Monday, June 10, 2013

Candy's Furniture Repair Shop

I wouldn't exactly call furniture restoration one of my "hobbies," because people are supposed to enjoy their hobbies and I don't actually like working on furniture. It's too nerve wracking; something can always go suddenly, horribly wrong--and frequently does.


But I still seem to find myself doing an awful lot of it. It all started after Katrina, when I had a house full of lovely, ruined old furniture and quickly realized that our flood insurance was not going to begin to stretch to get it all professionally put to rights. Fortunately, we had a friend who worked restoring furniture for area museums and plantations, and he walked through the house with me, telling me what to do--or at least try--with each item (he also told me to just "throw away" one of my favorite pieces, but I didn't listen to that part). The fact that everything was already essentially destroyed gave me the courage to forge ahead. But once it was all finished, I put away my hide glue pot and shellac flakes and artists colors (I quickly realized I needed to mix my own stains) with a sigh of relief and said, "Never again."


Then my younger daughter moved into an apartment and thought that old map case we had in the storeroom would make a nice coffee table....


She also took the hutch that was in the spare bedroom, which meant I had to fix up my dad's old gun cabinet and fit it out with shelves to take its place.



Now my older daughter is moving off to Texas with a few items that really could use some tender loving care before she leaves.


My partner in all this is Steve, who very obligingly routs missing pieces of trim and cuts shelves and translates my sketches for coffee table legs into reality and does all sorts of other things that are utterly beyond me, and with nary a complaint. But I swear, when this round is all over, I am quitting. I really am. Once I fix up that old cedar chest....

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LOgalinOR said...

Candace,
You are the quintessential multi-tasker, multi-talented, ....who knew? (alright, we know). Your cabinetwork will become treasured family heirlooms for future generations. The pieces are absolutely gorgeous!
But when you say, "but I swear, when this round is all over, I am quitting. I really am." 'methinks the lady doth protest too
much' to quote another famous author-LOL. The photos are proof of your 'labor of love.'

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm glad someone does this kind of thing. It won't be me. I haven't the talent nor the patience, I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

c- wow that furniture is gorgeous. good for you. you are so artistic in many ways. in my next life i plan on being talented. and possibly rich. but for now....i will have to appreciate it in others. lucky daughters too. ali

cs harris said...

LOgalinOR, I suspect you're right, that I'll always be doing it, simply because it seems like there's always something that needs it. Although I mean it when i say I find it very stressful!

Charles, I actually don't have the patience for it either. That bed drove me crazy.

Ali, I'd definitely rather be rich and pay someone else to do it!

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Anonymous said...

Wow - really loved that map coffee table. Everything looks gorgeous. You guys are good!!! I've only bought one piece to refinish once (a dining room buffet). I totally gave up but my husband finished it. I love it, but wouldn't do it again. Sabena

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Second chances are great - even for furniture. Best wishes to you in recovering your furniture.

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