I feel like this furniture project was much more labor intensive that I initially imagine, but I learned a lot and could not be more happy with the final result.*
I learned how rewarding it is to take something deemed "old" or "unwanted," add your own personal touch and a little sweat equity and watch it transform into a piece that you love and feel connected to because...it was created by you.
I learned to keep going when I felt tired, my back and arms ached, and I was attacked by ruthless mosquitos.
I learned that mistakes can be erased or made into a unique flaw that gives character to the piece.
I learned that my obsessive list-making skill actually aided me in completing these projects. I kept a "master list" of each step needed to complete the dining area and I would check it each day. Depending on how much time I had per day, I would decide a task I could complete. As a result, I was able to work on the projects during the week instead of waiting for a whole free weekend. (Example: While dinner was cooking, I could paint on coat on the table or scotch guard the chair cushions while also doing laundry and cleaning my apartment)
I learned the importance of a partnership. I could not have completed this project without help and support from Kern.
|Come over and sit for a while!|
|I chose a blueish/gray color for the cushions. It is hard for me to get away from blue! I consider this color a neutral and think it will match with most any other color from brown to red in future settings.|
|Can you see the difference dark wax makes? The table and chairs are both Old Ochre but the chairs have dark wax and the table only has clear wax. I wanted them to be in the same "family" but not perfectly match.|
|Come over and have dinner on my Topiary plates!|
|Do you see the dry bar in the background?|
*I am going to remove the finish on the table and stain the top a dark wood color