July 30, 2014

Before and After

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Thrift Store and found a beautiful buffet for a song.  It had some problems so I knew if I bought it, it would have to be painted.  I brought it home and it sat in my garage for a couple of weeks until this weekend when I finally got the courage to paint it. 

I had received a free can of Amy Howard's Brahaus White while I am not really good with photos as far as a step by step, but here was my process.  Amy Howard's paint is not a chalk paint, but it also doesn't need any prep, so I started with my first coat using a 2 inch Purdy paint brush purchased at Ace Hardware. This paint dries pretty quick, but I also used a hair dryer to speed along the paint process so I wouldn't be waiting too long in between coats.  In between coats I lightly sanded and then removed the dust with a tack cloth.  In all it took 4 light coats of paint in all to get the coverage I wanted.  After that I hit it with my palm sander to distress it a bit and then used some Feed and Wax to add a light layer of wax and shine.  Easy peasey! 

In all, I think it took me about 5 hours to complete, with some downtime in between coats, and a couple of phone calls and lunch. 

I like Amy Howard's paint because of the ability to use without a bunch of prep.  The Brahaus White did take 4 coats to get full coverage,  but I know other paints I have used in white have also taken just as much, so I wasn't surprised about that.  It is also really durable and doesn't scratch off like some chalk based paints do.  I will definitely use this paint again! 

May 12, 2014

New Booth Space In Charm

I am pleased to announce that I am opening a 2nd booth in a store called Charm.  Charm is located in Kansas City and is also known to locals as being in an area called Martin City.  Charm is open every 3rd weekend of the month and features vintage finds, repurposed items and furniture and great gifts and jewelry.   

After setting up my new space, I realized that I underestimated the size of my booth.  I had to sort of spread my stuff out.  I also have a middle part of that I share with another vendor and I had nothing to add to that area.  Next month I will be better prepared! 

The next sale at Charm will be May 15th-17th. 

May 04, 2014

Sale at Restoration Emporium

This weekend was our first sale at Restoration Emporium in our new location!  It was a fantastic sale!  I am wiped out of smalls!  This will be a month of lots of small shopping.  Maybe even an auction or two! 

The new building is so much cleaner and brighter and I am thankful for the move because there was an electrical fire today in the building next to our old location, which caused the power to be out all day.  Thankfully no one was hurt, but it's nice to be in a safer building without all those issues to worry about. 

I have a show coming up at the end of May which I will be preparing for, along with the June sale and then I am headed to Indiana for another show in the middle of June.  Lots coming up and I will be busy for sure, but I also like staying busy (except for today when I took a three hour nap.)