March 13, 2012
A lot has changed for me in the past month, and it's been freakin' fantastic. Take these five tables for example. Here they are, on my roof, minding their own business. But in a couple of days they will be flying through the post, on a truck, on their way to Oklahoma. Yes! They are going to live happy little table lives in a sweet cafe called Evoke, where people will use them everyday, spill coffee, snack, and chat over them. It's all very exciting. And it's only my second commercial contribution since my California restaurant, and I'm pretty darn excited. So excited, in fact, that I busted 'em out. I have the splinters to prove it.
As we all know, I love raw, untreated wood. I've said it before, but it gets me every time. I just can't get used to it. I had to seal these with polyurethane for the high traffic use they will inevitably endure, and the wood got dark. Way dark. And yup, here it is again, my unavoidable, unjustified, three-hour-long period of mourning over the pale, soft colors that once were. *sigh*
But as the sun set and I sat there frozen and unable to seal the rest of them, I slowly kicked myself into accepting it. Whattaya gonna do? The first coffee stain on raw wood and, boom, not so pretty now, eh? So at this point, I'm happy. They look lovely and I'm proud of them. Tomorrow, surely, I'll have barely an hour of remorse as I seal the others. Then off to Oklahoma it is with the lot of you!