A Bench Restoration

I’m so excited to reveal this piece to you. Lately, I feel like God is putting the most kind and incredible people in front of me. The owners of this bench are no exception. They are two beautiful souls and it was an honor that they trusted me with a piece of furniture they truly love and have had around 30 years! Continue reading “A Bench Restoration”

My Dream Living Room

I was recently asked by a new friend at Arhaus what my dream living room would consist of. My mind immediately went to a version of a Fixer Upper episode: including, but not limited to, neutral paint tones, industrial farmhouse decor, chippy-shabby-chic furniture, comfortable seating, softly knit throw blankets and pillows, lots of natural light, great art, and beautiful candle stick holders on a rustic mantle garnished by fresh greenery. You know the look: Continue reading “My Dream Living Room”

German Dining Table Update

One of the fun things about being a military wife is that I get to work on furniture from all other the world. Okay, maybe not all over but this was definitely not from Target. This was a German-made table that a fellow Air Force family had picked up well over 10 years ago when they were stationed over seas. It’s solid, and I mean solid, wood. With very few blemishes, this table was just needing an update for the busy family. Unfortunately, I finished this table in rush because the family had to move, so I didn’t take great pictures (before or after). I debated on even blogging about it, but it’s so good that you can even tell how pretty the transformation was despite the lack of professional documentation!

The picture below was messaged to me just to see if the table was something I could accomplished right before the family moved.


I was tasked to update these beautiful eight wooden chairs and their matching table with white paint and a dark stain. This sweet family still has growing kiddos, so they opted to keep the cushions the same for now until spills and sticky hands are less common.  It ended up being humid and rainy (not the best painting weather) so I did most of the work in my house. I felt crazy after 2 coats of shellac, 3 coats of white, and 3 clear top coats on each chair -plus the stain and top coats for that! But I pulled it off and it is now nestled in a precious new dining room where I hope there will be many new memories made around the dinner table for this family!


For the chairs I used Zinsser Shellac spray paint to seal and prim, Rust-Oleum Linen White Chalked Paint, and General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. I sanded the top of the dining table and stained it with two coats General Finishes Java Gel stain, followed by GF High Performance Top Coat.




I absolutely love how the Java Gel stain transformed this table top into something so rich and really accented the wood grain.

What do you think of the final project?



I’m so happy with how this turned out that I couldn’t help but share. Let me know what you think!