Birch, Ash, Cherry, and Oak are just a few of the fine woods from which antique furniture was made in the 1800s. Tish Huston of Chino Valley has a talent for rebuilding and refinishing these old forgotten pieces into useful things of beauty.
"I go to estate sales, and antique marts and find interesting pieces of old well made furniture, then I refinish and sometimes update them to bring the piece back to its original beauty," said Tish.
Tish refinishes, repairs, paints or stains each of her items, which can consist of dressers, chairs, desks, beds, tables, and picture frames.
Twenty-five years ago Tish used to help her husband Mark in his construction business and he taught her how to draw to scale, which along with having always been artistic, and being an interior designer, helps her in creating things she makes.
"Seeing the undertones in colors comes naturally to me, I just get a picture in my head. I think you either have it or you don't", she said.
Since moving to Chino Valley with her husband and three sons,(her oldest daughter still lives in California) Tish has opened her own shop called "The Barndest Things'(the little red barn) located 838 S. Highway 89 where you can see and buy all her creations.
"My pieces are original, unique and one of a kind. Most of my finished items are hard for me to sell because I get attached to them," Tish said smiling.
"When I'm working on a piece, I feel very relaxed, it is total therapy for me" she added.
When seeing her finished pieces, Tish shared that she feels like she is leaving a legacy of something that will be around for a long time.
"My goal is to help people save and restore their family heirlooms and furniture that they love," she explained.
"I just love to see something old look beautiful again."