Gotta Start Somewhere

Dave and I have been talking a lot about this phrase lately in our life (if you haven’t “met” us yet, hop on over to the Goobers tab and learn a little bit about us–the goobers behind these posts). This idea of “you gotta start somewhere” brings so much joy and hope to us. On one end, it could be that you’ve fallen and you’re just trying to get up; but instead of falling to the ground, you’ve fallen down a deep chasm with alligators at the bottom (much like on Emperor’s New Groove). You aren’t going to make it back to the surface all at once, you’ve gotta start somewhere. Or, on the flip side, you’ve got a dream and a desire to do something, but it’s like running a marathon–the finish line is a ways out there! No matter, you gotta start somewhere. And you know the fun part? If you start somewhere, you’ll get…. somewhere! Sometimes the end goal isn’t what we think it will be, but turns out to be exactly what you needed. Joy in the journey!

So that’s what we’re doing here. This cute and silly couple–a computer software engineer and freelance graphic designer–here to enjoy the journey! David and I have always loved a good project, and over the time we’ve been together, we’ve picked up many ‘side projects’ along the road. One of which being refinishing furniture! There’s something about taking something that’s got beautiful potential, refining it, and “refinding” it’s place in this world as the beautiful masterpiece it was meant to be! The feeling of accomplishment after tackling a vigorous, time-consuming, handmade task is a big plus.

Refinishing runs in the family, on my part. Thanks to my amazing mother who saw beauty in “junk” to not only save us money, but restore objects to its former glory. My sister, brother, and his wife have all joined in, making some wonderful pieces over the years! Through the mix of it all, I’ve been lucky enough to tackle a few of my own projects!

MCKENNA'S PROJECTS (a couple)

This is only a few of the gems that have found a home in our family.

David has a small woodworking background, and has come to really enjoy it! Wanting to pursue it further, we joined together in this little quest of “flipping furniture”.

We’re just getting started, and can’t wait to see where this takes us! Now, without further ado, PICTURES! That’s what you really come to see anyway. 😉

I do apologize in advance that my personal projects don’t have the best quality photos up to this point (I had no idea that I’d be displaying them in this fashion!) but I promise I will try to get better ones as we move forward.

Enjoy! 😍

David made this bath caddy for me on our first Christmas together, so I’d stop scaring him when I brought my computer in whilst taking a bath… Thanks, Honey!
Fits perfect in our dinky, adorable cast iron clawfoot tub.
This coffee table has so much charm, but was covered in a horrible khaki green (I’m sure you can infer what this color looks like in a more grotesque scene), and all it needed was a little freshening up to return to its former glory. It currently sits happily in my living room.
This was my grandmother’s waterfall dresser. It was oak, with an orange glaze, and orange handles (eek!), but the over all shape of it was so sweet. We refinished the outside, and put parchment paper inside to give it a soft pop of color. Love this piece in our home.
One of my favorite projects. Took me a long time to get the finish right, but oh how wonderful it looks in my kitchen (it’ll look cuter in a real size kitchen someday. College-life.)
Finished just in time for us to move in to our apartment as a new married couple! I’ll always cherish this table.
1960’s mirror, and 1940’s side table, make a perfect blend for a vanity set. It has served me well over the years.

I sort of talk of furniture as if they have feelings. As if they are a living thing. Well, quite simply, it’s because I feel that they are! Everything has a sense of “being”, and all we’re doing is bringing them back to life. It’s much like people. We get run down, dusty, broken. But that doesn’t mean we are lost; we’re not junk. We just need a good refining. “For he is like a refiner’s fire, and shall sit as a refiner and purifier, and shall purify them, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” (3 Nephi 24:2-3, D&C 128:24, Zechariah 13:9) Or as C.S. Lewis so eloquently put it,

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

There’s just a little spiritual tidbit for you; Dave and I are very religious people, after all. 😊

Hope you stick around, there’s much more to come! Thanks for listening in!

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