Furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, with wide variations in quality and appearance. Some pieces are made to withstand outdoor elements, others for portability, and still others for longevity. The choices in furniture are as numerous as the reasons you use it.
How do you shop for furniture? Do you ask family members and friends for their hand-me-downs? Visit the local thrift shop to find a piece ripe for reclaiming? Check out the curb selection in town on dump day? Drive to the local furniture megastore to browse the mind-boggling options available? Or, perhaps you consult the Google machine in an effort to find what you’re looking for.
I used to be a big-box store buyer. After all, they do all they can to entice you into their store. One local establishment used to serve fresh-baked cookies right inside the front door. And once you’re inside, the smell of leather and new furniture is a lure that draws you further inside the depths of the store. Before you know it, you’re plopped down on a super comfy sofa enjoying the last of the cookies and a good show on the TV (which is also for sale). It’s not a bad way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Then I discovered the satisfaction of reclaiming and refinishing used furniture. I still remember my first piece. It was an ugly oak baker’s rack, rickety as all get out, and it was left curbside for dump pickup. I hauled it home, sturdied it with some glue and nails, and put a coat of paint and glaze on it. It’s still a source of pride and joy, taking up residence as a prominent piece in my living room. From that piece on, I was hooked. Previously loved pieces are now my first choice for furniture. The Rustic Mountain Barnwood 2 Door Bookcase with Nailheads
reminds me of that.