July 17, 2019

Beachy Side Table Transformation & Santa Scala



The Santa Scale was quite the experience! πŸ’œπŸ’™ According to Catholic tradition, these are the Holy Stairs from Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem. They are the stairs Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during his Passion. ✝️  



The Stairs were brought to Rome by Saint Helena, or Emperor Constantine’s mother, in the fourth century. Pilgrims have a traveled to see the stairs for centuries, and they go up on their knees, while praying one prayer per stair. 





The marble is uneven with deep grooves work out from shoes! πŸ˜± The journey up the stair case takes about 10-12 minutes.



This beautiful space Segways perfectly into our gorgeous project this week! This project is made of poplar but if your project is a different species, please refer to the color chart for your gorgeous options! LINK


Materials

  • Unstained furniture piece (can be new wood or stripped, this is poplar.)
  • Sand paper and palm sander

Directions


1.] SAND: Begin with either new wood or strip previously finished tabletop. Start with a rough grit with a 120 grit.



2.] STAIN: Once the wood has been stripped or sanded back down to raw, you can stain it using Weatherwood Stain's Reclamation stain That will this pretty tan color you see below. This is pretty similar to Restoration Hardware's "Natural" color.



3.] LIGHTEN: Use Weatherwood Stain's White Maintenance Oil to add a beautiful white washed patina. You can see the a piece of wood in the video below, where I added the White Oil patina. This look is extremely popular right now and very beautiful. 


To use the Maintenance Oil, simply wipe or brush the Oil on, wait 5-7 minutes, and then wipe it back off. You can see below, it highlights the grain rather than diminishing it. It just adds that sun-kissed pop!Allow for the Maintenance Oil to cure. 

5.] PROTECT: Then seal the table with 2-3 coats Weatherwash Varnish, we used Dead Flat.





If you'd like to see more furniture makeovers with this color scheme, here's a gorgeous Nautical Desk Makeover! [link]


Piece of pie, piece of cake! If you like these little poplar tables, you may like the above project. Don't forget to save 10% on all Weatherwood projects, code: WELCOME10. 
I hope to see you tomorrow at our party! 

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July 10, 2019

Architectural Headboard in Smoked Oak & Santa Croce



I had to visit the famous old church called Santa Croce because my fav guy Michelangelo is buried there.🎨 But there was so, so much awesomeness happening!!
St Frances started this particular church ⛪️ & monastery for the Franciscan monks that follow him. The monks still have a leather shop here. πŸ‘œ πŸ’€



July 3, 2019

Custom Birch Kitchen & Tre Fountain Abbey


The Apostle St Paul was beheaded in this small spot between an abbey and a (now) church. πŸ‘ΌπŸ» The cream building called the Scala Cceli was Paul’s last prison. πŸ˜’ The top floor is now a church, ⛪️ while the basement holds the original cell. When we visited there were several nuns also visiting, praying, & singing. 

June 26, 2019

DIY Reclaimed Pine Floors & Our Florence Neighborhood


Hey friends! Florence is finally warming up and I thought it was the perfect time to show you our neighborhood. This is the intersection our AIRBNB is on. You can see we live in the middle of the tourist district, so basically we're in a mall. The buildings are mostly sienna coloured plaster and grey stone. The streets in Florence are alive with the sounds of street performers and always smell like (Italian) food. Note, there is no Italian food in Italy. It's all just "food"! ;)Each week we've been here the crowds have grown and it can sometimes take 10 extra minutes to navigate these streets. We don't have a car here, though we rent them from time to time. So everything we do is "a piedi" on on foot.

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