Today, old furniture that looks like it would fetch thousands on the Antique Road show linger in antique and consignment stores week after week gaining little interest beyond getting a tags marked down over and over to a final, ‘please just take me’ price.
Yet many pieces were built by hand, by a craftsman that took care in design and materials to produce a quality piece that could last over time. Although that is great, the design looks out of place in most homes today. If there was some way to honor the look of old but give it a fresh look.
Some artisans have taken notice and see this as an unrecognized raw gem just needing polish and shaping to become highly prized. This is not your shabby chic look, but instead a high-end finish that will help make the piece stand out in a room while blending into the contemporary feel.
One local Seattle furniture designer, Susan Handler transforms old pieces into new, contemporary ones. She also shares the steps she takes to do so.
Susan Handler is one of those people with a good eye for finding a treasure disguised as a dull, dusty, piece of furniture. She began doing this as a hobby, a release from the stress of working as an attorney while raising a family. She discovered her skills were so good, she was sought out to take on a project for transforming a friend’s old piece of furniture. From there, piece by piece she has built a reputation for creating the highest quality pieces. Although she can transform any piece, she favors container pieces as they can be used in many different ways.
Susan kindly allowed us to share examples of her work here in hopes of inspiring you, our shoppers to take on a project of your own!
To see more of Susan's work from start to finish with information on materials and methods, check out her website, SawNailandPaint.com
Finding a piece is the first step, imagining the color, perfect spot will be the fun second step. Check Susan's site for the right materials for prep and painting and finally, take pictures and let us see what the final transformation looks like.