Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Tale of the Antique Buffet

I am still working on my challenge project, its coming along just waiting on the next piece to sell before I can buy the 3rd and final piece for the challenge! But in the meantime, heres a fun little before and after story for you all!

I found this antique buffet or side board at Goodwill a little over a week ago. There was no price on it so I figured it would be astronomical because anything older than the 90's at Goodwill usually is priced so high its not worth it. This piece also had a small break in the trim on the top and a missing handle though so something told me to ask. Luckily husband was with me that day so I could guard the piece while he searched someone out. In the meantime while I was waiting I met this dude who really obviously wanted it at any price because he kept circling me and my buffet like a vulture waiting to attack as soon as I took my hand off it!

About 10 min later after talking to the guy in awkward conversation for what seemed like forever the furniture pricer came out and slapped a $60 price tag on the buffet. I almost yelled SOLD but contained myself and politely took the slip of paper to the register to pay for it! The bottom drawer was going to be removed, a hole drilled in the back and it was going to be my new TV/Entertainment stand!

We agonized over color and stain for a couple days but finally decided on Sweet Pickins Milk paint on the body because I wanted that chippy/shabby chic/worn look and we decided in the color Ocean with a walnut stain on top.

 I Painted.

 I agonized over waiting for it to dry and naturally chip away...

 I stained the top...

And then when it was all dry I took a very fine finishing sandpaper and carefully ran over the entire piece to make it butter smooth and distressed looking. Then I went over the entire piece with 2 coats of satin Gel top coat by General Finishes. This because I wanted to really bring out the wood under the paint that chipped away and give it a nice protective finish sure to withstand years of my kids running into it!

The finished product is nothing short of stunning. I can't stop looking at it and am so happy that we waited with our hands literally on this piece at Goodwill that day!

Of course I had to take it into the studio for proper staging and its very own photo shoot before we moved it into the living room...

Not as great as the staged shot but I love sitting on my couch watching TV with it on this beautiful piece of furniture that we will cherish for years to come!

Best part of all of this?! I purchased this piece of furniture for $60 at the GW. Paint Cost about $22 and I had the stain already from other projects as well as the top coat. So with taxes just over $85 for this gorgeous antique piece. WOW in itself. BUT it gets better!

I cleaned up my old IKEA tv stand that has been WELL used for 10+ years. Staged it and threw it online. It sold within 2 hours for $80. Yep. $80. Thats what I call an awesome flip folks!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Hi All!

Whew what a month its been! We moved almost 3 weeks ago to our new home and are finally starting to feel at home in it! I even sold a couple things on eBay this week and just learned the closest post office so its all starting to get a little back to normal around here! Plus we just went pending on our old home which ended up selling for substantially more than our asking price, WAHOO!!

I celebrated 1 year selling at the little Whitehouse Antiques shop. I don't make crazy money there but its a little bit and I love doing it so win win!

I recently found a couple of holy grail type items when out sourcing, one of which included the elusive Red Baron Snoopy mug that has been known to go for anywhere from $100-400! I am going to list it this week and hopefully have a few exciting sales to share with you soon so stay tuned! I don't shop for online selling like I used to but sometimes I come across those items that I just can't pass up because I know they will sell for lots of money!

I LOVE my new house so far. I have already planted my huge garden and can't wait to start seeing the fruits of my labor this summer! Speaking of which, I need to get dressed and go plant the rest of my starts before its too late! I also have an entire garage bay now to do projects in which is awesome. I'm working on a fun little challenge for myself that I hope will turn into a great blog post very soon!

When we moved into our new house the previous owner left some things behind, a few of which I have sold for decent money recently. I'm challenging myself to see how much I can make from nothing if that makes sense. For example, I sold one of the items that was left behind (starting from $0) for $25. I then used that $25 to pay for a little vanity that I'm fixing up and hoping to sell for over $100. I then want to use the cash I get for that to buy an even bigger piece to see if I can sell it for around $500! Its a fun little challenge I'm just finding it challenging to find time to finish up the projects so hopefully that challenge post won't be a year away haha!

Hope all is well in the bloggy world, I still read all your posts and think, hey, I need to post! Hopefully you all still stop by! I'll be back again soon with fun updates I promise!