May 29, 2017
It's been quite some time since I've done a furniture project for myself, but last week the opportunity struck, and I took advantage of it. We were up at the lake over a cold, rainy weekend which meant we were restricted to indoor activities. Kyle was suddenly motivated again to start a new home renovation project, so there was no way I was going to interfere with that! You know what they say, "Let a sleeping dog lie." So, that left me with finding my own rainy day project. That's when I decided to turn my attention to our entryway table.
August 07, 2016
One of the perks (or challenges...depending on how you look at it) is that I am constantly shopping for new furniture. The benefit of this job is that I see a lot of really cool stuff, often times at dirt cheap prices. The drawback of this job is that I see a lot of really cool stuff, often at dirt cheap prices...and I have a hard time saying no. I'm telling you, when the auctioneer sees me walk into the weekly auction, he knows he's going to have a good night! But it's not all bad. In this process of picking up a lot of random items (some of which I've regretted soon after), I've also scored some really great pieces.
June 13, 2016
If you've been following me since the very beginning, like waaay back, these factory carts may sound vaguely familiar to you. If not, you can catch up on all the details here. Over the past two years, my collection of factory carts has slowly been dwindling down. The biggest challenge with refinishing these carts is the mess they make, requiring me to work outdoors, weather permitting. Actually, that's probably the second biggest challenge. Getting motivated to refinish these carts is definitely more of a battle. It requires a good week of giving myself a pep talk, telling myself I can be rewarded with a massage and wine afterwards, and maybe (just maybe) we'll have our garage back at the end of this so we can quit parking our car in the driveway.
April 27, 2016
I'm not quite sure where the time has gone, but I realized it's been over two months since I've posted about a furniture makeover! I think I'm well overdue to share what I've been up to lately in my studio. Things have been busy over here to say the least. I officially outgrew my original space and spent last weekend moving into a larger space. Luckily I was able to recruit a crew of strong guys (the husband included) which made the move much more seamless. What would have taken me days was literally finished within a couple hours. Most importantly, Kyle was still able to make his tee time! The move was also a good opportunity to reassess my work area, reorganize, and reenergize. It feels great to have a fully functioning work area that is clean and organized. The challenge now is just to keep it this way! There are still improvements I want to make, but it's a big upgrade that I'm super excited about. So there you have it... my excuse for letting so much time go by without a furniture makeover!
March 04, 2016
I was recently having a conversation with someone who follows my blog and she asked me if the pieces I write about each week are the only pieces I refinish and sell on my Etsy shop. The short answer. No. The long answer. Heck no! If you follow me on Instagram (and if you're not, you should be!), you probably already know that a lot more of my work makes it onto that feed than it does onto my blog. As much as I'd love to ramble on and on about all the excruciating details of every piece I refinish, I know it may be overkill. Plus, I have a limited amount of time I can sit in front of a computer, and all that writing would eat into my online shopping time!
February 19, 2016
If there is one thing I have learned (or more so, has been reinforced) over this past week, it's that things don't always go as planned. Actually, as I'm quickly learning, things rarely go as planned. So, unless you figure out how to roll with the punches and improvise, you've got a loooong road ahead of you, sista! To go into detail, but not too much detail...or as my best friend always says, "To make a long story short..." (but it's never short) here is the rundown... The pieces I'm showing off today really should have been done two weeks ago. They weren't. The kitchen mini-makeover that I wanted to show off today isn't happening. Next week, fingers crossed. So whatever the reasons may be, whether it was the air was too cool and the sealer bubbled, or I was so excited to order a new rug that I forgot to measure the space (not the first time I've had a measurement error....you can read more about that here)...things are moving slower than anticipated over here! At the end of the day, life goes on, right?!