“A NEW BEGINNING”

The End of a Journey

Last May when Lyndsey returned to Austin from her years of travel across the country, this coffee table (chest) arrived from Kansas City.  The movers had not treated it very well.  It was broken pretty bad and looked like the end of an era.  It had traveled from Jasper to Austin, Florida, California, Austin, Kansas City, and back to Austin.  It began its life colored light pecan and pretty well natural pine.  Lyndsey decided to stain it ebony in KC and it looked good until the move back to Austin.  After she moved, I performed a little repair work on it, but in January we decided it need “A NEW BEGINNING.”  I had delivered the sleigh bed, so I loaded up the coffee table for a trip back to my shop.  The above picture shows the need for “A NEW BEGINNING.”

After one coat of paint stripper

After two coats of paint stripper

After sanding

After one coat of ebony dye

After two coats of dye and three coats of finish

Hand rubbing with mineral oil and rotten stone

A “New Beginning”

So, after a round trip from Austin to Jasper and back, the coffee table now matched the entertainment center and sleigh  bed as you can see from the pictures below.

Entertainment Center

Sleigh Bed

Pam and I left for Austin on Friday to visit Lyndsey for our Easter holiday.  That night we ate at a sidewalk cafe on Congress.  Great food.  We each ordered a “snack” and then shared.  I needed a little more so I order bacon and eggs (a little different from most places).

We went back to Lyndsey’s apartment to watch the last part of the Longhorn baseball game with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.  We started watching in the 7th inning and it lasted 14 innings, so we watched a lot of game.   The Longhorns lost in the bottom of the 14th inning.

I watched the baseball game on Saturday and later cooked chicken on the apartment grill.  It was quite an experience.  Cooking on a strange grill is always different and I had a few problems with getting the flame adjusted.  Every inch of the grill was covered with meat and a sudden flame-up had me flipping chicken until everything was under control.  Miraculously, it still tasted good.

Back to my story about “A New Beginning.”  There are a lot of things to do to give a piece of furniture a “New Beginning.”  All the old finish needs to be removed and begin again.  With building a piece of furniture, you only have to start out with the lumber and follow the plans until the lumber has “A New Beginning.”  Whether it’s a new piece of furniture or a refinished piece of furniture, it takes a lot of patience and work.  I’m not complaining….that’s what I love to do.

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Easter was a time for “A New Beginning” for Jesus.  It was the day for His resurrection.  From the time He was betrayed by Judas until He was crucified on the Cross, He paid a terrible price for each of us.  Because of the pain and suffering He experienced, we may have “A New Beginning” any day of the week…not just on Easter.  Jesus made it easy for us.  He also made it very simple.  All we are required to do is accept Him as our Lord and Savior.  God will remove all the old stains and scars of our previous life and we will experience “A New Beginning.”
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