Happy Friday everybody! I’m taking a little break from the day job today to get some furniture painted in the morning and then I’m heading over to my bff’s new apartment for a little pool time. It’s supposed to be 86 and humid here today, it finally really feels like summer!
I’m motivated to get painting again because after many months of minimal sales, this week I sold 4 pieces of furniture, both matchy-matchy pieces, the green dresser and the boho desk which had been sitting around for a while …
You know, sometimes I feel like certain pieces are destined to wait for the perfect owner and this desk was one of those pieces. If you’ll remember, last July I painted it with a blue grain sack stripe down the middle. It didn’t sell. So then in January I re-finished it, this time using that gorgeous Prima Marketing Passion Flower transfer.
Still, I had no takers.
Until this past Tuesday that is, when a lovely gal drove all the way from Menomonie, Wisconsin to purchase it from me. She absolutely loved it. She considers herself a gypsy at heart, so obviously it was perfect for her. Plus the desk will be situated in such a way that the corner with the transfer on it will be most visible. Clearly this desk was just patiently waiting for her to come and claim it! I love it when that happens!
Some of you were waiting to see how quickly the green dresser would sell, so I thought I’d update you on that too. I posted it on Facebook Marketplace a week ago Wednesday. A potential buyer contacted me right away that day and set up a time to see it on Friday, so I marked it ‘pending’. She then rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. Then, when she didn’t show up at the appointed time, I messaged her and she replied saying that she decided she really couldn’t afford it. Argh! I don’t love it when that happens!
At that point who knows how many other potential buyers I missed out on because they saw the ‘pending’ status and moved on. But unfortunately this kind of thing is part of the package when selling your furniture using online marketplaces. It can be frustrating, but you have to just roll with the punches.
Anyway, my point is that there was a 4 day delay in selling the dresser because I was ‘holding’ it for someone who didn’t bother to show up. So you have to factor that in. But the next buyer did show up at the appointed time and purchased the dresser on Tuesday. So, it still sold in under 1 week even with the 4 days in ‘pending’ status.
I’m telling you guys, that Fusion Park Bench green on mid-century pieces is a magical combination for me. If you’re keeping track, this is the 7th piece in that color that I’ve done.
Finally, as I’ve said before, the black pieces are also still amazing sellers for me. Both of the matchy-matchy pieces have gone to good homes this week too!
In other news, last weekend my neighbor, nnK, said someone she knows follows my blog and was wondering if I’d like a free drop leaf table. I hesitated at first because I thought it was going to be one of those Duncan Phyfe drop leaf dining room tables, like this …
I already have one of these in my carriage house that has been sitting there for years. I don’t think there is a great market for them so I’ve never gotten around to painting it (maybe I should try painting it in Park Bench, lol).
But nnK explained that the table in question was closer in style to the farmhouse tables that I like to do, so then I was picturing something more like this (only imagine that the drop leaves are still in place) …
Still, I hesitated. Mainly because I have painted four of these tables and so far I’ve only managed to sell one. I’ve tried off and on to list them for sale, but they just don’t seem to go so I’ve ended up keeping the other three. I use one as a desk in my Q Branch and I have one on my front porch. The third is out in the photo cottage and I really should try listing that one for sale again.
But, the table was free, so I went for it.
When I went over to nnK’s to pick it up I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually quite a bit more narrow than the other drop leaf tables I’ve worked on. With the leaves down it’s only 14″ deep.
So really, it would work quite well as a sofa table. But I also thought that it would be the perfect table to put in front of a window to hold your house plants. And based on the water damage on the top, I’m guessing that might be what it was used for in the past.
I debated removing the leaves like I normally do, but then I remembered one of the Prima Marketing transfers that I just happened to have on hand called Fresh Flowers.
I realized that this transfer would fit on the leaves perfectly.
I started by sanding the table top and cleaning it well. Normally I strip the tops of pieces and leave them wood and paint the bases, but this time I switched it up and decided to paint the top and leave the base wood.
So I added a coat of Fusion’s Limestone to just the top. As the paint dried, I could see that I had a ‘bleeder’ on my hands. In other words, the existing stain on the table was bleeding though the paint. In case you’ve never dealt with this, you should know that no amount of paint will ever ‘cover’ bleed-thru. The stain will just continue to bleed through each layer of paint as you add it.
Instead you have to seal your piece with a stain blocking sealer of some kind before continuing to paint. I normally like to use Dixie Belle’s BOSS for this, but I had some spray shellac on hand and I was working outdoors anyway, so I decided to just use that. It also works well, but isn’t an option for me in the winter when I’m painting indoors.
So, I sprayed a quick two coats of shellac over the initial coat of Limestone. Once that was dry, I added a 2nd coat of Limestone and it covered perfectly. Next I sanded the edges of the table a bit to distress.
I applied the transfer to the drop leaf and it fit like a glove.
Initially I was planning to put the other half of the transfer on the opposite side, but then I realized that it would really be a bit of a waste. Wherever this table eventually ends up, it’s highly unlikely that both sides of it would be visible. One side will either be up against a wall, or up against the back of a sofa. So why put a transfer on it if it will rarely be seen? Instead I decided to save that other half for another project.
How adorable would this table be under a window, filled with plants?
By the way, I just used a little bit of Miss Mustard Seed’s hemp oil on the legs to freshen them up. They were in great shape, have a nice dark stain on them and the wood is really quite pretty.
I specifically chose to use the Fusion paint on this table in case the future owner does use it to hold plants. The Fusion is very durable and water resistant once cured even without an additional top coat.
That being said, I still think I would opt to protect it a bit by putting a pretty silver tray or some other plate under each plant.
This tray was another of my finds from last Saturday’s neighborhood garage sale. It was only $2 and it looks so pretty under a clay pot.
Thank you to Fusion Mineral Paint for providing the paint for this project, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for providing the hemp oil and Prima Marketing for providing the transfer.
If you’re wondering where to purchase the Prima Marketing transfers, check out their ‘where to buy’ page.
If you’re wondering where to buy the Fusion paint, check out their ‘where to buy’ page.
And finally, if you happen to be local (Twin Cities, MN) and in need of the perfect table to hold your plants, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page to see if this one is still available.