Category Archives: The Biz: Updates from The RFC

Cabin Fever

Well, we’re nearing the end of January, it’s currently snowing and with a case of Cabin Fever setting in, I decided I needed to put myself to work.  As a result, I’m happy to share a few new pieces of jewelry!

These little beauties of vintage character have just been added to our shop!  If you haven’t seen it in awhile, you’ll find us now in our own little shop on Etsy! Check it out!

With Valentine’s Day only a little more than Three weeks away, we decided to “share the love”!  Just enter VALENTINE2013 in your check out for an extra 15% off your purchase!

Visit our Shop!


Anything Can Happen!!

Happy New Year!!  Yeah, seven days ago, I know… Well, The RFC’s first few months have been interesting to say the least!  Promising as well!  We’ve seen lots of public interest in our work.  We participated in an artisan fair in September and will be gearing up for another this coming fall!  I’ll keep you posted with more info on that at a later date.  We also now have many of our items for sale in a charming consignment shop at Lincoln Gardens in Lincoln, RI.  Through LG, we were also featured in the local newspaper!  See, an interesting first few months!!  On top of all this excitement we have been commissioned for a few custom pieces of furniture and have even parted with some of our artwork varying from driftwood, jewelry, mirrors, lighting and decor items!    Yes, we even made our first international shipment: a REFINED Vintage Lantern Lamp (Jonny’s fantastic design above) was shipped out to Spain!! We are excited to see our new business growing and gaining interest!  Thank you so much for sharing with your friends and family about us!!

So, I personally spent much of the spring and summer of 2012 on this computer, in this little office of mine, building what I think is a very lovely website!  Well, it’s extremely time consuming and never mind expensive to keep up with for a little homegrown business.  Over the past two months or so we’ve been testing the waters over there in our own little Etsy shop, and to our delight it has been more successful than we had expected!  (Shame on us, we know) Sooo, that being said, we have decided to simplify life and business around here a bit for 2013 and make this blog the new home of The Refinery Furniture Company with shopping conveniences at our etsy shop.  Honestly, wordpress and etsy just make it easy for us at this point.  I definitely won’t say this change is permanent though!!  I’m a dreamer, remember??!!  😉 Anything can happen… and that’s a great thing!

Honestly, this feels right.  Manageable.  Comfortable, but better yet unconfined!!  Over the next few days, I’ll be transferring all of our inventory to this blog and etsy shop before switching the link here so don’t go and loose your  www.therefineryfurniturecompany.com bookmark! Pretty soon you’ll click it and find a lovely new RFC blog-site (yeah I made that one up) with all the REFINED beauty we can share!!

As always, if you’re gonna dream, dream big!! 

Love, Becca


Are You Creative?

Good Morning!! Been busy around here! A HUGE “Thank you” for your patience, love, prayers and support in our business adventure.  You have been very helpful with feedback so far this summer and finally we are on the countdown of opening!!  In approximately 2 weeks our online store will be officially open! I had NO idea how much time it takes to build a proper online store, but I’m looking forward to the days ahead!

Trying not to ask too much of you, but here’s my current request:

If you are (or a friend of yours is) a budding artist (or a veteran one) and are looking for a place to sell your product, I’d love to check it out and possibly include your/their work in my store.  I’m hoping to include your items in the following categories: Furniture, Home Decor, Market Finds, Gifts, Jewelry  -also willing to review suggestions!  Let me know if you have any questions about the categories, too.

Here’s a screen grab of a page in the site so far: (sneak peek!)

Ever been to a really great consignment shop??  I just love those! You’d see all sorts of different Artists’ work that generally fits with the theme of the store.  The Wrentham Country Store in Wrentham, MA is a great example. Its a store selling products (furniture/home decor/antiques) of local Artists -everything has a vintage look and feel that all works together creating a great shopping experience.  That’s what we are doing ONLINE at The RFC!!  Lord-willing, we hope to open a physical storefront someday, but we are just getting started so online is great for now!

So, let me know if you or anyone you know needs a place to feature their beautiful products!

PS: NO!!  It doesn’t cost anything!!

Love always, Becca

Keep dreaming!!  “If you’re gonna dream, dream BIG!”

Examples of products that I’m looking for: FURNITURE-refinished/handmade, JEWELRY-handmade, handmade GIFTS-soap/candles/sache’s/hand bags/purses/hair accessories/crochet & knit accessories/ cards-specialty papers & photos-/journals & sketchbooks/etc etc, handmade HOME DECOR-wall art/photo & prints/frames/mirrors/decorative shelving/floral accessories/crochet & knit table items /lamps & chandeliers/pillows/curtains/table decor …….taking suggestions!

Can’t wait to hear from YOU!!!!


What Is Milk Paint?

Answer: Awesome!  Ok, that would fail a Jeopardy response, but even so, that’s how I feel about it!!  Well, if you haven’t heard of it or were curious, its an ALL NATURAL, NON-TOXIC, powder-based paint that was used pretty much exclusively in the days of old… really old.  I’m fairly certain most of us weren’t born then.  This is before the “remember when they used to make things like…” It was before lead paint, before chemicals, only stuff from the earth. -oh, and cow.  😉  I’ve been using it a lot lately on a few of my projects (sorry, that’s why I haven’t been back here sooner) and I really enjoy using it.  It makes what can feel like mundane painting feel like art again!!  Coolest part is that it actually bonds directly to the bare wood and doesn’t require priming of any sort!  A fresh sanding and cleaning is all that’s necessary before using it!  Ok, I know, enough with the sales pitch-too bad I don’t sell it > oh wait, I do!! I’m Massachusetts’ newest retailer of Old Fashioned Milk Paint! Shop for Milk Paint HERE.    I’ll probably consume more than I’ll end up selling!! 😉

I know you want pictures, I would too.  So I’m including a few pics of a product using the Milk Paint.

  View the finished Mirror in our shop HERE.

This mirror frame was totally left to rot in a pool shed in Rehoboth, MA.  Rotting…literally.  I scrubbed it down and gave it new life with two coats of primer (I know, Milk Paint doesn’t need it.  But trust me, this frame did!)  After the primer I mixed Extra Bond with the Milk Paint to allow it to adhere to the primed wood and gave it two coats of Soldier Blue.  The Milk Paint has a velvety finish that is actually textured and oh, so visually dimensional!  Finally, two coats of the non-toxic sealer gives this velvety finish a satiny sheen that keeps it tight and resistant to wear, fingerprints and watermarks. It might be hard to see the finish in the pictures, but really, its fabulous!!!  (Yes, in my mind that was said like Jim Carrey as The Grinch!)

Ok, I went camera happy the other day and was inspired from my planter for this week’s quiz, a little tougher I think:  First person (by commenting on this blog, of course) to name the flower below gets the next prize.  Please just use the common name…I don’t know the Latin!  😉

Have an awesome week!!!

~Becca

“If you’re gonna dream, dream BIG!!”


This Is So Much Better, Don’t You Think?

They’re finally in!!  I ordered these awesome bin pulls for my Peacock Vintage Painted End Table.  I just wasn’t loving the painted handles.  Then I put these little beauties on…and voila!!  Soooo much better, don’t you think??

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So, this was just a quick update!  This weeks blog soon to come!

Have a happy Independence Day!!

Love, Becca

If you’re gonna dream, DREAM BIG!!


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!!!


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