I think the end of the year is always a good time to reflect on what we did over the past year, and think about what we want to accomplish over the next. One of my biggest accomplishments for 2014 was salvaging over 65 pieces of furniture! First of all, let me say, even I think that is just plain crazy! Seriously. How in the world did I manage that? Well, we’ve already established that I get a lot of help from Quandie’s cast of characters. But, aside from that, I also have it down to a science. I think it saves a lot of time when you know the products you are working with, the steps it takes to renovate a piece of furniture and you have all of your tools and supplies handy and ready to go. I can also crank them out much faster in the summer when not only can I have 3 or 4 pieces going at once in the Carriage House, but I can work until 9 or 10 pm after coming home from the day job and still have plenty of light. Things slow down in winter when I only have the space to work on one piece at a time, and photo shoots are relegated to weekends which is the only time I’m home during daylight hours.
To be fair, there are those who might also suggest that I don’t have much of a social life, which just might be true. I also have a husband who does most of the cooking and cleaning. And let me also point out, I have 4 mile commute. Never underestimate the value of living close to your place of work. I have a solid extra one to two hours per day compared to some of my co-workers who commute longer distances. Of course, there is also the big one … no children. That’ll free up some time.
But really, when it comes down to it, my real secret is that I just simply love rehabbing furniture. I get excited about each new piece. On weekends I will wake up at 7 a.m. and jump out of bed with anticipation. I will exhaust myself with a 12 hour marathon of painting, and still have to force myself to put down the brush at the end of the day. In the end the answer is, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
So, here it is the end of the year, and we’ve established that I have lots of projects under my belt for 2014, so how about we all pick a favorite?
I’m not sure that I can narrow my choice down to just one though.
I love the way this stenciled dresser turned out, and the crystal knobs worked perfectly without distracting from the stencil.
But the black magic dresser was also one of my faves. I love the little mirror on the back, and the contrast between the black paint and the wood details.
This yellow dresser was also one of my faves. Love the yellow and white together.
The minty fresh vanity was also a favorite of mine. I loved how the custom mixed MMS milk paint turned out, and the little unexpected pop of vintage wallpaper inside the knee hole.
Then there was the first piece that I used vintage wallpaper on, the linen press. This one, by the way, was my top viewed post of the year at 1,503 views.
Yep, I can’t pick just one. That would be like picking a favorite child. Let’s call these my top 5. And now it is your turn, and I expect more from you. I expect you to just pick one. Check out my ‘fab furniture’ tab and pick out your favorite for the year. You can choose from any of them, not necessarily just my five faves. Please leave me a comment saying which one is your favorite, and maybe something about why you picked it. I’m going to draw a random comment and send some sort of stash of goodies (yet to be determined) to the winner (deadline to get your name in is Friday, January 2)!
And one last thing as we draw a close to 2014. Thank you so much to each of you who followed my blog in 2014, and even those who aren’t following, but just randomly reading along. And an even bigger thank you to each of you who took the time to leave a total of 2,282 comments, and especially my top five commenters (hmmm, not a real word apparently) Victoria, Ginene, Darrielle, Terri and my sis, Debbie! You guys rock!
Happy New Year everyone! See you next year!