So, first up today, I have to report back to you on the bench makeover that I shared a week ago Monday. It has already sold! So, to recap, painted in the pale blue it sat for what, nine months, and didn’t sell. I painted it white, and bam! Sold within a week. I listed it for the same price as the first version. Both versions had a transfer on them. I did paint the legs this time, whereas I left the legs bare the first time around. But I really believe it was my choice of paint color the first time around that was the problem.
I often feel like painting everything in the same creamy white color gets boring for you guys here on the blog, but the thing is, that’s what sells. And ultimately, I do need to be able to sell my pieces. I can’t just store them in my dining room forever. So if you’re ever wondering why I seem to paint so many things in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth, this is why.
Speaking of storing things that haven’t sold, remember a while back I brought home some painted ironing boards that didn’t sell at the shop?
Just to refresh your memory, the white one on the left is the only one that sold while at the shop (yes, also painted in Drop Cloth), so I brought the other 4 all back home again.
Then I listed them here on the blog, and I was able to sell the black one and the Laundry Co. one. But I had no takers for the blue one …
and the Apricot one …
I have to confess, I really didn’t like the Apricot one myself, so it didn’t surprise me that it didn’t sell. That design was just a mistake from the start. Who hangs an ironing board in a nursery? Apparently no one.
Anyway, I decided to salvage that board by cutting off the wonky end and turning the rectangle that was left into a sign. So I sent it home with Ken and he cut off the end for me.
Next I sanded off the transfers. That’s fairly easy to do with some 80 grit sandpaper and an orbital sander. I gave it a fresh paint job, also in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth, and then I added some stencils from Maison de Stencils.
So now it’s a Christmas themed sign. It’s not even recognizable, right?
Wouldn’t it be adorable hanging over the bed.
I think this was a great way to do something with an old wooden ironing board that just wasn’t going to sell. I’m still working on an idea for that wonky triangle shaped end, I may just come up with a use for that too.
As for the blue one, I decided to leave the shape of that one alone. But again, I sanded off the transfer, repainted it in Drop Cloth and added some stencils.
This one would also be fabulous hung above the bed, or really anywhere that you have space for it.
I took these signs, plus a couple more, into Reclaiming Beautiful a couple of weeks ago so it’s possible they have already sold but as of last Wednesday they were still there. So if any of you locals are looking for something fun to do in the next few days, be sure to head in to Stillwater. Keep in mind that Reclaiming Beautiful is only open on Thursday – Saturday.
And for the rest of you, if you have a piece that isn’t selling, maybe it’s time to consider a makeover.