Smithy's Painted Furniture

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Summer Market excitement!

I am very excited about the forthcoming local Summer Market, in which I have my first stall. It runs for eight Saturdays through our (so called) summer. It will be very interesting to see peoples reaction to the furniture as I have only previously sold on eBay, which I don't think is the ideal medium to sell these things, however deciding on a price for each item I think will be tricky as of course on eBay it finds it's own level. So I have been busy painting and am looking forward to the first day which is this Saturday. The pitch is only 2m square so there won't be that much room, any tips would be appreciated!

I've been a bit rubbish on the photo front recently, but here are a few things I've been working on,

 This dressing table that has a mirror to go on top, this photo doesn't do it justice, the top is veneer but I managed to sand it back then varnish it, it's very similar to the first chest I painted and I've seen a few like this around so they must have been very popular (common).

This retro chest of drawers, that I sprayed to give a nice finish, I am pleased with the way it turned out..

This is a modern coffee table, so all I did was paint the legs then distress glaze and wax, works well.

There is also this funny little chest which is home made (not by me) and I couldn't decide what to do with it, so in the end I just went 'rustic', not really sure about the end product maybe I should put some sort of stencil on it or's only small but I'll tell you one thing it is a lot heavier than it looks!

I've done a couple of other things and some small mirrors and painted signs, so we'll have to see how this week goes and take it from there, will I need more pieces for the next one? only time will tell, I'm looking forward to it!

Here are some more photos of the retro chest......

and here is a slightly better picture of the dressing table, with the mirror attached, I think it makes a big difference.


  1. Looks like you've been busy! I LOVE that first dresser on this post, it's adorable!!


  2. what are the colours you have used on the retro drawers? I love them!