To Paint or Not To Paint

Yesterday it was unanimous to  leave the hoosier cabinet in its natural wood state and not paint it!  I still haven’t decided, but, it got me to thinking, I wonder if people think I paint everything.  No, I don’t.   I don’t like to cover up beautiful wood.  But if it isn’t, I have no qualms about it.

The coffee table was built by my  hubby and me and the reclaimed wood in it was much to beautiful to paint. I love that factory cart style coffee table!  It makes me smile every day when I look at it.  While building it on the patio my hubby decided to show me how strong it was, he got on it and the table became a very large skate board!  It’s funny now, but, at the time I was having visions of multiple broken bones that were going to be hard to explain!  Luckily, he was able to grab a limb of the tree and save himself! And the neighbors and their company witnessed it all.  I don’t know who was laughing harder.

The bed was also made from reclaimed lumber we stained it a dark walnut, and the results were beautiful.  This one was a little tricky because of the different types of wood. But we did it. Some woods just don’t take the stain as well as others.

Sometimes paint is the answer, but not always.

 

 

 

 

 

Treasure Hunting

This weekend we found some great stuff at yard sales.  We didn’t go out early, in fact we didn’t start till after lunch and we still came  home with an Escape full of finds! We were so full I had to wear a huge Christmas wreath as a necklace, there just wasn’t any other place to put it. When I’m out treasure hunting I never go looking for anything special, so the treasures are always a suprise.

One of the great finds Saturday, was this hoosier cabinet and I am the most excited about it.  I still pinch myself, I can’t believe someone else hadn’t already bought it.  The flour sifter and bin are so cool.  And the enamel top is in perfect condition. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. I’m thinking maybe paint, maybe not, what do you think?  

My mom didn’t have one of these in her kitchen, but it still reminds me of her making homemade breads and baked goods almost daily while I was growing up.  I can still picture her kneading bread and cinnamon rolls.  Her hands are what I remember the most. My mom and my aunts made the BEST pie crusts I have ever eaten. I can just imagine my grandmother teaching them how to make those wonderful baked goods on a counter like the one I got.

There is a lot of history surrounding the pieces I work with, maybe that’s why I enjoy making them useable and beautiful again. So many stories around each and every piece. 

Happy treasure hunting!

 

Blessings in Disguise

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of having a quiet reflective time with my daughter in her beautiful and serene backyard.  She brought out some books and some of her favorite music.  One song really moved me, “Blessings” by Laura Story.   It felt like she was singing directly to me. It was meant to be.

I’ve recently had those feelings of uncertainty, anger, anxiety and fear. And plenty of tears. Did I need those miseries to bring me one of the biggest blessings of my life? Maybe. There have been blessings that certainly have come from those trials. One is that I have learned and continue to learn to trust. Trust completely in God, knowing that I don’t need to intervene, the plan is in place, even if I don’t know the details. What a blessing that has been to me.

Another blessing has been that I feel better than I have in a long time!  I’m secure in who I am, I know the direction my life is taking and I don’t need to know how it will turn out. I love creating beautiful pieces of furniture and home decor.  I want to use the ability, God has given me so others might enjoy items in their homes also. It feels like this is what is right for me to do now, share the journey I’m on and restoring furnishings.

I’ve always valued relationships.  This journey has taught me so much more about them.  Today, while talking to a friend, I was reminded again of the special gift of friendship. I pray I won’t take those relationships and friendships for granted, that I will always be there for them as they have been here for me on this journey.  Thank you! You are indeed a blessing. 

This then is what I’ve learned, “Blessings May Come in Disguise…And They Often Do”. I feel a new sign coming on!  Back to the shop, so many ideas, just the right amount of time.

Zebra Anyone?

Lions, tigers and bears oh my! No, it’s zebra today!

Today, I want to show you one of the pieces I’ve been working on lately. This bench is made with the backs of  2 ladderback oak chairs, and the cushioned seat is covered with zebra fabric.The  bench is 36″ long and 15 inches wide. 

Now this will not be for everyone, but if you want to add a little punch to your entry way or some other place in your home, this could be it! The bench and mirror are  available at ReRun Consignments, 108 E Main, Council Grove, KS. 620-767-8146.  Their hours are 9:30-5:30 every day but Sunday.

If you don’t live in the area, there is another good reason including great food and shopping to come to Council Grove this weekend. Voices of the Wind People will be presented for the 20th year. 

“This expansive and splendid pageant, in a natural amphitheater near the
Neosho River, portrays the rich and diverse heritage of Kansas…”
Leo Oliva, Santa Fe Trail historian

Have a fun and adventurous rest of the week.

A Matter of Perspective

Sometimes all it takes is a little different perspective, to see things very differently.  That applies to just about everything.

When I look at the dresser to the left, I notice the beautiful wood finish and it’s warmth.  Did I find it like this?  Oh, no.  In fact it was in pretty bad shape, the finish was old and worn there was no luster anywhere. Not everyone would see the piece as I did.  But I saw potential!

After a good cleaning with TSP, I stripped the top to reveal it’s beauty then stained it a dark walnut and and painted the body a deep barn red.  Then the entire piece was waxed with Annie Sloan Rustic wax and hand rubbed to protect it from wear and tear.  I love how it turned out and that I was able to save it from becoming trash!  But that’s only my perspective, what’s your’s? 

 

 

 

 

Recharged and Moving Forward

As I was taking my walk this morning I was surrounded by a cool breeze, beautiful foliage, and the sense that all was well.  What a calming way to start a busy week. I was recharged this weekend also, spending time with our granddaughter.  While her mom and grandpa did yard work, I was given the task of enjoying our little granddaughter.  It’s such a hard job, I should have refused! I am kidding, I love spending all the time I can with her. Hugging her is another way I am refreshed and know all is well.

So today, it  is off to the races, literally. Sales at my booth here in Council Grove, KS have been wonderful!  Almost everything has sold and I’m adding new pieces every few days.  In fact the amazing chair sold, before I got pictures of it. Excited, yes!  Invigorated, yes!

In one of my earlier posts, “The Beginning”,  I wrote about the message God gave me about needing a product before I needed a marketing plan.  Now it seems there are a ton of places to market and ones that want to market and I just need more product!  God, is truly amazing! 

I’m glad I’m recharged and ready to go to the shop to move forward and  finish some pieces. 

 

Always Take Your Nap First

It’s been a little busy around here. Yesterday I was so busy I didn’t know what to do first. I was working on 3 shop projects.  A bench made out of 2 old chairs, revamping a table, finishing the upholstery on a bench and building an entryway storage piece. And attempting to come up with a model for someone.

While all this was going on I was trying to take new pieces down to the store. Then just to mix things up a little, I was also mudding and taping some new sheetrock in our kitchen!

On days like this, I often think of my mother in law who always said, “If you have to much to do, take your nap first, and get that out of the way.”  I should have remembered that yesterday!  I did get a lot done, but I didn’t get that nap in.

 

 

 

Reconnecting is Priceless

                                                                       This past weekend I had the privilege of traveling to the town I grew up in and attended a 100th birthday party for my aunt! Imagine the changes she has seen in her lifetime. It was a blessing for me to be with her and lots of other family that I haven’t seen for a long time. It was nice, it was inspiring, it left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. 

Then I met up with some friends I went to high school with, one I haven’t seen for almost 20 years! It was wonderful to see them and we talked, we laughed, we rearranged furniture, it was a perfect day all the way around. It was so good to see them and give them hugs! Thanks gals!      

 While I was out reconnecting with family and friends this past weekend I was asked, “Where do you get all this stuff, you work on?”  The truth is, I get it wherever I can.  I buy things at auctions, estate sales, flea markets, garage sales, people sometimes call to tell me they are getting rid of some things etc. I don’t care where I get them, if they have good lines and I have a vision for them, they are coming home with me! Even if they are in the dumpster.  And, yes I’ve been known to be a dumpster diver.

This shelf came together from several places.  The door came out of a house in western KS, the bottom of the door, became part of an end table,  the door knob was in a box with a bunch of hardware I got at an auction and some of the trim pieces were from a broken down table bought at an antique store!  It’s nice when things all come together.

We are still working on the special piece in the shop so pictures will come later.  In fact, there are at least 3 pieces in the making.  I’m especially excited to show a revamped chair and table to you! So, it’s out to work.