HAMPTON OLIVE ENTRY TABLE AND WHAT TO DO IF YOUR FURNITURE DOESN’T SELL | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi sweet friends, thanks for joining me today! I’m still healing my broken foot so today’s post is going out a little later than usual. BUUUT this is the first piece of furniture I’ve painted (actually repainted) since my accident, which makes me sooo happy! Today I’m sharing an entry table that didn’t sell the first time around. I have some tips on how I deal with furniture that doesn’t sell along with this Entry Table’s NEW LOOK in Hampton Olive Green!
Here’s the entry table I started with. You may remember this one. Last year in October it got a gorgeous RED makeover. However, there were no buyers in the first couple of months it was listed so I took it off Facebook Market Place and it’s been sitting lonely in my inventory ever since.
I’m sharing the first makeover of this table at the end of this post so you can compare the two painted versions. I’d love to hear which one YOU prefer!
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WHAT DO I DO IF MY FURNITURE DOESN’T SELL
When I first started my furniture painting business, if one of my pieces didn’t sell, I’ll admit I took it personally. Because let’s face it, if you’re an artist of any kind, you put your heart and soul, time and money, sweat and tears into creating one-of-a-kind pieces. We do our best to make something beautiful and we hope others will see and appreciate the beauty in it as well.
When this doesn’t happen, it’s disappointing.
But after 10+ years of selling furniture online, I’ve learned it’s NOT personal. There are several factors that come into play on whether a piece sells or not. Price point, what’s happening in the world (pandemic for example!), the weather or seasons, supply and demand, and location preferences to name a few can all play a factor in how fast a piece of furniture sells. Or play a factor in it not selling at all!
So if one of my pieces doesn’t sell, it’s time to try something different and repaint it! And there’s no shame in redoing a piece. The real shame would be to give up on the piece. And I have to admit it’s fun seeing how many different versions a piece of furniture can have. If you’ve been a follower of the #siblog for the last few years, you may know it’s a Christmas tradition to restyle and makeover this washstand. It’s had four totally different-looking makeovers to date and it’s shocking how it transforms with another color or style!
So if one of your pieces doesn’t sell — here are a few ideas to get it out the door…
- Wait for another season and relist it
- Change the wording in your ad
- Check your competition and do some research in your area
- Offer a delivery option for a fee
- Retake your images and change your staging/styling
- Reprice your piece (higher or lower)
- Repaint and create a new look
I have a full post on How to Price Your Painted Furniture here.
HAMPTON OLIVE ENTRY TABLE
Here’s how this beautiful entry table all came together…
PREP | CLEAN
I started by sanding the existing paint finish. My goal wasn’t to take the entire finish off down to the bare wood. That’s not necessary when repainting furniture. But I did use a medium sanding pad to scuff it up enough to create some ‘tooth’ for the new paint to stick to.
Below is a pic of what it looked like all sanded. I also used a tack cloth to remove all the dust before moving on to the next step.
I didn’t plan to stick my boot in the image but it managed to make an appearance. 😂 I have to admit, this boot is AMAZING! Without it, I don’t know how I’d be getting around!
HAMPTON OLIVE ALL-IN-ONE SILK PAINT
Since the red didn’t sell I decided to go the exact opposite on the color wheel. GREEN! I have this muted Hampton Olive Green in my inventory because I LOVE this color! It can be used more like a neutral and in the right setting can have bohemian boho vibes.
THINNING & STRAINING PAINT
Before I did any spray painting, I thinned my paint with a 10% ratio of water to paint and then strained it. In the Youtube video below I’ll explain (and you’ll see the film I had on my paint jar) why I strained a brand new container of paint! I use paper nylon filters for straining my paint but there are DIY versions as well. Back when I first started painting furniture, I used nylons which worked great. They are a little messier but they get the job done just as well.
I painted three coats of Hampton Olive Green. You’ll notice I don’t have a spray booth or paint tent and that’s because I have a designated paint room. Also, my Husky Paint Gun is set up so that I don’t have a lot of overspray so this really helps keep the paint spraying where it should be and not where it shouldn’t!
No topcoat is required because this Silk All In One Mineral Paint has the topcoat included! I’ve painted numerous pieces with this paint and they are durable and clean up really nicely once the paint has cured!
Here’s the finished look!
Our leaves are all changing color here in the Greater Toronto Area so Andrea and I took a drive and cut a few branches for styling.
I have to admit it’s a toss-up between Spring and Fall being my favorite times of the year… the Fall colors are AMAZING!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing it below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 15.7K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
And as promised here’s the first version of this Entry Hall Table.
I can’t wait to hear which version you prefer!
LET ME KNOW WHICH VERSION OF THIS ENTRY TABLE YOU PREFER. ARE YOU TEAM ‘RED’ OR TEAM ‘GREEN’? ALSO, FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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