Do you find Autumn to be as motivating as I do? The fresh, cool Fall air wakes me up and keeps me moving all day long working on projects, coming up with new ideas, and just getting things done! I love the Fall.
This weekend brought some great surprises too. The home of a long-time neighbor of ours (40+ years) was recently sold and was being cleaned out this weekend. It was a bit sad, but I was happy to learn that the family who purchased the home was originally from our neighborhood and is moving back.
The people that were helping to clean out the house began putting furniture on the sidewalk. My husband was out cutting the grass and thought I should check it out. Now keep in mind, that my goal is to complete all painting projects by the end of November or before the first snow falls – whichever comes first. I was two projects away from that goal when my husband told me about the furniture on the sidewalk. “Oh well,” I thought. I guess if he was telling me to pick up more furniture, he wasn’t too worried about getting the cars in the garage any time soon. So off I went.
When I arrived at the house, there were about seven people standing outside and a pick-up truck already packed with several pieces. I asked what their plans were for the furniture. Before they could answer one of the women walked up to me and asked if I was Vicki. “Ah… yes”, I replied hesitantly. I always feel terrible when someone recognizes me and I give them a blank stare, but I wasn’t quite sure how she knew my first (and last) name.
As it turned out, they were family members of one of my cousins and the realtor who was there helping out was the mom of a friend of mine from high school. It’s been many years since I’ve seen any of them and I never expected them to have any connection to this house, so it surprised me. You know when you see someone out of context and you can’t place them?
They all happened to be long-time friends of the family who lived in the house and were helping clean it out before it passed to the new owners later this week. They had lined up several furniture pieces on the sidewalk and said I was welcome to take whatever I wanted.
After explaining how I refinish furniture and catching up with them, they helped me pack a few pieces in my truck. I now had two more weeks of painting projects to complete. Included were a French dresser and matching night stand, a six-drawer dresser, a piano bench, and a wood bar cart. All beautiful pieces that just needed a little refresh. That’s where I come in.
I spent the morning with my DeWalt rotary sander (affiliate link) and three hours later had all of these pieces stripped. I’ll get started painting & staining tomorrow. Hopefully by then, I’ll be able to lift my arms!
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