My Aunt Mary is a creative freak.
While I'm living with her, she suggested that I start refurbishing furniture as a small business. It appeals to my creative side, and it gives me a few extra bucks at the end of the week. I've been working on pieces for about a month. I have just been horrible at posting about them.
SO, here is the before and after of my very first haul from the Goodwill.
We found these three beat-up chairs under a pile of junk. The trim around the upholstery was torn off, the fabric was stained, and the wood had been worn away from years of use. My aunt saw the potential, and couldn't believe the beautiful hand-carved details in the legs and arm rests. I trusted that she knew what she was talking about, so we took all three chairs
I have never upholstered ANYTHING before this project, and was a bit intimidated. However, once I started ripping the fabric off the chair I realized that most upholstery is just fabric stapled to wood. Surprisingly, it's not that hard. It is especially convenient when your aunt used to create Victorian style dresses as a side business and still has tons of fabric just lying around the house.
Fast forward a couple weeks after learning various basics of furniture repair and voila! Three classic masterpieces. Three pieces of junk that were a few hours from being sent to the dump. Three beautiful chairs that will hopefully fill someone's home with love and happiness.
This is really fun, people. There is sad furniture everywhere just waiting patiently to be loved. Next time you need something in your home, consider the endless possibilities of refurbishing and GO FOR IT!
Go tear something up. You're gonna like it, I guarantee it.