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Resurrected Treasures gives antiques and more a second life

Joshua Cummings has a special skill. He can bring things back to life.

An old sewing machine, antique poker table, neglected entertainment center — Cummings takes joy in refinishing and repurposing such items for his newly opened shop Resurrected Treasures. The shop, located off Dayton Pike in Soddy-Daisy, is full of Cummings’ repurposed masterpieces.

That sewing machine? He turned it into a sophisticated mini bar, and the entertainment center into a burgundy statement piece and wine rack.

He refinished the poker table as well but it already sold, he said.

“I just enjoy repurposing; turning something into something else,” said Cummings, adding that he especially likes to work with antiques because of the fine quality of the wood.

“He has a good imagination when it comes to furniture especially,” said his mother Denise Cummings, who pointed out a shelf her son made from the grill of a Chevy truck and some sturdy oak wood as her favorite piece.

Perhaps he gets that imagination from his mother. Denise Cummings has been selling her artwork in the local Lupi’s Pizza Pies for the past four years, but when Joshua Cummings decided to open Resurrected Treasures, she said she wanted to bring her artwork there.

She paints everything from fun and funky abstracts to landscapes and other graphics. Though she has only been painting for five years, her reasonable prices and interesting subjects have helped her sell nearly 300 paintings, she said.

The shop also carries other knick-knacks and decorations, all hand-picked by Joshua’s mom and sister.

“Some are new and some are used but we make sure it’s perfect,” Denise Cummings said.

“Hence the word ‘resurrected,’” Joshua Cummings added. “Everything is made new.”

Resurrected Treasures is at 11130 Dayton Pike. Find out more at facebook.com/resurrected.treasures.9.