We are so thrilled to be featuring the fabulous Meranda Synder this week as Poppie's Repurposer of the week. I first came to know of Meranda through her blog http://hersite.info/. Meranda is definitely a leader in our industry and someone you want to watch. She keeps her readers up to date on what is trendy in home decor, is extremely talented herself offers ton's of inspiration daily through her writings.
How long have you been repurposing furniture?
Meranda: I started in 2006. We were transitioning between apartments, and I had to get rid of a few pieces, so I decided to list them on craigslist. I hadn't listed anything before, so I thought I would give it a try. I was almost mesmerized by the whole experience of selling furniture, in that people would actually drive to my home, look at it, and pay ME, and take it out of my house for me. So that got me started. At this time, I managed a few apartment buildings, and happened to have the perfect job to experiment with paint. I would paint the inside of several apartments, experiment with the wood floors, and along the way I was able to make mistakes, and learn from them. When I lost my job, due to the buildings going up for sale, I thought I would turn over furniture full time. I went to auctions, kept a close eye on craigslist, and went to estate sales, and garage sales. My job couldn't be any more fun!
How would you describe your style?
I love the Swedish style furniture. Really raw, distressed looks, white and gray furniture are my favorites. I am also really loving the look of raw wood these days.
What are your favorite pieces to repurpose?
My favorite pieces to resell? I love dressers, beds, tables and chairs. I think you can do a lot with these pieces. Dressers and chests especially. If you want to do a bold pattern, with stencils, it can be easily transformed into something that is showcased and displayed in your living room or bedroom.
Where do you get most of your pieces?
I found most of my pieces at auctions and craigslist. I would shop craigslist about 4 times a day, and schedule my days so I could hit all my pick ups off of craisglist with the local thrift stores, and sales in the area I was venturing into. Everywhere I lived I would program the stores I visited into my GPS, and if I needed to go anywhere, I would make a point to visit the second hand, and antique shops around the community. You can sure learn your city quickly this way.
What’s your favorite piece you ever found?
My favorite find would be the demi lune table I bought in Warrenten Virginia. A lady was getting rid of an old antique that was passed down to her, and I took it off her hands gratefully! I painted it up using Painters Touch colors, and I can no longer remember what my technique was, but I always admire the paint finish I used on the chest. If only I could go back in time, and see what I did. I am sure your readers can relate...
What’s your favorite color?
I fall head over heels for pastels. Mint greens, salmon, light baby blue, celery colors.
What supplies can you just not live without?
GOLD leaf for sure!! Gold leaf tranforms my projects and pushes them to the higher level.
I would gold leaf my handles for my chests and dressers.
You can read about it here.....
Wax or Poly?
Polycrylic. I really love just a touch of polycrylic for table tops, dresser tops, but that is about it. I don't seal my paint, because I really love the matte, or low sheen looks. Often what I will do is take a glaze, such as a simple brown using Ralph Lauren glaze, paint it on, and remove it, and it gives me that really antique look I am after.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Poppie’s Folks that are just getting started repurposing?
If you are selling your own furniture, put your energy into marketing it. Sometimes we forget marketing when we have a brush in one hand, working morning to night. Take one day off, and devote it to putting up a post on your blog, making your pictures look pretty, and using craigslist to market to the people in your area. Use facebook, pinterest, blogs, and facebook groups. Don't be afraid to team up with people around your area. Sometimes three people working together for marketing can be better than one, and you all can pocket 100% of your efforts. Share a facebook page, with some other folks in your area to market your furniture. Also, be really nice to the people you meet around town. The people outside your target market can be an asset to you. Local diners, might even let you post your business card. You never know who will help along the way, so be extra kind to people.
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I am the Founder and Creative Entrepreneur of Poppie's. I am a Wife to Poppie, Mother and Artist. I create masterpieces by turning broken into Beautiful through a process I call ReHeirlooming. " It doesn't matter how broken you are, what really matters is how you put the pieces back together" .