Tuesday, March 30, 2010

weekend furniture painting...

Thanks to your emails....all the furniture and the frames shown in the photos in this post are SOLD! (Thank you Sharon, Elizabeth, Cammy and Barb, they will be shipping early next week!!)

I will be posting more photos next week when I get the next "batch" of furniture done. I can't wait to show you...I have the most beautiful Frenchy bedroom set I am painting this weekend!

It is going to be a busy month, I can just feel it...I have my first show coming May 1st & 2nd and I am starting to feel the pressure...but I am so excited at the same time! Selling at the show is always so much fun! I love meeting the people...and there is nothing better than seeing my furniture being loaded up and on its way to its new happy home! I sell quite a bit of furniture for little girl's rooms, and it feeds to soul  to see how they light up when the get a new dresser or desk. Never fails to make me happy...I am not so sure a piece of furniture would have thrilled me like that when I was a kid!

Here is a little of what I worked on this weekend...

A few vintage frames...

and a few more...they always fly out the door on the first day of the show. I will have 30 or 40 there for the first show, so there should be plenty to choose from!

a full size bed...fit for a princess!

and a gorgeous, solid mahogany tall dresser

This cabinet I actually did last fall but it never made it to a show with me. It will be there in May, but I take custom orders for these, too. They are the perfect size for an over-the-toilet medicine cabinet, or at least that is what most of my buyers tell me they are using them for! I use a salvaged window for the door, and build the cabinet around it. The old locking mechanism is the pull for the door on this one, but each one is different.

And of course a bookcase...I can never, ever bring enough of these to the shows. I usually leave with a "waiting list" for bookcases. I think maybe I am should start building a few of those, too!

And last...but not least...YES...I will have my letter necklaces there again this year! Thank you for all the emails...it inspired me to bring them again this year! I have a few in stock and ready to go...$15 each...so let me know if anyone is in a hurry and needs one before May. I will be happy to drop it in the mail!

I hope some of you "local" girls will stop out at see me at the show! May 1st & 2nd at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, IL. I will be in my ususal spot...and have 4 booths stuffed with furniture! Things goes fast, so if you are looking for something specific, be sure to get there on Saturday!

I have a date with my paintbrush again today, so I guess I better get away from my computer and get on it! I have a desk and a dining room set with 6 ornate chairs that need to be done before my head hits the pillow tonight!

Happy Tuesday, girls!


  1. Hi! I love when you show pictures of the furniture you've done - each one is gorgeous. You do such a fabulous job! I think I may take a road trip in May - I would love to have a window cabinet.
    How's the big cabinet coming along? Can't wait to see that one. :)

  2. Mary, I would love to get one of those necklace for my daughter Ky. Do you ship to Canada? I could give you my UPS Account # and it could get shipped on my account.

  3. Oh, love that bed and that cabinet....love it all, actually!! too bad you're way up there, and a good ways from TX!!!


  4. You amaze me! I do not know how you do it all and do it beautifully! I wish I could have one of each!

  5. I love all the painted furniture. I sure wish I was closer to visit.

  6. Mary I loved this post. You have painted some awesome things here. It brought back such sweet memories of my daughters and I doing this very thing until about 2 years ago, when we decided that it was more work than we could continue with. We all live in different places and it got to be quite hard getting to the shows. We did it for about five years. All four daughters and I had such a blast.
    I love that cabinet! That would be so mine if I lived closer.

  7. Oh fabulous things lady! Do you do many smalls or mainly furniture? Just curious because we have lots of furniture for our first show, but not so many smalls! I think they are harder to find or maybe everything we find we want to keep?!? That's a toss up!

  8. i love everything!! i can see why you leave with waiting list on the book cases ~ and the frames are awesome! :)

  9. Beautiful work! I so wish I could come to your show. Your booths will be fabulous. You are a busy girl, Mary. I love it all!

  10. why o why do I live so far from you, sniff sniff. I wish you all kinda of luck at your show and I am sure all of that will fly out the door and your necklaces are darling, just darling!!! xoxoxo

  11. What pretty things, Mary. I'd love to make it to the show...someday!

    Back to work...

    : )

    Julie M.

  12. I'll take the cabinet with the little windows please!

    What is it about white furniture?
    Wonderful stuff you have!


  13. I would love to get the car and drive to the show...but for now, I have to admire from my computer! Thanks for the pics!

  14. Darn, I wish I lived closer! I would buy those frames, the bed AND the dresser. Need to furnish my guest house! Wonderful work, and good luck - I'm predicting you'll sell out the first day!

  15. What lovely painted furniture, what a great job you have - busy is good, I'm sure you thrive on it. Hope the show goes really well for you!

  16. Hey soul sister- I am painting some frames for this weekend...about 15 and I am thinking I need a drying rack for these- wouldn't that be awesome? Hmmm...Anyhow, it is a busy week ahead for me and then a LONG day Saturday as I am packing it up and coming home to spend Easter with the family :)

  17. I love it all! I wish I lived closer - I'd definitely be a customer!

  18. Hi Mary, love all those items especially the chest of drawers. Tell me how much would it cost to ship one of those necklaces to Australia??

  19. Oh my goodness....oh my goodness...your items are just gorgeous!!! I love, love, love them!!!!

  20. I love your furniture. I will be at the Kane county flea market in May, I will be sure to come by and say hi and look at all of your beautiful things! So happy to have found your blog.

  21. I am from Michigan, but I have been to the Kane County flea market with my sister. (Sherrie from A Ruffled nest) she just told me to come on over and check out your blog. BEAUTIFUL!
    I think that you may see Sherrie and I in May.

  22. Man...so wished I lived closer...cuz you know... your style is so me.

  23. Hi Mary-
    LOVE LOVE LOVE Those vintage frames!!! Would you be willing to ship one? If so let me know the price of the biggest, wish I were closer so I could come to the show.

  24. My, wish I could attend! I adore everything you make. I could take LOTS of those cute frames.

  25. Mary,
    Where are you at Kane? I'd love to come by and see your stuff!