My DD tagged me on a FB bombé chest ad.
So we drove out to take a look. As I was looking at it, the lady told me she kept getting "no shows" and was so tired of people saying they'd come by to take a look and then never show or message her. She took $10 off just because she was happy I showed up!
They just don't show up.
I've experienced that same thing over and over too. Hundreds on our Forum tell the same tale. People message me and say they are coming to buy a piece and then don't show up. Only one out of half a dozen lately bothered to let me know something came up or they changed their mind. Not long after my DH's knee surgery, I had two people make appointments to buy three pieces in one day, so we spent a couple of hours prepping our property to look nice when our customers arrived.
My DH was out there hobbling around with a walker pushing and pulling his table saw into the garage while I ran around picking up stuff and pulled weeds. After that, I shored up the living room after my kids carried the pieces down from upstairs where they were stored in the guest room. One was a two-ton buffet.
And yes, you guessed it. Neither showed up.
We were expecting $850 in sales that day and not one penny came in. It was a bit discouraging! Fortunately I did end up selling all three pieces, but that buffet sat in my livingroom a couple of weeks before we were able to get it down into our basement apartment workshop where I sold it a couple of weeks later.
Long story, I know. But all that to say, I feel your pain whether it's selling or buying and people on the other end don't show or keep their end of the bargain. Keep at it until you win. There are a lot of unfaithful people out there, but that doesn't define us, it only defines them. Pursuing art and/or sharing our art with the world is a life long process.
The Bombé Chest
It was filthy - I thought maybe it even had been in a smoker's home because the rags were so black when I cleaned it. Fortunately it didn't smell, so I knew I could bring it back to life.
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STEP #1 - As always prep well - clean, sand, repair.
I had to go over it 4 or 5 times before feeling it was clean enough. Krud Kutter is my go-to. After sanding it all over, we filled holes and replaced one of the drawer tracks and all of the (afflink) drawer glides.
STEP #2 - Prime. I used gray tinted (afflinks) Zinsser primer, spraying it with my HomeRight Super Finish Max.
STEP #3 - Base coat the piece with (afflink) Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, in French Linen.
STEP #4 - Mix (afflinks) Graphite Chalk Paint and Coco Chalk Paint and dry brush to antique, doing a little distressing here and there to bring a little character.
STEP #5 - Paint the top and drawer fronts with the mixed (afflink) Graphite and Coco Chalk Paint.
STEP #6 - Do a little drybrushing of (afflink) Rustoleum's Metallic Champagne on the details to bring a little glitz to the piece.
STEP #7 - Clean up the pulls.
STEP #8 - Paint the metallic on the pulls and topcoat with (afflink) Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish
STEP #9 - Topcoat the chest with the (afflink) Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish
STEP #10 - Stencil the top.
STEP #11 - Add the hardware.
STEP #12 - Line the drawers with (afflink) Easy Liner.
The four colors, French Linen, Graphite and Coco, worked well together.
Depending on your vantage point and the lighting, you will think the bombe chest is either a brownish or a gray. The champagne metallic ties the three paint colors together.
Don't be afraid to mix colors and add a bit of glitz either through dry brushing or stenciling. It's the extra touches that cause your piece to stand out. Thanks for visiting!
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