With Cath battling Cancer and me recovering from surgery, we weren’t able to get much work done the past six months. To compensate, I sold odds and ends of stuff we had in our loft along with a few truck loads of unpainted furniture, work tables, misc frames… to make ends meet. My heart is still not in it and the depression has me frozen in a zone I can’t seem to escape. I physically find it hard to move. I’m pulling away from everyone which I know is not healthy but it’s all I can do right now to just be. I’m not sure my heart will ever be back into my work but I have to get out of this funk and at least try to start painting again.
Am I fully recovered? No. I’m in as much pain, if not more, than I was before they diagnosed me and removed my cancer. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll probably always be in pain. I don’t have time to dwell on that with everything else my mom and sister are dealing with right now. We’re all in basic survival mode and as painful as it is to paint with my right arm, at least I still have it and for that, I am very thankful.
My awesome neighbor boys hauled the buffet up to my living room because it’s been to damp and chilly to paint in the garage. Yes, that’s how we roll here at the Andrade house. Have drop cloth, will paint. Our paints are all NO VOC so there are no chemicals or fumes like there is with most other paints.
This piece is a Drexel Bow front buffet purchased from a fellow painter.
It was in exceptional condition but it’s not my personal taste so they always stump me. What to do, what to do. I have pictures of this in it’s mahogany stain but they must be one one of our shop computers so use your imagination until I find it, lol
Overwhelmed with all the clutter after moving the business back to my home, I pulled out an open container of blue paint and slapped it on as a base coat.
Did I necessarily want it blue? No, I was just trying to use up some of the leftovers of opened paint. I donated endless amounts of opened quarts, samples and pints to customers, volunteers and pretty much anyone who walked through our shop doors during the month of January so I wouldn’t have to haul it all home. Even with all we donated, I still had a decent size stash to choose from. How did we accumulate so much paint anyway?
As I painted the buffet, my teenage daughter made her own little fort under the other drop cloth. Can you see her under there doing homework? Yep… that’s my kiddo and I have to admit, I so would have done the same thing if I was her age.
So for the buffet, I needed something very basic. I wasn’t sure how long my arm would hold up so I simply painted the entire base in Grey Pebble by Frenchic Furniture Paint. I painted the top with Lady Grey which is a bit darker to anchor the top then I sealed everything with Frenchic’s Rustic Wax. It’s an incredibly easy-to-use wax with a gorgeous color. It pulls more towards a black than it does a brown. Does that make sense? It’s not a black wax, but it leans more towards a black than the espresso brown that most other brands do and it truly is fool proof.
This is how it looked BEFORE I waxed it
and here’s a close up after waxed with Rustic Wax. Isn’t it Gorgeous?
Here it is all laid out among the girl’s instruments the night before it went to the shop. Sure glad they’re willing to share their music jammin’ corner with me, lol
This style offers tons of storage. I see these used often for bathroom vanities. We scored on this one too as it still had it’s original glass top
As of Memorial Day, 2017 ~ this piece is still available. It’s for sale in the Shizzle Design booth within Not So Shabby, 2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI 49424. Not So Shabby is open 7 days a week and will be open Memorial Day if you’re near the lake shore for the holiday.
Please help us spread the word to let people know we’re also now in Changing Thymes, 2900 Wilson Avenue, Grandville, MI 49418. The guy who moved into our old location still has our sign hanging on the building so it may be confusing to people who pull in to buy paint. I need two extensions ladders or a bucket truck to get it down. Anyway… you can find all our paint supplies both in Grandville and Holland now.
PS – Once again, I apologize for any grammatical errors. My vision is horrible ever since my Lasik surgery 6 months ago. Writing this post took every ounce of squinting I had to make out each word on this page. Praying my next two surgeries will restore my eyesight. That’s all for now folks.
One more thing ~ I cannot believe the SS system is failing her, AGAIN!
Since writing this post, I’ve had a lot of people inquire about Cathy and mention things like GoFundMe accounts… I started one of those for her right away and we will forever be thankful for the outpouring of donations on her behalf. What makes me sick is, we shouldn’t have to be going to these extremes in the first place.
We were told Cathy would automatically receive Social Security Disability because of her Stage IV Metastatic Small Cell Lung Cancer diagnosis. The sickening reality though is that SS has denied her rights to anything – THREE times already. Se has rites to both her SS and her deceased husband’s SS yet they keep coming up with excuses as to why she can’t have a penny. Cath turned 59 in April and has a very poor prognosis. She qualified for Hospice the day of diagnosis as it was 2-3 weeks without treatment and 3-6 months with. We’ve already reached the 6 month period and still not a penny from SS. They’ve denied her once again.
If anyone can give us tips on how to deal with the dang system, please let us know. I cannot believe the system doesn’t help people who’ve contributed money into it in their entire lives. By the time they get around to approving Cathy, it will be too late.
Have a Great Holiday Weekend!