As one of Grimes’ newest residents and a first-time homeowner, Rachel Sinn has some serious plans for her new home. While everything is still coming together, she’s certainly made her place uniquely her own. This is because Sinn is a firm believer in upcycling — the process of converting otherwise useless materials or products into new materials of better quality.
Walking up the drive, it’s easy to see someone toiling in the garage, searching for what turned out to be a misplaced tool kit. For the time being, Sinn is working on fixing up an old coffee table she picked up from her folks for her living room.
“My parents didn’t want the table any more, so I took it upon myself to ‘save it,’ ” says Sinn. “I was feeling very ambitious, so after I grabbed the table I went out and bought a hand sander and I decided to make it more modern.”
Sinn’s father owns a hardware store, so DIY projects are something of second nature to her. Unlike Sinn, her father didn’t see the same possibilities as she did when she decided to start this project. After seeing the progress she’s made though, he’s admittedly impressed. He was simply worried she would sand for about an hour and give up.
“This project has taken some time. My boyfriend has stepped in and helped quite a bit during the sanding,” admits Sinn. “We’re sanding the whole thing about three or four times to remove all the water stains and knicks. After that we’re going to stain it a nice, rich, dark cherry color.”
Now that fall is here and winter’s just around the corner, the goal at hand is to get this project done, hopefully, before the first snowfall. The reason is simple — they need to make room in the garage for their cars, and it’ll be cold out there without any heater.
After this project is through, Sinn expects she’ll pick up another DIY to keep herself entertained and busy. Just don’t expect her to make something for you.
“I’ve never had a friend ask me to make them something like this, but I don’t think I would even if they did,” Sinn laughs. “I kind of feel that if I’m going to spend this much time on something, I want it to end up in my house.”
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