Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An Inconvenient Blessing

Last year sometime we replaced our floors.  It’s a long story, but after laying down the new floor the floor molding never got put back on, at least not in all places.  So for a year our kitchen eating area had an unfinished look to it.  It didn’t really bother me, but it REALLY bothered Mr. Taffy.  He tried to put the molding on during a low point in our unemployment struggle and to say he “lost it” is an understatement.  Don’t we all have our hot buttons? 

To continue on with the Long story, we also got a new roof during the same time as the flooring, these were insurance issues that happened while we were out of state for a few years.  The roofing company we hired never finished their job and just recently Mr. Taffy filed a claim with the BBB.  In an effort to make things right, the roofing company has contacted us and made arrangements to finish the work.  As an act of goodwill, they offered to send somebody out to finish the molding job as well.  They didn’t have anything to do with the flooring, and yet they want to complete the job?  We would be fools to say no!  So we said yes!

They sent a very nice man who spent about 5 hours at our house on Friday evening fixing and replacing the molding.  It has brought Mr. Taffy great relief to see the molding finished!  All our molding is Oak, so we had some staining to do.  Since we had to buy stain and poly for the trim, Mr. Taffy got the gumption to refinish our dining room table!

This beauty is 9 years old, has had as many as 17 people squished around it and has survived a dozen moves! In was in desperate need of refinishing!

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He sort of surprised me by doing this.  I was hanging laundry and came around the corner and there he was sanding down the table.  There’s no turning back now!tablw 005

He used old socks to rub the stain in.

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After the two coats of stain we moved the table to the garage where it could be varnished and we wouldn’t need to worry about things landing on it or the humidity messing with the drying process.

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Isn’t it pretty?  He also did the two benches.  Just the tops though.

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He’s put 4 coats of varnish (or whatever you call it) on there.  And now it’s just going to sit in the garage until it’s nice and hard, hopefully it will be done before fellowship on Saturday! 

So you see the blessing is the refinished table and the great new furniture smell that has permeated my house from the stained molding.  The inconvenience is that fact that 8 of us are eating around a table designed for 4.  No biggie, I’m so happy about the “new” table, it’s all worth it!


Mrs. Taffy


  1. Well, that is a great turn of events. I'm going to show my hubby - maybe he'll be inspired. Our dining room table is in dire need as well. Summer is a great time to do it.

  2. The table looks lovely!

  3. Mr.Taffy does great work...he's a keeper. I, too, find that some of my most inconveinient "surprises" are true blessing.

  4. Awesome! I'm so glad everything worked out so well for you.


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