The furniture trade

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Back when Greg and I were flipping furniture, we acquired some pretty cool pieces… a few of which I wish we hadn’t sold. This little chest of drawers was one of those – pretty, a few charming flaws, and some great details… just the right size for… something.

Chest of drawerss | Vintage Floral Cottage

But sell it we did, to a great gal named Traci who owns a furniture painting and upcycling business called The Shabby Nest. I would see pictures of it in her squares on Instagram, and I always felt that pang of regret at selling it.

Several months went by, and Greg and I stopped flipping, but I would occasionally buy another piece here or there. One of them was this one, acquired at a great price because it was in pieces. Here it is after Greg re-assembled it (in my living room because it was freezing-fricking-cold outside at the time!) –

Vintage Washstand | Vintage Floral Cottage

I stared at it for a few days trying to decide what to do with it… It was really beautiful, and I shared a picture of it on Instagram stating that I was torn between keeping and selling. Traci replied by saying I should let her know if I decided to sell, and I replied to her by saying that, by the way, she should let ME know if she ever decided to sell the little three-drawer cabinet.

And just like that, a trade was made! Amazingly, I had the original piece back – the one I wished I hadn’t sold! Same perfect size, same charming flaws and beautiful details… only now it had undergone Traci’s magic touch and looked absolutely perfect in my little cottage home!

Three drawer chest | Vintage Floral Cottage

I immediately filled it with tablescaping treasures… cloth napkins, napkin rings, candles, and other miscellany.

Three drawer chest | Vintage Floral Cottage

Three drawer chest | Vintage Floral Cottage

Three drawer chest | Vintage Floral Cottage

I’m so happy to have it back!

Three drawer chest | Vintage Floral Cottage

Of course, Traci has a new piece, too – better suited to the space and the intended use she had in mind. Look for it in her Instagram feed!



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6 Responses to The furniture trade

  1. Samantha says:

    Nice trade! Love the blue color!

  2. Hayden says:

    What an amazing story! I love the light blue color of it and all the detail!

    • Janet says:

      Thanks, Hayden – I have a few dark pieces in my home but this lighter color is more along my chosen palette, so I really love it!

  3. Ann says:

    What. Great idea to trade🙋🏼

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