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bedroom furniture makeover

This furniture was a labor of love. I saw it Craigslist and just couldn’t pass it up. It’s Broyhill – a full antique set! And those carvings! I fell in love with what I knew it could be as soon as I saw the listing.

Sadly, I couldn’t even begin to explain how utterly and absolutely disgusting it was when we picked it up. So, I won’t. It looked pretty grimy in the pictures, but even they don’t showcase the extent of the gross-ness. {I’ll spare you.} Thankfully, only 4 people actually know the truth, and they’ve been bribed with beer and food to keep mum. All you need to know is that the previous owners had cats. Lots of them. OH, and each piece weighs at least a bajillion pounds. I can hardly lift the “little” nightstand myself.

With my heart and mind made up {I neeeeeded to make this beautiful} David and I spent countless hours cleaning, sanding, cleaning, sanding, staining, sanding, & painting. He deserves a gold medal. Seriously, have I mentioned how gross this was? We kept all of the original hardware, and painted them with a quick coat of brushed silver spray paint. David was able to stain the top to match almost perfectly to the beautiful dark walnut color of the doors and drawers. I painted the base of each piece a creamy off-white we picked up in the mis-tint section at Lowes, and finished off the edges with soft distressing. Did you also notice the fun pop of color on the inside drawers? LOVE!

Eventually, our hard work and persistence prevailed and I got a brand new {old} bedroom set. Isn’t she a beaut? It was the perfect set for my last year as a single gal. I loved the feminine carvings, not to mention all the storage. But, alas, as good things tend to do, the end of my time with these 3 pieces has come. I’m asking $500 for the set. Interested? Let me know!!

save the date

Hey all! What a beautiful Friday! The snow is finally gone and here I am, trying to bring it back. Shameful, I know. Here are a few of my favorite engagement photos and a link to our video save-the-date! You can check out my guest post on Dave’s blog, too – if you want. 🙂

Photo credit to Brianne Nichole Photography. Brianne, you are fantastic, and I am so blessed by your friendship. Love you!

 PS. I dearly promise that this is the last time I will post these pictures and video. I just love them {and David. :)} and wish I could share it with the entire world! Forgive a crazy girl head-over-heels in love, will ya?!

beautiful life || the art of marriage

A couple weekends ago, Dave and I attended a retreat at our church called The Art of Marriage. It’s a Family Life production and was so well done. It’s so often easy to get caught up in the realities of the world that real, quality time with each other sometimes gets pushed aside. Even when you do get time together {which Dave and I are blessed to have a lot of}, it’s not typical that you sit and focus solely on talking about your relationship for 12 hours. This is probably a good thing – we would drive each other bonkers {AND anyone around us}.

This retreat was simply fantastic. We enjoyed delicious snacks provided by Embrace and had the opportunity to learn about marriage and more about each other. Our favorite part of the entire weekend was reciting the pledge at the end. Versed similarly to wedding vows, we both got a peek into what saying our own vows will be like in just a few short months. {eeeekk!! 🙂 } We could hardly make it through the marriage retreat pledge without tearing up. My sincerest apologies and warnings to our guests: if you’re moved to tears when you see/hear other people crying {like me}, you may want to bring tissues. Let’s be honest, Dave and I are both going to bawl like big babies. 🙂

We’re blessed to be able to start our journey together with so much support and love, and to be provided with tools such as these to make a beautiful life together. I don’t know anything about marriage. As “prepared” as we think we are, we have no clue what we’re getting ourselves into. We’ll learn as we go, and the biggest, best, most incredible thing we have on our side isn’t our love for each other, but our love for God and His love for us. We pray every day for each other and that we may have a Christ-centered marriage. Thankfully, we have been blessed with so many married-couple-friends we look up to who have just that. They work at it every single day, and by God’s grace, regardless of all the statistics that say otherwise, marriage works and is a beautiful gift. We are under no illusion that it’ll be easy, but in good and bad, it’ll be so worth it.

This retreat is appropriate for couples in all stages and I highly recommend it. Embrace hosts it twice yearly; check out their website for more information!