Hi, I’m Launi. I’d like to welcome you to my blog.
This is just the beginning so I hope you’ll join me on this journey. Being creative is a big part of who I am, now let’s see if it translates into my writing!
I have always loved to redecorate, rearrange, rehab, refinish and repurpose! Scouting for treasures is half the fun, but I also love the process of transforming a piece of furniture that has been relegated to the thrift store and left discarded and undiscovered. I am often surprised at what people get rid of. Then people, and by people I mostly mean my husband and daughter, will often look at me like I’m crazy for rescuing such far gone pieces!
Sometimes my purchases are instant. Sometimes I ponder for several minutes or a day or two. More than once I have kept my eye on a piece of furniture for over a month, sometimes because the price is more than I was willing to pay, but not always.
My favorite story is about a desk that I saw at a thrift store. At first glance the thing was pretty hideous, but it was only $20! I had to stop and take a closer look. The handles, knobs, and legs are what inspired me – the rest was still hideous. But it was a solid, well-built desk. So heavy and big! It would take up precious space in my workshop (aka the garage). I decided to wait, it probably wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. A few trips to the same store and about 6 weeks later it was still there, now with a big, bright orange sign on it marked $10. I committed myself to the challenge and paid for it.
I took it home and did some research on it because it’s so fun to figure out the history of a piece – and frustrating when you come up with nothin’! My husband loves doing that too. I think he is the one that found the important info on this particular desk; Mid-century 1964, made by Alma Desk Co in High Point, NC. It was called “The Administrator”.
I prefer to work with the natural wood on my rehabs whenever possible. Sometimes I regret it, but not in this case. It was a lot of work but after sanding the body of the desk I was pretty happy with it. The hardware and legs were a combination of metal and wood so I wanted a metal top. I was thinking zinc. While I was researching that I decided I might as well try out a faux zinc paint technique on the original ugly brown Formica top since it was going to be covered up anyway! Right? Right! Well, let me tell you – it turned out so authentic looking I sealed it and called it good. I lined the drawers with maps for a signature touch and was done!
Last step, I put it on Craigslist for $650 and sold it for $575. Not bad for a hideous $10 desk, some elbow grease and a little creativity.
In the end, I decided I sorta like doing this furniture rehab thing!