For Kathy Gag, “repurposing” furniture all began several years ago when she agreed to let people tour her house as part of the annual holiday Tour of Homes fundraiser.
“I wanted to have some chairs redone by someone else, but she was having health issues,” Gag said. “She suggested I try it myself, and I discovered I love it.
“I did a few pieces for myself and really enjoyed it. I have the stereo cranked, and it’s therapeutic,” she laughed.
Repurposing furniture means taking old pieces and using a variety of painting techniques to mimic an old-fashioned, rustic appearance.
Gag left a few of her new-old creations sitting in her other business, Falls Fitness in downtown Redwood Falls, and word of mouth spread.Soon she had people approaching her to restore their old furniture to its original condition, or to a modern version of an antique.
Gag emphasized she does not do furniture repair beyond the most basic.
She can also create a smooth, modern appearance to restore an old piece of furniture to its original condition, of that’s what the client wants.
One piece Gag worked on was a friend’s grandfather’s table. If you looked closely, you could see where the old worn paint showed two colors where it had been painted over in the past.
“I’m going to dry paint this one red and green to mimic the original paint job,” Gag said.
Sitting out in Gag’s garage are pieces she still hopes to get to soon: antique tables, an old door, a desk from the early 1960s.
Most of the furniture Gag work with she purchases at garage sales and auctions.
“Some pieces I buy and know exactly what I want to do with them,” she said. “Others sit in my house for months before I get an idea for them.”
The rest of her pieces are custom requests from clients.
“People have contacted me about pieces and ask if I can paint it. But if it’s in mint condition, I tell them to just leave it,” Gag said.
For more information, contact Gag through her Facebook page, or at 507-640-1545.