ReFab Furnishings to open in Round Lake
ROUND LAKE — After spending the last two years building a local reputation for rejuvenating old furniture, Round Lake native Barb King finally gets to open a brick-and-mortar sale floor, called ReFab Furnishings, Sep. 26.
ReFab will be open one weekend a month from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 303 Second Ave. in Round Lake. For the store's grand opening Sep. 26-29, King plans to stay open an extra day, adding hours from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday the 29th.
King began refurbishing furniture when she began inheriting it from deceased relatives.
"I didn't like it, but I didn't want to get rid of it," she explained.
So, she learned to update the furniture with a new coat of paint or creative twist. She began selling the pieces out of her home and at craft shows. Eventually she started collecting more furniture to repurpose from auctions, garage sales and secondhand stores.
"People just bring me things now," King added.
Over time, King's business grew, and she needed physical retail space. She found a place on Second Avenue adjacent to On Q BBQ, and she and her husband have spent the summer remodeling the space to suit her needs. King describes her style as "farmhouse industrial," and the design of ReFab's building reflects that aesthetic.
The main area of ReFab Furnishings displays King's up-cycled furniture, as well as seasonal home decor items and wares from seven local vendors.
In addition to featuring her own work, King plans to include a "DIY corner" where folks can find paint, knobs and parts for their own projects. She will offer "project pieces" as well — meaning that rather than working with a piece herself, she will sometimes make it available as-is for purchase so another artist can revitalize it.
Eventually, King hopes to offer classes on art basics and other creative skills.
"There are so many creative people around here who don't have an outlet," King said. She sees ReFab Furnishings as a one-stop shop for artists to gather, share ideas and find supplies.
"It's about a community of creative people," she added.