I don't know about you my sparkling friends...but I'm always looking for the NEXT big adventure! Maybe it's because I just need that new juzzsh~ in my world. Or maybe it's because I have a short attention span and love to go to something new and unfamiliar.
I get all of this BEAUTIFUL vintage furniture in our consignment gallery. Stuff other places would easily turn away. But I see character in these pieces! Beyond that I think the whole premise of consignment is to save the world from more dump sites and to recycle, rethink, reuse and restore.
For a perfect example I have this FABULOUS cararrea MARBLE top dresser and 2 night stands that are the BOMB! They came from a very swanky penthouse apartment that was bigger than my whole house...over 10,000 sf on Gulfshore in Naples. That is right on the Gulf of Mexico and is where the creme de'la'creme live. When I went there someone had just bought the place and was in the process of ripping out GRANITE marble flooring! Let me tell you...you can't even GET marble as flooring anymore...I almost had a heart attack.
I asked the guy WHY he was pulling out such a luxurious product...and he said...well my wife just thinks it looks cold. Still grasping my heart...I said "Well you know...that's why they have area rugs!"
Seriously...this guy was destroying a priceless product ...10,000 SF of it...to put in laminate??
This is exactly WHY I say I live in the land of 'la la'...
People TRULY have more money than sense! You can't save granite either...if you could I would have been there with my mack truck. It shatters when you take it up...a sad, sad day for me!
Call me sentimental...call me a throw back girl...but I LOVE vintage and I LOVE antiques. People who can't see the beauty and the craftsmanship in those items are CRACKED if you ask me!
Okay we need a dunce cap emoticon! The puffed up chicken was the closest I could come.
Sooooo I'm going to become a CeCe Caldwell paint retailer. Chalk paint is the BOMB...gosh I've used the bomb... twice already in this blog...but it is...it is!
You can paint over ANYTHING as long as it is clean and you knock down really heavy shines like on laminate or something like that.
Can you imagine the areas this will open up for my beloved vintage pieces that people walk by and turn their noses up to? They will be 'CeCe beautified' and once more the belle of the ball!
If only I could CeCe myself with a whole new look!
Imagine what I can do with THIS!
I'll paint it a nice cream color and then add some dark wax for a sheen and then distress the corners and a few other areas to give it a shabby chic look.
I have a pic of the marble top dresser somewhere..will have to dig it up. Since the marble is a white with black veining through it I'll paint it black and add some new hardware to jazz it up for a PERFECT console to hang a flat screen over. The night stands I'll probably paint out in black too just incase someone wants the set. You always have to be thinking ahead and trying to anticipate what your customers want and need.
Down here in FL small is good since so many are downsizing into condos, or they have a second home as a condo on the beach. There are still plenty of McMansions around too but the trend is to go smaller. I could sell small scale furniture all day long and as we know vintage IS small scale so if it's prettified...is that a word...it will go.
I've finally gotten my zipcode designation for my retail area sewed up... so now I feel comfortable in making such a large investment in my initial paint supply order. I can also sell online so that's perfect for my snowbird customers who hopefully will be so inspired by the workshops they take from me down here that they will go back and paint their oldies...but goodies back home too. I'll have to get an online shopping cart added on to my website and I want a blog capacity added on also. As you know...blogs are no problem for this blabber mouth!
I'm soooo proud of myself for sticking to my diet plan so well. It isn't hard..you are always SO stuffed with good whole foods that you just aren't tempted. Now last night for the first time I was thinking I wanted a little something more after dinner...I'm in the higher carb phase right now and carbs always make me want to eat more. But I was able to have a nice hot cup of peppermint tea and a big glass of water with lime and the cravings diminished and then went completely away. I haven't been tempted ONCE to have my nightly ritual of a single square of dark chocolate with sea salt. I allowed myself to have it as a reward for the days I acheived my 10,000 steps. Now I get my steps and the accomplishment of doing it is enough.
I've lost 10 pounds so far and am thinking I should repeat the 28 day cycle. I'm on the fence about this because of the cooking regimen. I still have 5 days to mull it over. If I don't repeat I'll go to Tasa Reno's Clean Eating which has always been effective for me.
It's a tough decision...I really, really want to lose another 50 pounds or so...I'm thinking...can you smell the smoke burning?
Have a super sparky day and take care of YOU...nice change now isn't it?