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the newest Craigslist dresserI bought this dresser off Craigslist on Saturday before the show.  Thought it would be perfect for my mom’s smaller guest bedroom, but—no.  Disappointing.

So I made the decision to go forward with it as an addition to what went to the show.  Yikes.

Sadly, the legs had been lopped off, but otherwise it was in fabulous condition! Isn’t it beautiful anyway?!?

Thinking in REsale terms now,  it needed to be “current” but neutral.  I chose to paint it Ben Moore’s Alabaster White and Wickham Gray.

But first, it required a lot of priming.

proming out my newest Craigslist dresser

missing drawer stops for the newest Craigslist dresser

A few other things also happened

First, I re-contoured the lopped off legs with the belt sander.

2nd, I replaced the missing drawer stops. . .

and 3rd, I added 1½” reproduction wood wheels to bring back some extra height.

After several coats of primer, I went back to choose what would be where for this two-tone paint job.

priming out the new CL dresser

Luv’d it’s original hardware—sure can’t improve on perfection!

choosing the color scheme

working on the mirror too!

I decided to add a little daily mantra-  Carpe Diem

to the small banner in the peak of the mirror’s frame.
Carpe Diem

I love how the dresser finished out, and was sad to think of not keeping it, but was so sure it would sell at the Main St Market.  What a shock and disappointment to bring it back with me.

-finished and beautiful and now at the antique mall!

I completely REset my antique mall space with all the projects that returned with me, and guess what?

My dresser sold immediately!  Imagine that

Catherine

Oh the irony!

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EXCEPT for a freak injury…

it was a good –but busy– week getting last stuff finished and checked off my list for the Main St Market.

Regarding the Main St Market…

it poured on and off while I tried to load Thursday.

It poured AT the Main St Market Friday before, and in part, while folks arrived to unload and set up.  It was a mud pit.

It became a pouring thunderstorm by 4:30 the morning of.  Bf wanted to just quit and go home—I was feeling much the same, but just felt like I HAD to try- the expenses would be TOO much of a loss.

This is the only picture I captured at the market—and, btw, we did finally get a small break in the weather -but halfway through.  Bummer.

Nothing ever really got set up as we would have in normal circumstances. Most things had to be protected under just one of the tents in case the sky let loose on us –again.  Which it looked like most of the time.

~The morning of, I hit my injured ankle on the trailer hitch, knocking the breath out of me and sending me into tears.  It was a rough day- period.

Oh the perils of an outdoor market—sigh.

the only picture I got at the Main St Market

No vintageantiquepainted furniture sold for either me or bf—and didn’t seem to for (m)any of the other vendors.  No one seemed to want to tackle that in rain and mud.  BUT, we sold a lot of “smalls” and those saved us!

*And having a Square card reader for credit cards was incredibly helpful too!

Here’s my  s-i-l‘s  van loaded up (literally). . .

packing to go--

packing to go--

So MUCH to tell, and

MORE of the unsold projects to show. . .

Catherine

I know-I know, looks crazy, right?

packing to go--

packing to go--

packing to go--

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leaving for the Main St MarketAll packed–

last errands–

ate–

now the highway

My niece wanted to “apprentice” with us for this show!

Catherine

leaving for the Main St Market

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There is SO much still to do~finish before packing and leaving for the Main Street Market show—so I have to just “limp along”. . .

. . . really.

Main St Market show-- June 13th

yes--I'm accident prone

Last Friday, while I was working on the twin beds that will be going, a VERY strong gust of wind came out of no where and knocked one of the headboards down my leg.  H a r d.

It knocked the wind out of me, and almost knocked me to the ground for the pain. And I could barely hobble into the house for an ice pack and ibuprofen.  It swelled and turned all kinds of colors—instantly.

This is how it looks 4 days later.  (getting better)  Going to be interesting come Friday (loading) & all day Saturday (the show).

So—the offending bed.  (the culprit is on the left)

Here are both -BEFORE.

◊ Mine (with the ovals) was found at the Elkhorn Flea Market, bf’s was bought from an estate sale.

ready for some LUV!

I pressure washed both of them—they were that bad.

Then I made a few repairs, Kilz’d them, painted them, and upholstered the ovals of the Left one (that little culprit).  Oh yeah~ someone sprayed the “oval” one with some of that awful textured spray paint that I had to sand down too.

Better alreadyright?

REworking the twin beds!

--this one is getting a little upholstery job!

REworking the twin beds!

Oh NO!

Somehow the fabric puckered hot-gluing the braided gimp around it—???  arrrrrgh  Now whatany suggestions?  It has to be ready to go Friday!

More on the other bed tomorrow~

Catherine

oh NO--it puckered!

oh NO--the upholstery puckered adding the trim!

the gimp trim I used

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. . . like making the smallest adjustment and addition!

I found this great basket, but wondered about those “HOOKS“…???

-large wire basket I just found!

-it only needed a SMALL CHANGE!

No problem though. I bent the ends of the hooks inward and added some cut-off spindles from a

crib!..

You just never know where the right material   will come from!   ; D

Catherine

I’ll be selling it in the Main St Market sale if you’re interested!
-it only needed a SMALL CHANGE!

-it only needed a SMALL CHANGE!

-it only needed a SMALL CHANGE!

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my forgotten horse head hooks!I’ve been tearing into my boxes in storage.  They’ve been there [so long] I’ve forgotten about a lot of what I’ve been unpacking.  Like these horse head hooks –that I’m keeping– sorry Kathy!

It feels like Christmas rediscovering some of my treasures!

There ARE some things I’m cutting loose—some things will be upgrades for mom, some things will go to family, and there’ve been some boxes for donation. But, YESsome things ARE going up for sale.  Primarily for the upcoming Main Street Market sale the bf and I are participating in June 13th.

Yes--some crazy packing will take place to fit  everything in!

Unfortunately, I will only be able to take what I can

fit IN & ON TOP

of the Santa Fe,

but I’m a pretty good packer & I’ve got a PLAN!

I’ve been working on some things, REworking others and I’ll share soon—but for now, here’s a LITTLE something you might like!

I’d forgotten completely about this little perfume tray.  I can’t remember what the former decorative piece was from the underside, but I remember it was damaged and tossed it looooong ago.

But NOW I’m thinking -MIRROR-.

I taped it off, and sprayed it with Looking Glass paint.  BUT—to capture the appearance of an old mirror, I left the glass dirty for natural patina!  ; D

FYI—the link is to Walmart, who seems to sell it at the lowest daily price, however, I usually buy from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and do better!

the little glass perfume tray gets a makeover-

I taped the underside—and slit the tape to get around the curved form.

the little glass perfume tray gets a makeover-

the little glass perfume tray gets a makeover-

Againlook at that OLD patina!

I’m pretty sure this will be something I’m letting go of . . .

Catherine

the little glass perfume tray gets a makeover-
I’m sharing with this linky party—
Savvy Southern Style

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Saturday’s

Furniture Dance

beds for projects--

gave me a fresh look at my stash of accumulated beds.

A decision was made to do a quick project on a pair of twins for an upcoming sale.  My bf and I have decided to participate in a Boutique-style,  juried Vintage show!  Time is tickin’ to get some fresh projects completed by June 13th!

So— this miss-matched pair of twins are getting

a bit of  …ahead of schedule!

ready for some LUV!

More tomorrow

Catherine

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