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Overwhelmed, But Loving It!

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Charming little beauty, needing a bit of Refining love!

Overwhelmed. Yes. We are starting to feel it!  One of those overwhelms that is all great things all at one time, you know?  Hubby and I have been collecting some amazing furniture to REFINE over the last few weeks and we have a seriously tiny house!  For those space planners out there… less than 1000 square feet of cottagey tiny-ness!  (Yes I make up my own words)  Including my own we now have four hutches in this house!!  Four!!!  Also a few end tables, chairs and other miscellaneous accessories that I’ve been photographing, editing, resizing and uploading to the website!  No, no it’s not here yet, but hopefully soon!!  Jonny has also been working on a few designs for some really great furniture that he is soon to build!  I can’t wait to see them all completed!  If you know anything about Jonny, he is extremely talented and creative and an excellent craftsman.  The pieces he creates will be absolute works of art!  Can’t wait!!

So about the hutches.  We have this very lovely early 1900’s hutch that is in seriously rough shape.  It’s been moved from house, to house, to barn, to house.  It’s adorable, isn’t it?  It has the original glass with this great design painted on it.  Its like a garden trellis with a pot of vines & flowers. I’m not too sure how they did it back then, if the design is hand-painted or stenciled, or even pressed on somehow.  I don’t know, but the design is peeling horribly.  It looks great from a distance but up close you wonder how long those little potentially lead-riddled paint chips will hang on!  It’s kinda sad.  😦  I have a sweet spot for preserving history but also a desire to make things fresh and neat.  Let me know what you think??  Should I replace the glass panels and save the painted glass to embed somewhere else more safely??  Or should I retain the glass, scrape off the design (or parts of it) and try my hand at repainting???  I’m curious what you think. Also, any color suggestions for the hutch??  We are adding a top molding to soften the blunt square edges, it will help make the piece look more elegant. I know you can’t see the whole thing, but it really is in rough shape. The paint is peeling clean off the sides. Ahhh, my kind of project!  I’m really looking forward to refining it!  As of now, its gracefully sitting in my living room with hopes that the kids or dogs don’t bump it and knock off more paint chips!! 😉

Really the majority of the overwhelming feeling is organizing everything; between caring for our family, homeschooling the boys (ahh summer break) starting up this business, refining furniture, basic housekeeping and nevermind maintaining somewhat of a social life… yeah things can get overwhelming at times.  Our house is turning into a furniture warehouse. Some pieces finished, some in the refining process and some, simply waiting their turn!  Even though we are praying for a bigger house to support our family’s lifestyle, we can’t put this business on hold!  We are just going to have to make it work!  Here’s a few photos of our home in it’s current state soon so you can see the interesting ways we are “displaying” our product until the online store is up and running and items start shipping out! (for future reference the store will be http://www.therefineryfurniturecompany.com )

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A lovely little niche!

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Great little items atop the charming and peeling hutch in our living room

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Elk, Caribou… AWESOME!! I love this glorious driftwood treasure!!

Overwhelmed. Yes, but it’s really all great things

What God initiates, he equips us to handle.”  -Beth Moore in her book So Long, Insecurity. You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us

While, I believe that this business venture is God-initiated, I am trusting that He will help us handle all of it!!

Love to all!

Becca

If you’re gonna dream, dream BIG!!

One more quote: “So, you can be overwhelmed and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever be just… whelmed?”

Name the movie!!   I loved this movie when I was a Senior in high school!  I do have to say I still enjoy it now and then! I even have the soundtrack and probably still know every word!  First person to get it right (by commenting on this blog) will win a prize!!


Peacock Vintage Painted End Table

So, yesterday I completed a project. Yes, that is a big deal for me! clap, clap, clap, clap  Are you ever looking for that one piece of furniture…you have a corner or a sad little space that just needs a wow factor??  You just need that one unique item that will take your room from looking like everyone else’s department store decorated space to a place that makes you happy and brings a smile when you walk in…  yeah, me too.

So here it is, my Peacock Vintage Painted End Table….

This end table was never ever a table.  We recieved an old solid mahogany and beat-up waaay oversized desk from a local New England family.   Seriously, this thing was huge and wicked heavy!!  We didn’t even try to get it into our studio.  I would’ve had to sit on top of it with my computer to type out these blogs because there wouldn’t be any floor space in here with that thing!! So it sat under a tarp on our trailer for about a week…or two waiting for inspiration.  Then Jonny, aka Master Craftsman, 🙂 started the REFINING process.  He took the desk apart (it even had a gaping hole drilled into the top for computer wires) and rebuilt it into these beautiful matching end tables.  They have three dove-tailed drawers and a slide-out writing table.  These are sized perfectly to fit anywhere, even high enough for night stands.  I love them.   You know what I love the most??  I love that even thought they have begun the refining process they are still proudly wearing their gouges and scars from a long family life.   We don’t fill those little beauties in and hide their stories.  So then this one sat in my studio for about a week…or two waiting for inspiration.

I had been forming more website structure and options to offer our custom pieces.  One of the options we offer is a Vintage Paint Finish.  It’s a finish that is multi-layered and distressed giving a piece an “I’ve seen it all and still have my colors to prove it” look.   So the option you see here, I am happy to announce on the end table in it’s complete and refined state is Peacock Vintage Paint Finish.  I don’t know about you, but I’m IN LOVE with this color scheme!  Let me know what you think.  I have the other end table too that’s patiently awaiting it’s refining and I’ve got a great finish in mind!!  Can’t wait to share that one too!  Well, unless of course someone beats me to it and wants it to match this one in the Peacock to have a matching set… only time will tell… I’ll get the eStore up and running first, though and get to finishing that wing back chair.  (click on my post “Tattered & Torn” if you have no idea what chair I’m talking about) It’s coming along well, a very intricate piece.  As promised, I’ll keep you posted!!

Well, so long for now and remember: If you’re gonna dream, dream BIG!!!


Cut-Off Jeans

Ok, I call this one My Favorite Cut-Off’s Bracelet!  While I was making it, all I could think about is how great it would look with cut-off jean shorts, white cotton eyelet blousse, straw hat and some brown cowboy boots… and a great tan, of course.  So far, one of my favorite pieces to start off the summer!  Let me know what you think of it! To be honest, if this one doesn’t sell I don’t think  I’ll be too sad! 😉

So, hubby and I are still busy getting the business built…literally.  Sometimes I think how much easier it would’ve been if we just ordered a whole bunch of product at wholesale prices, and put it up for sale.  Much simpler, right??  But not really, it’s not our style or our passion.  Apparantly, we are making-more-work-for-ourselves junkies!  Oh well, the best part of it all is that every piece we create will be a one-of-a-kind piece of art for you to enjoy!  All this time, effort and patience will be so worth it the day we make our online store public!!  But for now, dreaming… building… painting… refinishing… distressing… glazing… creating… photographing… ahh REFINING all in our “free time”….really???? Does that even exist?  But enjoying every minute of it!

Becca

…if you’re going to dream, dream BIG!!…


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