Becoming Like New, and 2018

Hello, friends! And Happy New Year. I can’t believe it’s 2018.

2017 was one. full. year. Anyone else? Our small family experienced a lot of challenges, successes, joys and sorrows. Some of the big moments that stand out to me are:  starting my studio, buying our first home, moving to a new neighborhood, watching my siblings graduate, get married, and get engaged, (there’s a lot of life happening in our big family half a country away) we had my brother live with us for 8 weeks, friends and family visit Maryland, we had to say the hardest goodbye to our sweet boy, Titus (click to watch the most beautiful Christmas gift I’ve ever received made by my husband), I ran another marathon, and we traveled quite a bit. I feel tired and emotionally drained just thinking about all those wonderful highs, and moments of growth in the belly of the lows.

What about you? I’d love to hear your favorite story, or a way you grew personally in 2017.

In the midst of all that life, I found the ability to keep growing as an entrepreneur and was able to complete some really incredible pieces for sweet clients. This, is one of those:

I actually spotted this bench on a buy-sale-trade site (that I addictively monitor multiple times a day) and made an offer on the bench. The woman (my future client) responded with “no way” to my offer. I laugh thinking about it now. I responded logically, with why my offer was lower than the asking price, what I planned to do with it, and how much time it would take to salvage the piece. She then proceeded to ask me to do all of that for her. She was wise, because this piece is absolutely precious and will be a timeless addition to her home.

What a difference a bit of time and attention can do in the areas of our life that are broken-down and worn out. I constantly meditate on the fact that every piece of broken, old, and trashed furniture I’m able to restore and give “new life” to is a constant reminder of God’s offer to restore, love, and give purpose and true new life to all humanity. We just have to say “yes” to begin the process. Alas, this kind of restorative love makes me sappy every time.

I’m not going to lie, I actually liked the wood before I touched it. But as a bit of a modern/industrial/farmhouse kind of girl that I am, I understand the importance and desire to have fresh, clean white furniture in my home. I haven’t seen the bench in its rightful spot yet (my client was remodeling and building her dream home) but I’m sure the design looks so perfect in its space.

The design plan was to whitewash the piece. It really let the perfect amount of wood grain show through. I used Rust-Oleum’s Chalked Paint in Linen -I love this stuff because it’s so great to use on multiple kinds of projects; I use it for signs, pieces I want to easily distress, and, of course, whitewashing.

The carvings are so beautiful.

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Shout out to a good friend who happily gave me the PERFECT navy gimp after I had no luck finding the right match. The trim was truly a match made in heaven.

The legs on this piece were dreamy.

I love all the soft curves and detailed woodwork. The white really did clean and brighten it up, but it’s just an added bonus to the beauty that was already there!

One more glance back at the old… (and 2017)

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And hello to the new.

I hope this finds you 19 days into the best year yet. I want to say a thank you to all my clients, family, and friends who encouraged and supported me in starting my studio last year, you truly changed my life.

All the love,

Beth