To be clear, reupholstery is not often a less expensive alternative to buying new, especially in the current environment of low-cost, low-quality mass production. It is, rather, an investment in skilled craftsmanship and artistic vision - a wonderful opportunity to exercise your own creativity as you partner with a professional who has the passion, experience and eye to guide you through the process of making your idea of the perfect piece a reality. Reupholstery is far more than preserving the past. It is the artful practice of updating furniture to link the past with your present lifestyle - and with your dreams for the future.
Your furniture is where life happens. The chairs, sofas and ottomans in your home have supported you on occasions momentous and minor and everything in between: a first kiss, a marriage proposal, a brief rest after a long day. Maybe you nursed your baby on that sofa, cried on someone's shoulder, or held someone's hand. And those chairs are where you sat, countless times, to have coffee with neighbors and eat meals with your children. Your furniture is where you lounged as you disappeared into your favorite book, gazed out the window, made your best plans and dreamed your biggest dreams.
When we repair and recover furniture, we upholsterers find the artifacts that tell your tale; a stray earring, a beloved toy, a candid Polaroid…some glitter from that one New Year's Eve... What an honor to be witness to this history, to preserve and prepare each piece to be part of the ongoing story, so it will continue to be there for you - when you need to rest, or a place to think. To be there when your children come to visit with their children. To be there as your legacy when your grand-children are grown and cuddling by the fire, discussing great ideas, telling stories about the old days and dreaming of days to come.
Why Monday Wash?
I love what I do. I entered this trade by way of a very simple question: “If you could do anything in the world as your job, what would it be?” Given that my previous field was international public health, I was as surprised as anyone by my gut response: “Fix furniture.” But there was a core logic to it. In the past, I worked as a teacher, as a public health program developer/coordinator and as a writer. The bottom line is this: I am a maker - of curricula and social service programs, but also of food, gardens, gizmos and furnishings. My greatest strength in doing any and all of these tasks is my vision of what can be, even when others are skeptical, followed closely by the ability to pull all of the necessary pieces together to make it happen - be they people and ideas or bits of wood and fabric.
I am at a point in my life when I want to build things with my hands. Beautiful things. Bold things. Things that are like no other. But it is important to me that those things also bring comfort and that they are useful. That they serve and support. That they preserve the best of the past while reaching for the future. That they will last. When a piece of furniture comes into my shop, I am honored and I give it commensurate care and respect; and when I transform that piece into something spectacular, and completely original, to be treasured by you and yours – something that makes you smile and hug me and maybe even jump up and down - then I am truly joyful.
Monica Rhodes, Owner
Monday Wash Rescued, Reimagined & Restyled Furniture