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My New Hobby- Refinishing Furniture

Okay, I have to admit that I hit phases pretty hard.

For instance, when I started this blog, I posted about five times a week for four months.

But recently, you might have noticed that I pretty much disappeared after the new year hit. I started a new hobby, one that takes a lot of time, especially after the kids are in bed. And I went at it pretty hard core, which is why I haven’t had time to write.

The longer I went without writing, the harder it was to pull myself over to the computer to write, when before my fingers practically itched to get the words out. I wondered, Did I say everything thing I had to say and now I’m out of words? A friend told me I needed to share my new hobby on the blog for everyone to see, so here it is:

I’ve been refinishing furniture! 

I’m thinking of it as another outlet for my creativity, another way to use my artist’s eye. I just love searching for cheap antiques on Facebook Marketplace that I can give a new life. I started with these chairs:

I think Thomas said oh my when he saw them, but I could see such lovely potential! They were perfectly solid chairs made in the sixties. I promised the hubby we’d sell them if he still hated them after or if they just didn’t fit in our house.  I also decided to try my hand at making my own chalk paint, since that stuff is pretty expensive. I bought a small bag of calcium carbonate and got to work. Want to see the results?

Ta-Da! Thomas even likes how they turned out and agreed that we can keep them (because I didn’t want to part with them!) I’m pretty attached. The homemade chalk paint worked nicely. I coated it with polycrylic and used my $2 yard sale staple gun to re-cover the seats. I was so pleased with how they turned out that I thought, Hey, maybe I should try to make a little business out of flipping furniture. 

And that is the *beginning* of the story of how I started a furniture collection in the garage! Haha!

I have since refinished this cute high chair:

My mother in law called dibs on this one, so it will stay in the family, which pleases Lyla. She can’t wait to eat in it at Mimi’s house. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might notice that the color scheme matches my kitchen island. Hey, I knew the color combo worked, so I stuck with it!

Two days ago I finished this headboard.

I need to take better pics of this one!

Perhaps there isn’t a hot market for painted headboards; I haven’t gotten any bites on it yet. I’m in the process of making a Facebook page for my unofficial little business, hoping to connect with people in my community.

I don’t know if this phase will last, but for now I’m having fun refinishing furniture. It’s cathartic to work on a project and then see a lovely finished product. I like feeling proud of my work. Whether that comes in the form of a painting, a blog post, or a piece of furniture, they all kind of add up to the same thing in my head.

How about you? Do you have any hobbies that bring great satisfaction?

Oh! I want to raise my hand to answer my own question! READING. I also love to read. It makes me feel good.

Okay, the floor is yours- if you have any favorite hobbies to share, I’d love to hear about them!

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