Before & After: The Twins

Have you ever cried over a job before?

Now be honest ;) as I’m sure you have!

Well, confession or not, this project [below] has caused me quite a few tears.

Before-&-After-The-Twins-12.16.13

Yep, this pair might have [actually] been too much for me, BUT I survived and I guess that’s what truly matters. I mean I knew upon delivery they were going to be A LOT of work. However, I had no idea as to how much effort they would really take.

Besides missing one leg [lol], the entire design of the front legs was faulty. They were either cracked or split in some way – simply not strong enough for the craftsmanship of the chairs. So, I had to hire a carpenter to create me some new ones for me. [Sigh.] And then, there were the insides: not only was the foam completely disintegrated, they were also full of mold = my favorite :/ quickly turning them into a total gut job.

Now one would think the challenges would stop there.

NOPE! This is where I only have myself [and my creative brain] to blame. My plan was [needless to say] a little bit advantageous. First off, I had never worked with velvet before. [Fail #1!] Secondly, the curvature of the backs was also something I had not yet encountered. [Are you freaking kidding me, Jenna?!] Then you add-in the other two types of different fabric and you’ve got a one-way ticket to CRAZYVILLE!

I only wish I was kidding . . .

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” – Randy Pausch

In the end, though, I AM glad I took them on. It’s a labor of love. Sure, this particular trade might require many attempts on any given day, but the weird pleasure I get seeing my “Before and After’s” is [honestly] worth all the pain.

I’m just ready for my straight jacket now!

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