Amy Sirpilla’s love of remaking furniture stems back years ago. When she was young, she didn’t have money to buy expensive furniture so she resorted to shopping at Goodwill and upcycling pieces to fit her wants. She also credits her mother with inspiring her to do this, as she also did this while Sirpilla was growing up.
She started out by creating projects for family members, then she started selling items to a bigger audience. Sirpilla said she got a lot of motivation from her family, and that helped her.
“I kept doing stuff for my family, and they’re like, ‘You should sell it.’ So I started selling it. It worked out good. It’s like you need someone to tell you to do it.”
Sirpilla has taken this hobby and run with it. She has been working out of her home for years with the company name Sirpilla’s Shabby to Chic. And when she saw Tracie Bailey, owner of Young at Heart Furniture, post on social media asking for consignors, Sirpilla jumped at the chance.
At first, it was just Sirpilla and Bailey, but Bailey has a lot of consignors now. Sirpilla loves having her work displayed in the shop in Canton, and she still continues to make stuff on her own, as well as do home makeovers—about one per month.
In her free time, Sirpilla likes redecorating her own home and mentioned that she hasn’t bought new furniture in years.
She finds most of her pieces for work and for herself from Goodwill and ReStore. She also mentioned that garage sales are her favorite, and she loves estate sales as well. Sirpilla recently attended an auction and said she really enjoyed that experience as well.
Custom work for herself: Check. Custom work for others: Check. Room makeovers: Check.
She’s all about making things look better than they started.
“I like to make something look better than when I first had it. I almost like stuff to be really ugly because then it just makes it better.”
This entertainment stand turned bar stands at 81 inches tall, 42 inches wide and 20 inches deep with two shelves, two lights, a wine glass holder, wine rack that holds five bottles with space for two on the sides in the top portion. The bottom portion has four shelves with one that pulls out and one drawer. Amy Sirpilla found this at the ReStore in Akron and immediately thought of making it into a bar. She feels it is a versatile piece, as you could put it in a kitchen or dining room. To make it, she sanded it, painted it and antiqued everything the same color, wood and all. She built the shelves, added the lights, wine rack and glass holder. She also added printable wallpaper to the back and painted it with gold to make it look like tin.
Sirpilla’s Shabby to Chic: Pieces are available at Young at Heart Furniture in Canton. To schedule an in-home consultation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.