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  • What We’ve Been Up To

    How does this work? I’m a 10 year blogger between 3 blogs and it’s been so long since I made an appearance on any of them that I couldn’t recall the process of logging in and making words appear on a post. It’s apparently NOT like riding a bicycle for me. I’ll jump in and format my info like this:

    1) It’s August 2017. Already. Wit started his new engineering job last week. You probably have no idea what I’m talking about unless you follow our Instagram account. Quick recap-he lost his job, the one that moved us to the PNW, in December. A few people lost their jobs with the CEO stepping down and some changes were made. It took 5 months for him to find another engineering job. During those 5 months, we did other contract design jobs and finished remodeling our current home. It’s ready to go on the market. We did 95% ourselves. We were exhausted. It looks pretty snazzy. I did not keep my promise of not sharing our remodel projects on that Instagram account. There are tons of remodel photos there, as well as, furniture refinishing pics. ( I was supposed to keep it on our other account. Oops.)

    Em & Wit Design Seattle area furniture repair & refinishing

    This antique folding wood table recently sold. In other news, I’m gathering more plants to add to my collection because I’m a crazy plant lady these days.

    Anyway, we tried to make it work to be full time real estate investors (we also “refinish” houses), another goal of ours, and attempted to start a business with an acquaintance in the realm of commercial reupholstery…didn’t work out. We attempted to pair with an established upholstery business in Seattle (residential/commercial upholstery was Greg’s career world for 9 years) but you’d be surprised to learn just how messy the place runs  (feels like they could fall apart with any minor issue). Sooo, we parted ways (and felt a lot better about our work ethic compared to them). For half a second we thought we were moving to New Hampshire, but decided to stay and take the position north of Seattle. We worked too hard to get here to leave less than 3 years later.

    2) That said, we are in the midst of looking for our next fixer upper home north of Seattle. Many of our furniture refurbishing clients live in that area, so that is exciting! We had to pause putting our house on the market until we find another, which has taken months and months in the past. We are just as picky about our fixer homes as we are with furniture. Wit does have a 4 hour daily commute, though, which is going to get old fast. Traffic!

    3) We are taking on only a few client projects at this time. I, Em, am doing a few of my own projects, soon to be on the market. They will be available at our Auburn home shop (25 miles south of Seattle). Keep an eye on our Instagram account, Etsy shop or Seattle Craigslist. I will let you know when that location changes and when we’re taking on more client pieces.

    4) Here are the current available pieces (as of 8/10/2017) for our Seattle/Tacoma area shoppers. $750 for the antique pine armoire, $350 for the blue dresser, oak buffet is $550. Find their details here. Email emandwitdesign at gmail if you are interested or have questions about refinishing your own project piece. Love to help!

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    Peace out

    ~Em

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  • So umm…hello

    Em & Wit Design Seattle furniture refurbishing

    I’ve not been fulfilling my blogger role around here. Not much at all. You’ll have to give me some credit, friends, I’m going on 10 years of blogging between 3 websites. I’m a little tired and somewhat over it. I’m in the blogger phase where I’d rather physically do activities I enjoy, spend time on my craft, get my hands dirty, and basically experience more of life than plop my bum down and pump out a post.

    Please do send any questions you might have (which a number of you are already doing). I can tell you how we handle certain repairs to wood furniture, about products we like for refurbishing pieces, give you hardware resources. We can chitchat about furniture or whatever you’d like. I love to talk shop and am always also up for gabbing about home improvement projects. Our other passion and career.

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    This shade of perfect green gray is big this year. It’s from one of my new favorite paints, Fusion Mineral Paint (color is Bedford). Love it so much that I’m using it on a special door project I have going on and hope to share later. $350

    I am not, however, over Instagram or Pinterest. (Twitter, yes. Long ago. Facebook, nearly. Snapchat, no thanks. Everything else doesn’t come up on my radar as important to me.) You can find us on Instagram sharing mini blog posts almost every day. I basically just wanted to drop in and let you know this bit o’ news. It’s the best way to get ahold of us quickly, say if you have to have a piece of furniture in our shop and can’t go on without it in your house. That kind of situation. Speaking of that, we’re running low on items in the shop. You can find what’s still available here on our main page.

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    I used Rit dye to stain this oak mirror for a modern grain appearance. I felt inspired by Japanese aizome. Japanese woodworking techniques fascinate us. We hope to get into the Japanese art of  “shou-sugi-ban” or preserving wood by charring it. There are some gorgeous pieces of furniture, siding and flooring out there using this technique. $140

    I can’t promise much of anything coming out of the workshop. Wait, no. I do have a few things that will be available once I snap their pretty pictures. An old spindle bed that looks rather chic these days…a table I once said I wouldn’t sell…roughly 100 doors for the house. So those doors won’t be for sale, but I will be painting those suckers soon.

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    Just finished this cute side table/child’s desk/nightstand. I’m loving shades of green right now (as you can tell). $125

    Also, we have once again entered the “doing” phase of remodeling our house toward a spring/summer resale, so we’re taking on less client work. That’s right, the home shop will be moving and current place (nearly all of our visiting customers love) will be on the market. I plan to have an announcement or two down the line where I will go into detail about some other issues that have popped into our lives. Until then, see you on Instagram.

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  • What We’re Up To: July/August 2016

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    Here’s the first edition of “what we’re up to.” Another section for those times I don’t have a finished piece of furniture to share, but want to let you know we’re still here. That’s the gist.

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    The last few months we’ve been collecting more and more pieces to refinish. For those of you who like non-painted wood furniture, you’ll be happy to hear we picked up 3 dressers we do not intend to paint! I’m not promising that on all 3 because when we dive further into those projects, something could be an issue. But still. The photo above depicts our reorganizing our workshop (garage). More of our workspace is back for furniture refurbishing. (Soon after this photo the back of the house was painted.) What’s not shown are the 5 pieces (a spindle bed and 4 dressers) in the garage and at least 3 pieces in the house. All needing some love.

    All eventually getting treatment like this…

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    and…

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    One cute table full of rustic charm, perfect for an urban farmhouse look, will be coming out of the shop and into the photo area. (Hint: it’s that one in the photo.)

    A few awesome couples bought dressers in the past month. Can’t wait to see those photos!

    We finished painting the house and Greg built a new front porch this summer. That’s a freshly painted salvaged front door from Second Use in Seattle. Our houses always have salvaged elements to them because we’re not just about salvaging furniture, ya know?

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    emandwit.com~Seattle area couple refurbishing homes and furniture

    Now to figure out landscaping for more curb appeal on our 1949 home. And do something with that sidewalk.

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    As easy as it is for me to decide what color to paint furniture, I do not have the same ease in our house, inside and out. None whatsoever.

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    Our choice was Benjamin Moore’s Intrigue. A green/blue beauty. Greg and I are very happy with it.

    Lastly, I started using our old facebook page again. (I have a love/hate relationship with it. Greg doesn’t care about any form of social media.) I revamped the page…still not great at utilizing it, but the page is there and you can find updates in somewhat real time if you want to follow along. Been there, done many of the social media options with other sites and found them to be unimportant time sucks. But that’s just me. Instagram (2 of those accounts), Facebook and Pinterest are the only ones I’m sticking with after 8 years with 3 blogs.

    What have you refurbed for me lately? Ooh ooh ooh yeah. Janet Jackson, ah childhood…I was 4 when it came out but whatever.  Wish Greg a happy 32nd birthday next week!

     

    ~Annie

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