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Yard Saling? How to Choose Furniture to Paint

    Yard Sale Season is in full swing.  In my small town last weekend, there was a town-wide yard sale event that they call Clean Sweep. Over 50 yard sales were registered for this event, and lots of folks were searching for treasure among other's "trash". I started thinking about how I go about choosing a piece of furniture to paint with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint and realized I have a mental list of what to look for and what to avoid.  So I thought I'd share a few tips for choosing a piece of furniture for your first Dixie Belle Paint Project:
1- Make sure it's sturdy, doesn't wobble. Sometimes a wobble can be fixed easily, other times, it's a lot harder to fix a wobble.
2- Make sure the piece has a pretty smooth finish. (Your finished project will only be as good as what you begin with).
> Make sure it doesn't have paint drips from a previous paint job (those will need sanding or stripping - Not fun)
> Make sure there is no peeling paint or a crackled/textured finish (these too, will need sanding or stripping - unless you want a crackled & lumpy finished product).
3- If the piece has been repaired, be sure it's a repair that was done well.
4- Check for evidence of termites or other insect infestation (termites will present as several small holes on the underside usually). I bought a table once that had evidence of termites, so there were extra precautions necessary to make sure they weren't alive.
5- If you are planning to attend our June 22nd Bring Your Own Junk Workshop, make sure the piece is small enough to bring in by your self.

The table pictured began as an ugly brown, but now it's a beautiful blueberry color. You can create beautiful pieces for your home with a little Dixie Belle Paint and a good eye when shopping yard sales!!!

Happy Yard Saling!!!

~ Carrie

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