Normally, I write my posts about furniture styles and the different pieces that I have painted. However, lately I have been having some strange experiences with both Kijiji and Craigslist that I thought I might share. I have now had 2 people buy furniture that they were going to repaint and one person offer me a low price because they were going to repaint it. It’s hard to not be insulted but at the same time you want to sell the piece so I have been trying to be philosophical about it. Here’s the first piece that was bought to be repainted. It is an unusual Duncan Phyfe style coffee table that was originally maple. I painted it with AS Florence, used dark wax all over and added gilding.
This is the second piece. It is an antique dresser that was in rough shape when I got it. The drawers were missing pieces in the front, the bottom drawer sticks a bit and it needed new knobs. It also had about 5 different colours of paint, probably lead based, judging by the undersides. I painted it in AS Old White and Louis Blue. I also painted the insides of the drawers because they smelt dry and slightly smoky,
I get that it looks like a baby’s room but that was the intention. The buyer wanted to repaint it for her wedding, to use as a cake table. (?)
Finally this is the piece that I didn’t sell to the person who was low-balling me. It is a classic French drum table painted in Old White, Paloma, Graphite and German Silver gilding. REALLY!
I guess that’s what I get for trying to sell my pieces through the internet but since I have no other venue other than Etsy, I’ll have to grow a thick skin. The other annoyance is the trolls that like to send you insulting messages about your ad. Those are at least funny because you know what their object is. I’m not sure the re-painters even realize that I have just painted these pieces. How do I interpret that?