My friend Jaime from Lavender and Lemon bought this piece while she was living overseas in Europe for 4 years. She purchased it from a Thrift Store in the Netherlands. I don’t want to say what she paid for it because you might cry – but it was LESS THAN $200.00. Jaime bought a ton of awesome pieces for furniture while her husband was stationed there. You can get amazing steals on furniture over there because many Europeans are trending their homes into more modern designs – which leaves beauties like this to be donated. Would you not fall over if you saw this in a US thrift store?
Sometimes God plops an awesome friend in your lap and that is just what he did with Jaime. Her husband bought her a workshop gift certificate for a Valentines Day gift. We were texting back and forth about her color selection before the class and we realized we attended the same church and would both be going to an upcoming Women’s Weekend retreat together. When we met at the workshop it was like seeing an old friend. We found ourselves gabbing about all of her European finds from her family’s deployment. She had dreamed of selling some of her pieces – but she is a super busy, homeschooling momma with 4 kiddos and wondered how she would even manage to make time something like that. Soon I had her roped in to working at Junk Hippy with me and the rest is history!
She came into The Paint Bar to do a quick color consultation. We painted up some sample boards in Row House with White Lime Soft Wax and as soon as we saw the results her mind was made up. It looked gorgeous!
The piece had the most amazing detail so I think it would have looked gorgeous in any finish – but she was spot on with this color choice. Don’t you agree?
This piece sold within the first two hours we opened but the customer didn’t pick it up until Saturday so we got to fawn over it all day on Friday. In a furniture store this piece would have sold for over $3,000 but since we are not a store we get to sell pieces at amazing prices!
And when I say fawn I am also referring to the amazing detail on the door fronts.
I know some wood lovers are going to throw a fit about this piece being painted. But my blog isn’t called refunkmyjunkintotheorginalwoodfinish.com m’kay. Also, the piece was orange and the finish was not in perfect shape. It would have NEVER sold unpainted. Jaime’s vision gave this piece the Cinderella makeover it deserved.
Jaime also had tons of her European finds for sale this weekend. Isn’t this mommy deer head vase precious?
What do you think about this transformation? Could you have lived with the before?
Jaime and I have been daydreaming about the day when our kids are a little older and we can plan a European shopping trip, fill up a crate with furniture and European furniture, and ship it back to the US for us to sell. Sounds like a dream vacation to me.