A little bit of paint turns a ho-hum before...
Anyway, back to the bed. I finished it a while back and everything was fairly straightforward except for my attempt at glazing. It looked beautiful around the carving details, but when it came to large flat areas it just looked dirty. I obviously wasn't doing something right. Luckily, I only glazed the headboard, so I didn't have to repaint the entire bed.
I think it's super cute and wish I still had a girls' room so I could keep it. I listed it for $125 on Craigslist and it just sat there. Not a single e-mail. Pretty discouraging. I'm not used to things not selling right away, so I aggressively dropped the price to $75. Not nearly the profit I was hoping for, but it must have been the right price because I suddenly had several buyers. I love having back-ups, because anyone who has ever sold something on Craigslist knows about those annoying no-shows.
So here's the profit break-down: I bought the bed off of Craigslist for $25. I spent $25 (or $24.32 - something like that, after taxes) on a quart of Martha Stewart paint in Plumage and Minwax Wipe-on poly in Satin from Home Depot. So, total investment, $50, for a $25 profit. Not that great. However, I had to buy the paint and poly anyway to finish another project, so my "glass half-full" brain likes to think of it as a $50 profit, which sounds so much better even if it's technically not true.