Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sometimes A Girl Gets Lucky

Yes, sometimes a girl just gets lucky. 
When the timing is right, the place is all set and who you know is more
 important than what you know, luck steps in for the win.
Such was the case when I found these three pieces a few weeks ago. 

Carolina Sun Yellow & Jersey Tomato from CeCe Caldwell's Paints
over a pretty turquoise that was on this piece when I purchased it.

I'd admired them years ago in a local salon owned by some friends of mine, 
Jenny and Jessica. I was online hunting for furniture for sale in our area and stopped on a photo. I immediately recognized this cabinet 
(  solid turquoise before  ) and my heart skipped a beat. 
All I could think was, MINE!!! Back OFF!!!! It's MINE!!!

Then, I noticed who had it for sale. WAIT, I know her!!! I thought, "I've got this" and immediately sent a message to my friend. 

Yay! Still available and waiting for me, yes, me to buy all three cabinets.  SOLD!!

And, the best part was their dad already had them loaded on a trailer and delivered all three right to us. Now, not only am I doing the happy dance, but my husband is as, not really but he was happy, too.

The label on the back says they're imported from Romania.  
They are old, and solid, and so very cool. If you are the type that loved unique and authentic furniture, these are for you.  I'd love to see one of these cupboards used as a coffee or wine bar. 

Windsor Blue & Carolina Sun Yellow from CeCe Caldwell's Paints
with a turquoise blue underneath that was there when I purchased this piece. 


Steamer Trunk by Vintiques from Heirloom Traditions
I used the turquoise Aurora Staining gel and finished with the white wax.

I'm truly smitten with all three of them. 
I don't know what you had in mind, but for a girl always hunting furniture, 
this is
 my kind of lucky!

These primitive cabinets / cupboards are available 
on my website, The Turquoise Iris.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

This Isn't Always Pretty But Always Worth It

Happy New Year, Friends!!
2016 was such a great year for my business but 2017 better get ready for me. I'm coming at it with determination, excitement and commitment. 

I opened my Etsy store in 2010 but it didn't really take off until 2013. 
That's when I really zoned in on furniture painting and began working out the shipping aspect of running an online shop. Please don't be fooled by my photos...

This isn't always pretty.

I have second guessed myself in every aspect of my life but working alone and convincing others to believe in my work has hands down left me feeling more uncertain than any thing else I've experienced. 
Confidence is a tough one for me. 

This isn't always pretty.

I always receive comments about my photos..."Where do you take your photos?", "Do you just use things from your house?", "How do you do all of this so quickly?" 
You get the idea. These are common questions I get asked and I 
wanted to answer them in a post. 

This isn't always pretty.

 I take all of my own my own what is designed to be a formal dining room but serves as my "staging room and holding room". Occasionally, I'll buy things that I plan to just use for staging my more times than not, all of the things you see in my photos are somewhere in my house, always moving and looking for a new shelf or table to rest upon. I can make a pretty huge mess while staging a piece to photograph.

This isn't always pretty.

As far as painting pieces so quickly...I don't know for sure how to answer the question. I'm one to start a project and get through it at a pretty good pace, however, I've learned to be flexible with my constant changing schedule. This has taken time for me to learn. I prefer to start a piece and not do anything else until it's finished but for those of you who also paint, you know this is close to impossible due to drying times or in my case, my hand/arm/back needs a break.
I don't feel like I'm "fast", though. I do all the furniture hunting, pick up my furniture ( 95% of the time ) paint alone, stage alone and photograph alone. I even do all of my social media outlets. The one thing I do always have help with is unloading furniture from my car ( thanks to strong boys at my house ) and carrying the furniture in and out from our garage. 

This piece has a base color of white...this was on this dresser when I purchased it.
The lighter blue is Beaufort Blue from CeCe Caldwell's Paints.

This gorgeous dark blue is an Aurora Staining gel from Heirloom Traditions Paint called Boy Blue. It's so fun to use and I just let it drip and drip and drip. 

So, yes, I'm always learning and trying to better my work but I will honestly say, this job isn't easy. The photos may be pretty but working alone is tough. I do things around here I shouldn't while ignoring the little voice in my head telling me to wait for help. Wait and get an opinion. Wait and ask a few more questions....

This isn't always pretty.

I painted this armoire in Old School Gray and accented with this Bohemian Blue, both colors from Debi's Design Diary DIY Paints.

Staging with holiday decor is so much fun. Poinsettias give the bold color
 and texture that make a photo really pop. 

I used Klein Blue on this little antique cabinet. I adore this color, as I always say, and when it's paired with Patina Green, well, Bam! These are colors from General Finishes and are on my list of favorite paint colors

YOUR kindness AND support are what drive me to get better.  Maybe, I won't always be working alone.  Maybe, I will hire someone to pick and haul my furniture. Maybe, I'll trust someone to do my social media advertising for me. 

Maybe I won't.

This isn't always pretty but always worth it.

I would LOVE to hear what your plans / goals are for this year.  Have you made your list yet? I'm working on mine and plan to share in my next post.

I hope you all are off to a great 2017!