Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right. No one believes this as wholeheartedly as Gail Wilson, a former teacher and Kentucky native, obsessed with finding potential in the most unexpected places. Her first love is repurposed furniture.
As a young mother, Gail was always handy, cutting out bean-bag tosses and puppet playhouses, long before DIY became a household word. And as it does, life moved quickly—she got busy as a pre-school teacher and mother, and the tools took a back seat. But in 2009, after losing her job, Gail realized it was time to get back to what she loved again. She began repurposing salvaged material, but at the same time, those projects were bringing new purpose to her life.
Her obsession with the cordless drill, pocket hole Kreg jig and table saw started with long sessions watching YouTube videos on how (and how not) to use tools. Since then, she’s completed countless inventive projects. From transforming a pillar candle and pot lid into the cutest bird bath in the history of birdbaths, to remodeling her daughter’s desk into a custom kitchen island, Gail is always on the lookout for castaways to bring back to life. (These days, the kitchen island isn’t full of cooking utensils, but sand paper, paint stirrers and paint brushes!)
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