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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Painted Chairs


I really enjoy painting chairs, but before I write much . . .
I want to apologize for the poor quality of these photos.
They are 10 year old snap shots.
I painted these chairs about 10 years ago, 
and just took some quick shots for inventory.
I was selling them at the time in a shop,
 then owned by my niece. 

I am playing with the idea of trying this again,
but would really like to get some feed back,
on whether any of you think that they would sell.

I was selling them at the time for between $59 and $79.

Again sorry for the poor quality photos.

I sold this rocker for $79, 
and I remember that it sold the same day 
that I took it in to the shop,
but that was ten year ago.  
Styles and items that sell and don't sell change.


Here's a better look at the seat,

and this is the back.

When I purchased this old chair the seat wasn't very nice,
so I turned it into a planter.

I enjoyed making each chair different, 
and that is what I would do again,
but I am open to suggestions and ideas.

This was an old school desk, it also sold for $79.

Any of you dear friends that have shops,
will know whether you think these would sell.
And those of you that are shoppers . . .
Please, I want to hear what you truly think.

Maybe they are too old fashion.
(last century, LOL) 
I know that shabby chic white, or turquoise is selling, 
but is there a place for these too. 

I'm looking forward to your comments.
have a great day,



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46 comments:

  1. oh Connie they are all just so cute..nice work !!

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  2. Wonderful chairs! I really like the red one with the sun on the seat and the old school desk chair.

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    1. I am delighted that you like them :)

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  3. Connie, All those chairs are adorable. I can see why they sold. I love to have an old chair with a pot in it for the flower gardens.xoxo,Susie

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    1. They do make very sweet flower pot stands, don't they :)

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  4. Oh, I love the moon and stars rocking chair and the 'time out' chair! And the planter chair, too! You put a lot of lovely detail and time into these - I can see why they would sell right away! Yes, styles have changed a bit and maybe with a little updating, you can give it a go again. Soft pastels with tiny roses and little sayings, brighter pinks and turquoise with bolder flowers or stripes. Alphabets for children.... You definitely have a talent, I'm sure they would sell! Hugs, xoxo

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks for all the helpful ideas. It's good to know what is selling :)

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  5. These are pieces of Art--good luck with them! You are talented!

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    1. Thank you Sandy . . . I appreciate the encouragement :)

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  6. Oh my goodness ~ cute, cute, cute, I would buy one, or buy a chair and paint it... :) What kind of paint do you use? Different colored exterior paints? I like the one with the pot of flowers on it, that would look nice next to my fountain.

    I really don't think these would go out of style or have gone out of style. but that is my opinion.

    My niece would like the "spoiled rotten cat liver here" chair for sure.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments, as for paints I have used many different paints, but the outdoor craft paint works great. I like to give them and extra protection with a clear finish over the paint.

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  7. Connie- they are too cute, and I'll bet they would be snapped up if you found the right little shop.

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  8. I absolutely love your chairs. I think they would sell. You might want to check out what the latest trend is in your area and use that theme when you paint the chairs.

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    1. I'm giving it a lot of thought . . . I think maybe doing some themes that are popular, but then there are those of use that like things that are totally one of a kind and whimsy :) That makes it fun and gives me a chance to get a little wacky.

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  9. Hi Connie- I think these might sell. Maybe not the ones with the "country" decorating (the one with the cat-at least not here). Have you seen the ones at MacKensie/Child catalogs? You could certainly do those because you have a good talent for doing them. I do believe those would sell like crazy.
    Great talent you have there- your should capitalize on it! I love theo ones you did!!! xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, I just went to the site you mentioned . . . wow . . . what fun.
      There certainly is inspiration there :) Thanks for the ideas.

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  10. These are amazing!!!! We have a lady in the area who paints things like this. Chairs, canes, kids wagons, all kinds of things. I did a post on her once and showed the chairs. She sells them for WAY more! She has a shop inside a huge antique mall. Yours will sell! I LOVE the cat chairs, and I would actually buy one except the mailing and postage would be way too hard. If you had your own little shop, you would sell these big time. LOVE!!!!! Wish we were closer and I could buy one.

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    1. Hi Ginny, I got on your blog and went back into last Decembers posts . . . always moving backward, to older posts, looking for the post that you are talking about. Maybe you can send me the date, I would love to see her chairs. By the way. I love your portraits on your Dec 20th, 2012 post . . . you are a lovely couple :)

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  11. I happen to love these chairs! Since I am a cat lover, I adore that cat chair. If I were in a little shop and had the money, I'd definitely buy it! Do you know someone who has a little shop or an antique booth anymore?

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    1. We do not have a shop in the area anymore, but last week 8 local artist (including myself) got together and we are going to have a once a month outdoor "Artist Market" sale on our own, and see what happens. Wish us luck :)

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  12. My advice is try one or two and see how they are received...your work is beautiful. You may have to update to fit the today's decor and gardens but that would be easy.

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    1. Hi Dee, thanks for the helpful comment . . . I love getting feed back.

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  13. such sweet little chairs..

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  14. Your chairs are so nice. I don't know if they would sell or not because I don't go to the shops very often. My style would be something painted that would stand up to the weather in the garden! You have put a lot of work into them! Good luck! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, thanks for visiting and thank you for your sweet comment. :)

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  15. Hi Connie...I love your chairs. I have a couple of chairs just waiting for me to decide on the colors.

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    1. How exciting . . . you'll have fun painting them, I know :)

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  16. Hi Connie, I know a gardening style chair would sell in our area and I know people love their cats and doggies too around here. We have a huge, eclectic mix in Southern Ohio...some very country, lots of whites and color sells well too. I agree with Diana, look at some new mags and catalogs.....but I believe area dictates sales. Each is different. Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Thanks Roxie . . . that is helpful advice.
      I love looking through catalogs anyway . . . so win, win . . . right:)
      I can not wait until the boat is in the water, so I will have time to clean house properly,
      and work on my projects :) Of course, I'm looking forward to sailing, too, LOL
      There are just too many things that I want to get done and not enough time :)

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  17. They are wonderful! I'm sure that they will sell again, and your prices are quite reasonable. They made me think of the chairs in New Orleans Margaritaville Restaurant, where the hand-painted chairs had song lyrics also painted on them. I love how whimsical your chairs are. Go for it!

    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, thanks for the encouraging words. Today we are jacking up the boat to get under it . . . we have to check and clean the keel, put in a new cable and winch, and paint the bottom . . . all work and no play is making Connie a grumpy old gal, LOL. I guess if I can still laugh about it, I'm okay :)

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  18. Beautiful chairs! I love each one :) I think they would sell well. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Love and hugs!

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    1. Hello Stephanie, and thanks so much for stopping by and of course for the sweet words on encouragement.

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  19. Your chairs are so cute Connie! Any parent decorating a child's room would want one of your super chairs and of course one for them.
    xo,
    Dee

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    1. Hi Dee, it is always a pleasure to have you visit. Thanks for your sweet comment:)

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  20. Hi Connie,

    I love your chairs!! Very cool and fun.

    Now, to go check on the progress of the Gypsy Rose!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. Hi Kay, when I saw that you had visited . . . it put a smile on my face.
      I hope that your days are filled with sunshine :) You're a dear sweet blogging friend.

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  21. You are very talented! I think everyone has their unique likes that never go out of style in their home. You never know what someone may really like. Thanks for Visiting Homespun Happenings! I am now your 698 follower ;)

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    1. I am delighted to have you as a follower :) . . . You have put a big smile on my face, welcome # 698 :)

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  22. Hi Connie! Sorry its been a while since I visited! I am a chair addict! I LOVE LOVE LOVE chairs. I think the Time-Out chair is great and I would have used that one when my boys were younger. I think everyone has their own styles and colors, and I know if you do whatever comes to mind first, that chair will be what it is suppose to be. Sometimes even leaving them with the old paint peeled off here and there and then sealing it well looks good. I did that with an old headboard and used it for years. You are so talented, I hope you go back to making your unique chairs. I know where I live we have a lot of antique and craft shows and also apple orchards that open up for the entire Fall season with lots and lots of vendors. People come from all over to buy for themselves or Xmas. Your chairs would do GREAT! Maybe there are venues like that in your area? Big hugs to you and follow your passion :)

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    1. My what a sweet comment you left. I appreciate all the positive encouragement. I am planing an Artist Market day, next Saturday. Several artists and myself (eight total) have wanted a place to sell our works, so we are going to try having a one day sale, once a month through summer. Our first market day is next Saturday. We are having it at different artist's homes and our first is out in the country about two miles from town, but we are fortunate enough to have a friend with a local radio program, that is going to have one of us on the air twice during the sale . . . to promote our event:) free, advertising :) It is only going to be from 10:00 to 2:00 . . . so we'll see, then probably make changes if needed. It is going to be fun, but I am a little nervous as the date gets closer. Thanks so much again for your encouraging words. Connie:)

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  23. These chairs are amazing!!! What fabulous art on each one!

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  24. I think Your chairs are adorable and I am sure they would sell. I think you should definitely give it a go! xx

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