Do you have a favorite space in your home? This area of our house is easily becoming mine. It is our Great Room and where we do most of our life (eat all our meals, play games as a family, school). We have lived in this house for almost 10 months and I feel one reason I love it so much, is I have taken my time...and given plenty of thought to every detail (color, texture, furniture, layout). And even more with my recent "Furniture Refresh"
When we bought the hutch, table, and chairs they were perfect for the house we were in (and at the time we had no plans of moving…so the style and color worked for the space). But now…5 moves later and in a home with a very different tone and feel (we went from warm tones with creams and greens to cool tones with grays and whites). Majority of our other furniture pieces (couch, entertainment center, chairs) did not survive all the moves so they were replaced (or demoted to the playroom), and I was not loving the hutch…but the table and chairs…I still loved the structure and shape of them. I have this crazy vision of them being passed down through our family with all the dents, dings, and scratches of meals, schoolwork, projects, and general love for years and years to come… But even with this vision I was not loving how they were working in our space.
But, I did not want to replace them either…so it was time to try something. I had never refinished furniture before and had no idea what I was doing (really I still don’t, but I am loving the results.) I will share my process in another post (along with before and after pictures)…I am still trying to decide what I want to do with the table (paint or something different).
I am loving the dark and light contrast through the entire space.
I will share more about my process and techniques later but here are a few of my top tips if you are thinking about doing a "Furniture Refresh" of your own.
· If doing chairs, do in pairs so you can make sure they have a match. In case your technique or skill changes along the way.
· Let the character of the piece show.
· Do your research, but don’t be afraid to try something new. (the table…)