Friday, 16 November 2012

Just Trying To Earn A Bit Of A Living....

 Hello there ....
Hope you've all had a good day we go with another weekend ... the weeks seem to fly .

We just seem to be trying to earn a crust... and keep the wolf from the door ... just like many people these days.

Our days are filled with sorting... cleaning...
re-vamping...upcycling ... the old ... used... and unwanted .. 

Hubby P has been having a painting session ... old furniture given a new lease of life .. ready to sell on.
 He does quite a bit of this sort of thing ...painted furniture seems to sell quite well. 
He chooses the small pieces that fit nicely in average sized homes ... pieces that are pretty and quirky. 

 Today I have had to have pieces drying in the house ... this time of year the air is so damp paint takes ages to dry in the workshop.
Not ideal ... but I have to look at it as my Grandmother would...

'those muddy boots/overalls/...'painted furniture' ... are/is bringing money into the house'.

Its what we do to make an honest living.

Look how pretty this chair is.

Once the painting was completed Hubby P needed a bit of help with the recovering of the seat ... not one of his strong points ... fabric and such like.

Luckily ... Gosh ...just by chance ... I have 'one or two' bits of fabric stashed away.

I thought this bit of vintage fabric would look nice ...tis rather a nice bit of stuff.
So I looked out my trusty staple gun ... every girl should have a staple gun ... just love mine ... I keep it hidden from Hubby P (he's a bit heavy handed).

 with a joint effort ...
 one pretty vintage chair ... that was destined for fire wood until Hubby P painstakingly put it back together.

So its a selling day tomorrow .... 
Little chair will come with us and hopefully we can sell it on.

This making a living lark gets harder and harder ... how are you coping? 


  1. The fabric goes beautifully with the grey paint. If you were anywhere near me I'd buy it! Hope it goes tomorrow :-) x

  2. I love the chair it's very beautiful and the fabric looks fabulous. Kay x

  3. Lovely, lovely chair! Have you tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? No sanding, priming, and usually just one coat needed. Dries in 20 minutes too ... Can thoroughly recommend for easiness and no fumes either!

    Have I sold it to you?

    Claire xxx

  4. That chair looks gorgeous! xx

  5. Love the chair - the fabric is wonderful, and really sets off the paint beautifully.Free listing on ebay this weekend so that's my weekend sorted - thinning out my collections and getting rid of unwanted stuff - every little helps.
    Thankyou for your kind words the other day- they meant a lot. x

  6. It's lovely bringing old unwanted furniture back to life again.The old stuff seems to always be so much better made than today's mass produced furniture too.Your chair looks great, hope it sells quickly :)

  7. You have truly reinvented that chair. It looks lovely!
    I hope things go well with your selling this weekend.

  8. love that chair, how much will you be selling it for?


  9. Agreed, awesome chair! That's a nice way to make a living! Recycling and upcycling old things into something new that people will love, without wasting more of the planet's resources!

  10. I can't believe that a chair like this could just be thrown away. Both you and your hubbie have done a great job re-vamping it. The paint colour and fabric go together so well.

  11. Just love the chair - you have both done a great job.

  12. Big pat on the back to you and hubby. This chair looks fantastic! Hope it brings you loads of pennies, because that`s what it`s worth now!!!

  13. Wonderful job on the chair!
    Keeping the wolf away is getting harder each month..

  14. It looks really fantastic! I love the colour you chose, very classy. Destined for firewood? Well it just shows what can be done, doesn't it.

  15. Nice work! I laughed about the staple gun. I have a whole tool box that I keep hidden for my own use, as He takes things, leaves them in daft places, so I never know where to go for a hammer or whatever.

  16. I just love the chair. Not sure why people go buy things at places like Ikea that are crap when they can get lovely old things that are well made and have character. I wish you well! Thinking of doing the same thing myself as I am out of work and hate the idea of working for someone else again....

  17. Hello V. Lovel looking chair - very good recycling indeed. I also loved reading about the lemon & lime marmalade and mince pies. dx.


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