I have always had a love for furniture. New, old, perfect and damaged, I feel like every piece has a story. When I was young, my mother handed down her old, twice-painted, cream colored iron bed and her 70’s style night stand to me. You can only imagine my excitement to have some things of my own. This bed supported me when I was happy, it absorbed my tears, it kept me cozy when I was sick, it held strong when I was learning to do flips and heard every conversation at my sleepovers. It was far from perfect, but it was mine.
I have since moved on to a better, more “grown up” bedroom suit. Sometimes I think back and wish I would have kept that old bed. Its strange how everyone has emotional ties to different things in life. Mine is furniture.
Moving into the new house earlier this year has brought new opportunities and space for additional furniture. (Yay!) For the first time, I have a red, white-trimmed, formal dining room and a REAL mantle over a fireplace. Since moving in, my mother has been sending all “my things” with me to keep at my house. You know, those things that you don’t want to get rid of, but you don’t want to store them at your place kind-of-things? A few months ago, she came to visit and asked if I would like to have the dining room table that sat in our family dining room when I was young. Without hesitation, I accepted. I remember when my mom bought this table and chairs. She loved it just as much then as I would now. I could not wait for my parents to deliver it to the house. When it arrived, my excitement could not be contained. I began brainstorming how I could make it my own and give it a new life in our home. Take a look at what a beauty it has become.
This table features two extension leafs and six chairs and I am beyond pleased with how it turned out. As one of my more advanced projects, this brought several new experiences. First of all, my honey bought me my 1st electric hand sander. Wow! What a difference a REAL hand sander makes in the quality, appearance and time spent on adding those special details. Second, I used a wax sealer for the first time. This was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I was initially skeptical, but once you use wax you will never go back. Third, this was my first time re-covering seating. With my electric staple gun and the help of two extra hands, these chairs turned out more than perfect. I quote my honey, “Are you sure you’ve never done this before?”
Here’s a close up
Stay tuned for the next project!
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