Ages: 36, 37
Business: Fresh Coat
How did you get into refurbishing furniture?
We had been refinishing pieces for our own homes for quite awhile. A fun and budget-friendly way to give our homes a brand new look. Someone nudged us to start a business selling furniture we had done. We looked at each other and laughed, brushing off the idea. Later that night, we texted each other and discovered we both were thinking of that. We made the decision that night to go for it. We went into business together as Fresh Coat.
What do you love most about it?
The feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment as we stand back and look at the finished piece after the last brush stroke of paint or wax. The satisfaction of breathing new life into an old, tired piece. The joy of making a client’s vision into reality. Painting, for us, is like therapy. It calms the nerves and helps us focus on an attainable end goal in the midst of a sometimes chaotic world. Besides, who doesn’t have a deep love for a good “before” and “after”?!
How do you use creativity in your work?
A piece of furniture is often like a blank canvas. The creative possibilities are endless. There are so many colors, textures, stains, handles, and knobs, and other options that are not limited to the piece of furniture sitting in front of you at the beginning of the process.
Are there other areas of your life where you exercise creativity?
Christy: I’m also a photographer, which allows for so much creative freedom. God has blessed me with a wonderful business. I photograph mostly families, kids, couples, and high school seniors. I’m always looking for fun and unconventional angles and lighting. I also love staging photo sets and taking photos of our Fresh Coat furniture. Music is another great creative outlet. I have played piano since I was a young child. Singing has also been a passion of mine for most of my life. I sing on the praise team at our church. Music has always been a way for me to express myself creatively, emotionally, and in praise to God.
Abby: I’ve always enjoyed putting together outfits and using my creativity to pair jewelry or shoes and try them out. I also love decorating and redecorating different spots in my home or helping a friend figure out how to arrange a room in their house. I love “playing” with splashes of color, whether it’s with clothing, arranging plants/landscaping, painting frames and other accessories, etc. I also have a bit of the party planning bug, so I enjoy organizing parties and hosting friends. Like Christy, music is also an impactful, creative outlet.
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