There is a vision…when I look at a piece of furniture like a rehabber looks at a house. We look beyond the scratches, loose knobs, and dark scuffed dull wood. I look at the potential. Does it have good bones to withstand time? Sometimes I like to know the story behind it…so I can pass it along. I have heard many, “It was my Mom’s she passed away she kept all her good china in here when her and my dad moved to assisted living they wanted to give it all away. It was my Uncle’s he moved away and left it to his children but they live across the country, we used to sit together at Christmas and all eat together around the table and tell stories, we had great memories. I can always pass those great stories to new owners they love to hear them. It is so nice to know who sat in the chair who wrote on the desk. Furniture is as important as a house because it does become a part of your living space and a part of your everyday life and a part of you and your history.
After accessing the structure and sturdiness of furniture, I look at the character, the shape, the lines, how will it look painted, what colors will look nice, what accents, what curves are pronounced, what era.
Not only can we paint a piece of furniture but we can repurpose/upcycle. What can it be used for? I think and evaluate. I can take a China cabinet and take the doors off and make shelves. Take a singer sewing machine stand and make a side table. Take an old peeling broken table and make a kitchen island. It is fun and exciting. Gets the creative juices flowing. I can bring life to old things and keep things out of the landfill!
When someone comes looking for a piece of furniture I can offer them a piece by recognizing what they are going for and matching them up with what we have available. If that piece has not already been given a coat of paint or decided on its destiny we can customize one to suit a client who is looking for a specific and design something whimsical, conservative, or whatever suits their fancy.