One of my favorite things to do is furniture re-finishing; I love being able to transform an old worn down piece of furniture into something new and exciting, molding it into an inspiring piece of artwork. Some of my most peaceful moments come from the minutes I endure from the beginning to the end of the re-finishing process in an effort to create a new life for the piece I am working on.
It all begins with the stripping process; “how am I going to remove the remnants of ragged history to pave the way for the new and inspiring?”
Next, is the exciting moment when the “sander hits the pavement” so to speak, and I begin to see the new life of the piece being re-born. The exposed wood underneath, and the challenges that may arise from stripping away its outer shell in an attempt to reveal the strength and beauty that is underneath, is liken to a hiker tiring edlessly in persuit of the splendor that awaits them at the top; making it all worthwile but hoping for something more glorious that one can even imagine.
Having exposed this piece of furniture that has traveled from another life – now lying bare as an open canvas to re-create its destiny in an endless possibility of color, design, pattern, and texture, is perhaps one of my most reflective and peaceful moments to where I am most allowed to be creative and must search within myself for the skill that my Father in Heaven gave me to re-create something worthy of being viewed….something unlike any other.
I enjoy using techniques and designs from the past which are highly sought after in todays living rooms, and then putting a spin on them making its presence unique – standing out amongst the expected. This is where my artistic ability takes over and we begin to tell the story of a new life; determining together what dress she will wear and the jewelry that will make her sparkle.
When it is finished, I then can’t even wait for my creation to dry before my mind starts to envision who will use it, what stage will be set and the accessories that will play a key role in dressing it. Often I will create the piece to match a certain decorum but standing alone as a main conversation piece and focal point for the room. While in other situations I will let the lines and the integrity of the piece tell the story of its destiny and purpose….and it is in those moments where I pleasantly surprise myself.
By: Anne Wright Interiors
Specializing in Interior Design, Space Planning, Furniture Re-Finishing, Home Staging and Organization, Color Consulting, and more!
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