Motivated by doing what they love and, for some, the desire to be a stay-at-home mum, these budding entrepreneurs are doing some amazing work.
Janelle Beasley began restoring ‘pre-loved’ furniture to fill her new home but then couldn’t stop… Before long, she had to sell some of her pieces to make room for more and her business LongDog Creations (named after her Dachshunds) was born. Now most of her pieces sell within an hour of going up on Facebook.
“I grew up renovating Queenslanders with my parents, which is where I learnt a lot of my skills, and my godfather also restores furniture,” Janelle says. “When I go back home to visit family he shows me some tricks of the trade.”
Janelle is always in the shed sanding, repairing and painting with her Dachshunds Poppi and Pluto by her side.
“Poppi likes to steal masking tape rolls while Pluto has to be sitting at my feet and is often covered in sanding dust,” Janelle says.
One of Janelle’s most memorable makeovers was a set of dressers brought to her by an Ingham couple. The pieces had been stored in their shed for a long time and had wood rot and ant damage.
“The couple found an old silky oak bed head that I cut to size to replace the damaged top,” Janelle says.
“After a month of my most challenging repairs yet, the job was done and they were delighted with the result.”