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When I started writing this article, my mind wandered off to my early twenties. I loved antique shops. I would spend hours touching the beautiful furniture and imagining the history and stories behind every piece. I really could not afford to buy any of these beauties, but soon found my way to the back of the shops. I found the unwanted, broken and ugly pieces, often disguised in layers and layers of horrid paint. I made arrangements… sometimes worked in the shop as a casual, just to earn the items I wanted and to get them transported to my home.
Restoration is not a glamorous task, I certainly did not have all the tools and skills that would have made this task easy. I often found myself alone somewhere in the shade of a tree, wearing gardening gloves and applying paint stripper. I often became so involved with the work…
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