in Danbury, CT.
I have been repairing, refinishing furniture for about 2 years now, so I am a novice. Almost everything I do is a first for me. It started out as a need because I needed furntiure for my sons bedroom but had very little money and I did not want pressboard furniture. I met with a couple that work in real estate and when sellers move, they leave furniture behind, so they have a little shop and sell them. I was able to purchase entire bedroom set for my son for $125 (and a nightstand for me), which I repaired and refinished. After that, I started to pick up furniture to repair & refinish as a hobby. My small condo is not updated enough yet for me to do proper staging. I don't even have a corner in the garage to set up a make shift stage, but I am working on that. I saw a few of the professional submissions and I admit, I am intimidated. The younger me would have pulled all of my submissions out claiming to be not good enough. The older me is more phillosophical, if I don't place or win, its okay. It's all part of the learning experience andI will try harder next time. When I started out, I just did not have the funds to purchase chalk paint. I had to make my own. That's why there are so many homemade chalk paint recipes. One thing I did know was that the finish had to be great, so I spent the extra money to buy General Finishes Arm R Seal.
I work two jobs now; my full-time job is an Office Manager of the Danbury Veterans Center, which offers readjustment counseling to combat veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, and MST. I love working with our nation's veterans.and their families. My part-time job is was an Associate for Lowes Home Center in Danbury, CT. I really enjoy working with these great people and making customers happy with their purchase for home improvement.
I graduated from Post University in Waterbury, CT in 2014 at age 55. I wanted to make sure both of my sons finished their college educations first. My youngest son, Sean, graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and works as a Chef in country club with a golf course. My oldest son, MacDaniel, went ot John Jay College works for Spectrum Cable. Sean is engaged to a lovely young lady, Eulissa and MacDaniel is married to a marvelous lady, Andrea.
I live alone but I am not lonely. I love to work at all of my jobs and I truly enjoy my furniture refinishing hobby that gives me joy and some extra money. I love all types of mediums of painting, staining, glazing and refinishing. I love the ideas that I get from General Finishes and from General Finishes University on facebook and Pinterest. I love seeing what other people accomplish and when something I truly like comes up, I want to try it too! I have overcome a lot of fears, such as repairing damaged furniture, epoxy resin pouring, and staining (yes I was very afraid I would get this one completely wrong!). It has all been a learning experience and I have finally found my calling. A little late in life but I finally heard it!