How’s your week going? It’s been a long week here. On May 15th, we were woken up by a call that I had dreaded since I first met my husband. His grandmother had passed away suddenly that evening. We were in shock and filled with sadness. Not sadness for her… she’s walking on streets of gold, sitting at the feet of Jesus right now. Man oh man, we were almost jealous of her. She trustied in Christ alone for forgiveness of all she did wrong, she asked God to take His payment for sin on the cross and apply it to her account. We were elated for her, but sad for the loss of her in our lives. John grew up with his grandmother so she was like his mom. They had such a special bond and I believe he loved her more than anyone else on the planet. For that reason, I knew the next week would be tough at best. My kids had never seen daddy cry until this week. I’ve never felt so helpless in how to best support him. I’m no expert, but I prayed a lot for him, prayed for me to know how to help him and for God to make beauty out of the ashes somehow. We had never planned a funeral, never written an obituary, never ordered flowers for a casket; so it was emotionally exhausting. I saw pain in John that I wanted to take for myself but knew I couldn’t. Her funeral was on Saturday and we both felt such peace; peace that only God gives. My dad was asked to do the funeral service and the message was perfect. We honored gram’s life and how she was the example of the fruit of the spirit… “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” Galatians 5:22. He also urged us and I want to urge you to consider eternity and what the Bible says about it. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV Also, consider if you are living what you say you believe. “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” James 2:18 KJV We all need that reminder, right?
Because of John’s busy week, I tried to help out by designing a buffet for our store! I’ve been trying to spend more time in the design of the pieces for our store because I was starting to feel like an order taker instead of a designer. Ever since vacation, I’ve been trying to do at least one a week.
Here’s the buffet before:
It needed so much love!! It had damaged veneer and much cleaning was needed!! So, we started with the repair and cleaning. Next, I wanted to give it an aged pewter finish. So, I hand painted it with Ace silver metallic paint. If you’re using that, I highly recommend painting outside because it’s oil based and pretty stinky. It adheres really well on anything though. I tried using the orbital sander and hated it so I used my good old hands to sand the distressed area. As I was painting, I noticed that the bottom drawer had no detailing and would be a perfect spot for a print or design. I had bought these old map posters at Ballard Design in Florida a year ago and have been waiting for the right piece to use them on.
I used spray adhesive to to attach the poster to the drawer front and then clear coated it by using a spray paint can. I thought the silver was too bright at this point so I decided to glaze the whole piece to give it a darker more aged appearance. That’s exactly what it needed!! The glaze toned it down to the hue I was looking for. And, what do you think of those globe knobs I found ;) ?!
This buffet is available on our Furniture For Sale page right now!! Here are a few other new things, too!
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Happy FunCycling Friends,
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