What we’re up to (and where we’ve been)

How does this work? I’m a 10 year blogger between 3 blogs and it’s been so long since I made an appearance on any of them that I couldn’t recall the process of logging in and making words appear on a post. It’s apparently NOT like riding a bicycle for me. I’ll jump in and format my info like this:

1) It’s August 2017. Already. Greg started his new engineering job last week. You probably have no idea what I’m talking about unless you follow our Instagram account (the one I said I would use strictly for furniture refinishing…see how well that worked).

Quick recap-he lost his job, the one that moved us to the PNW, in December. A few people lost their jobs with the CEO stepping down and some changes were made. It took 5 months for him to find another engineering job. During those 5 months, we did other contract design jobs and finished remodeling our current home. It’s ready to go on the market. We did 95% ourselves. We were exhausted. It looks pretty snazzy.

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This antique folding wood table recently sold. In other news, I’m gathering more plants to add to my collection because I’m a crazy plant lady these days.

Anyway, we tried to make it work to be full time real estate investors and attempted to start a business with an acquaintance in the realm of commercial reupholstery…didn’t work out. Full time real estate investors will come later. We’re working on it. We attempted to pair with an established upholstery business in Seattle (residential/commercial upholstery being Greg’s engineering career for 9 years) but you’d be surprised to learn just how messy the place runs  (feels like they could fall apart with any minor issue). Sooo, we parted ways (and felt a lot better about our work ethic compared to them). For half a second we thought we were moving to New Hampshire, but decided to stay and take the position north of Seattle. We worked too hard to get here to leave less than 3 years later.

2) That said, we are in the midst of looking for our next fixer upper home north of Seattle (the 3rd!). Many of our furniture refurbishing clients live in that area, so that is exciting! We had to pause putting this house on the market until we find another, which has taken months and months in the past, as you might recall in past posts. We are just as picky about our fixer homes as we are with furniture. Again, you know. Greg does have a 4 hour daily commute, though, which is going to get old fast. Traffic sucks here.

3) We are taking on only a few client projects at this time. I am doing a few of my own projects, soon to be on the market. They will be available at our Auburn home shop (25 miles south of Seattle). Keep an eye on our Instagram accountEtsy shop or Seattle Craigslist. I will let you know when that location changes and when we’re taking on more client pieces.

4) Here are the current available pieces (as of 8/10/2017) for our Seattle/Tacoma area shoppers. $750 for the antique pine armoire, $350 for the blue dresser, oak buffet is $550. Find their details here. Email emandwitdesign at gmail if you are interested or have questions about refinishing your own project piece. Love to help!

5) Most importantly around here, I will be back to share the photos, before and after, of finished house #2. It’s a beauty.

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Peace out

~Annie

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