Help For The Career Woman

by on February 4, 2013

My client Sue is a busy professional who loves her home but doesn’t have time, tools or know how for many of the things that need to be done.

Sue calls Handy Ann when she needs help around her home!

Here is a sampling of what I have done for her.

sewn curtain to hide file cabinet

This curtain was made from fabric she found on a trip. We used it to cover her file alcove. I sewed a beautiful boarder onto the top and bottom of the curtain with  a tie-back to keep it out of the way when Sue works in her file drawers.

Because of the corner, I had to fabricate a curtain rod that would mount with a different bracket on each end.

Another time I customized a mosquito netting for a French door so that it would stay closed and yet be simple to walk through.

I also made a custom mosquito screen for a double hung window that mounted from the inside and can be removed during the winter months.

Upholstered love seat

I upholstered her love seat.

Her bathroom was painted and included major drywall patching in the shaft of the skylight.

Sue hired me to rehang the shelves in her pantry.

repaired and refinished antique dresser

I rebuilt her old dresser because the drawers wouldn’t pull out straight. They shifted from side to side and wanted to fall out when opened too far. I made drawer slides and attached runners to the bottom of them. I re-created an embellishment to dress up the front legs because one was missing and stained it to match the rest of the dresser. While it was in my shop, I used a scratch cover to revive the whole piece. It isn’t a new finish but makes the old finish look so much nicer.

Sue had me dismantle and move two antique glass shelf units. Then I installed two new shelving units and rearranged the furniture to accommodate her new  pieces.

Sue’s response when I finished was…

“You are wonderful!! I am glad this was a project that allowed you to exercise some of your creativity,” and

“You are absolutely amazing! I am so impressed. Thank you so much.”

And I say, Thank you Sue!  For allowing me to help with your home projects.



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torin mowbray February 5, 2013 at 12:48 am

Ann- This is great. It must create a boost in business. Miss you and Dick. I was thinking we should get together with your parents. Let me know if that works, I miss them. Love the FaceBook usage. Take care.


Ann Compton February 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Thanks for looking around and taking time to comment, Torin! I enjoy sharing my projects and most defenately hope to inspire others to ask how I can help them in their homes!


Connie February 5, 2013 at 6:36 am

You are versatile, Ann, seems you can help with anything.

Can’t wait to see what you do with my chair. Be sure and take a before and after photo of it if you would…I forgot to take a before one.


Ann Compton February 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I try hard to be versatile Connie, and to offer a bit of a difference from the other handy”men”. I will, for sure, take before and after photos of your chair. I can’t wait to bring it into the 21st century!


Kristin Henry February 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Ann, our outdated arm chairs are with you now, and I know we’re going to be delighted with them when you have finished re upholstering them. It’ll be nice to get our living room out of the 1950’s! Thanks for all your good suggestions.

Next project – the wing backed chair and it’s otoman. Maybe then the dining room chairs. But all those are in the future. We’ll go one step at a time, as we’re able.


February 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I am excited to be re-doing these as they were one of the first projects in my upholstering career. Thank you both for trusting me to preserve them once more! They are good quality chairs and re-upholstery is the way to keep them so!


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