A Fresh Start

Happy January all! Also, happy new year, Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Thanksgiving, and any other holiday I may have missed.  It has been a while since I’ve blogged, I feel like I’m always saying that! My new year’s resolution is to put more time and energy into my passion which is this small little business of mine. So far in my short blogging life I haven’t really shared very much personal information with you. With the start of this new year I feel like I should start sharing now. It’s time for a fresh start! The reason I’ve been MIA is because I had a bit of a health scare this fall. My doctors found a small lump on my thyroid but after lots of tests and biopsies (and prayers and waiting and more waiting) I finally got the all clear (benign) a couple of days before Thanksgiving! I am so very grateful these days for my health and my family so I took some time off from blogging to enjoy them and the not so stressful (note sarcasm) Holiday season. Of course I couldn’t stop my love of refinishing pieces though it’s a true stress reliever for me.  Here’s a look at a few, the piano bench is still available for $50(more pix in the shop). I’m back and it feels good!

Here’s a quick shot of my Christmas mantel this year. Super late I know, but better late than never right? There’s something about reds and fresh greenery that makes a space feel so warm (maybe the fire had something to do with that). Don’t mind the picture quality I took this one with my phone.

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I started this blog as a place to keep track of all of my projects and to have a landing spot for interested customers but I really want to start incorporating my love of interior decorating and add some more personal touches here so you can really get to know me and see my house!  I’m excited for what this year will bring.

Now onto my most recent project. I just refinished this adorable small kitchen table set. Of course since I’m awful at remembering to take pictures so I have no before but it was all solid yellow oak. I first sanded the top down and stained in New Ebony by Sherwin Williams, two coats. Topped with special dark finishing wax by Minwax. The legs and chairs are painted in a custom chalk paint (mixed french linen with country grey) and then topped with white wax. To make the white wax just mix a little white paint with finishing wax. You then brush it on with a wax brush and wipe away the excess with a lint free cloth. Afterwards, buff for a light shine. img_4528

The top is super rustic and stands out against the light blue/gray legs and chairs. I was considering staining the seats but decided I wanted that awesome table top to shine on its own.

The chairs are pressback with a gorgeous design. I wanted to highlight that which is why I chose the white wax. The white pigment gets stuck in all the crevices and really makes it pop. img_4531

The pillows are not included with the set, I made these myself out of actual french mattress fabric I found on ebay a few years ago for a steal! They bring such a casual feel to my living room. I love how neutral the color of this kitchen set is. It lends itself to any color scheme. You could add cushion pads or cute accent pillows to match your own decor/style. Did anyone notice that awesome Farmers Market sign in the background? I just purchased that from Amazon with some Christmas money! It’s my new favorite piece, swoon.

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I should mention this table is a drop leaf so both sides come down to make an even smaller table. It would be perfect as a game table or for a small eat in kitchen but it commands enough attention it could also work in a larger area.

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BJ and I both adore this set and keep saying we wish we had a spot for it but unfortunately we don’t so someone else gets to enjoy its beauty! Those turned farmhouse legs though will make this one hard to part with! You can purchase this one over in the shop for $300. Dimensions: 29″h, 40″w leaves up, 24″ with leaves down.img_4530

Thanks for reading!

Marissa

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