I Can’t Wait for November!

Why can’t I wait for November?  Because flea market season will be over, Salem will return to “normal”,  my work schedule slows down, and HOPEFULLY I can get my apartment back to something livable!  I hate feeling like a hoarder and with so many projects and messes all over the place!!  I really do have a great apartment, but this is what happens when I’m not home very much and my apartment is my workshop!


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This is/was my dining room!  Underneath all that furniture is a beautiful wood paneled room that was the “selling” point for me when I saw this apartment.  It has a real arts and crafts feel which I love!    Somewhere in there is  a large dining table and six wrought iron chairs with cute upholstery!  I hope to see it again in the fall.  Lots to flip and sell!!


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This is my living room.  Sorry, it’s sort of a blurry photo.  Granted last night when I took the picture it was worse than usual.  I do TRY and keep the living room and bedroom free of flip stuff.  The bedroom is safe, WHEW!!  But last night small projects found their way into the living room.  Hey, it was cooler in there and the clock,  lantern, and cork board projects could be worked on easily in there.  Tonight it is almost back to normal!

No, I wasn’t drinking multiple bottles of wine, they’re lanterns….REALLY!!  🙂

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The workroom.  It used to be my guest room and library.  Ugh.  It will likely remain a mess for a while.

So, welcome to my world and the mini tour of my very full apartment!!  I think maybe this will be fodder for another Before and After post!!  What do you think???




For Sale Now!! But also Sunday.

These are going to the flea market on Sunday!  Of course if you tell me you MUST have one of these pieces before I load them up on the van tomorrow it can be yours!!  I realized that most of my pieces have a feminine feel to them, so I’m trying to make some a little more masculine, or at least neutral! 

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A child’s chair.  Cute!

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A grown up’s chair!  I found this perfectly fine chair by the dumpster of a thrift shop.  It’s not old, and the earlier paint job was pseudo marbling.  I tried to make it less country looking.  I don’t know that I love it, but it’s better than it was!

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I think this is my new favorite flip!  An adorable dressing table in  mint green and black.  VERY GLAM!!

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Mia, my Director of Quality Control inspects.

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Kind of dull to begin with, but much better now.

More to come!

Some newish BEFORE and AFTERS

I haven’t posted any B&A photos for a while, so here are a few so you can see what else I’ve been up to!004 SOLD 009 (600x800)
I loved this little table, and it was the first thing I sold that day.  Perfect for a small plant, or book, or cup of tea.

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This beautiful table came from a hoarder’s house! 

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This was a great child’s desk.  I decided it also needed to be a chalkboard.  It was a hybrid of two of the things I loved most when I was little–my big chalkboard, and my red desk!

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This also came from the hoarder’s house.  My friend Gus insisted I take this frame.  It’s c. 1870s frame for a mirror that would have set on a dresser.  I didn’t want it, I didn’t know what to do with it, but he convinced me.  I have picture frames dangling from ribbons but I don’t know that I love it.  I think I’m going to try putting in a cork board instead.

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There’s a saying “never say never” and it applies here!  This dresser is something I bought at Target several years ago.  It’s one of they cheap laminate pieces that aren’t meant to last.  But recently I found another dresser I wanted to keep so I need to get rid of this one.  I swore I wouldn’t work with anything made of particle board or laminate.  Well, guess what.  I decided it was in good condition so why not.  What I discovered is that you can’t sand it, and you can’t paint it!  So now what?  How about decoupage?  That worked!    I took it to the market and just asked for someone to make an offer.  A guy came up and wanted it and offered $35.  SOLD!  Yes, a guy.  I was a bit surprised because this is sorta girlie, but who am I to judge?

So those are just a few recent pieces.  I’ll more in a few days!




Still flipping furniture, but also bottles!

As you know, I’ve been trying to add some things to my booth at the flea market; things other than furniture.  Here’s a an example:  While shopping at the flea market, you might ask yourself “I wonder what time it is.”  Well, I can help you!

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It’s clearly time to Cha Cha, or to see sing the Best of Sonny and Cher!
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Or if you’re at home and want some cool, romantic lighting, or if during a storm your lights go out…. I can help you!

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Check out my bottle flipping; turning wine bottles into lanterns!

Making these required A LOT of hard work!!