Mother-daughter duo finds thrill in furniture refurbishment


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CINCINNATI – Mother-daughter duo Tayler Warmack and Marne Kappes are excited to breathe new life into forgotten furniture that most people throw away.


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  • Thornton & Hunt was created by mother-daughter duo Tayler Warmack and Marne Kappes
  • The two have always loved finding old furniture and decided to learn how to give it new life.
  • Warmack usually does the sanding and staining while Kappes does the painting and legs
  • The duo are proud of the transformations they have made in recent months

Warmack is new to furniture remodeling.

“I didn’t know anything,” Warmack said. “I didn’t even know there were different sandpaper. I thought all sandpaper was the same.

But soon she found love by redirecting something that may seem ruined to others.

“A lot of times the parts I make have scratches or they have dents and the finish is rubbed off and people just don’t appreciate it anymore,” Warmack said. it’s a new life that will last forever.

That’s why she launched Thornton & Hunt, a mix of their middle names and a side business that brings damaged and faulty furniture to life.

“It just makes people happy to see something that maybe is so damaged and now all of a sudden it’s coming back to where it’s supposed to be,” she said.

Warmack doesn’t do it alone.

Kappes, his mother, helps with some creative aspects like painting and wallpaper.

Kappes said she loved collecting old furniture when her daughter was young and now they can share the passion together.

“It’s something that she and I share in our creative contribution,” Kappes said. “She can go one way and I’m going to say ‘Oh, I hadn’t thought of that.'”

Kappes said they both enjoy the pleasure of making something from scratch, while also keeping old furniture out of the landfill.

“We love to take something that has been forgotten and make it something brand new,” Kappes said. “It’s really fun.”

And a few months later, the mother-daughter duo couldn’t get over the furniture transformations they have made so far. And the attention they get.

“People will reach out to me when they see me working on a piece, which makes me really happy because it means they can see the potential of the piece,” Warmack said.

But for now, they’ll continue to sand their growing list of projects.

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