So I now have 3 pieces waiting for me to complete them.
I really enjoyed doing the last one, especially the selling it part! We have the rocking chair, the 1940's dresser and another dresser I bought today.
I worked up a quote for the lady I sold the last piece to, but I think she just asked for it so she could try to pick my brain about how I do this. While I'm glad she admired my work, it seemed kinda rude to be asking for EXACTLY what I did for each and every step of the process. I had already told her that this wasn't just a hobby and that I was trying to make some extra money for my family, but apparently she didn't care. I didn't give her too much info and eventually just told her that if she wasn't happy with the results she got doing it on her own, that I'd be happy to redo it for her. Oh well!
We've been moving the "workshop" from warehouse at the family business to our garage in our house. This will make it a lot easier to finish stuff when I have spare time to work on it. That's what the major hold up has been. I'm hoping to get at least one piece finished by the end of the weekend.
The rocking chair is sanded and ready to get working on. The 40's dresser has the knobs removed and is ready to clean up and paint.
Today I sent Handsome off to pick up a large purchase I made on Craigslist. I know I have 2 other projects waiting to be completed, but this seemed like a really good deal that I couldn't pass up. He grabbed the high school senior who lived behind us to help him move it out of the second floor apartment that the lady who sold it lives in. It's a solid mahogany dresser that I got for $40. The handles are salvageable, and the damage is on the surface. We paid the senior $5 for helping out, so my cost was $45.
While the dresser is perfect for a make-over, apparently the apartment it came out of could have used the same. Handsome said it was really smelly and there were cats everywhere. Needless to say, I'll be wiping the whole thing down with Clorox wipes before I get started, just for my own sanity.
While getting gas in town yesterday, I noticed an auction going on at the self storage place behind the gas station. I was SOOOO tempted to go see how one of those works and see if there was anything I could pick up cheap. I might have to check it out in the future.
I put a "wanted" ad on craigslist and have gotten some bites from that. I've also been meaning to check out the flea market at the fair grounds and a store called Garage Brothers that apparently cleans out other people's spaces and sells the contents.
Hopefully by the next post I'll have more before/after pics to post!! :)