Can you believe it's Friday already? Where has this week gone? I've been busy working, but not the fun kind of working like painting furniture or digging in the garden!
I do have a couple of things to show you though. Usually I wait to show you my "befores" with my "afters" but since the "afters" aren't done yet, and I'm pretty excited about these thrifty finds, I decided to give you a sneak peek!
I found this console on Craigslist. I have the hardware for the other door.
I love the detailing and know I can do something beauteous with it. It has two drawers inside and is very heavy. I love these smaller consoles because they are so versatile.
This lovely table was in a thrift shop I decided to stop by. Not one of my usual haunts. It would make a great foyer or sofa table. Look at those legs! (The spot you see is a hole I've filled in with wood filler.)
The detailing on this one makes me swoon (really--I'm swooning as I type). The cantilevered tabletop edges, the curves, the swirly legs. It's probably going to be a bear to paint, but I think the end result will be worth it.
Now normally this is where I would tell you how much I paid for these pieces, because I get all excited about my bargains (and I'm not going to lie--I like to brag!). But recently a friend of mine told me I shouldn't be saying how much I paid for something, since I plan to sell it for a lot more. I can see her point.
But here's the thing:
First of all, even though it may be my favorite part of the process, hunting for the pieces I buy takes a lot of time. And as you other furniture refresher's know, there's also some talent involved in having the ability to see the potential is something that most people would figure was destined for the landfill. I've seen some amazing things in blogland that were originally pieces of, pardon my French, le crap. These pieces obviously don't fall in that category, but my lavender bedside table certainly did.
Then there is the time and materials to fix and handpaint the piece. Since each painted piece is unique--how do you price creativity? And even though it may be priced a lot higher than I paid for it, it is still going to be better made and less expensive than something comparable at stores like Wisteria or Ballard Design, for example. I would think that if someone wants to buy it, they would understand all the time and work that went into it and be willing to pay for that. Or they could do something similar on their own if they want to spend the time and go to the effort.
Which brings me to my second point. The message of this blog is how you can have beautiful things you love in your home, without always having to pay retail for them. Renew, refresh, think green--that type of thing. The price is a crucial little tidbit in that story. I just happen to love the hunt and the refreshing process so much I've run out of space in my house--so now I sell the stuff!
But, as I said ... my friend has a point. So I'd like to ask you more experienced furniture selling pros out there your thoughts. And I'd also like to hear from those of you who may not be into the diy furniture thing, but who love to buy vintage.
What should I do? In the meantime all I'll say is I got both pieces under--let's say $50 each. Okay, under $30 each. (I just can't help myself!)