When I dreamed up this blog a few years back, it was because I wanted a voice in the Crohn’s Disease community. I wanted to get out there and talk about my experiences and share my story, in hopes that it might help those who are struggling. I’m so happy to finally be doing that. But sometimes, I also want to chat about the paint I just put on my walls. Or how we spent our weekend refinishing a flea market dresser … so that’s what I’m going to do today. In my About LL&L page, I talk about how I have “Big Dreams” so if you’re ever surfing my blog (which I hope you do often!) and find that you come across posts that don’t seem to fit with the main theme – it’s probably because you’ve stumbled upon my “Big Dreams” section. I have so many interests and hobbies. And I think those types of things are very relevant, because that’s an important part of turning your “lemons into lemonade.” Having something to do with your time, something that makes you happy – is always a good thing. Keeps your mind, even if only for a while, off of the distressing symptoms you may be experiencing.
So… about this dresser we refinished. Wait – let me back up a bit. The other day, my sister and I are watching this show called Flea Market Flip. You ever seen it? It’s a pretty cool show. They make you go to a Flea Market, pick out some items on a certain budget, re-finish or repurpose them and then re-sell them. Whoever makes the biggest net profit wins. Okay, so we’re watching and we’re like, “we should do this!” Sometimes when the light hits us just right – we look remarkably like Martha Stewart. ..Hahaha, NOT! But it sounded like fun anyway – so we decided to hit up a Flea Market and see if we could find anything. And guess what? We did. This baby right here, was listed for $45.
And with our supreme negotiating skills, we were able to snatch it up for … $45. To be fair though, the vendor wasn’t there so we were talking to some neighboring vendor who wasn’t able (or willing) to let us lowball her. Mistake #1 – Lack of Patience: We should have come back and talked to the actual seller, who likely would have negotiated at least a little. But we had to have the dresser right that very instant. Mostly because, we had a growingly impatient toddler with us, so hanging around until this “Lazy McShows Up Late” decided to make an entrance, wasn’t likely. So we load it up, and head home with a plan to drop the kid and hit up The Home Depot for supplies. Now let’s press pause and take a moment for cute baby overload really quick. Because while we were waiting to leave, we played in the driveway for a while with the little man. It looked a little something like this:
Man, he’s cute! Can’t seem to get enough of that kid! Okay, so back to the dresser. We got the idea for how to finish it, from – wait for it… Pinterest. I know you’re shocked. I’ll bet you’ve never wasted hours looking at random things you’ll never do on that site. Yeah, me neither. It was a pretty beginner project, being that it was just a matter of sanding, painting, and re-doing the hardware…and when we finished it, it looked like beginners finished it. But hey, we had fun doing it! And more importantly, we sold it for a profit. So there. Take that, all you non-believers (you know who you are). We learned a lot and are excited to try another one! Here is our finished product.
What are your thoughts? Tips? Tricks? I know you’ve got some. I’m all ears… gimmie.
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