Just off State Street in American Fork is a unique furniture refinishing store.
Alive with teals, grays, whites and lavenders, the furniture pieces in Amy Rowbury’s Renew & Re-Do storefront on Merchant Street convince you that yes, you could create this same rebirth with that old mid-century modern piece crying for attention in the corner. Or, you could leave the refurbishing to Rowbury, and drop off that tired, ugly side table and return to a new and chic piece that begs to be shown off.
The difference between the storefront and the back workroom is striking. While the front feels like stepping into a light and airy living room, Rowbury has a backroom full of furniture waiting to be reborn through her vision and skills with paint and hardware accessories. Rowbury ventures to refresh each piece of furniture while staying true to it.
“Sometimes it immediately comes to me, it needs to be this way. Other times I take into consideration the style and age of the piece. So, sometimes I distress, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I glaze, sometimes I don’t,” Rowbury said during a tour of her store Wednesday. “It depends on how it speaks to me.”
One piece she is especially proud of is a side table she painted gray and then applied stain over as a finish. The result is a brightly painted piece that still gives the effect of the wood grain underneath.
Rowbury only works on real wood products, and finds furniture and home décor products in need of rejuvenation everywhere — from classified ads and Deseret Industries to the side of the road. She enlists her husband’s help to load them up and bring them to her shop.
“We try to find things that have character to them,” she said.
Rowbury’s always been crafty, she says, but never found her niche until she redid her own children’s furniture. She started her business in her home in American Fork, selling the Rethunk Junk paint line she uses and her finished furniture on KSL and at the Quilted Bear. A friend encouraged her to open her own place, and Rowbury followed her passion, opening the storefront in February.
“All of this used to be in my garage,” she said with a chuckle.
Since opening, she’s had steady business. She runs the storefront, painting pieces in the workroom when not helping customers. In addition to her own finds, she works on commissioned furniture pieces. One she finished this week was a baby’s changing table converted from an old, heavy dresser.
She also holds regular classes every other week to teach others how to revitalize their own old furniture. Customers can bring their own small furniture and Rowbury gives them hands-on instructions on painting, distressing, glazing and staining.
To find out more about Renew & Re-Do, visit her Facebook Page at https://facebook.com/renewredo.