Monday, July 11, 2016


Jim and I like to pick up old pieces of furniture, 
listening for whispers of what each one was or could be. 
We search beyond the scratches, the tired limbs, the cobwebs.

Strong wood—a solid form—lies underneath a rough surface. 
We sand it, add new legs,

and then wipe away the dust to see what we have.

It gets messy before it gets pretty.

We stain or paint, finish and buff, 
giving each piece new life.

Refinished at last.

It’s like revision, 
once we have all the bones of a story in place, 
once we have strong wood and a solid form. 
We must sand down our works-in-progress and make broken legs sturdy 
before we can add the polish.

I’m revising now. I’m eager to see what I’ll have when this very special piece is refinished.

How about you? Where are you in the process? 


Faith Pray said...

Beautiful! What a lovely way of thinking of the transformation process. Here's to glorious refinishes!

Dawn Simon said...

Thank you, Faith! Yes, to glorious refinishes! *clink*

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome! My hubby and kids are all good at refurbishing furniture pieces too!
I'm in a bit of a chaotic whirlwind. 3 stories in various stages of revision & 1 nonfiction project in draft form :)

Cherie Reich said...

What beautiful furniture pieces, and I loved the analogy. :)

Joanne R. Fritz said...

Lovely! This is definitely the first time I've heard revising compared to furniture refinishing, but it's certainly apt. I'm on my fourth draft of my fifth novel.

Anonymous said...

I'm also revising.

I almost threw out a dining table this summer, but two resin kits and a wood marker made it look tons better.

Dawn Simon said...

Jemi, that's great that the whole family is involved! Regarding your projects, wow! That's a lot! I've been rereading and making notes on one novel I have to revise and playing with a couple picture books on the side, but one book has been hogging up the majority of my efforts.

Thank you, Cherie!

Thank you, Joanne! Keep going!

Medeia, good luck with your revision. How nice that you were able to fix up the dining table.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow, you guys do some great work! I've done a few projects, but nothing like yours. Well done! I have one chair I keep sanding down and staining a different color and then recovering it. :)

Dawn Simon said...

Thank you, Sharon! Jim's the expert in our furniture refinishing adventures, but I'm learning and it has been a neat activity to do together. It's rewarding, seeing a beautiful piece that's been repurposed and given a new life! I bet your chair is beautiful! Good luck with it and your writing!

Carol Riggs said...

Ooh, great analogy, how you have to get down to the basics of a piece and make a mess before you can tidy and pretty something up. Totally just like writing. Great end results with your furniture too, btw. :)

Dawn Simon said...

Thank you, Carol!