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Monday, February 20, 2012

When it rains...

It pours. Either I don't post for months, or I do two posts consecutively. I really do have every intention of posting on a regular basis, but alas, it doesn't happen all that often. I'm hoping that now that I'm a Flea Market Chick, that I'll have more motivation to keep it up. But really, while Seattle is drizzling, it is pouring at my house. I've got my plate full. I'm on my Mid-Winter break from school and I'd like to think that I have a week to laze about, but that is the farthest thing from the truth. In addition to taking care of my honey, searching for a house to buy, and keeping the house clean, I've got all sorts of projects coming out of my ears. Why can't I say no? Because I love doing this, AND I find that I am so much more productive when I'm way over-scheduled. Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish over the next month (mind, I did not say week. While I am over-zealous, I do have some sense of realism):
1. My friend Carolyn's wedding dress: we're repurposing a dress she found at Value Village for $50!2. A re-upholstery project for my friend Andrea--chair is stripped down to the wood. I have to reupholster and figure out where the padding should go. Oh, and it has to match the one she has at home as well!3. A bench pad for my friend Lori. Not too bad
4. My first delivery of repurposed furniture for Flea Market Chics. I am determined to get stuff over there ASAP so I can start making money. My goal is to make enough doing this that will warrant my quitting teaching so I can do what I love full-time.

So instead of blogging, I should really be cutting, stitching, stapling, sanding, painting, cleaning, cooking, or any other thing but sitting on this darn computer. Best get going...

Oh, but I almost forgot the purpose to my post. Went thrift store shopping this morning, spent $160 and got all of this:
A sweet retro folding table set. I'm planning on spray-painting the metal some great color and replacing the vinyl with something bright and fun! Ideas?
This great find just needs a little love. I'll probably paint it white and distress it and add a brightly colored vintage print pad to it.
A set of 3 turquoise suitcases. I've seen all sorts of cool things done with suitcases these days. We'll see what I can come up with, but I'm thinking maybe an ottoman or chair, medicine cabinet, or we'll see...something cool.
Lamps galore. I'll get some high gloss spray-paint for the bases and gorgeous fabric to cover some of the shades. I'll leave some of the shades as-is. They definitely have that retro vibe.
Cute wooden table. I'm thinking of sanding down and staining the top with dark stain while painting the base either turquoise, robin's egg, or chartreuse green.

I'm also picking up an antique sideboard, vintage dresser, and two vintage beside tables I found on Craigslist tomorrow. $200 for all 4. Oh, I'm going to be so freaking busy. I love it!

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