The Kitchen

THE UGLY BEFORE-

Hi friends!  So this may look a little confusing.  But this is the very very before kitchen! This was it when we moved in.  Low ceilings, that funky chair rail on top, formica and wallpaper!  Yuck right?!

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I had to put a fake tin backsplash up a year after moving in with formica over the old old nasty formica.  Just someeethingggg to help until we saved and saved and saved for a new kitchen!

This photo is random, but I must show you where the chimney was; behind that pink stuff!

And for those who have asked if our chimney has always looked that way.. HA!!!

Here are just a few before photos.  I always think back, why didn’t I take more or why didn’t I show the reaaallll ugly befores?!  But it was just SO gross!!!

Sooo enough of that ulgy here are some after photos!!!  🙂

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CABINETS-

I have soooo much to say I don’t even know where to begin!?!   First off, the biggest decision to go custom was because I haaaddd to have inset doors, and I am SO glad I did!  Inset doors are a total pain, let me tell you.  Getting the seams just right is not one for the perfectionists (which I am totally not!).  I had them built by a family owned and operated company Personal Choice Cabinetry.  I shopped around and went from showroom to showroom and something just didn’t feel right.  Then I found this “hole in the wall” so to speak and knew this was the place.  Tara is the “designer” and her father Larry builds the cabinets.  She brought me in the back to see what he was working on and then I knew this was it!   (P.S. those little details under the feet you can see in that last picture was all Larry 🙂  He put those on and asked me if I liked them.  I love them!  Great job Larry!)

LIGHT-

The beautiful light fixture about the sink is from School House Electric called the Factory Modern No. 6 Outdoor Sconce.  I had my eye on that light for months before I finally pulled the trigger, and I am not the bit disappointed 🙂

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Processed with VSCO with a6 preset(Beautiful candle handmade by Wax and Wool.  It is just a lovely welcoming touch!)

Tara spent countless hours with me getting the kitchen juuusstt right.  Then I went ahead and made more changes.  O.M.G., Tara, I am still apologizing for being such a pain in your- you know :P.  I kept telling you, “you are almost done with working with me.. just a little longer…”  I made my biggest change of all last minute after the cabinets where already being built to remove the upper cabinets next to the window and put that large glass front cabinet sitting on the counter.  I was grocery shopping, when it hit me- I need to do this change!  Again, poor Tara.  And this is my biggest advice of all; get the layout that will work best for you.  If I hadn’t made that last minute decision, I don’t think I would be nearly as in love with this kitchen as I am now!

PAINT-

Paint color choices were another hurdle.  Don’t. Get. Me. Started.  We ( I mean, I, who am I kidding.  I could have shown the husband blush pink and he would have said, “Sure looks great honey!”  Insert eye rolling emoji here.)  So I chose Clunch, by Farrow and Ball.  We went with an exterior satin finish as recommended by an amazing and talented friend Rhiannon with J Smith Woodwork.  They build dreammyyy handmade cabinets  I fell in love with, but too bad they are over seas!  The reason they advised me to go with an exterior satin finish because it provides the best wear while still being able to provide touchups if ever needed down the road.

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STOVE-

Now for what you all have been waiting for… THE STOVE!! This one is made by Verona Appliances and is a dual-fuel, double-oven 36in stove in white.  (Say that three times fast :P)   I couldn’t be happier with this choice!  I emailed Nikki from Verona Appliances a total of 55 times before we decided on this oven.  Talk about customer service!  This oven can still fit a 9×13 in pan and up to a 25 lb turkey on the left, so lets just say it does it all.  And dual fuel is the most economical.  I had never cooked on gas before this stove either, but I will NEVER go back to an electric stove.  If you are wondering why gas is so much better than an electric stove- google it.

SINK-

This is my second farmhouse sink, and I think I learned a lot from our last to know what we needed.  I went with a double basin instead of the single because as much as I love to use our dishwasher, there are still times when I just want to wash a plate or glass and set it aside to drain. This one is called the Whitehaven sink from Kohler.

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FAUCET-

The faucet is from Kohler as well, and is called Artifacts Bridge Bar faucet in polished Chrome.  LOVE.

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COUNTERS-

Now, the counters were such a struggle!  I went to three different warehouses and all had fantastic finds.  I ended up purchasing our stone from Dwyer Marble and Stone, and am SO thankful I did!  They tagged a white quartz stone called Epitome for me, but then I changed my mind last minute.  (Sounds familiar?) Ryan from West MI Granite came over to measure the counters and when I asked him what his thoughts were he basically said well that’s a no brainer go with soapstone!  But in a totally nice friendly way with his expert opinion of course!

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HARDWARE-

Quality Bath was super helpful and in my eyes and had better quality pulls than I chose, but I was set on having an aged brass finish (rolling eyes emoji here).  So I found the pulls I chose from the Basement store on 28st in Grand Rapids, MI.

The cabinet latches are from CabinetParts.com.  I think they are also called Matchbox latches.  I love the quality as they are a solid brass (be careful don’t buy the cheap ones that aren’t solid metal!)

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TILE-

The tile was from Lowe’s and is called Elida white ceramic tile.  Annnddd we love it!  This was a last minute decision when the husband stopped on his way home and from work and took a few photos and sent them to me on his phone and said. “you pick.”  But by that, he means decide now, please 😉 (Like no really, hurry up! :P)  I had my eye out for handmade tiles, but contacted a company who makes them and they were totally out of budget.  Even for the little bit of tile we needed!   Also, I had no idea if we should use white or charcoal grout.  I know many of you chimed in and said “grey,” but let me tell you a secret- I hate grey! Omg, there, I said it.  But I love how the white makes the tile blend in instead of being the center of attention. So I think we chose well?!

And lastly, we just finished this kitchen just in time for Woodrow’s six month photos!  I am so thankful for Amy Carroll to come capture these precious moments <3.

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For just a few more shout-outs and friendly mentions- My dress is hand made from the cutest etsy shop called Not Perfect Linen (I love it!)  Along with the table cloth photographed and matching dish towel on the sink.

And the center of attention in this all goes out to the vintage rug I fell head over heals for months and months ago from Mesa Vintage.  I saved it tucked away as the inspiration to the entire room!

Thank you all so much for stopping by!  Email me with any questions!

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Gift Sharing Idea’s

Hi Friends and welcome!

If you’re new to Grove click here for your link (so you can skip all this jargen ;-P)

I want to share a quick gifting giving idea for Mother’s Day or house warming gift for a friend maybe?? I don’t know, I just think this is cute!

So here’s the scoop.  I am in love with Grove Collaborative.  If you don’t know what Grove is, it is a monthly delivery service that makes amazing non-toxic cleaning, household and personal care products totally easy.  From toothpaste to paper towel and toilet paper to face wash.   You can change your delivery schedule and products anytime to fit your needs.  And that I love!  I’ve used them for about a year now because they save me time, money, and lets face it- I don’t make lists.  I never have, and I don’t know how many times I have gone to the store for dish soap or paper and towel and forget it!  Life is so much easier now 🙂

Here is one of my favorite brands from Grove.  Meyer’s Clean Day.  This scent is Lilac (Insert beautiful Lilac bouquet instead of ugly died flowers- Spring I am ready for you!)

And here comes my gift idea.  Grove Collaborative is offering new customers Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Hand Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Dish Soap, a Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle, and a Walnut Scrubber!  All my favorite things I tell you!  Now the spring scents are my absolute fav. Lilac and peony!  And I can not wait for them to bloom.  Gosh just thinking about it makes me excited.  Anyone else?!  To receive this new member off just click here  🙂  This offer ends on Sunday March 12th at 6pm PST and supplies are limited, so don’t wait! (I hate it when I miss a sale!) I put these cute lilac scented soaps in with a dish towel (from Grove as well!)  And this little basket in from IKEA!  Cute idea right?!

And just a quick thing, if you are already a member Grove is offering 50% off their Grove Spray bottle!  I put vinegar and lavender oil in mine and use it on almost everything, just a thought! To get this offer click here  🙂

And here is a photo of our mudroom that I love to have pretty soaps sitting at 🙂

Thank you for stopping by!

*Disclaimer- This is a sponsored post by Grove Collaborative and all opinions are my own.  I only recommend products I personally use and believe readers will enjoy.

Mr. Big Boy

Well friends, my little boy is about to turn two this Saturday.  Please lets all shed a tear. He was born 12 days late, but shares his birthday with his Uncle Bob and grandfather. Three generations of Ford’s on the same day.  I guess it was just meant to be!

So here it is!  Basically everything you see in this room is from IKEA.  I have a love for antiques and wanted to be different, but then again you can’t beat their prices and I looovvveee the storage under here.  This room is tiny and both boys clothes are in here along with diapers, wipes, and everything else imaginable.  I was so worried moving him into a big boy bed so we could use the crib for Woodrow, but oh my gosh was I wrong to worry.  That boy couldn’t be happier!  I was starting the bath upstairs when he first saw it. He stopped in his tracks, and just stared at first.  When I told him, “Auburn look what daddy made you!  It’s your Big Boy bed for your birthday!”  He lit up ear to ear, and climbed right in.  He grabbed his blanket and dog and laid down pretending he was sleeping.  Then he would get out of his bed and peek around the corner to me and yell, “Momma!! Momma!!! I slept good!”  Ohh boy did that make my heart melt.  The things you don’t notice until your toddler says things like that.  Every morning and afternoon after his nap I always give him a kiss and ask if he’s slept good 🙂


And just a quick advice you to you all about IKEA.  It always bothered me that they don’t deliver and you can’t buy their items online half the time unless you want to pay a RIDICULOUS amount for shipping.  Then I meant James.  His website is called Via IKEA.  He goes to IKEA in Canton, MI once a week on Wednesday and brings you your order.  Like to your door and even in the house or puts it together for a small price.  Can you say O.M.G.  So anyways, check him out. You won’t be disappointed 😛

Well as always, thank you all for stopping by!  I hope to be sharing the kitchen here so soon with you all!  Happy hump day!

One big MESS

*This post was made in partnership with World Market

Hello everyone!

My biggest goal for 2017 is organization, and nothing was more atrocious than our pantry. I purchased this panty off Craigslist sight unseen, and boy was it a risk!  We have a tiny kitchen with no pantry and I needed sooommeeethhiinngggg.  And I couldn’t be more happy with this unique find, and even more excited for you to see what is inside!

I may have had to phone a friend 10 times to get a little help.  Organization is not my skill-set, but I hope this inspires all you non-organized people too!  And I swear you won’t believe how inexpensive this update can be.  Plus it feels ammaazzziinnggg to have a clean cupboard.

Head on over to World Market to see how I turned this mess around!

 

A Farmhouse Christmas

This year I tried spreading Christmas cheer with simple changes that are inexpensive, and that we will still love after the holiday’s!  Having a son who is almost two, I want to start some wonderful traditions that we can all look forward to in years to come 🙂

Now welcome to the mudroom.  For a hot second I debated cleaning this room and taking some magical photo of the entire room all neat and tidy.  Ha!   The bibs are tossed on the bench along with a million other coats, sweatshirts and hats.  Just out frame the pile is as big as I. I promise I am NOT kidding. Tis the season!

Now walk in a little farther…

I saw this quote on a door mat and it killed me.  Instant classic.  I can’t wait to watch Home Alone with the boys someday!

Don’t judge the dried hydrangea’s on the table. I plan to pick fresh greens out back with the boys soon!

Welcome to the dining.  Someone said you should match your woods.  Like either dark or light colors, but I’ve always been a rule breaker (not really, but lets pretend..)!    I can’t believe I actually considered painting that door white because of that.  Crazy talk.  And get a load of this.  Our tree has no lights or ornaments!  I love it just the way it is.  I may get some white lights because I know Auburn will love it, but I sure do love it in its natural state. And don’t get me started on ornaments.  I get them every year for a Christmas gift, but I hate them.  I know, I know, I am some evil crazy person, but its true.  I hate ornaments. Don’t hate me.

I only have two stockings as I bought these when we first got married.  Now, two kids later I thought about getting two more then decided they can just have ours.  The hubby won’t fill mine anyways.. Mr. Scrooge!

I wish my garland was real, and I may still do that, but I stole this from my mom a few years ago and still love it! I still all her great stuff don’t I?!

This throw is from Target, but I had been looking for a cream throw for a while now and I think I love it!

Also these pillows are from Target as well.  I try soo hard to shop local and swore I wouldn’t buy pillows from Target, again.  But these are soo soft, and big, and I had a coupon, and they jumped in the cart- I swear!  Along with these little houses from the dollar spot.  I put a tea light candle in the back and can’t wait to see them shine!  Lets see how long until the hubby notices lit and blows them out (insert eye rolling emoji here).  Candles should not be in the house if he had his way!

Well friends, thats it for now.  As always, thank you all for stopping by!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!

For more inspiration check out these lovely ladies!

Karen– @mrsrollman

Brittany York– @britanyork

Lauren McBride– @laurmcbrideblog

Haley Estes– @the.mountain.view.cottage

Jolia Willis– @farmfreshhomestead

Sheila Irwin– @Maisondecinq

Natalie Kolter– @VintagePorch

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Lisa– @farmhouseonboone

The Ugly Before

Hi Friends!  So I got to thinking.  So many of you are DIYers, and I am sure none of you can imagine from the photos I post now how bad this house really was.  Sooo I thought I’d finally break out those ugly before photos to give you all hope and inspiration in your projects, as you all have inspired me!

Where to begin?!  This is the old dining room that is now the mudroom.  The window to the left was removed and a door was put in.

This is that “debate” I always talk about.   I wanted the door to be moved to here soooooo badly.  But this would cost much more work for the good ole’ hubby. But of course I won ;-P, but he told me “It was for the structural integrity of the home, not for you.”   Whatever Doug, just move that damn door!

 

Here is my brother doing a little sanding on the mudroom bench for us 🙂

Here is the mudroom months and months later.  About eight months later to be exact! This is the little bench I just posted on my Instagram a few days ago (And yes this room is now white…..!

Walk a little farther in and here is the kitchen.  We still have these old cabinets, but I refinished them to take away the yellow.  We added a cheap backsplash and new trim to buy us a few years, but times up!  I am ready to move on a rip it out!  But if you ask the hubby he would have been perfectly content with it the way it was.  Men right?!  Jk I love him 😉  Oh and you can see from the dishes on the counter I wasn’t ready for this demo.  We were eating dinner and I was talking about wanting to expose the chimney behind this cupboard. And Doug being the spontaneous man he is.. got up and started ripping into it!  My dad got work and came over to see.  And here it began!

And I almost didn’t put this one in here. But here I am!  I always say we, but really mean Doug 90%, me 10%.   But I tried hard to help any way I could.

Another photo of this same wall with the hidden chimney, just the other side of the wall. And again this proves we had no plan and just went for it one day as I was NOT prepared and still had furniture here!

The laundry room was right here in the kitchen beside the chimney!

Okay where is this I am sure you are thinking.  Well right about where the photo was taken in the last picture was this wall and hallway!  Now look what we (my dad and Doug) did to this hallway!

That brown horizontal paint line right where Doug is working were the old stairs.

This shows you the ugly old stairs in the back of the house through the hallway of horrors as I called it!  And that hideous green carpet that was everrryyywhereee!  All the floors you see in my posts currently were hidden under here!

BOOM.  The stairs were put here.  This is the original place of their location back in 1861 when the house was built!  We found an old sign and newspaper dated that right here in this wall!  The history here still continues to blow my mind!

These are the stairs a little more finished months and months later. After we finished the upstairs so we actually had a place to retreat from the mess.  But don’t worry, the dust and dirt made its way upstairs as well.  There was no safe zone as I called it for months!  The only thing that stayed was a bed.  The TV, the couch, a dining table, everything was gone for months and months.  The hardest part of this was when you are dog tired and wanted to relax there was no place to go or retreat.  Constant chaos. If you are going through this now or are about to endeavor such things.  Please remember to have patiences and it will be all worth it in the end.  I promise.  No matter the hardships that must be overcome to get there.

Here is the upstairs after a bit of demo.  What didn’t get touched in this house right?!

The hubby is looking a little rough as the months went on.  Such little sleep working full time Monday thru Friday.  He would come home, change his boots and get right to work for hours until he couldn’t anymore.  Than he would get up at 5 am and do it all over again.

But this photo shows the hidden original ceilings.  His grandparents dropped this ceiling sometime in the 60’s or 70’s with a remodel. But if you look close, there was beautiful gold wallpaper on those original 10 foot ceilings!  Amazing uncovering the beauty of this original home.

And I am sure you have noticed the only thing untouched is that kitchen.  And I can not wait to dive in and utilize the tall ceilings.  These ugly old 80s cabinet have to go.  Hello farmhouse style tall glass uppers with inset doors (all the heart eyes here).

Fast forward a few months…  Drywall was delivered.

Then a few more..

The old stove was removed and we now have that cream stove we bought on mega clearance as that color was discontinued, and it was a floor model!

A few friends helping with the drywall upstairs.  Thanks guys!

My dad helping with tiling the tub.  I desperately wanted a claw foot tub.  Like SOOOO bad.  I still regret not winning that battle as he refused to shower in a claw foot tub.  Marriage is about compromise right?!  Ugh ;-P

This is our bedroom upstairs.  And the first room that got that farmhouse trim I had always dreamed about!

I wanted so badly to keep the original flooring upstairs, but he had to remove it to strengthen the floor joists.  Plus so much was missing because the staircase had been moved three times in this home!   So here is the laminate flooring we went with, and help from a good friend Josh Ford 🙂

Doug tried his hand at drywall finishing.  Lets just say hardest. job. ever! But then came paint!

We did this all our own, with the of help from family and friends.  I want to say a HUGE thank you to all that helped us and for Doug’s brother Bob who did our electrical.  We love you Bob!  

And I still can’t believe the end result and am SO proud to call this our home.

Thank you all for stopping by!  This may be my longest post ever, but trying to put together a year of work into one post was hard!  I hope this gives you all hope, motivation, and inspiration in all your endeavors.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

The Space Shuttle

Hello All!

I wanted to quick write a little blog about my new stroller from Mutsy.  It is the Igo Farmer in Earth color.  Can I say, O.M.G.  Amazing.  When I opened the box, I was blown away.  As I was putting it together (let me say that was SO easy too)  I wanted to call my best friend or my mom to brag about it.  Please tell me you do that too?!

I titled this blog “The Space Shuttle,” because immediately when the husband came home he said, “When did you get that cool space shuttle?!”  Men. (Insert eye rolling emoji here).

But anyways, I wanted to tell you a few features I LOVE.  For one, it truly is so easy to put together, and pack away.  I watched the fun video on their website with the fun music as she clicked away at all it’s features. (Click here for video)  I thought at the time, no way it will be that easy (they never are).  And well it was. I found myself extending the handle just to hear it click. 😉  Also with this stroller we have another attachment for a seat for Auburn.  I don’t have it photographed just yet as we had too much fun with its other features you’ll see down below. But the back reclines and can be positioned in two directions!  Either towards you or away from you. And I love that it can recline down to a sleeping position because naps are always needed 😉

Also, it folds up all SO easy and the material is so soft.  Of course Woodrow spit up the minute I laid him down in it, but I the mattress pad comes right out, and I was able to wash it.

Another wonderful detail the husband brought up are its tires.  They are big enough to not bring you to a dead stop when you walk in the grass, but small enough to be compact for carrying and in the car.  And secondly, they don’t need air!  (All the praise hands emoji here!)  I swear every time I went to use our previous stroller it allllwwayysss had a flat.

And lastly, I noticed someone asked if Mutsy would be coming out with a double stroller? Well, friends, their stroller has a step-up board (BOOM).  I got one for Auburn, and he constantly asks, “Go ride?!”  He is at that age where he wants in and out, so this way he can hop on or walk as he pleases 🙂

We went to my dads farm last night and tried it out in the grass.  Not as easy to push of course, but still doable!  Now Auburn, get some corn and go feed those cows!  They need bedding too, so go grab a pitch fork too!

Thank you all for stopping by and hoping you have a wonderful day!

***Please note this post is not sponsored, and all thoughts are my own 🙂

 

A Family of Four

I wanted to share with you a few favorites of our family photos taken by Amy Carroll 🙂

Here is our sweet boy Woodrow, and as Auburn calls him baby Gus.  This basket I just adore!  So many have asked about it and here is the link!

And this has been the morning routine since he came home.  Auburn has become so cooperative letting me change his diaper and getting dressed so he can hold baby Gus.  He asks, “Baby Gus, couch?”  Because the couch is where we let him hold him 🙂

I could lay here all day and just stare into his beautiful steel colored eyes.

Gosh seeing the love of my life hold him…..  my heart is still melting..

Oh Wyatt you we love you too.

Such a beautiful morning.

#reallife!  Bahahahaha!!!!

And just like that, we were done.  Auburn was over it 😉

Outdoor Living

Hi friends!

Today I wanted to show a little before and after of our new outdoor patio!

We had once stacked wood on the back of this garage.  And then when the wood was gone, it was just gross.  I power washed this the day before I had baby Ford number 2… Maybe this put me into labor?!  Either way, I am soo glad I cleaned it up.  I had a vision and can’t wait to show you!

What a gross site right? (Except for Auburn, bottom left corner..!)  I am not sure what they had in mind with this concrete slab behind the garage back in the day, but I had no idea what to do here for the past few years.   Then it finally hit me!  After this hot summer, I found this is the best place to be!

This faces the West and has plenty of shade, and I am so excited to sit here this fall and watch the sunset with our new family of four! 🙂 Next spring, the hubby talks about some sort of pergola or roof extended here.  And I picture the boys playing under the tree next to us in a sand box with their Tonka toys. #lifeisgood.

You think anyone will play checkers with me??!  I lovvveeee board games!

This patio set is from Walker Edison Furniture.  I loved all the seating it provides and has everyone facing one of my favorite views of my great grandfathers barn in the distance.  I must say, I was impressed when this set arrived.  The instructions were wonderful, and the sectional has an aluminum frame that is powder coated.  The instructions were perfect, and I even set it up just one week after having a baby. BOOM.

This grill is called a Kamado Joe.  A friend from work told me about this when I had been looking for one for a Fathers Day gift for the hubby.  What I loved about this, is its outstanding quality.  I wanted something that would last and that he would enjoy using.  If you don’t like your grill, the chances are you won’t use it.  As soon at we got this, the hubby and I started dreaming up cook outs and reasons to have friends and family over! And fall is the perfect time for a last hooray to enjoy the most beautiful time of year here in Michigan.

With a roof on here someday, I envision stringing a set of lights above here and having it glow at night.  Gosh I sure can dream!

Well, thank you all for stopping by!  I sure appreciate each and every one of you, and hope I sparked some sort of inspiration!

Morgan

* This post was created in partnership with Kamado Joe.  All opinions are my own 🙂

 

The Dining Chairs

Hi friends!  Long time no see!

I just wanted to jump on here and let you all know a little more about the new dining chairs.  I found them on multiple sites such as Amazon, Wayfair, and at Target.  Now Target was the most expensive by far, and at Amazon and Wayfair, the prices were the same.  Now what I did do, is buy my first one at Target to see if I loved it because I was worried about shipping it back if I wasn’t head over heels.  Well, the chair is made by Safavieh, and is called the wood arm chair in light oak teak wood.  What I wanted to share with you all is that it comes unfinished.  Now unfinished wood sure is beautiful, but it needs to be protected so food and dirty fingers don’t ruin it!

This is the chair how it arrived, unfinished.

And this has been my go to for finishes.  It is an oil base so it WILL turn wood darker. But it also brings out the grains and therefore I love it.  Some argue that an oil based finish lasts longer and is more durable.  That I am unsure about, but I do love the warmth it brings.

If you look close, you can see I did not attempt to finish the wood on the seat of the chair between the wicker seat.  It is made from leather and the oil base would surely stain that too.

Well thank you for stopping by, and let me know if you have any questions! Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂