‘Upcycling’ brings new life to old wood furniture
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Grover and Suzie Cox began Beach House Unfinished Furniture in 2002 with the concept that anybody can stain or paint a piece of unfinished furniture. Their newest venture extends to giving vintage pieces new life.

“Vintage and old style is very popular now,” noted Suzie. “Customers are realizing the value of used wood furniture. It will last for decades.”

The original Beach House shops in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo closed in 2008 due to a slowdown in furniture sales. The new Arroyo Grande Beach House Wood Designs, which opened in June, still offers unfinished furniture, but also vintage wood furniture and accents sold on a consignment basis, as well as vintage “restyled” pieces. This includes traditionally refinished furniture, as well as what Suzie calls “upcycled” items.

“Upcycling is improving the piece with unique painted finishes, hardware, added details and additional function,” she explained.

Upcycling is often an exercise in creativity. When Suzie recently acquired a large television armoire, obsolete due to flat panel sets, she decided to cut it in half. She is turning the bottom half into a wheeled kitchen island.

Beach House can refinish a piece to a customer’s specifications. Or, for doit-yourself upcyclers and refinishers, Beach House offers all of the necess…………… continues on San Luis Obispo Tribune

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