It seems like COVID-19 has made a hobbyist of us all in some way or another. Early on, stay-at-home orders left us all looking for new ways to fill the time. Many of us also gained a new appreciation for things we once thought beyond our skill set.
One local woman can be added to this growing group after finding her new passion for furniture refurbishment.
After repainting her kid’s bedroom set and gaining an eagerness to do more, Cindy Hume decided to start a new side-business she calls Cinders Chalk Paint, Refurbished and More.
“[It just started] by painting my son’s bunk bed set and then I just [realized that I] enjoy doing it, so I kept going,” said Hume. “I did three out of the five kids’ bed sets and kept working on the other ones. And then people kept commenting on everything [through social media], so I figured I’d give it a go and see what I can do. I started [this project] as a hobby and I’d like to keep doing it: I do enjoy doing it.”
Hume uses chalk paint, stains, and other refinishing items to make old furniture look like new again. She says she can work on any piece of furniture but boasts that the things she does looks really good on cupboards, bedroom sets and more items around the house that people may want to spruce up a bit.
She says she uses chalk paint – a decorative paint known for leaving furniture and other home décor a rustic or vintage finish – because it not only looks good but it does not leave the familiar odour that comes with paint used for walls and other home remodelling.
She has only been running this small project for a few weeks now, but the feedback she says she has seen from people who are commenting and showing enthusiasm to purchase the furniture she finishes has been phenomenal.
After posting pictures online of a piece of furniture she’d refinished, it sold right away. Given all the comments she’d received about her work, Hume figured people must like what she’d doing, which was another reason to launch her new side venture.
Hume said she will continue to find pieces and refinish them to sell, as well as taking on jobs that people may want to bring her.