I think I am getting addicted to the elation I feel when I do shows and markets like tonight. I love when you guys come out to say hi - it moves me in a way I don't think I can explain to you. I appreciate it so much when you guys take time out of your busy lives to support my (our?) love affair with junk. It was so nice to meet so many of you! I love getting to know you, answering your painting questions and chatting about the hilarious roadside rescue missions I inspired you to take. Tonight I am beyond pooped, but so, so happy and just feeling so incredibly grateful. Life got very hectic last week and I was not able to prepare in the calm and steady way I wanted for the DailyCity.com "Night Market" show. For the last three days I have survived on coffee, Goldfish crackers and by sticking my poor boys in front of endless Wonder Pets episodes in order to prepare. Needless to say, I might be hibernating for a couple days after this.
So here I am in my little space.
Remember that little end table from my last blog post? Well, it has a new life as a chalkboard for little ones.
This table was a huge hit, and by the end of the night there was not a spot of black left on the top. It seems all the kids that came through the market stopped here and left their mark. :)
Here's another one of the tables I shared with you the other day here. The Danny Tanner table, remember? Well I sanded the top down to remove that hideous orange varnish, milk painted the base with Tricycle Red Milk Paint, then dark waxed the whole thing. Farmhouse Fresh, eh?
I think I can honestly tell you that I have never, ever painted a piece Pure White, distressed it and left it alone. I always add dark wax, or end up changing it to a color. But I wanted to keep this simple, and it found a home tonight at the show, so that's pretty cool.
This table seems a little uninspired after just sharing the other red farmhouse one, but, what can I say. I love this look. I love it a lot. I must, because it would have been much easier to just paint this whole thing out. That stupid varnish took me an HOUR to sand off the top. But I thought it was totally worth it to have a lovely whitewashed wood top.
I am in love with this dresser. It didn't sell tonight and I am thinking it's because I'm meant to keep it.
This was the nasty dark one with the hideous brass knobs and gold accents everywhere, remember?
And of course, the bamboo rug.
This was shockingly easy. I used a liquid sander to "scuff" up the bamboo. That took about 10 minutes. Then I used an Acrylic Enamel paint meant for kitchen cabinets, because those paints dry so hard and are meant for heavy use. One coat of the darker grey for the base. Then, using the glorious stencil "Donatella Damask" by Royal Design Studio, I laid the stencil down and went to town with the lighter shade of grey. The stencils are huge, so it only took 15 overlays to complete the entire rug. At about 10 minutes each, it really didn't take too long.
Then I scuffed it up manually using some sandpaper, and sealed it with a satin polyurethane to protect it further. I look forward to seeing how it wears with time, because I am KEEPING this baby for myself.
Noah and I made some pumpkins with some old dryer ducts, moss and cinnamon sticks to bring to the show.
Since the event was in an open parking lot, there wasn't any clear way to really define our spaces. Also, it was an night event, so a tent wasn't really going to work. I racked my brain on how to define my space - the bamboo rug helped, but tying all these fabric scraps onto some rope and then between two ladders gave me a pretty backdrop and helped define my space.
Busted lampshade? Keep the wire and make it fab with an industrial, deconstructed look.
I brought this dining room table and chairs to the show too. This is how I do Fall in Florida. It's still 90 frickin degrees, so, beachy still applies. But we throw in some rustic elements and a pumpkin.
Ta Da, it's Autumn.
I will post again later this week with all the photos I took from other's booths. The talent of the other vendors absolutely astounded me and I can't wait to share it with you. The event was definitely small, but I think it has huge potential! I will definitely be back for the next show (October 24th, 6-9 pm.) I'm a quality, not quantity kinda gal anyway.
Thanks for coming out and if you didn't make it - put October's show on your calendar now!