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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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Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Long (Rewarding!) Day

Late July and I'm enjoying the long nights, the lazy mornings, the Olympics, baseball, going out for crabcake sandwiches on a Saturday, and moving furniture because...

The Painted Drawer is now officially at On A Whim in Lucketts!  I have spent the past few weeks painting until I could "paint no more".  My husband walked in from work the other evening and found me sitting on the sofa with a paint brush in my hand.  I looked at him and said "the Paintaholic is finally painted out" and he laughed.  All worth it though! 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Getting from Here to There

Sunday evening and I am stressing out a little.  I need to get all of my furniture to Lucketts on Thursday and I only own a minivan.  This means a lot of trips back and forth and I am not exactly around the corner from my destination.  I looked into renting a UHaul but by the time all is said and done, it will cost quite a bit.  So, my good old Honda Odyssey will do the trick.  My other problem is that my husband has a bad back, my father does also, and I have a huge sideboard and dresser to move.  I am hoping for some help from my neighbor's teenage son (McDonalds gift cards or cash?) and I know there is help the other end.  It's kind of difficult starting a furniture business with no way to move the furniture!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A New Tip and Summer Fun

I am learning that during the summer it is almost impossible to get anything done.  I mean, anything!  Dishes in the sink, laundry on the basement floor... you get the idea.  This past weekend we had a swim team relay carnival (I swam a leg on the mom's relay!), the team talent show and the Lock-In (a big sleepover at the pool where the kids play pool games, make s'mores and tell ghost stories around a firepit and then spend the night at the pool).  A long weekend of fun for the kids and exhausting for the parents. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Amagansett and Power

What a week it has been!  No power for a full seven days.  Almost unbearable heat and an upstairs that was hotter than an oven.  On the positive side, my kids all got along and treated it like a huge adventure and had fun.  Hey, camping in the basement with lanterns is pretty cool!  Playing board games, telling stories, and going to the pool every day kept them entertained.  The week was slow but sweet with my children making me laugh and my being able to enjoy every second of them because I had no internet access and the garage was too hot to breathe in - let alone paint!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Big Steps and Storms

Big news this week for The Painted Drawer!  Starting in August, I will have my own shop at On A Whim in Lucketts!  Very exciting and a bit daunting but it makes me smile :)

OK, the nerves kick in - paying rent every month, making sure I have enough merchandise to sell, driving out there (not exactly next door) every week and basically making a huge commitment.  I am surprised that even with all of the above, I am still SO EXCITED and happy to have my own space. 

Here is a quick pic of where I will be.  It is currently full of items from the vendor who is moving to a larger, downstairs space.  I am looking forward to filling it up with The Painted Drawer's unique vintage finds and making it mine! 

My space is between the wall hangings - nice size!

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