Saturday, 4 October 2014

First Month at the Antique Centre Completed

So I have survived my first month as a fully fledged Painted Furniture and Vintage dealer!

Not made a fortune but if everyone had paid up I would have completely replaced my previous income. So I am pleased that I have achieved that standard.

New stock bought two of these, I thought they were a handy table/magazine/remote storage unit.

Refinished inAnnie Sloan Chalk Paint Old Violet with decoupaged postcard copies and some gold acrylic paint, varnished with Polyvine Dead Flat Matt and Satin varnish mixed.
 Really pleased with this one.

Remember this naughty item with the bad bleed?

 This is it before work really started.

Now looking really fine & dandy.

 A close up so you can see the craquelure. I've made it uneven as I think this looks better, rather than a uniform finish. Another item I am really happy with.

Restocked unit at the antique centre.

The toy cupboard, anything there you used to play?

The mice and bunnies now have high perches to check out my competition!
I have been using the net curtain and spray paint again.

I've been doing some dying using ASCP Henrietta and Dylon China Blue. The sales of vintage linens is very slow, so I thought I would make some vintage bunting in themed colours.
 Now I have to iron them all.

Some really sad news I have had to lose my lovely dog Molly. Here she is just a few months ago playing with Little Molly.

Not a lot of time to prepare myself, she lost the plot mentally and it became unsafe to keep her. Awful decision to have to make, but the Vet, we call him Uncle Robert, has known her since I got her 4 1/2 years ago, agreed I had to make this decision. She was 12 1/2 as near as we can get as she was a rescue.

She went very peacefully and I was there to hold her paw. I've got an Oak seedling to plant in the woods on our favourite walk as a lasting memory of her.


  1. joan - i am saddened to read about Molly. but i can see she had a happy life with you, and little Molly.

    congrats on your first month, sounds like it was a success. WHEN do you have time to shop for new items and WHEN do you have time to refinish them? you are amazing. congratulations again!

    1. Thanks Rebeca. I had my friends dog to stay last night so that has eased things a bit.

      I realize I don't sleep well and often get up in middle of night to do stuff. Sometimes its art sometimes washing up! The other thing is I have real trouble not being busy :D

  2. Love the Bocking Photos - yes Sad about Molly x - Love the idea about the tree planting xx

    1. Thanks Cherry. I'm going to plant the Oak I have been trying to bonsai. Its a funny shape so will always be recognizable. Cu tomorrow x

  3. Aww sorry to hear about Molly. Wishing you all the luck with the vintage furniture it all looks fabulous. Anita #13 Handmade Monday.

  4. so glad your first month has gone smoothly. Love the magazine storage units, amazing how different they look when they are the are upcycled! I do like the look of the pink and blue shelf units too.
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your dog, i'm sure the house feels empty without her, but nice you have a memory spot xx

  5. Your vintage shop is looking great. I especially like the sign. Sorry about Molly, I bet she had a fab time while in your care. xx

  6. I can't wait to see the bunting! Sad news about Molly, a difficult but wise decision.

  7. Aww i'm so sorry to hear about dear Molly, loosing a beloved furry friend is so hard :(

    Your stock is all looking lovely, i especially like your pretty sign and also your idea to make coloured lacy bunting, it will look beautiful :) x

  8. I'm sorry you lost your dog, it must be heart-breaking. Huge congratulations though on your first month's success. Looking forward to seeing even more lovely things.

  9. Congratulations on your 1st months success :)

    It's very sad about Molly but it's lovely that you gave her a lovely life for her final few years. I love the tree planting idea.
    Jan x

  10. Great to see you the other day and thought your vintage space was brilliant. I shall miss Molly, but I'm sure she has found some piece now she has gone to that big kennel in the sky. Keep up the good work and hope the shop will be a great success......xx


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