Monday, August 2, 2010

a little peek...

Whew...another show at the Kane County Flea Market has come and gone.

It was hot.

I am tired.

I loaded, unloaded, lifted, moved and loaded furniture some more...for 2 days straight.

But, it was a blast as usual!

I made so many little girls smile from ear to ear with a pretty new girly bed...a gorgeous newlywed couple that just started their life in the city were so happy to find a dining room set...and there were oodles of dressers that went to adorn expecting Mom's dream nurseries. When people ask me what I do I always feel so strage saying "I paint furniture"...but today I think I am going to change that to "I help make peoples house pretty and them happy".

I never. Ever. Show photos of my booth at the show on this blog.

Why, you may ask??

Because it is just not "pretty". The logisitics of selling at a show like this are much different than a show where you actually have time to set up and do a "pretty display". Oh, how I long for that! But, it is what it is. I have literally 1.5 hours to unload 2 huge U-haul trucks, put up my tents, get my walls up, hang mirrors and frames, arrange it all and make some sort of display out of 83 pieces of furniture until the customers storm the gate and the games begin!

So here is it in all its un-pretty glory. 

And yes, you are about to see a LOT of white. Hope it doesn't hurt your eyes. Lets just say my customer base in the Chicago area wants white. Bright white. So I give 'em what they are asking for!  

Lets take a little tour, shall we??

Interesting that I see a man contemplating one of my pieces. His wife must have sent him.

This beautiful 1920s bedroom set went to a gorgeous couple that was looking for the first "big girl" bed for their little girl. It was the first to sell, literally within 32 seconds of them stepping in my booth. They have been looking for a couple of months, but this time they came early enough to snag it before someone else did. I am so happy it is going to their home....Thank you Alicia!

This was the tall dresser from the set. Someone else grabbed this one, just as Alicia and her hubby  were securing the rest of the set. I am a little sad it didn't stay together, but it made someone else happy, so that's ok.

The chairs went to various homes, mostly with desks that I sold...but the table was the very last piece to sell. It was so sad sitting there by itself...silly me forgot to show that it had a leaf for expansion. As soon as I got it out, it was gone. I blame it on the heat.

If I had 10 of these dressers, all 10 would have sold. Everyone seemed to be looking for a long dresser this time around. Note to self for next month to bring a couple more...oh, and see that gray mirror?? I am kicking myself for not keeping it!

~ sigh ~

I loved it so. Old gray paint...beautiful shape.

What was I thinking selling that one??

This dresser is done in my new favorite color "Sea Salt"...thanks to a little inspration from Miss Layla over at The Lettered Cottage. I fell in love with the color when she put it on the ceiling in her Reading Room.

This frency headboard was another piece that so many people were drawn too. Isn't that crown fantastic??

This is the dining room set that is going into a little apartment in the city. I was told by the newlyweds that bought it that is was very "Crate & Barrel"...Ha!! They were so excited when they loaded it into their little car.

Bookshelves are ALWAYS popular. Any size, any shape. This one is tall and slender, a rather unique piece.

And last but not favorite dresser. This beauty will be adorning a baby boutique that will be carrying some of my furniture. I love, love, love the mirror!

So there you have it. A little peek inside what happens in my life the first weekend of every month.

When you get it all together in one space like that, it is rather white, isn't it??

Oh, how I love what I do.

And yes, all the furniture in my house is white.

Except 2 pieces.

Husbands ask me that question all weekend long.

~ * smile *~


  1. I love all your furniture. It has so much character.

  2. Such beautiful pieces, I love the dresser thats going to the baby store actually all of it looks so pretty!!

  3. GOD i would love to do something like this!!! every weekend!!! Maybe I will join you one day! My husband is itching to move to the windy city! I love it all white!!

  4. Mary - your stuff is beautiful! Thank you for sharing all your hard work :D

    ps - when you have good bones you dont need a "pretty display" - the furniture speaks for itself! Gorgeous.

  5. You sure pick out some great pieces and turn them into gems!

  6. I LOVE your stuff! Where is this flea market at? I am in Southeast it too far from there??

  7. You do such a wonderful job!! It looks pretty to those who have an eye for white. I guess you could bring a few smalls to arrange on the furniture...but you'd have to be moving them off of the SOLD pieces constantly!

  8. oh, it is all sooooooo gorgeous!!!!

  9. Oh goodness. I wish I could have one of everything and two of the those grey mirrors. Absolutely wonderful!

  10. All of your pieces are so lovely and full of character. I'll take one of everything lol. Congrats on such a successful show, you deserve a nice break now. : ) Carrie

  11. Hi Mary,
    Everything is soooo beautiful! Your work is gorgeous. Love that new color Sea Salt!! Wow ~ you work hard girl!


  12. It's all beautiful. So glad you sold so much.

  13. I think I would pass out (from excitement) if I walked into a booth with so much white.

    My favourites are the pedestal table (can't believe it was last to sell) and the narrow bookcase.

    Although everything is so pretty! :)

  14. What talent! Love all your re-finished furniture!


  15. I love all the white and it doesn't look boring at all!!! Rather, refreshing, clean, summery, wonderful!!!!
    How do you come across your furniture?? How many hours a week do you put into this??? You do an amazing job.

    I have an old sewing cabinet I want to paint. Do you have any suggestions on what to use...primer, oil, latex???? Do you put a finish on it to keep it from scratching or flaking off????

    My favs...crate and barrel table and chairs, pedestal table, and that bookshelf, oh, and the pretty pale blue dresser!!

  16. oh girl you do such a good job, everything is sooo beautiful...but here is where my head is, wanting to fly down and do a show with you, and I can do all the staging of vintage goodies...I am imagining, that crate and barrel table set with creamy yellow stoneware and vintag salt and pepper shakers and layers of dishes and goods..and that baby dresser being adorned with a creamy blue and white vitnage scale and a line of vintage baby shoes, and that book case filled with vintage books in white and turquoise... ok I will stop, we could make a good team though! lol!! muwahh, thank you for sharing your booth!! la la love it!!! xoxoxo

  17. LOVe that SEA OF WHITE!! Did you have anything left to take home? I'm thinking not!!
    Beautiful display - thank you soooo much for sharing the pics!

  18. You don't think your tent is pretty???
    I think it's GORGEOUS!
    Girl, I wanna grab up everything you've shown for our new house.

    Which reminds me, I've got a literal butt-load of furniture here I need to paint white after we move in. I may be trolling ya for tips. :-)

    Have a great week!

  19. Oh Mary... I wish I could have been there! All of your pieces are beautiful! And, your booth IS pretty because all of your pieces MAKE it pretty! I would have been drawn to your booth the moment I saw it!
    I'm glad to hear you had such a great time and had such a successful weekend. I wish you lived nearby so you could "help make my home pretty", too!! What a wonderful job you have. :)
    Hugs ~ Jo

  20. First of all, I saw your booth at the flea market and HAD to stop and check it all out. Yours was, by far, the most attractive and appealing display. You furniture really speaks for itself. My mother-in-law were commenting on how amazing the quality was - you are very talented. She literally had to pry me away from your tent - I found so many amazing items that are now on my wishlist. I am especially regretting not buying some of your painted frames.

    Are you going to be there in September? I may have to stop back by with the hubby to see a few things.

    Thanks for posting about it!

  21. Oh I wish we could have made it! The booth looks great & all your furniture is perfectly done :)

  22. Think I'll pull all my wood furniture out & paint it. Your furniture is wonderful but you should have kept the gray mirror. Glad you had such a good sale. Jan

  23. I agree, that gray mirror was really cool.
    I think your booth looks very pretty! All of your pieces are unique and so beautiful!
    I hope to make it out one weekend and see it for myself!

  24. It was really nice to see you again! :) Your booth *is* pretty, so very pretty!! So glad you showed your photos of it! :) I really wanted to buy a piece of your furniture.. but when I asked my husband he was just not in agreeance.. we were actually having a fight the whole time we were there & he ended up sitting in the car.. but we made up quickly. He likes the white, but just does not want to plop down the money on any furniture. I'll be back to buy from you when "I" get a job! :)
    xoxo~ L

    Oh & I added a photo of your white frames on my last post. ;)

  25. Pretty! Do you own stock in the white paint store? You should, Miss Mary, you definitely should. What fun! So, one of the things I need to do today is check into flights for....Junk Revolution! Wah!

    I hope that YOU have a lovely week!

    : )

    Julie M.

  26. Gorgeous! No wonder it gets snapped up month after month. Congrats on your successful business.

  27. Such GORGEOUS furniture. You do a beautiful job. I would love to come see your booth in person.

  28. the furniture! Wish I could've been there to get that long dresser. The one in the pic would actually look great as a buffet for the living room or bar? I can see all my placemats and silverware in it :D

  29. WOW!!!! You are a busy bee!!!!! I love the Sea Salt!!! Gonna remember that and look for something simular over here!!!
    Thank you, so much I'm "greedy"again ;)......sigh

    Sweet greetings

  30. Mary when I come to the Junk Bonanza I am going to have to 'rub' you....hahahahaha....I want some of your energy & maybe a good rub'll transfer some....hahahahahaSNORT....!!

    Seriously though I'm GOBSMACKED....Do you paint this many pieces EVERY month for this particular venue....?? I'm lucky if I manage to do two....Or one actually....!!

    KUDOS to you my energetic Friend....!

    Cheers from Oz,
    Tamarah :o)

  31. Oh my goodness, I went into a complete haze devouring all the beautiful pieces in this post. Beautiful after beautiful furniture -- Great Job. Wish I lived close to you.

  32. Looks like a dream booth to me! I wish I could fill my house with your pieces. GORGEOUS!

  33. So pretty! I must say I am impressed! That is a ton of work to do! Add the heat and girl you need a nap!


  34. Love your work. As always. :) You are amazing. Simply amazing. I love white. So - I don't mind seeing a TON of it. lol. I have honestly thought about doing my entire living room furniture in white...I am just...scared to do it and then regret it afterward. I just use regular paint? The kind you put on a wall? ha ha. I probably sound stupid. ha ha. You can tell I'm not used to this kind of stuff. Let's just say that my apartment needs a makeover and I have no one to help me figure it out. Top it off with the fact that I live in a SUPER small town. Closest thing to 'interior design' is Lowes. LOL.

  35. Oh what fun to see your pieces in the "sale" setting! And yes...definitely white!! And I love it!
    Congrats on a good show!

  36. Your booth looks just perfect to me!! Lucky, lucky buyers!!

  37. Love, love the booth and that you sold oodles of furniture, all the hard work does pay off!

  38. You are such an inspiration...I just got in this painted furniture thing...and only hope one day to be as successful as you!


  39. It looks great. I love that you DON'T put stuff all over it- people focus on the furniture that way. Thanks again for the gummie bears and rock on :)

  40. Love love love:) Thanks for the do beautiful work!!!

  41. Mary I am so glad you shared these images - I love them all you do such a fantastic job. Sandy x

  42. I would be drawn to your booth like a moth to a flame! I love white! Your pieces are absolutely gorgeous!!! That is a lot of work unloading and loading! Hope you were able to relax some today! Thank you for sharing!!

  43. You need to take a step back and take a second look at that GORGEOUS SPACE! It's NOT pretty. It's STUNNING! PAT yourself on the back! One of my friends and her 3 sisters had an occassional sale 3 times a year and they would fill an old house, a HUGE tent and the space in between the two with ALL WHITE goodness! It's was like a wonderland!

    I wanted to let you know that I KNOW you are a busy busy lady but I received a fun blog award and I wanted to pass it on to you. Please don't feel obligated to do it, I just wanted you to know that I HEART your blog and I think you are a sweet lady! The award is on my blog if you want to see it and it's called A BLOG OF SUBSTANCE!

  44. I loved everything...may I ask what brand of paint the color "sea salt" is?
    It 's fantastic!

  45. Hey Wonder Twin...un-pretty....I think not...your space looks amazing...I can see why you sell out.

    And I did receive your email...I sent you one too...did ya get it?

  46. Wow, Congrats on such a successful show! Your pieces are beautiful and I am not surprised they sold quickly.
    Hugs, Sherry

  47. Wow, I am blown away, I think your display was beautiful! You do that every month? As in, source, paint and sell that many pieces of furniture? By yourself? WOW! Do you paint by hand or with a sprayer? Sorry, so many questions, from a fellow 'furniture painter'...I always feel funny when I tell people that is what I do, I really like your alternative!
    xx Karen

  48. Your furniture is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love seeing all that white together in one place. So pretty!! Glad you had a very successful show. Wish you were closer to me. Thanks for the inspiration. Love & blessings from NC!

  49. Wow! I love the white yumminess! Wish I could have been there! Sure I wouldn't have any money left! Your 'career' is so inspiring! Thank you!!!

  50. Gorgeous. I actually googled a driving route from Rhode Island to you to see if I could drive out. I would have loved to have bought the entire booth! Maybe someday......

  51. Wow I am such a fan our your after seeing this blog post....I featured you on my little up and coming

    You are inspiring...

  52. Marking my calendar now, please say you will be at Kane on Sept 4 or 5th!

  53. Everything looks SO GREAT friend!
    Can't wait to have a couple of your pieces here at the Lettered Cottage!!! :-)


  54. i love everything you make!!!
    i am inspired every time i come here.
    i have so much to paint here.....i have to do it!
    hope your vacation is FABULOUS!!!