So here’s the truth. July was a complete bust as far as selling furniture is concerned. I sold one piece in the entire month, and that was a small table that sold at Reclaiming Beautiful.
I’m not gonna lie, lack of sales is the biggest drain on my creativity. Sounds mundane and prosaic to depend upon sales for the motivation to get creative, but that’s just how it works for me.
I also tend to start questioning the entire thing when nothing is selling. Should I give up on the furniture painting hobby completely? Or am I just painting the wrong pieces? Is vintage farmhouse style out already? Should I switch over to entirely mid-mod? Maybe it’s my color choices. Should I forget about shades of blue and move on to green? Should I just paint everything black?
I suspect the answer is a combination of things, but mostly the fact that July is typically just a slow month for furniture sales. People are spending time at the cabin or taking family vacations, not decorating.
Nonetheless, I decided to make a concerted effort to add a few more mid mod pieces to my line up because the mid-century stuff was selling really well for me for earlier this year. My friend Sue forwarded a Craigslist ad to me for a 3-piece mid mod bedroom suite, so I contacted the seller and made arrangements to pick it up.
This past weekend I got started on the headboard and the tall dresser.
I wonder how many of you are looking at those photos and thinking yuck!
I have to admit, after I brought these home and took a proper look at them I was sort of thinking I’d made a mistake too.
But paint can perform miracles. You’ll see.
Although I’m normally not a fan of matching suites of furniture for any room, I decided to keep these two pieces together and paint them as a pair. I was thinking they’d be perfect for a kid’s room. They have a bit of a masculine feel to me, so I chose to paint them in Fusion’s Ash (thank you to Fusion for supplying me with the paint).
Let’s just jump right to the ‘after’ and then I’ll share the details of how I got there.
Amazing difference, right?
And here is my little secret. This makeover was incredibly simple. I prepped the pieces by removing the hardware, sanding them lightly, cleaning them with Krud Kutter Kitchen Degreaser, and then rinsing with clear water. Once they dried out, I started with one coat of the Ash. I almost could have gotten away with just one coat but there were a couple of spots that needed some additional touch up so I added a 2nd coat of paint.
The beauty of Fusion Mineral Paint is that it doesn’t require a top coat. There is no additional step after prep and painting. Ta da, you are done. Well, unless you count putting the hardware back on.
Once the Ash was dry, I taped off the inner cubbies on either side of the headboard and painted them with Fusion’s Mustard.
I know not everyone loves Mustard, although it does pair beautifully with this dark grey (and corn dogs), so I only painted the two sides. The sliding doors can be pushed to each side creating a solid dark grey piece.
Or, slide the doors to the middle for that pop of Mustard.
I took that photo from a fairly low position which makes those holes for electrical wires look kind of obvious. In person they aren’t noticeable at all. They do make it convenient for an alarm clock and a phone charging station though.
The beauty of the sliding doors is that you can move them around any way you like.
The dresser is also painted in Ash. The insides of the drawers were in pristine condition and there was no need to line them, or paint them Mustard. Maybe that’s because this dresser was permanized by the world’s largest furniture manufacturer!
Ha! I don’t know what ‘permanized’ means, but I suspect the real reason that the drawers are so clean inside is because they were all lined with paper. Not sticky, gross, contact paper but just sheets of loose paper that came right out. Nice!
Have you noticed that the knobs and pulls on this piece look just a little bit different in the ‘after’ photos? Scroll back up and check them out again in the ‘before’ photo. See? They were a bright, shiny gold.
To tone them down a bit I sanded them to give them some tooth, and then I coated them with Prima Marketing’s art alchemy Metallique wax in Bronze Age.
This color looks gorgeous next to the dark grey and gives the hardware a more industrialized or masculine look.
I’ve got some of this wax to give away, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’ll try to get it on the schedule for next week, so be sure to keep an eye out for that post.
By the way, the forest fires out west were creating a bit of a haze for us here in Minnesota last Saturday morning when I took these photos. We were under an air quality alert and that haze definitely affected the quality of the light in my photos.
Anyway, there you have it. A mid mod makeover that took about one day to accomplish.
Now let’s see if it sells!
If any of you local readers need a mid-mod dresser and headboard, be sure to check my available for local sale page for more details.