Reviving old furniture with flair
EMILY Huttunen's passion for giving new life to old furniture has turned into a successful small business.
The fresh-faced Bellbird Park furniture restorer said she had turned to redecorating and upholstering old chairs, bedside tables and other items because of a lifelong passion for op-shopping and reducing waste.
"There's a lot of furniture that still has potential. It just needs to be refreshed in terms of style and colour," Ms Huttunen said.
"I want people to stop before they go out and buy something new... because with a little imagination an eyesore dressing table can be the talking piece that injects character into your home.
"I started with a few pieces, but now I've got so much I've expanded into a business to share some of these beautiful pieces with everyone."
Her Furniture Fashionista business specialises in sourcing original and reproduction vintage furniture, and giving it a modern twist with contemporary paint finishes and upholstery.
"Furniture has become another of society's disposable items, and usually it's the old pieces that will last and last and are well worth restoring."
Ms Huttunen also specialises in custom designs and taking on pre-loved pieces to rejuvenate them.
"Everyone has an old pine dresser or chair that doesn't fit into their modern home, and I love the challenge that comes with dragging it out of the junk room and making it a loved item once again," Ms Huttunen said.
"I often find pieces that are structurally perfect, but might be covered in some out-of-trend, ugly fabric, and I'll paint and re-upholster it to make it contemporary again."
Readers can see some of Ms Huttunen's work at The Handmade Expo Markets, in Aratula's Homespun Handmade Haven, and at Reverse Garbage in Woolloongabba.
Ms Huttunen's French-inspired chairs retail from $300 to $1000.
She will host an upholstery workshop at Homespun on the Cunningham Highway on Saturday, April 28, at a cost of $35 per person.
For more information about Furniture Fashionista pieces or the upcoming workshop, visit furniturefashionista.com.au.