I sold my first piece of furniture!
But it’s not what you might be thinking.
Cheltenham Road kinda sorta started years ago because I kept passing this hole-in-the-wall looking place near my house that always had painted furniture piled up outside.
One day I finally stopped. The guy had tons of furniture all sloopily painted white or blue or green with sanded edges. When I asked about the price I got sticker shock and thought “I could do that….better!”
I took it home! (not easy in a two door Honda). Sanded it! Primed it! Contemplated it! Lost all interest in it!
And thus begins the sad (but with a happy ending) story of the first piece of furniture I ever bought to fix up.
As Cheltenham Road took off this poor guy sat dusty and quiet in the back corner of the Blair Witch room.
Then, to add insult to injury, when I did the Great Garage Clean Out and admitted that large pieces furniture clearly weren’t going to be my main thing anymore I dragged it out to the curb…where it broke in half.
I took it back to the garage! I sanded it! I cleaned it! Contemplated the possibilities! I Lost all interest!
And there it sat until the date for the Little French Market loomed and I realized I needed some furniture to fill out the booth.
So out the “end tables” came.
The damage where the connector went was fixable.
Filled in with My Friend Bondo
A top coat of paint and we were almost there.
But now came the real debate.
For me, the fun part is coming up with the ways to make a piece different. To try new techniques etc. So I really wanted to put some text on the drawers. Or an image transfer of the Eifel Tower or maybe music! Or maps! Or or or……….
My chatty, texty, postcard furniture gets admired but its sloooow to sell. And I sit at these shows and watch all the white and green and blue furniture stream by. And since my real goal was to A) make money and B) empty out the backlog of projects…..white with sanded edges it was.
OK I had a little fun with the knobs.
Gone 15 minutes after the gates opened!