Author: Cass Grunewald

Accountant/dreamer by day, designer/DIYer by night. Taking an eye sore and making it beautiful is my passion.

The Burnt Coffee Beam

This was an incredibly fun project for the two of us. First off, who doesn’t love playing with fire? Torching the table top was an absolute blast and saved us so much time! Here’s the top before we attached it the base and applied three coats of poly. Here’s our finished product. Brandon built the […]

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Antique Teller’s Desk

Of the three pieces of teller desk we salvaged, the top of the desk was definitely the  most time consuming. It was also the most rewarding. Here’s a not-so-great picture of what we started with. You can see that once upon a time, someone stripped the top, which ultimately saved us a ton of time. However, we […]

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Distressed Farmhouse Table

One of our favorite projects to date – the distressed farmhouse table we built for our friend and wedding photographer.   We found the plans for this table on www.anawhite.com. The legs were purchased thru Maddox Mill Works on Etsy. He’s a link to the shop. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaddoxMillWorks?ref=l2-shopheader-name We stained the entire table with Minwax Jacobean stain, then applied two […]

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Distressed Teal Cabinet

  We’ve been so busy working our day jobs, and planning a wedding, that we’ve kind of neglected our blog. That doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy with Rustic Refined RePete though! Here’s one of our favorite projects we completed this summer. The Distressed Teal Cabinet This gorgeous cabinet came to us from the designer of our logo believe […]

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House on the Hill: Before & Afters

It only took us a year to share these, but here’s the before and after’s of our lovely kitchen/dining/living room remodel. I’m sure it will change time and time again over the years, but for now we’re incredibly happy with our DIY transformation!

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Upcycled Dresser

Pete & I are both very excited to share this easy, weekend project with you. We’ve been chipping away at decorating the man cave for a few weeks now. The walls have been painted, and the deer heads hung; but, what’s a man cave without a giant TV?  So while we were shopping around and pricing our options […]

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Birch Butcher Block

*updated: 1/5/16* Hey ya’ll! ***If you’re up for a little fun while reading this post, grab yourself a beverage, and drink every time I write “butcher block”. 1-2-3 GO 😉 Good luck! This project is something Brandon and I have gone back and forth on. He wants to stain & poly the butcher block. I want to leave it […]

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1920’s Bungalow

Before there was Pete & Cass, there was just Cass. Let me preface this post by giving credit where credit is due. I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without the help of my family and friends. Dad, Mom, Mel, Rita – I will forever be grateful for your expertise, help, and patience during this journey.   […]

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Why rustic + refined + rePete?

Hi everyone! Welcome to rustic + refined + rePete! We’re glad to have you. So why “rustic + refined + rePete”? Welllll here’s a picture of our cute little family. (All together now “awwwwwww”.) I know, I know. 🙂 So anyways, I’m Cass – 20something, and this is Brandon (Pete) – forever29, and Garrett (rePete) – 8goingon18. <<< […]

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