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Sometimes your vintage furniture needs a little sanding, painting, staining ... okay, sometimes it needs A LOT. See how MegMade makes antiques new again.

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- Traditionally custom furniture has come with a really high price tag. But what we've been able to do, is bring vintage furniture, customize it to a beautiful finish, and do it at really affordable prices. I think people really enjoy putting our pieces in their homes because they're more than just a piece of furniture. They have a story behind them because they chose the finish and they chose the color. And people love talking about them. I am Meg Piercy and I am the Owner of MegMade. MegMade is a home decor store located in Chicago. What we specialize in is taking vintage furniture and lacquering it or restoring it to bring it back to new life. Growing up in London my Mom would always take me to the markets. And we would always look at all these old things and then we would bring them home and we would make them beautiful. I loved it so much that I wanted to make it a part of what I did when I grew up. While I was pregnant, my husband and I just started becoming obsessed with going to all these stores and seeing what new furniture had come in. What could we paint? What could we restore? And then we just started falling in love with the fact that these pieces had been around for 50 or 60 years and the only problem with them is they had a scratch or one of the drawers didn't work. And so we just started bringing them home and reviving them to colors where stores didn't sell. MegMade furniture is one of a kind. And that's what you're getting here. No one's gonna have that piece, painted in that color, in that finish. And I think that's really special. When people come in, we find the piece in the warehouse that someone's fallen in love with. And then what's great is we can go back to the design center and then we settle on the color, we settle on the stain or whatever we're gonna do to it. And that's when we get to start the creative process and production. First step in the process of making these pieces beautiful is putting them in the prep area. And in the prep area is where we sand it or strip it. Our goal when we're doing it is to bring it all the way back down to the original wood. We want to start from scratch. And from there we can bring the wood back to life with stain, or we can then have a fresh canvas for painting them. The priming part in the process is really important in order to make sure the painting goes smoothly. So if it's going to be painted in a dark color, you want to prime it in black. If it's going to be painted in a light color, it's important that the primer is white. So I think these are all things that we've learned as we've made mistakes and perfected that process. After we prime it, what we do is we give it one last good scuff. 'Cause when you prime it it brings out all the fibers or the hairs in the grain. So you really want to give it a smooth surface for the paint to lay, really, like butter. The next part in the process is when you lacquer it. We have artists here who do the painting. They either come from the automotive industry or the restoration industry, but it's not just throwing paint on a dresser. It's knowing when to go up and down, when to go sideways, how to bring out the grain. It really becomes and artistic process. And what's cool is that they know the products so well, in and out, that they know which one is gonna work best for that piece. The final step is putting everything back together. It's making sure that the doors go on properly and they're aligned. That the drawers glide. Drilling the holes for the new hardware and just making sure that everything aligns. At the end of the day we want it to feel like a brand new piece in these people's home. Obviously it's vintage, but we want it function and look and feel like it's new. Every room has a focal point. Our furniture becomes that focal point. Our pieces, they've been in someone's home, they've seen children born, they've seen people die. They've seen people get married. And so, I think what's so fun about them is that they've lived one life, and then we can restore them or we can paint them, then they can live a whole 'nother life of generations to come. And I just think there's a really special story in that.

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