Thursday, January 12, 2012

A New Adventure!

Eight years ago when my husband and I started building our house we were looking for every possible way to cut costs. I was pregnant with my first child and was planning on quitting my job to be a stay at home mom.  This meant that our income would be cut in half and since we were building a house instead of renting one, our mortgage was going to be twice as much as our rent.  SO we decided that we would paint our own house.  We as in my husband.....with a paint sprayer.....and little patience. At that time I had no idea what colors I wanted in my house.  I didn't even know where to begin.  I wasn't even sure about what colors I liked so we ended up painting all the ceilings the same color..which is fine. But we also painted ALL the walls the same color which was like 3 shades darker then the white that we painted on the ceilings. Funny how that '3 shades whiter' kind of turned into a pale pink. :/ Needless to say I ended up with a very big job on my hands because the pale pink everywhere was killing me.  Who would have known that it was upon this large pallet on which I was to DISCOVER my love and passion for painting?  I had no idea what I was doing but luckily I had some awesome friends who were also building their own homes who helped by giving my great painting tips! I quickly started painted most of the inside of my home. (Except for that hallway that already has the paint bought for it but I just haven't been inspired to finish it yet.)  Well I started quickly but it has taken me 7 years to do it all.  There are a few reasons for this. 1: my ceilings are 10 and 12 feet tall so it takes a lot long and a lot of ladder moving to do all that. 2: I've been pregnant for 3 of those years and  3: I have been raising babies for all of those years. That raising children stuff takes a lot of time...sheesh.  After..most..of my house was painted I had made up my mind to start REPAINTING rooms that I was tired of looking at.  Lets just say my husband was less than thrilled to hear about my repainting plans. Probably because I LOVE to multi-task but I'm HORRIBLE at finishing things so I would have like a bazillion dozen things going all at once and he couldn't stand to look of a half painted wall. Well I learned my lesson (on leaving half painted walls) when I went to Utah for 2 weeks and left our master bedroom half painted.  My husband took it upon himself to finish it. He can paint but remember that thing about patience? Yeah, he has very little of it to spend on painting.  My bedroom is now fully painted buuuuuuut......I'll just leave it at that! 
SO what was next?  I had nothing to paint.  I stumbled upon  a blog one time (I don't even remember what blog it was or I would give credit) and the blogger had painted some furniture.  GASP!  I can do that!  SO I zoomed to my nearest thrift store to find my first  I found two, once lovely, side tables.  So I painted, then distressed with a fork and a hammer cause I wanted them to have a rustic look, and then I glazed with some brown.  I thought they turned out rather well for never having done it before.  I bought the 2 side tables for $6 each and ended up selling them to a lovely woman for $100 for the pair.  WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED? That was AWESOME!   Not only did I have fun painting the tables, I actually sold them to some one that LOVED them!  Mind you they were Ethan Allen side tables so the lady got a smoking deal if I do say so myself. My husband thought I was crazy that I had actually done that!  Well, here's the rest of the story....I just acquired a spot at Merchant Square in Chandler, AZ!  I share it with one of my friends and amazing furniture revive-ist Julia from 551 East Furniture Design. I am so honored to be able to share a spot with her.  Not only is she an amazing furniture revive-ist (I made that word up) but she is an AMAZING person as well.   How did I get so lucky? :)  So please, if you're in the Chandler area, stop by and check out our spot, #124.  We hope to have it full or fabulous one of a kind furniture! Also, I want to thank all my followers, readers, friends and my husband and children for all your/their support in my latest endeavour!  Love you all!  

~Booth #124~

Ah, so happy. :)


Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Awww I'm SO lucky to be with you! Yay us!

Junk in the Trunk Trio said...

That is great. Congrats! Lots of fun stuff in that booth.

Linny Jane Vintage said...

totally went there today and saw your stuff!! Looked great:)

WhyCuzICan said...

How exciting! So glad I'm already a Follower so I can continue to follow your blog- esp with this newest development!

Good luck ladies :)
Smiles, Suzanne at WhyCuzICan in Illinois
('cuz if I was in AZ, I'd stop by your booth and tell ya personally if you were there stocking and stuff)