Taking a tired, outdated piece of furniture & making it shiny and new again is my life’s passion. It wasn’t until March of 2016 I had realized this was my calling. I love being a stay at home Mom to my three beautiful children & partner in crime to my handsome husband but I knew I needed something for myself. A hobby & something to put my heart and soul into- that’s what refinishing furniture & running this small business is for me. All these years I had my husband refinishing pieces for me. I’d find a free table or broken chair and I’d bring it to him to work his magic. Little did I know, I was missing out on all the fun! Sanding, staining, painting, repairing- all very intimidating ideas to me. Sure, I grew up watching my grandfather build gorgeous things from wood in his garage and I would sit by and watch my husband while he worked. Never did I think I could do it!
My husband left for a work trip last spring and I was left to refinish a gorgeous Craigslist buffet I’d recently purchased. Well, it maybe wasn’t gorgeous in its current state but I saw its potential! I decided I wanted it done before he would return and that meant I had to go it alone! He gave me some instruction before he left on how to use the sander & stain. I then watched SO many hours of youtube and read countless Pinterest tutorials before I felt like I was ready. Much to my surprise I was not only able to do it but I actually ENJOYED refinishing this piece! That was it, I fell in love.
That was when I decided I had to continue doing this. I then had the idea of doing what I love and possibly earning some pocket cash at the same time. I had no idea what I was doing but I knew I LOVED the hunt of finding project pieces, refinishing them & I decided to give selling a go.
My first pieces I purchased to sell were a small nightstand I decided to use as an end table and a coffee table that were in overall good condition but outdated as they were. This time I wanted to use Java gel as the paint-on method to give the allure of a hardwood stained top but these pieces were in fact vinyl & a type of laminate top. (If you’d like to learn how to use this method applying java gel read my tutorial Here).
Looking back I learned a lot from these first pieces. Everything from technique to pricing and even staging for photographs! It was thrilling and new & I had no idea what the future had in store. I didn’t have big plans of making this into a full time job or even renting a booth I just knew I loved doing this and if it brought some income with it that was great too. I was ecstatic when I had a buyer within the same day as posting it for sale. What a huge victory on this new found path!
The next few months my business really began taking off. I would refinish desks and tables, dressers & beds. Anything I could get my hands on for the right price & that caught my eye. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job working from home all while caring for three small children. I set a lot of goals for myself and once I’d reach one I wouldn’t stop there- I was on to the next. I’ve never had a passion or drive quite as the one I have for Indigo Lane Furniture. Not only does refinishing furniture bring me joy but the business aspects of running it have brought me immense joy as well.
I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for my business. I only hope it continues to grow & inspire others. My wish for you is that you find something you are passionate about. Push fear aside and go after your dreams- no matter how big or small!