Sunday, 19 May 2013

Big Dining Room Order :0)

Not sure what to start with this week, I have so much to tell you!!
I will get my exciting news out of the way first then concentrate on the painting ;0)
Ok, I think I told you in a previous post that my son is getting married in New York next March. I am going over with my sister, and we have been pricing our flights this last week. My sister managed to get us upgrades and we are flying Club Class on the new Boeing 777 Jet!! I have never flown Club before and I am super excited.
We have also decided to book an apartment in Brooklyn through Airbnb, and have extended our stay to a week. If you haven't heard of Airbnb, have a look at the site. You can book bed and breakfasts, apartments etc all over the world, and there is a cool customer review system in place for added peace of mind. There are some really quirky NY apartments, and cheaper than a hotel too !
Another exciting thing that happened at the beginning of last week was an email from a lady that bought a coffee table from me a couple of weeks ago. She was asking if I had a table and chairs set, and a sideboard that I could paint in Old White for her. As it happened, I was working on a table and chairs I bought ages ago, and I was about to start work on a sideboard too,so I sent her photos, and we agreed a price :0) I have been working on them all week, and they are being picked up by courier at the end of this week. Here are some progress pics. The sideboard took three coats of Old White as the wood was quite dark
The original handles were still all intact so I left them on and painted over them. I then rubbed them back a bit so the metal showed through when I was distressing the rest of the piece. The chairs took me ages to do. I was originally leaving the seats unpainted for these but the client asked for them to be painted. They do look nice all white, and I have lightly distressed to match the sideboard.
Lastly I tackled the dining room table. This was also to be painted all white. I painted the pedestal first, distressed and waxed, then tonight I made a start to the table top. There is also an additional section that can be added to extend the table by another 40cm or so.
This week I also finished off the pine bedside cabinet I bought last Sunday. Painted in Old White, and left the original knobs on. I took ages watermarking all my photos for listing on ebay, and it sold within a couple of hours! It was collected today :0) and the buyer was very happy with it.
I also finished off the other darker pine bedside drawer set today. I painted in Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and waxed with a mix of clear and dark wax for an aged look. I also changed the drawer knobs as a coupe of them were broken, for these beautiful porcelain ones in a soft gold colour with bronze metal trim. This one is listed on ebay now.
I really like this one, but I had to charge a bit more to cover the cost of the knobs. Hopefully it will sell soon and free up some space in the house. I had to move a lot of the new stuff I bought this week down to the shed this morning. I won an auction on ebay for 6 dining chairs this week, won them for £10.50, and when I went to collect them yesterday the seller said she had the matching dining table that I could have for free. How could I refuse?? But we had to go all the way home to drop the chairs off and come back in for the table. Poor Russell has a sore back this weekend too, and all this furniture lifting only made it worse :0(  here are the things I bought this week.
Pine mirrored corner cabinet
2 identical chest of drawers
2 carvers and 4 without arms
And just to prove how busy I have been, I also made my first attempt at lettering on a piece of furniture. This little chair is for my friend's daughter who has her 2nd Birthday next month. I printed off a template from WORD, then traced onto greaseproof paper and transferred onto the chair. I then used  a fine black permanent marker to draw the outline, then filled in with a slightly thicker one.
Once I had finished the lettering I lightly sanded it back to give it an aged look, then put clear wax over the whole chair to seal. I hope she likes it!!
Just sold the duck egg blue three drawer chest while I have been writing this :0)
Excited to see what next week has in store for me, and I have an interview for a temp post on Wednesday, so wish me luck!!
Have a great week!

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