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Hi, I'm Suzanne and I'm a stay at home mother to three. I have started my own vintage furniture business and am writing this blog to document its journey from idea to reality. My favorite things include my Matthew, Ella and Sophie, my handsome husband and all things PAINT! Believe me, I am not an experienced business person but I do know how to sand, strip, paint and am a DIY queen, so please follow along as I navigate the ups and downs of The Painted Drawer. Please join in the fun and become a member or subscribe. Cheers!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

I am a happily married mother of three children, Matthew, Ella and my little one Sophie.  In addition to my many jobs including housekeeper, wannabe chef, laundress, chauffer and all things household, I have decided to try my hand at starting a vintage furniture business.  Hence, The Painted Drawer is born!

I was brought up by British parents in the 70's and spent a majority of my childhood with my mother in Goodwill, thrift stores and estate sales.  We hunted Steiff animals, books (especially Enid Blyton) and much more!  My mother still spends the majority of her time at the local thrift store and has an amazing knack of sorting through the junk to find the gem.  Combine this lifelong love of all vintage treasures with my obsession - yes, obsession - with paint and there you have it, The Painted Drawer.

I have noticed that more and more women are beginning to discover the joys of all things second hand and that is great.  I really think it is recycling at its best.  There is nothing that I enjoy more than spotting that vintage treasure amid the junk - nothing except the smell of a freshly opened can of paint!  I know, it is weird but I just love that smell.  It is the smell of something new and creative.  Opening up the paint and changing an old, worn out piece into something beautiful is just so much fun.  I love the creativity of starting a project with a specific idea in my mind and watching it morph into something else entirely that is better.

So, here is what I have managed to do so far:  pick a name, buy some furniture, have my lovely husband take it out of the minivan and put into our garage, and paint.  I also started a Facebook page and an Etsy shop.  Believe me, this took like almost all day for me to figure out.  Creating a banner - what a nightmare!

This is my first post in my new blog about my new business, The Painted Drawer!  I hope to post a lot more soon about the challenges and fun times to come!


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    1. I am so proud of you for following your passion. I have always been a closet vintage furniture person, but never acted on it, except once, which was not a wow memory. Do you have an inventory of acquired treasures you are working on, or do you take requests, purchase and finish the product? We are hungry for more infomation about your new business. There are a couple of small pieces I would love to have in my house which I think you can help me with. Parvin

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    3. Hi Parvin and thanks so much for your kind words! I am at the beginning of a huge learning curve at this but I love it!

      I do take orders, although I'm at the mercy of what I can find out there so it may take some time to find that perfect piece! I also do painting services for clients who have a piece at home that needs a new life (pricing depends on the piece). I would love to help you in any way that you need! Check out my latest listings on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/thepainteddrawer for ideas. Thanks again! I had no idea you were a closet vintage fan!


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