FOR THE LOVE OF JUNK

SOME WOMEN DREAM OF BEAUTIFUL HOMES AND PERFECTION. SOME DREAM OF THE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH, OUTCAST ITEMS, THE TATTERED, THE CRAZED, THE RUSTED AND SOMETIMES DISCARDED TREASURES. IM A MEMBER OF THE SECOND GROUP. I'M A JUNKER FOR LIFE!



Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wonderful White at Roundtop


I'm sooooooo happy. Taxes done and over. This is what tax time feel to me; constipation. I have stress over them for days. The amount of paperwork, info is getting to be overwhelming to me. I have a bookkeeper, still, I'm the one with the tons of paperwork to sort out. I must admit my downfalls, I'm not organized and have always been a procrastinator that will excell in crunch time. I'm getting older though, last week I keep forgetting where I put my keys, license, cell phone, bankstuff,etc. So, do you see what I mean? brain constipation I think is called.
   Enough about that, now to the good stuff. I hope you are not yet getting tired of pictures of the Roundtop show. I have the most fun this year, I went twice, I could have stay there for days. I only put a pinch on the acre after acre of yumminess. I reserved all the pictures of the fabulous white vignettes put together by the folks at Texas Rose show. Just look and let me know what you think.










One last picture and the story attached to it. One of my girlfriends got this chaise lounge in her garage. It was given to her daughter but she could not find a place for it plus it needed to be reupholstered or slipcovered, both options were to expensive for her to do. It was a mauve color, dirty mauve color. I asked about it because I can see the potential, keeping in mind that I'm no seamstress or know how to upholster. I have another idea in mind but it was going to be a trial and error thing. At that time she needed money for it and I could not afford it. Last week my friend called me and told me she got stuff she was going to burn or throw away. When I got to her house the couch was in the junk pile with a "broken" leg. They have gotten fed up with the stuff taking up the space and they were ready to trash it all. I have told her a million times never to trash anything without letting me look. I'm the junk disposal to them. Well, needless to say I took it to the shop, "broken leg and all. The leg was not broken, they simply bend the screws when they tossed it. I change them  and problem number one solved! Then I thought, ok, I can't put any money into this piece nor I can stored it. Well, I  took my sprayer to it, nothing to loose,lot to gain. It is not the first time I have done this. After that I took fine sand paper to it so I can take the edge off . The plan was to tea stained. I left it in the showroom and fluffed it up until I can finished it. Last Saturday my first costumer of the day saw it, just the way it was, an unfinished product. I told her that I have the intention to tea stained and retouch some spots. She told me she was visiting from north Dallas and she was going to take it just like it was. I asked if she was going to have it worked on and she said NOT, she loved everything about it. Considering the fact that I was not happy about selling an unfinished project to her, I only charged her 125 dollars. She was a happy camper and I made a profit out of somebody outcast item. I love it.

 I know, I'm crazy. I can only tell you to go for it.  Now you know, caca yellow couch, paint it, avocado green chairs, paint them. The sky is the limit.
    Lastly, my thanks to Ms. Kathleen @ Faded Charm for hosting White Wednesday party for us. Blessings, Marta.

8 comments:

Martha's Favorites said...

As always your pictures of the Roundtop are wonderful. I wish I could have been there. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Marta, your photos are just outstanding! Wow, I really need to get a better camera!

Can't wait to see you again....soon!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Anne

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Martha, you are too funny, caca yellow, OMG!! And did I understand that you spray painted it. You are the queen of redos.

Terry Lee said...

marta!!! the chaise re-do is ohmygawd awesome!!!!!! and to think it was a castoff! broken leg my foot! it's insane what people throw away!!

great job! you GO girl. oh and the roundtop pics are gorgeous! wished i could've gone!

hugs,
terry lee

vintagesue said...

that is why i miss you so much marta. you got it. you just got it.
i can't ever find my keys or my iphone. no clue. i can hardly the door to get out of the house.
love this post. so funny and the chaise is awesome.
junk disposal. i love that.
take care.
s

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Marta!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos with us...so much goodness!!! I loved hearing about your chaise and you taking the time to save it...and I'm so glad you made some money on a cast off!!! Have a great Sunday sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

collecteddust said...

We always enjoy your great pictures! Thank you so much for taking the time to this for all of us. I haven't been able to go to Round Top for a few years.......how would you say the sales went for the vendors this year?
We are all a little concerned about how you are doing......you haven't "blogged" since the 6th of April. Please give us a heads up, lol.
Your friends from The Collectors Market in Georgetown.

Orphaned Decor said...

I love that chaise and I love your blog.
I am not sure how I got here but I am going to be sure to come back.
I can't believe that you spray painted an upholstered piece. It looks great. Is stuff like that comfortable? I have some great pieces that need to be a different color...lol.
Take care.
Leslie