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    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.

    Em & Wit Design Seattle furniture refurbishing

    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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  • Custom Order Info
  • Custom Order Process

    Em & Wit Furniture Design-Seattle areaPieces in photos 1, 3, 4 and 8 are in the shop-the rest have sold

    Where did the time go? It’s been 2 months since I last posted. Things got busy here folks. Good busy. This post is truly about how the custom order process goes with us, but first, here’s what we’ve been up to in the last few months.

    We’ve worked with a number of clients on custom pieces. We recently released our fall collection. Most of our summer collection has sold, one dresser remains, and the pieces have gone to tremendously great people. Thank you Seattle area for that support! Our first 4 months have been wonderful.

    Greg and I are also working on a few of our own pieces. There’s an antique daybed we’re re-caning, a vintage library table that is going to be an island, a few old wood chairs are getting reupholstered, another buffet, and we have a few dressers we’re simply going to clean up and leave natural. I’ve obviously been ecstatic about our recent finds if you keep an eye on our Instagram account.  I can’t tell you when these projects will be finished as we are about to start remodeling our basement. Have I mentioned we also design and remodel houses? We like to keep busy.

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    Currently for sale

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    The holiday season is fast approaching. Apparently the entire month of October is now just considered Halloween. And I’m ok with that. We plan to still work on custom client pieces up to nearly Thanksgiving (November 23rd-27th is our anniversary/vacation time. Then we’re off again for Christmas December 23rd-27th.) Our shop will still be open by appointment (minus those days).We are still taking orders if you’d like us to refinish something for you. Painted, oiled, stained, just repaired, reupholstery-we got you covered. (Get it…upholstery joke. A bad one.) Anyway, below you will find more info on how the process actually works when you desire a custom piece of furniture from us.

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    Client order for now friends, Sasha & Cole 

    I find myself sharing the same information when we receive emails. So I thought I’d tell you about the typical process for a custom order. This first, we do not work with laminate. I should say we no longer work with laminate-just solid wood and wood veneer. We also no longer do a high gloss finish because, to do a proper job of it, we believe you need a spray booth and our current studio does not have such an area. I am also a perfectionist and gloss can be tricky. There are refurbishers who specialize in this finish I can recommend. Everything else usually goes here at Em & Wit Design.

    So yes, custom order info. Let’s say you don’t own the piece you’d like refinished. You just have an idea of what you’re looking for. I get a feel for what it is your heart desires through email (I want a matte gray antique dresser with gold hardware etc.etc.etc.) then begin to scour Craigslist, shops and other resources. We charge a 15% “finder’s fee” of the initial cost of the piece. Sometimes our clients help search for “the one” and we go back and forth by email (we can also meet). You tell us your budget. Once the piece is found, we arrange its transportation to our workshop-you can grab it and bring it to us, but usually we do the hauling. We charge a fee for pick up and delivery. This ranges from $60-$80 in most cases. (You can also pick the piece up yourself and bring it to us to avoid this fee and then pick it up from our shop once it’s finished to avoid the fee again.)

    We ask for a deposit to cover the initial cost of that piece. Custom pieces, say a dresser, credenza or buffet, tend to range from$300-$600.

    At this point, I ask that you send me inspiration photos (a Pinterest account comes in handy here but not necessary), perhaps links to hardware you like too. At this point you don’t have to have your ideal hardware picked out. I can also find it if you give me some guidance. I have an addiction to hardware. The cost of new hardware is not included in the quote.

    Once we have the exact piece in our hands, we further assess the repairs and communicate our finds with you by email or whatever you prefer. I review what you want (and don’t want). We go over the costs and make sure you’re good to go with said costs. We start on the repairs and sand the piece in prep for whatever look you want.

    Prep work differs depending on what you want done and the previous condition of the piece. For example, if a piece has a shiny previous finish, stripper might be needed which tacks on more time and will tack on a bit to the cost. If it merely needs sanding with our orbital/by hand it won’t cost as much as stripper + orbital sanding. You get it. Yours truly sends updates about the progress.

    When it’s finished, we write or call you to schedule our delivery to you or your pick up from our home shop. You can pay ahead or pay at our shop the remaining amount. Tax is included in the price. We’ve had to add a storage fee if you are unable to pick up the piece within a week of it being finished. After that week, that fee is $10/day. We have limited space and need a good portion of it to work on other client orders, so unfortunately we had to add this fee.

    We then hope you send us photos of your beloved piece of furniture. We smile then go on to help someone else with their custom order.

    Easy peasy.

    ~Annie

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

    Em & Wit Furniture Repair and Design~emandwit.com

    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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    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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  • Furniture: Collect, Repair, Refurb, Repeat

    Em & Wit Design

    Hey there, we’re Em & Wit. We are a couple who collect, repair, salvage, design and refurbish furniture and housewares found at estate sales, craigslist, the curb, barns, garage sales, things from your home and everywhere in between. Vintage, mid-century, retro, mod, modern, deco, antique, primitive, rustic, atomic ranch, and on and on. 

    We have a curated shop with unique items from our travels. If you see it in the photo, there’s an excellent chance the item is for sale. Just ask. You can purchase through our website or in our home shop using cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.  (Tax will be added) We are open by appointment on the weekends.

    For years the two of us had a successful business in Minnesota, many of our clients were located in Minneapolis and its metro area, but we’ve moved and set up shop in the Pacific Northwest. It was our dream and we’re happy to finally be here.  We often take on client work, feel free to ask.  If you are interested, send an email to emandwitdesign at gmail.com or go to our contact page at emandwit.com.  You can also arrange an appointment, ask us a question, safely shop, find out more about us, get how-tos/tips and read the stories behind the furniture we find at emandwit.com. 

    A few bits to note:

    -If you do not care for the hardware we use, either we or you can switch it out. No problem. We can take it off, just let us know.

    -We try to use natural products whenever we can.  Milk, chalk, non-VOC paints with hemp, tung and other natural oils or waxes for finishing.  We do a custom mix for both durability and desired finish based on our years of experience.

    -Repeat customer?  You get a discount. Buy more than one piece? You get a discount. Your support means the world to us and we like to show our appreciation. 

    -Sorry but we no longer ship our pieces due to the likelihood of damage. 

    -Delivery is available for a fee or you can schedule to stop by and take it with you if it fits the bill. Please arrange an appointment by email.

    -We are located in Auburn which is 25 miles south of Seattle and 15 miles north of Tacoma. We accept cash and debit/credit cards. No checks. Tax will be added. All sales final.  Them’s the rules.

    -These are vintage and antique pieces, so there will still be some aging and wear beyond our control.

    -We are not responsible for damage you might incur or accidents you cause while on our property.