my reclaimed wood table runner is all about embracing the beauty of rusticity
I was out on an early summer morning run with my #1 son, just minding my business when-all-of-the-sudden I saw her.
She was dragging old fence panels out to her curb. I stopped in my tracks and casually asked if I might have one, and she replied sure!
You have no idea just how exciting it is to stumble into a situation like this.
No, really it’s quite amazing. No one around these parts puts things out by the curb anymore.
Oh, I’ve heard the stories of finding an entire house full of furniture just sitting by the side of the road begging to be picked up.
Not in my neighborhood. Nope, this just doesn’t happen.
I had to seize the moment.
Never mind the fact we were 2 miles from the house.
It was 80 degrees at 7 am.
Pfffft, these were small details to be worked out.
I thanked my benefactor profusely, and we began our trek home.
It is worth noting that my son never complained about carrying this panel. Not once.
After making it home with my major award, I realized I needed a place to
hide I mean to store it.
We already had a garage full of proper wood for projects, and I knew my stray panel would stick out like a sore thumb.
I decided the best place would be at the west end of my front porch where the afternoon sun practically blinds you.
Best case scenario, SP (silent partner) wouldn’t notice it until around October. By that time, when asked where it came from I could say “oh that old thing, it’s been there for months.”
My plan worked like a charm.
That was a year ago.
I’ve come close to using this reclaimed wood for several different projects. Silent Partner took it all apart for me and clamped the boards together to smooth them out.
And they sat.
And sat some more.
A couple of months ago I started reading a book.
Not just any book, a book written by my all-time favorite blogger in the history of bloggy-blogging.
If you know me, then you already know who I am talking about.
What’s that? You say you didn’t know she wrote a book?
The title is So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY life gone wrong… and learning to find the beauty in every imperfection.
Raise your hand if you can relate to that title.
(we’ll chat more about the book a little later)
Back to the reclaimed wood table runner.
At the end of every chapter in her book, there is a step by step DIY project. I finished chapter 4, and as I turned the page, I saw a project titled “Flip-the-Script Centerpiece,” which used a piece of plywood and mason jars.
It was at that very moment I saw with great clarity a vision for my fence panels.
They would become the most amazing reclaimed wood table runner anyone has ever seen.
Okay, maybe just the most amazing one I’ve ever seen.
I’ll let you be the judge.
Stay with me.
Sanding and soul work.
So on an unexpectedly cloudy and cool Texas morning, I grabbed my sander and got started.
Some people might judge this wood by the surface and wonder why anyone would bother with it.
I’ll be the first to admit, these boards were going to need a ton of work, but I love sanding.
I know it’s weird, but let me tell you why I love it.
Let’s face it; sanding is dusty, messy work.
By the time you’re finished, you’re covered in a fine layer of sanding dust.
The hope of what you might find underneath is what I love the most.
Sometimes it takes several sanding pads of different strengths to remove the layers of tired wood before the true beauty of what is hiding just beneath the surface is revealed.
As you begin to sand, the glaring imperfections become less noticeable and sometimes disappear right before your eyes.
Isn’t that exactly the way soul work is?
We all have dents and dings and imperfections and crusty places that need to be “sanded smooth.”
I know I do.
It’s uncomfortable and messy work but in the end, so worth the effort.
After all, that sanding was finished…
You will notice a few things about this project.
There are exposed nail holes, one board is a little wonky, and they aren’t all the same length.
There’s no fancy joinery holding them together. I used two strips of wood and six nails to hold it all together.
Even with all these imperfections, I stood back to look at my work and saw only beauty in the rusticity of it all.
I love every single imperfection.
It really is quite amazing.
Finally, let’s chat about the book!
I’m going to be completely honest with you right now, if KariAnne had written a book about how to sharpen pencils, I would have read it, then stood up and cheered about it.
I know you’re probably thinking if you loved this book so much why didn’t you just tell us all about the book, right?
I could have done that.
A couple of months ago, I seized the opportunity to join her book launch team, which meant I would be able to read her book before the release date.
The minute I finished reading the first chapter I knew I couldn’t just write a book review type of blog post.
I wanted to create something that would represent the essence of her book; learning to find beauty in every imperfection.
It’s not just a story about choosing paint colors or window treatments; it’s about jumping when you’re scared, leaving friends and family, making new friends, DIY projects that seemingly have no end, and learning to embrace the beautiful mess that each day brings.
This book will make you laugh, cry, and say amen. You will feel as if you just had an extended conversation with your new best friend.
So before I go…I need to take care of a couple of housekeeping items.
(The following is an Amazon affiliate link. This simply means if you use the link I have provided; I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.)
The book is not available until September 5th, but you can pre-order a copy using this link.
When you pre-order, (I hope you will) Kari-Anne is offering some pretty amazing little bonuses to say “thank you.”
You can find a sample of the first chapter and check out the bonuses by clicking the following link.
And… I just happen to have a copy signed by KariAnne that I will be giving away next week.
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Oops, I almost forgot, you may want to read about my pillow project that features a misspelled word written in Sharpie. #soclosetoamazing
Your sister in paint,