First up, congrats to Mary from Glass Horse Studio. I drew her name to win my patina paint giveaway!
I don’t know how many of you check out my ‘available for local sale’ page on a regular basis, but if you do, you may have noticed that my furniture is not exactly flying off the shelf these days.
I’m not sure what the hang up is. Earlier this year I thought maybe it was just the cold weather, but I can’t blame it on that anymore.
Then I thought, maybe white just isn’t ‘in’ anymore. Several of my pieces are white including this stenciled dresser …
Or maybe the problem is that ‘farmhouse style’ is on the way out.
I’ve sold so many of these washstands, they are perfect as nightstands or side tables. I can’t imagine why this one isn’t going.
Desks are always a bit of a tough sell, most people simply don’t use desks in their homes anymore, so not being able to sell the desk isn’t a complete surprise.
Black has always been a quick seller for me, so I went with simple black on this next one. No transfers, no stencils …
And I still have it. What’s up with that?
This pretty shade of blue green has always been one of my personal favorites, but maybe it’s no longer so popular?
Or maybe it’s the french writing that’s holding this one back?
I have all of these pieces advertised on Craigslist and on Facebook Marketplace and I’m not getting even a nibble. On any of them!
And that brings me to the bench.
This bench goes all the way back to December 2020 when Ken created it out of an old 3/4 bed frame. I had painted it in DB’s Sawmill Gravy and added re.design with prima’s Cosmic Roses transfer.
I had it listed for about 9 months, and then in October 2021 Ken and I decided to revamp it a bit to see if we could get it to sell.
Ken cut down the posts at the front of the bench because he’d thought they looked weird from the start. Then I repainted it in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth and added that french transfer to the back. If you’ve been following me that long, you may remember that I wasn’t happy about the repetitiveness of the transfer (cakes and pastries, cakes and pastries, cakes and pastries). I didn’t even notice it until I already had it half applied.
Anyway, another 7 months have gone by and I still have the bench.
So I decided to give it one more try.
I consulted with Ken and we decided to remove the circular do-dad from the bottom of the bench. It kind of draws the eye and looks a little … well … kind of nipple-y really. It popped off fairly easily, then I sanded that area a bit and touched up the paint.
Next up I sanded off the transfer and re-coated that area with more Drop Cloth. Then I applied I.O.D.’s Gregory’s Catalogue paint inlay.
Go big or go home, right?
This paint inlay isn’t playing around. It’s big and it’s in your face. And I love it.
I actually purchased this particular paint inlay to create a sign for myself, something that would hang on my carriage house … or maybe on my front window box. I still plan to pursue that project, but for now, the inlay was kind of perfect for this bench.
Several of you have commented that the paint inlay process seems putzy or complicated, but I have to say that applying this one to the bench was easier than applying a transfer of the same size would have been. Or at least it took far less arm strength (all of that rubbing with transfers!) and less time (not including dry time, but less actual working time).
As long as you pay attention and follow the directions (see my tutorial here), these are quite easy to apply.
Before I let you go, we just have to talk about that gorgeous purple petunia for a minute.
That is the Proven Winners Supertunia Mini Vista® Indigo. The color on this thing is so gorgeous. It’s probably going to entirely take over that pot and consume the topiary behind it, but I don’t care. It makes me smile every time I see it. I just had to share that with you guys. I’ve seen lots of photos of this plant online and they seldom do justice to the actual color of it.
So the question remains, will this bench finally sell?
That remains to be seen, but I’m cautiously optimistic. I think it turned out pretty fabulous and I really wish I had a spot for it myself.
If any of you locals are interested, be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for the details on this bench as well as the other pieces that are still in my inventory.
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for the paint and clear coat used on this piece.