Before I get into today’s post, I just wanted to say that I really wish I could give some wax brushes to each one of you who left a comment on Monday’s post! I never suspected that so many of you don’t even have one wax brush, let alone a bunch of them. I have to say, once you’ve used a brush to apply wax you’ll never go back to using old t-shirts. It’s just so much easier with a brush (although I do still buff it afterwards with those old t-shirts). If you haven’t yet left a comment on that post, you have until midnight (U.S. central time) tonight to leave a comment and be in the running to win the pair of Dixie Belle brushes that I am giving away.
OK, moving on. I have a confession to make. Lately I feel as though I have really lost my mojo when it comes to painting furniture.
I just haven’t been having any luck at finding pieces to work on. First of all, it seems like the prices people are asking for their cast off furniture have gone up (have any of you noticed that?) and it doesn’t seem as though the prices I can charge for my pieces have gone up commensurately. I haven’t been able to find much of anything for less than $100, and that is typically the most I will spend.
Secondly, I’ve been striking out with the online purchases I do set up. I’d arranged to meet someone at their storage facility to buy a dresser a couple of weeks back and the person never showed. We waited in the parking lot for 45 minutes, I messaged repeatedly, and nothing. I finally heard from her three hours later when she messaged to say that she got held up at work. Really? And she couldn’t bother sending me a message to let me know? As you can tell, I’m still bitter about that one.
I found another piece on Craigslist recently and arranged to go pick it up on a Thursday evening, and once again I was ‘ghosted’ by the seller. Although we’d agreed on Thursday evening, and I’d set that time aside, the seller never got back to me with her address. I finally heard back from her on Sunday evening, ooops, she’d forgotten about me.
Not quite as annoying, but still somewhat frustrating, in many cases I send an inquiry about a piece of furniture and just never get a reply of any kind. I assume the items are sold, but I still see the ads listed.
Really though, all of those things just feel like excuses. The truth of the matter is that I don’t know what direction to take these days. I know I could paint up some mid-mod pieces and they would likely sell quite quickly.
But the competition for snatching up these pieces has gotten quite fierce, and now the sellers seem to know that they can get more than $50 for them too. Plus, I’m just not feeling inspired by the mid-mod pieces of late.
I sometimes wonder if I should just play it safe with some more traditional sort of pieces painted in neutral colors, like the sofa table I painted a while back. It sold quite quickly, so I think this style is a safe bet.
But I’ve never really been drawn to this style, and it doesn’t satisfy my need to feel creative to paint these pieces.
I really love pieces that have that sort of shabby chic vibe.
I’d certainly work on more of these if I could find them.
What I really love most of all though are the primitive, farmhouse, rustic sort of pieces.
This is the style that I have in my own home, and the look that really speaks to me personally.
But, these pieces generally require more repair work and it’s difficult for my handyman Ken to work on larger pieces in the winter. It gets so much easier when he can just pop over to my carriage house workshop and let himself in to work on something. Then I just come home from the day job to find pieces magically repaired.
Hopefully I’ll find more of these primitive sort of pieces this summer.
For those of you who also paint furniture, I’m curious to know, what kind of pieces are you working on these days? What styles are selling best for you? Are you still finding good bargains on Craiglist? Do you choose pieces that inspire you creatively, or do you stick with pieces that you know will sell easily (or maybe you are lucky enough that those two things are one and the same)? Inquiring minds want to know, leave me a comment!
In the meantime, I did manage to bring home a dresser that I found on Facebook Marketplace last week.
I’ll be finishing this one up over the weekend and sharing its makeover with you next week (and I think you might be surprised by my choices on this one!), so be sure to stay tuned.