Family treasures find renewed life at the hands of Jeanette Jones, a local upholsterer.
When Jeanette was twenty-years old, she took a class to learn how to reupholster an old chair she loved, but she discovered her project was a bit ambitious. This led to the instructor offering to help her finish the chair in exchange for some tasks. At the time, she wasn’t thrilled about stripping down furniture and pulling tacks, but in retrospect she realized he was teaching her the real grit of the trade.
This new-found skill led to more projects for friends and family members. However, after her daughter came along, she decided to follow a more lucrative path into the real estate business. Then along came the housing crisis and a new path had to be forged.
She said, “I had to make a change, so I made of list of my skills. I realized I knew how to sew and how to upholster.” This led to a shared space with a friend in Jacksonville, then a small shop inside a retail store and finally her current space in a warehouse.
Jeanette said, “I love taking something old and tired and making it beautiful again. One of my favorite pieces was a chair I did for a woman to give to her great-granddaughter. It had a heart shaped back and just made me think of the love for the chair that would pass down to a fourth generation.”
If you have a family treasure to restore you can find Jeanette at 205 West Davis Industrial Drive or call 904-440-3443. Photography by Brian Miller.