Giving new life and purpose to worn out and discarded furniture is one of our passions. Another one of our passions is the hunt for these timeless pieces. We live for Flea Market Weekends and yard sale weather. Thank God for Craigslist which sustains our habit for finding unique furniture pieces all year long. We love the new show American Pickers on the History Channel. The show is about two guys who travel the country from Coast to Coast picking through junk. If they see an interesting house (junk in the yard) they will go right up to the front door and ask if they can “pick” through their junk. They negotiate with the junk owners and pay them cash on the spot. They then re-sell the junk at a profit. Sounds like my dream job!! While most people are talking around the water cooler about Lost or American Idol you can find us trying to interject American Pickers into the conversation.
Here is a piece we picked up recently.
We actually took in this table and chairs as part payment for the last table we sold. The previous owner had tried to paint it herself and made quite a mess of it.
We took it and put a textured harlequin pattern on the top.
We painted the chairs to match and recovered the seats with a coordinating fabric.
Aren’t these chairs cool? Love the music reference. It should be easy to sell these here in Music City.
So, what makes up the perfect piece for repainting and reselling? We look for pieces with damage to the original finish. That always means “bargain”. We can pick these pieces up for a song because most people would consider these pieces as disposable once the finish is damaged. Next, ideally we would like to see a piece with good craftsmanship, turned legs and beautiful details. And lastly we like to repaint pieces that are functional. Tables, chairs, buffets, hutches, and armoires are all sought after pieces.
Here are a few more pieces we have completed.
We’re always on the lookout for both buyers of our makeovers and sellers of furniture needing a makeover. Let us know if you are in the market for either.