Creative Revived Furniture Opens In Lakewood

Pictured in Creative Revived Furniture, owned by David Schillace, is a revived gray table that was once a garage door. Six white spindle legs were attached to the table and now it can be used to seat six people. P-J photo by Michael Zabrodsky

LAKEWOOD — He rescues furniture pieces and revives them in a creative way.

And David Schillace, owner of Creative Revived Furniture, at 155 E. Fairmount Ave., is fine with that.

Schillace said that he is a painter and would fix and paint furniture as a side job, so he got the idea to open a store. He spoke with his girlfriend and told her that he was going to open a store because he had enough furniture to revive.

“Me and my girlfriend started out buying furniture and painting it. At first we started rolling it (paint), but I thought this is crazy because I’m a painter, so why don’t I spray it,” he said.

That was 10 months ago, and Schillace said he has been getting busier ever since. His store has only been open for two weeks, and if one walks through it, one will see furniture redone with his creative touch, and also some hard-to-find pieces. One will also see colors that will grab one’s attention.

“People are very, very interested. Some things I make, that’s where the creative comes in,” he said. He added that he may take a dresser and paint the drawers different colors, “That’s fun stuff. You know kids’ rooms.”

He said one dresser came from a person who smoked, and when Schillace made the purchase and took in the dresser, it had smoke stains and wasn’t in the best of shape.

“I sanded it, primed it and painted it,” he said. Now, he said, it’s an off-white or alabaster and revived.

Schillace said that he gets calls from people who want him to buy or paint their bedroom sets because the detail and quality. And his creative touch comes into play when he will take two pieces that don’t belong together and make them fit. For example, in his store, there is a gray table that was once a garage door. He attached six white spindle legs to the table and now it seats six.

“I’ll work with the customer. If I don’t have what someone is looking for, I’ll work to try to find something for the customer,” he said.

And he has room to expand to add more furniture or let other vendors sell consignments.

“I have only been here two weeks,” he said.

He has a three-step process when reviving furniture. First he uses an oil stain blocker as a primer. Second, he uses porch and floor enamel, and third, he uses clear coat to seal everything.

“Nothing bleeds through on my furniture. Nothing,” he said.

Porch and floor enamel, he said, is used because of its durability.

“If somebody sets a wet glass on there, you not get a ring on there,” Schillace said.

Schillace can be reached at (716) 640-0713 and at Creative Revived Furniture is open Monday and Tuesday by appointment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Although his painting business is 20 years old, his furniture business is in its infancy at 10 months, and he would like to transition to make a full-time job.

“I am in love with what I do. It’s a passion,” he said.