Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Friday, September 28

My gorgeous hubby-made entry table

As I mentioned in a previous post, Zach and I have had the creative juices flowing like crazy lately.  I had mentioned a few weeks ago that I wish we could find a large entry table that is more to scale with our foyer.  We have a wide foyer/hall with tall ceilings so it’s always a challenge to furnish the hall without making the furniture look it belongs in a doll house.  But I mention things like this all the time so I didn’t really intend for Zach to take me seriously.

So the project started while we were shopping for a new bed and started to see really awesome rustic-style sideboards and sofa tables.  They were all way over what we were willing to pay but it really didn’t matter since they weren’t large enough anyway.  So when we were unwrapping the new king bed, there were 2 giant pieces of pine protecting the headboard.   Zach and I noticed gray streaks, orange dots, and just tons of character.  Zach asked if he should make the entry table himself and use this interesting wood as the top. 

I was shocked! All of you that know Zach know that he has about 52 huge projects in the works- none of which are small, ie. Franchising one of his companies, conference call with investors that came from his Today Show mention, running a law firm, managing a slew of LLCs….in a nutshell he is the busiest person I have ever known.
So within about 9 days (only that long because we left town for the Ole Miss game), the table was complete.

Moved into house, pre-stain
1st coat of Walnut Stain
Zach stained it with Walnut stain and then sealed it with 2 coats of Poly, buffing the entire table with a high grit sandpaper between poly applications.

Here is a picture looking down from the banister. She is a beauty and even prettier than I imagined it would be.  I am about to swap the lamp shades out for larger burlap shades.  i think it will do well with the rustic table and brown in artwork. 
Next project….

A mantle and 2 rustic nightstands for the master bedroom.

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