A couple weeks ago I found a sad looking set of children's table and chairs. They were wobbly, covered with cobwebs, and scratched all over the place. Not to mention they were a horrible color - who thought it was a good idea to stain furniture speckled orangey-brown?
I was out on a walk with Bear when I spotted them, so I quickly ran home, jumped in the car, and drove back over with Bear in the passenger seat. (Blake was on a conference call and Bear was being especially naughty, so I wanted to keep him out of the house as much as possible.) Did I mention I was also on the phone at the time?
So I'm the one gal who is seemingly talking to herself (headphone speakers) and loading things from a garbage pile into the back of my car. The other folks out walking gave me the oddest looks. It was worth it, though.
In addition to the table and chairs, I also got several large frames. One was a professionally framed painting of a barn. The frame was ugly, but I liked the painting, so I just painted the frame another color. I still need to take pictures of that, but hopefully I'll get around to it at some point. I gave three other large frames to a friend because I didn't have a place for them and frames don't exactly sell well on Craigslist.
I started this project with the intention of selling the set. I tightened up the chair legs and backs, sanded down the table, and vacuumed off all the spider webs. I painted the chairs in a light mint green and the table in a stark white. Three coats each. They're both in high gloss for easy wipe-ability.
Alas, when I finished I realized I was too attached to sell them. They turned out much better than I'd anticipated. Sure, it'll probably be another 5 years before we have any kids who will be able to use them, but they're just so cute that I can't let go. And if it turns out that mint green isn't as gender-neutral as I was hoping, well, I can just repaint. Paint fixes everything.
|Bear, the attention-hog, modeling the finished product.|
|Don't ask me why there is a flower pot full of lemons on the table. I had it on hand and wanted to add some more color to the photo. And this is why I will never be a set stylist.|