Today I invited my grandparents over for lunch and tea. I've realized that I haven't thrown nearly enough dinner/lunch/brunch/food parties in my lifetime. There's something magical about sitting around with food and people you love. We talked about forming habits and I asked them if there are any habits they've kept their whole lives. Things like brushing their teeth, helping others, contacting family, making their bed in the morning, etc etc.
Coming out of the gathering what I've learned today is that I should make an effort to help others and treat myself right every day. Exercise and small acts of kindness should be an everyday occurrence. The old fashioned way of cleaning all the time and taking care of my possessions and body is good. It's imperative to form good habits. Now all I have to do is pick the habits and stick with them.
Do good in the world to yourself and others. Peace and love.
Until next time,
Here is the second project I completed in this refurbishing journey of furniture love and happiness. While at the Goodwill, we spotted a pair of bar stools. They seemed in fairly good condition, although the fabric was in bad shape. Upon further inspection we noticed that the footrest on one of the chairs was completely split in two. Too much work to repair that - so we set them aside.
We continued to search the place, not really spotting anything fancy, until wait, is that guy sitting on another one of these bar stools?? YES! Success! He got up and we ran over to collect the thing. We discarded the broken chair and took the pair of Coaster bar stools home with us.
My aunt walked into her fabric room that we jokingly call "the factory" or "the abyss" (the room is covered from floor to ceiling with fabric and creative materials) and pulled out a blue plaid. She says it is easiest to find a fabric that you like, and then match the paint to it once you've decided. Blue plaid on the seat made us think that the wood could easily be spray painted navy blue.
I removed the seat by unscrewing 4 screws underneath. The fabric was held on by staples again! So easy! So I took the staples out and removed the fabric. I took the plaid material and cut it to the same shape as the old fabric, and stapled it on in no time flat! We bought a pneumatic stapler that you hook up to an air compressor and it makes the job EASY PEASY. I highly recommend it.
I spray painted the chairs navy blue with Rustoleum 2x primer/paint and blue myself like Tobias in Arrested Development. It was hilarious because I had to be at a fancy event for work the next day so I was scrubbing off the paint from my skin vigorously that night!
I put the chairs back together and my aunt deocrated this cute hat from her store with matching fabric and here is what they look like now!
Project two is done, photographed, written, and now awaiting a new home. Thanks for reading! I'm off to make refrigerator soup.
My Aunt Mary is a creative freak.
While I'm living with her, she suggested that I start refurbishing furniture as a small business. It appeals to my creative side, and it gives me a few extra bucks at the end of the week. I've been working on pieces for about a month. I have just been horrible at posting about them.
SO, here is the before and after of my very first haul from the Goodwill.
We found these three beat-up chairs under a pile of junk. The trim around the upholstery was torn off, the fabric was stained, and the wood had been worn away from years of use. My aunt saw the potential, and couldn't believe the beautiful hand-carved details in the legs and arm rests. I trusted that she knew what she was talking about, so we took all three chairs
I have never upholstered ANYTHING before this project, and was a bit intimidated. However, once I started ripping the fabric off the chair I realized that most upholstery is just fabric stapled to wood. Surprisingly, it's not that hard. It is especially convenient when your aunt used to create Victorian style dresses as a side business and still has tons of fabric just lying around the house.
Fast forward a couple weeks after learning various basics of furniture repair and voila! Three classic masterpieces. Three pieces of junk that were a few hours from being sent to the dump. Three beautiful chairs that will hopefully fill someone's home with love and happiness.
This is really fun, people. There is sad furniture everywhere just waiting patiently to be loved. Next time you need something in your home, consider the endless possibilities of refurbishing and GO FOR IT!
Go tear something up. You're gonna like it, I guarantee it.
From Loggins & Messina - Brighter Days. Filmed in the beautiful Fullerton Arboretum.
Here is a tiny update to show the type of refurbishing I've been up to. Today I fixed this shelf that broke in half.
I biked to ACE Hardware, bought some wood glue, glued the seam, put two clamps on it, and now I'm just waiting for it to dry so I can continue working on the mission style piano bench to which this piece belongs
This is the tiniest of projects that I've done but I had to post SOMETHING to show the world. I'm taking pieces of furniture that were one step away from going to the landfill and making them new again.
I can't stress how happy this has made me in the last month, and I feel so fortunate to be in a position where this sort of thing is possible.
Life is good.
I'm making these cute paper hearts today to decorate the house. Sometimes you gotta just show the love.
Luckily I'm surrounded by cute, furry critters.
Have a great day everyone!
filmed in Troutdale, OR. A haunting cover of Haim's Running if You Call My Name
Soda Pants, the lovely group of music players I am involved with, was nominated for one of these San Diego Music awards again. In 2013 we actually took home the award for "Best New Artist" and this year we were nominated for "Best Americana Album" for our debut album, Soda Pants. We recorded the album with the famous, Jeff Berkley at Berkley Sound, and absolutely loved the process and result of all the work we put in.
I received the news late tonight that we did not win the award this year, but I would like to offer my congratulations to The Midnight Pine's album "Buried" for taking the win and representing San Diego Americana! I love and miss San Diego very much, and am so grateful for the amazing opportunities it provided us in the music world.
We'll keep making music and making you all proud!