My love for furniture upcycling began several years ago when I moved to a small town on the lower Eastern Shore of MD. Other than pretty views, great ice cream and crabs galore there was something else there that quickly caught my attention. The town dump! Being required to bring our trash to the dump ourselves, I noticed that it was a gold mine for unwanted furniture. It made me sad. How could these perfectly good pieces of furniture just be tossed aside? There was so much potential, I thought. I had to save them. So I made every excuse to visit the dump several times a week to see what I could score. I began hoarding, I mean, storing the furniture in our shed. You know, for when I would refinish it all. Long story short- my shed piled up with furniture and it wasn’t until we moved again (with all of my collected furniture) to our first REAL home in Millington, MD that I FINALLY gave it a shot. I thought- I’ll flip a few pieces, make a few bucks and have some extra spending cash to splurge on our new home. I picked up a paint brush and... really surprised myself! I was good at this! And I LOVED doing it. This was a great hobby! But it wasn’t long before I found out that not only did people actually like my refinished furniture pieces, but they wanted me to refinish their own furniture as well! My hobby was rapidly growing into something I hadn’t ever even imagined for myself.
Enter the birth of Upcycled Smithery. (A play on my name)
In the summer of 2017, with the support and encouragement of my amazing family, I took a huge leap of faith and quit my 10 year career to stay home with my children and focus on building this furniture thing into a legitimate business. My business is run right from my home workshop to allow me to be with my children as needed and keep expenses down, which in turn helps me to keep my prices down. It fills my heart with joy being able to turn something used, worn and undesired into a beautiful piece of art- to be loved and given new purpose. And keeping furniture out of our landfills gives me a sense of peace. I am amazed at how rewarding this endeavor has been. I recently came across this quote: “Don’t quit your daydream” And this could not be more true for me.
Since beginning this journey in 2017, I have expanded my business to offer professional Kitchen Cabinet Painting and styling, my furniture refinishes have won awards and I have built a name for myself as a woman owned small business in my community. It's all so surreal! This hobby turned full time occupation has been a true blessing for myself and my family. And it is all thanks to people like you who support my small business.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story and get to know me a little bit. I would love to hear from you too! About your furniture, my furniture, what you would like to see more of or just what styles speak to you. Send me a message or comment and share my page on social media with your friends. I look forward to hearing from you!