The year 2013. The date, December 24th, yes Christmas Eve. I was working on a gift project and had a fail. It was a dresser with a photo transfer that I messed up. So I went to plan B which was to paint all the pertinent information on the dresser front, of the couple it was being gifted too. You know, their names, city, state, birth-dates, wedding date, all the stuff I don't put on the internet about other people and invade their privacy. So I couldn't show you the finished dresser then and I can't show you now. It's white with brown letters, the photo is before the finish coat. I loved how it turned out and so did they, and I was able to use the original copper handles. Fast forward to December 2014. The dresser needed a coffee table to match it since both are housed in the same family room - the dresser used like a sideboard. I picked up this very basic pine table in August. It was the last day, the last few minutes of a city wide garage sale. I spotted it still in the yard so I jumped out of the truck to read the tag. It was marked $10 bucks and I said would 'ya take five, and it was sold. Sanding it down I got a wee bit close, taking off all the veneer in one spot, so I changed from staining it to painting it, which was a better choice for this gift anyway. I won't go into the issues with the 35 year old Sears Craftsman belt sander, because really, who can complain too much about a power tool that still works after 35 years? Well I can, just at a later date as I've composed a post about the vicious beast. I blended Maison Blanche in Wrought Iron and Chocolate to mix a custom color that was darker than the chocolate, lighter than the black, more of a dark brown color. This custom mix was painted on the legs and sides of the table, and ivory went on the top. Maison Blanche dark wax was used to age the top and accentuate the grooves which gave it the look to match the gifted dresser. The coffee table went off a couple days after Christmas to live in it's new family room. When next I wander over for a visit I will take a photo of the whole table all snug at their home. That would be the same home we also gifted a laundry room makeover to..... 13 months ago, yikes! Lets just say that makeover is a gift that they can't get tired of, because it hasn't been finished yet. Subscribe, Bliss Ranch arrives magically!