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Check Out Louisa Campbell’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Louisa Campbell.

Hi Louisa, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Hi, my name is Louisa and i was born and raised in Ghana, i currently reside in Jefferson Ga which is about 20 minutes from Athens. I am married and have two amazing kids who feel my heart and life with love. I am in the medical field and currently do cardiovascular ultrasound. I am a DIYer and I think I have finally found a passion for refinishing and updating vintage and not so vintage furniture. Most of these would have been thrown away or burned. I love restoring furniture to give them new life to adorn a home for many years.

The first piece of furniture I refinished was a bottom piece to a hatch which I found it on the side of the road being given away for free. I took it home and refinished it for my son. I was hooked then. I loved seeing the transformation of old to now “new.” We painted our kitchen and bathrooms then after. I painted a few pieces for my new home. In 2020, I painted a few pieces and decided to test the market and the first one sold in a day.

I decided to see where this could potentially go and I have been well received. I have learned a lot along the way and still have a lot more to learn. I love to do custom work (your furniture your way). I also have an inventory of unpainted furniture that clients can pick form and customize. I also source furniture for clients if they have a specific item or size requirement. I do restoration work, painting and some upholstery as well.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has been a learning experience in the sense that selling locally limits the amount of potential clients, I have started offering shipping to help reach more people who are not local and or may see my work on social media sites. Some see my listing on market place and they want to nickle and dime you; they do not appreciate the time and the amount of work that goes into these antique and vintage pieces.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am self-taught in my creative aspirations. I decided to take the plug and paint for profit last year. I work full time a cardiovascular sonographer and paint on my days off. I love to see the pieces go through the transformation. Some of these vintage pieces are sometimes considered outdated. I am able to bring them back to life and make them more desirable at a fraction of what you can buy non-vintage pieces at the big stores. I am most proud of all the new skills I have acquired along the way and I continue to learn more. What sets me apart from most is I use high-quality products to accomplish the job, I love colour and I love it when clients appreciate my use of colour; I also stay in constant communication with my clients throughout the process.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
It has been a tough year for everyone. I have learned to slow things down and appreciate all the ones that are near and dear to me.

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