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Welcome! The Bell and Key Blog

It has been just over 2 years since I bought an old beat-up coffee table on Facebook marketplace, sanded it, repainted it, and flipped it for a profit. I've always loved painting, and I had redone some pieces of furniture here and there, but it was the first time I had done it with the mindset of flipping furniture. 24 months and many dressers, nightstands, desks, and side tables later, I consider myself hooked on this DIY hobby.

First Piece: After

Most Recent Piece: After

I wouldn't have been able to grow as a refinisher if it weren't for all the helpful resources and inspiring work put out by other furniture refinishers online.

I am by no means a professional artist or woodworker and I still struggle with self-doubt even when I've worked on a piece and it looks 1,000x better than it did before I started. But I'm more confident than I used to be and I'm proud of the number of skills that I've accumulated over my short refinishing journey.

Refinishing is not just a hobby for me - it's a passion that has sustained me through the stresses of work in the ER, the COVID-19 pandemic, through pregnancy and early motherhood. It's a learning opportunity and a skill that I plan to continue honing. I've decided to write this blog to help women like me - regular girls who want to use their artistic abilities and creativity to redesign their environment. I know from experience that refinishing blogs can be inspiring and instructive guides as you begin your journey as a furniture and home DIY-er.

The most important thing I've learned to date is that being a DIY Refinisher doesn't require tons of artistic talent and woodworking ability. For me, here's what it took:

  1. A lot of time and energy

  2. A mindset where mistakes are treated as learning opportunities and not failures

  3. Support from friends and family

  4. An endless playlist of podcasts

  5. A couple of new tools

  6. Inspiration from other online refinishers

I look forward to sharing my journey with all of you! Please leave me a note if you ever have a question about refinishing - I'm always willing to chat and help out where I can - and I'm always willing to learn more myself!


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