For as long as I can remember I have always loved painting furniture. Last year I decided to turn my hobby into a little business venture. I call it my retirement fund :).
Yesterday was my daughter’s 21st birthday and I came across this photo that shows one of my early pieces. I found this little bench that I painted, stenciled, and recovered for my office. Dana’s little Pebbles hairdo is covering part of the stencil. She had so much hair that we came up with this little “do” to keep it out of her face….poor baby.
We started this journey a little over a year ago as a creative way to enjoy a hobby…picking and painting and to rotate out staging inventory from our staging business Shows Great Home Staging. We had no idea how fast our little venture would take off and how much we would grow in one year. We were fortunate that our booth was located at Black Dog Salvage (home of the hit new reality show Salvage Dawgs) where people from all over the country stop in the tour this amazing place.
Our First Booth – November 2011.
In January 2012 we updated the booth with black, silver, and red.
We spent January and February Picking and Painting and were ready to move to a larger space.
The booth sold out quickly and it was time to restock. We moved to a larger space and stocked the booth for summer.
Sold out and restocked again a few weeks later…
By August we had moved again to a more visible space right beside the Annie Sloan paints.
Ready for the Holiday…
Next week we will begin a new year at Designing Pickers. Lots more picking, painting, and new stuff for the booth. This first year has been a wild ride… we have had some fun, met some nice people, and learned a lot. We are looking forward to 2013 and we hope to see you along the way. Happy New Year from Designing Pickers!
Looks like we might finally get some snow this winter and I am not worried about milk and eggs. I am worried that I won’t have enough paint for my snow day projects so I am heading out this morning to find paint and supplies to keep me busy if I am snowed in for a few days.
Below are just a few of the projects planned for my snow days:
I found this coffee table this week as I was photographing in Rustburg and stopped by one of my favorite little thrift stores, the Route 29 Flea Market. The price was good and I liked the straight lines. I thought it would be a great upcycle project. The only problem is I can’t decide what color. The silver tips on the legs give it a contemporary style and feel, so Shabby Chic is not going to work. I would love to hear your suggestions.
I also found this great chair and although the seat has a few stains, it is in great shape. I can’t wait to get started on this project.
I also have a chest and night stand waiting for paint, so bring on the snow… I am ready! Watch for before and after pictures of these projects to be posted as they are completed.