Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Chairs and Kids

Last week my daughter and her friends were hanging out and complaining about having nothing to do, so I encouraged them to paint with me.  I told them that if they each painted a chair I would help them sell them and they could keep all the money. If you know anything about 10 and 12 year olds you know money is of interest!  Since the chairs are all different but all have spindles, I suggested that they paint them in beachy colors and we could sell them as a set or individually. 

Before:



I pulled out a few colors that I had from  The Urban Rooster  and the girls got on old clothes and started to paint. 

After the paint was dried they wanted to distress the chairs, so I showed them how to use my electrical sander and sand the edges in the places the wear would naturally show.  I  let them distress by themselves and they did a great job! 


For the pictures, I let them stage the chairs themselves with just a little advice of keeping it simple with a POP. 


This chair was transformed by my 12 year old daughter





This aqua chair was transformed by a 12 year old 





This chair was transformed by a 10 year old and sold in about an hour! 





All the chairs sold within 2 days! 

I was very impressed with the girls and their paint jobs, distressing  and staging!  

33 comments:

  1. What talented girls:-) The girls did fantastic paint jobs, I think that you should consider hire them as your assistants:-)
    They would love the money:-)
    Greetings:-)

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  2. What a fun idea! The chairs all look fab!

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    1. Thank you Linda-the chairs are pretty FAB!

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  3. Boy, they sure do put my sad, pathetic skills to shame!! Those are lovely!!

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    1. Thank you Benita-ha ha-They did turn out lovely!

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  4. That's so awesome! I'm sure that it's an experience that they will never forget. The chairs look amazing. They did do a wonderful job. And you did too by taking the time to teach and encourage them! :) Have a great week.

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    Tamara

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    1. Thank you Tamara-They were pretty proud of themselves!

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  5. The girls did an amazing job! And my hat is off to you for getting them involved and letting them see their creativity can be profitable too!

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    1. Thank you Sandy-They did figure out that painting can be profitable!

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  6. I'd love for your daughter and her friends to come and do my house! Great job -- they should be proud!!

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  7. I love chairs and they did a wonderful job. So happy for them that a paying person agreed!

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    1. Thank you Wendy-They did do a wonderful job I agree!

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  8. You may now see them wanting to go junkin' and doing transformations!

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    1. Thank you Rose-I hope my daughter wants to go junkin with me more!

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  9. They DID do a GREAT job! How did they sell them so quickly? Did you have to advertise or have a garage sale of something?You should share this on Idea Box link party this Thursday! I would love to have you.

    http://csc.mycreativehome.org/

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    1. Thank you -We sold them on CL and posted them in a FB virtual garage sale!

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    1. You rock Darrielle! What a great way to keep tween girls busy, learn a new skill, and make money at the same time. I'm so happy for them that they all sold. No surprise, they all did a fabulous job on their chairs.

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    2. Thank you Marie-it was a great way to keep busy and make a little extra money for back to school shopping!

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  11. The girls did great jobs of painting the chairs...I would be proud to display any one of them in my home. The girls must have been thrilled all 3 chairs sold so fast.
    Have a great week, DD.

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    1. Thank you Marigene-they were very thrilled that they sold so fast-Big smiles!

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  12. This was such a fun read. Put 'em to work and they find out the work is fun and they learned a new skill and reaped the rewards as well!! Love it :)

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    1. Thank you Deb-I like putting them to work!

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  13. What an awesome idea, Darrielle! Now I have to do that with the girls.

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    1. Thank you Victoria-they had fun and they loved the $$- your girls would have fun too!

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  14. Wow, these are all so pretty! No surprise because they learned from the best. Thanks for showing off their awesome chairs at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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    1. Thank you Betsy-they had fun and that is what I wanted for them!

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  15. Wow...can I come hang at your house too? I'd love to learn from you! The girls did a beautiful job on the chairs...very impressive! Visiting from Sundays at Home
    xoxo
    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

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    1. Thank you Lisa-come over any time and paint with me-people drop by and do that pretty often!

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  16. What a great idea! I bet they loved it and I bet since they had such good luck selling them they'll be wanting to do that again soon! I love the chairs they painted, each one was so pretty with just the right amount of distressing!

    Tania

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    1. Thank you Tania-I would have thought they would be begging to paint more and make more $$, but that is not the case!

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