A Chair for Charity

Around this time last year I refinished a bench and put it up for sale, with the aim to donate money to a charity.  I advertised the bench on my Facebook page and mentioned that the money would go to an animal shelter in the South Shore, SHAID.  The shelter is a great spot and some of my favorite fur friends came from SHAID.  When I chose the fabric for the bench, it was a total coincidence the colours I used matched those in my parent’s home.  My Mom saw the bench, texted me that she loved it…and it was sold!  Easiest sale ever. And we were able to make a good donation to the shelter. If you’d like to make a donation, either monetary or food/supplies visit here.

It was fun to refinish a piece of furniture and donate to charity. So, my plan is to do a “Chair for Charity” once or twice a year.  This year I had intended on doing it in the spring and fall.  But with the 2 month strike at work, I wasn’t able to in the spring.  But no excuses now!   I just purchased a beautiful chair and will reupholster it soon.



I’ve decided to donate towards Paws Fur Thought.  It’s an organization that pairs service dogs with Veterans and First Responders who suffer from PTSD.  The therapy and comfort that service dogs give to those with PTSD is inspiring.  There are so many people who have benefited from having service dogs.  I admire the oraganization for helping people who otherwise would have a difficult time.  I have several military members and first responders in my family and group of friends.  This service could help them at some point or their coworkers.


The organization takes donations through the Royal Canadian Legion and Mental Health Foundation of NS.  If anyone would like to make a donation to Paws Fur Thought, please click on one of the following links or contact your local branches.  (Mention the donation is for Paws Fur Thought).



I will be back soon with an update on the chair.  And hopefully be able to post the before and after….once I get some other projects finished of course.

So much to do, and not enough hours in the day for paint to dry!

Laurena 😉


Rags to Riches: Bench redo

Hey there!  Its been awhile since my last post.  The past month has been a tough one after a loss of a family member.   Needless to say, I didn’t have a chance to work on furniture or the blog.  But, the past week I was able to finish some projects.  A few of you probably would agree…working on furniture is very therapeutic!  Nothing beats picking up a paint brush (or staple gun) and changing something ugly into something pretty!

One of the projects I finished was a bench.  It was a nice piece, neat X-shaped legs.  But it didn’t scream “Sit on me!”  I didn’t want to just paint it and call it finished.  So I refinished the wood and upholstered the seat.  I love how it turned out.  The fabric is from Fabric.com.


bench before @ Pivot~Paint~Create

bench before @ Pivot~Paint~Create


Striped bench @ Pivot~Paint~Create

Striped bench @ Pivot~Paint~Create

My Mom loved the finished bench…so she bought it!  My favorite customer!

After dropping my old laptop I was scared I lost all my pictures…but luckily I have a tech savvy friend!  She was able to recover everything!  She also had a good laugh at how smashed up the laptop was. (I told her…”it went boom!”)  So once I load the pictures onto my new laptop I will share some other finished pieces! 🙂

‘Til next time!