?
And I got a few rolls of flax twine. It looks like cotton twine, but the weave is much tighter and it has a nice feel to it.
I bought these things in order to fill baskets and cubbies and for texture! You may have noticed, all of the brushes, soaps and twine bring a lot of visual texture to the table. I also like that they are inexpensive items. I know not everyone can buy a piece of furniture or spend a ton of money, so I like offering things that are a few dollars and are still a piece of my style that customers can take home. I’m excited for how these things enhance my space at the Lucketts Spring Market this year.
I’m considering ordering more soaps and brushes to list in the online shop, so let me know if you’re interest!
Also, I have an order of antique hemp sheets coming soon…
I’ll share more finds and, of course, the furniture makeovers as they are completed.