Welcome to our website! We’re Nik and Louise, and we’re excited to share our story with friends. To tell a little about us, we’re both graduate students at the University of North Carolina in the field of biomedical sciences. Over the past few years we’ve developed a hobby for refinishing furniture. We can’t entirely recall where this hobby came from, but in the midst of a hot and humid North Carolina summer, Nik had the idea to buy some old furniture and refinish it. I’m always looking for something to keep me busy, so I obliged. A few days later, we had obtained some side tables, an old dresser, and a chair from craigslist, and with that our hobby began. A few years have gone by since, and during that time we’ve completed several dozen projects that we both keep and sell. We have finally started to make more money than we spend on supplies and old furniture, but this was definitely not the case for the first couple years (a hobby isn’t supposed to be profitable though, right?). So welcome to our journey! On this site, I’ll start by chronicling each piece we’ve completed in the past couple years, and as I finally catch up to furniture we’re currently working on, perhaps I’ll get into more detail about the process of refinishing each piece.
Most of the time when we tell people we refinish furniture, they consider it to be something that is too much hassle and not worth the reward for them to try. Nik and I beg to differ. Refinishing furniture definitely has a learning curve, but we’ve stuck with it for several years now, and we have no intention of stopping. I don’t think we will ever buy an expensive set of furniture from a boring department store when we know we can make beautiful, creative pieces ourselves with a bit of love and sweat. There’s pieces we’ve almost entirely screwed up, and there’s pieces that were smooth sailing the whole time. There’s pieces we’ve stripped, sanded, stained, painted, sealed with lacquer, polyurethane, and wax, furniture that needed structural repair or veneer replaced – whatever you can think of, we’ve probably tried it, with varying levels of success. But I can tell you, there is nothing like the feeling you get when you finally finish working on a piece of furniture that was on its way to the dump just a little while back. There is a sense of accomplishment when you are able to transform something ugly and worthless into something beautiful and valuable, or making something that was at the end of its life once again timeless and loved.
I hope you enjoy our website and our journey, and maybe even get inspired to try some refinishing yourself. Cheers!
– Louise and Nik