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Four years ago today, these two nuts (for each other) got married.

It really snuck up on us this year, as most things seem to be doing lately. Maybe it’s because we took our annual celebratory trip earlier than we have in the past (to help ease the crunch of holiday stress), or maybe it’s just because we’ve been so wrapped around fest-prep and family ties (we have a few family members in our thoughts; love to all of them)¬†that we’ve put our Kim + Scott time on the back burner.

Earlier this week, Scott asked me if we had any printed photos of us that he could put on his desk at work. (Aw.) I found the below photo in a drawer that was taken over 5 years ago – a silly, happy memory taken in the tree lawn of our neighborhood boulevard. (I couldn’t even find the original digital file, so what you see is a scan.) Scott’s hair was so shaggy and long, and I was struck by how handsome he looked; I begged him to grow out his locks just another inch or two – for old times sake, naturally.

I realized the next day how silly my request was, and an earlier conversation we had this week hit me. When I asked Scott holy jeez, did you know we’ll be married for four years this Thursday?, he smiled and said how far we’ve come since that walk down the aisle.

Now, he wears his hair slicked back and goes to work in ties and polished shoes. I wake up, walk across the hall and paint your pets. We’ve added Jack, our third four-legged kiddo, to this little family. We’ve learned to surround ourselves with those we love, trust and hold in the highest regard (and truth be told, that was a lesson thirty years in the making). We’ve worked hard to make this house a place we’re thrilled to call home, and (the kicker) we’re lucky enough to be more in love with each other than we ever have been.

Happy four years to the coolest guy I know.

PS: First photo by Geri Ciulla. You can see more of our ceremony and party snippets right here!

  • Jill - November 8, 2012 - 8:10 AM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to one of the best couples on the planet! We love you guys! Hope you have a happy happy day! And YES, I agree, you’ve done a lots of super great stuff since that fun day. Keep goin’ strong….xoxo. I’m also thinking about your families and wishing the best.ReplyCancel

  • Rebelwerewolf - November 8, 2012 - 8:11 AM

    Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - November 8, 2012 - 8:11 AM

    oops, lose the *a*. ha!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - November 8, 2012 - 8:19 AM

    Happy Anniversary you two! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - November 8, 2012 - 8:19 AM

    What an adorable picture (and couple)! Happy anniversary you two!ReplyCancel

  • Hails - November 8, 2012 - 8:50 AM

    Dang, that means I’ll be dating Cully for 4 years come January. CONGRATS TO YOU GUYS :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - November 8, 2012 - 9:07 AM

    We’ll be publishing a similar post today. :) Happy Anniversary you two lovebirds.ReplyCancel

  • Angela [Life With Alfred] - November 8, 2012 - 9:28 AM

    Congratulations! M and I just celebrated our 1st Anniversary last month and it is so exciting to see how we grow together more and more over time. Hope your day is lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - November 8, 2012 - 10:32 AM

    It still seems like your wedding was yesterday, but you guys have really grown up a bit from when you first started dating. Love to you & Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york) - November 8, 2012 - 12:30 PM

    Haaaaappy 4 year wedding anniversary, and cheers to more fun, adventures, new experiences, and laughter together. Hmm, wonder how you will both look/be in 4 more years from now .. short hair .. long hair .. different hair color haha :) You def know that u will still be in love. Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • ann - November 8, 2012 - 7:34 PM

    As parents we experience much joy seeing you so happy together. Time flies!
    Love,
    Mom and dadReplyCancel

  • Trude - November 9, 2012 - 5:03 PM

    Aww happy anniversary, you crazy kids! :) (P.S. I love that your parents comment on your blog. I love when mine do too!)ReplyCancel

  • Brie - November 13, 2012 - 10:39 AM

    Happy anniversary to you both! I hope the next four (forty) are just as full of love and wonder.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 13, 2012 - 10:45 AM

    Aw, thanks so much, everyone! XO!ReplyCancel

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The last time you saw our lovely chair, she was in two pieces – and truth be told, she still is. (Was that really 3 weeks ago?) But! We have made progress, starting with a bit of a wood-frame-refresh over the weekend. We’ll be the first to admit that our progress leaves a lot to be desired based on the photos alone, as in, you can’t even tell. Even still, trust, our efforts below were worth it, so for anyone that needs a wood pick-me-up (whoa), this is for you!

You know now that we snagged our chair from Craigslist years ago, and she sat, untouched, in our living room. Well, that is, aside from a mineral oil rubdown on her first night in our home. She was full of scuffs and scratches, water rings stained her arms, and a serious Jack nibble ruined one of her legs.

Jack-attack aside, she’s clean, polished and very pretty now. While the difference may seem slight on your screen, it makes all the difference in person; we swear. We wanted to maintain the look and color of the natural wood, so think of it as kicking up her natural beauty a handful of notches. See?

Following these basic instructions from The Brick House, we used the following: our power sander, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Danish Oil (in medium walnut) and Howard’s Feed-N-Wax:

Okay, technically we started with a super fine grit sanding block to rid the original varnish. Sanding only in the direction of the wood grain, I worked over the entire frame, focusing on the areas that needed it most. My goal was to buff of the slick varnish (which, luckily, was only still¬† in tact on the arms), but when I reached the legs…

… well, my little block wasn’t going to cut it. Aside from that couch-licking incident and the occasional (literal) bedtime snack, this is the only item in our home that Jack has, um, indulged in. We tested a small area with Plastic Wood filler we had on hand, but the surface area was too large and noticeable to cover well.

So, we took out the power sander using extra fine paper, and Scott smoothed it out as much as he could without actually changing the curvature of the leg. Because our frame is solid wood (and not just a veneer), we decided what the hell! Let’s sand the whole thing with power! And we did.

After a damp cloth wipe down to pick up the loose dust, we used lint-free cloths to go over every surface with the Murphy’s Oil Soap.

We followed that up with our Danish Oil, using heavily soaked rags to work it into the wood. The arm rests drank it up in no time, so we went over those areas multiple times, until the wood was no longer soaking in the oil.

After wiping up any leftover oil and allowing the chair to dry for an hour, we rubbed in the Feed-N Wax, buffed it out, applied more, and buffed it again.

Water rings? What water rings! Scuffs and scratches? What scuffs and scratches! Jack’s attack? What – oh, that’s still kind of there (see it on that bottom leg, your left?). But it has been smoothed over, and overall, she’s looking fine. (Imagine me saying that as if I have swagger – and now imagine me saying swagger. Ha!)

Our cushion has come back from the upholstery shop, but we’ve yet to complete the process; we blame this on lack of daylight (after all, we need to take photos!), overall exhaustion at the end of the day, and, you know, the need to laze around every now and then. However, this is not to be confused with lack of excitement – because, you guys, the velvet is gorgeous. Oh, tease.

Phase 3 – reveal! – coming soon.

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - November 7, 2012 - 10:36 AM

    Ooh, she’s looking VERY pretty! I’m so excited to see her all finished up. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marie - November 7, 2012 - 5:41 PM

    Good work, you’re professionals now.ReplyCancel

  • Monique - November 7, 2012 - 5:46 PM

    Great restoration. So glad you chose not to paint this beautiful wood furniture.ReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york) - November 8, 2012 - 6:57 AM

    Thank goodness for the invention of electrical hand sander huh?!!! I can see the different = the beauty of the chair is shining through .. GREAT JOB using those muscles!ReplyCancel

  • Helena - November 8, 2012 - 10:44 AM

    I have a telephone bench I need to refinish and will definitely be referring back to this post!ReplyCancel

  • Sophi - November 8, 2012 - 7:13 PM

    I actually think the difference is quite noticeable! The wood looks so much more luminous and rich after your TLC. So excited to see the finished product.ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - January 6, 2013 - 4:09 PM

    So glad you posted this, because I just finished applying these tips on the first of my two trash-pile-rescue dining chairs. I’m waiting for the teak oil to dry as I speak! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 6, 2013 - 5:22 PM

    Awesome, so glad it helped, Jane!ReplyCancel

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  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - November 6, 2012 - 7:57 AM

    Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! And to you. This is the best photo.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 6, 2012 - 8:01 AM

    Only on a day like today will you find us getting up at 5:30 AM to be the first at the polls!ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - November 6, 2012 - 8:28 AM

    LOVE IT! The visor really makes the outfit. :)ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - November 6, 2012 - 12:41 PM

    That visor combined with that face is absolutely precious! Love it! :)

    Shannon
    Fabulously VintageReplyCancel

  • Marie - November 6, 2012 - 1:49 PM

    You rock ! Fingers and paws crossed ;-)ReplyCancel

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