feeling so fancy and free


Over the weekend a family friend texted me a photo from a garage sale she was at. The message read, “come fast “.  I quickly changed out of my pajama’s, emptied the back of my SUV and drove across town. These are the moments I am thankful I traded in my  volkswagen beetle in for a SUV.   And when I receive picture messages from garage sales, I act fast.

Once I arrived, the lady was so excited I was going to haul all the dressers away , she ended up giving me half of them for free. It helped that it was a Saturday and she was ready to be done with her sale.


A couple trips later my garage was full. I was overly excited that I forgot to take a before photo. Imagine oak dresser covered in cartoon doctor office stickers.  With a little goo gone and a scratch pad I was able to remove the sticks and begin painting.

A few painting tips >>>>>

  1.  I hardly ever sand before painting. The only time I sand is if there are areas that are uneven, or if the area has a thick glossy sealant.
  2. I really enjoy painting dressers with a short handle brush, and a brush with a angle.
  3. Don’t over buy paint. This medium sized dresser only needed a sample size container of paint, which cost me under $4.

As I waited for the paint to dry, I spray painted the aged gold pull knobs white. Because the handles were in such great condition, I didn’t feel the need to replace them. I love how the white looks against the mint/teal color.

What are your favorite things to bargain for at garage sales ???


  • June 26, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    Maren H - Fabulous as always my friend!


  • June 26, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    alice gatto - Hi,
    I love to find old bookshelves, sewing boxes, embroidered pieces and fabric that has been cut for quilts but not used. Of course, I need to look at everything and stray from my favorites often.

    I’m sure that the reason that we have a small car is because my husband is afraid of what I could fit in a midsize or full size vehicle.

    I enjoy your blog.ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2014 - 1:00 am

    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I love, love, love this!ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Sarah{Handbags*and*Pigtails} - It turned out great! Question: are the pieces for your home or do you redo them and then sell them?ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    alissa - This looked beautiful on instagram, and is even more so here on the blog. The color choice is heaven, and it looks so clean with the white handles! Boy, these items found the PERFECT home and artist to give them a new beginning ! : )ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Laura - What is the name/brand of the paint color on the dresser in the picture?ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Gina M - This dresser turned out so beautiful! Your photography is lovely also :)ReplyCancel

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