I hit a lucky streak on craigslist last week and I also scored some great finds when I was out shopping. So, the studio is full of pieces waiting for their makeovers.
And giving furniture a makeover is like therapy for me. I put on some loud music and paint and it does me good.
One of the pieces I’m really excited about is an antique step-back cupboard. I got it for a good deal, because it was dirty and had some cosmetic issues, like a missing bottom shelf, a rotted back, etc. It was otherwise sturdy and the fixes were well within my capabilities.
Here’s the bottom of it…
…and the top…
It was a built-in piece, so it’s missing a back, but my dad cut the piece of bead board to attach to it once it’s painted. I am planning to match that pretty robins’ egg color with a custom mix of Layla’s Mint and Eulalie’s Sky.
I found this wardrobe on craigslist…
We’re going to install a bead board back to hide the ugly, chipped cedar veneer, and add a couple of shelves. The entire piece will then get painted, inside and out.
Another craigslist find was this love seat. It was really cheap and had a nice shape, so I thought it was a good candidate for a slipcover. I assumed it was something akin to what you would find in a dentist’s waiting room, but it’s actually a very well-made piece of furniture. The cushion is a full down cushion and it’s a very heavy piece. It was quite a surprising score.
I have a roll of toweling laid over it to”try it on” for the slipcover.
I still need to finish the settee behind it as well! I’ve been working on that one for ages. The cushions are finished and we have all of the pieces cut, so I just need to assemble it all. I already have a buyer for it, so I need to get to it.
Another fun find was this amazing dress form! I have never seen one quite like it.
I still need to fiddle with it to get it all adjusted, but you can see how cool the cage-bottom and all of the other details are.
As of now, I’m planning to keep this one and sell two, possible three others that I already have.
And here’s a quick look at the rest of my haul…
…ticking pillows, metal bins, quilts, ironstone, books, and a very cool German grain sack stencil…
…and a giant cottage cheese tin. I hate the texture of cottage cheese, so just the thought of that much of it all in one place makes my stomach turn! But, I love the tin and the design on it. It was just too cool to pass up.
I’ll be saving all of this for the Lucketts Spring Market, but I just listed some goodies in the online shop. There are a few antiques as well as lots of craft supplies from our studio purging.