Jeanne Winstead along with her husband Ben ran a sideline furniture-refinishing and antiques business called Second Looks for twenty years. In her new book A Furniture Refinisher’s Newsletter (available on Amazon and Google Play Books) she takes a light-hearted look at some of their “business” adventures through the years. She also throws in the occasional piece of advice on buying, selling, and refinishing antiques, and at the end includes some practical observations for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to refinish a piece of furniture or start his or her own refinishing/antique business. The book includes lots and lots of photos of beautiful old furniture and antiques that feature the possibilities. Jeanne also gives information on events and places of local color and interest in Lafayette, Indiana and surrounding areas.
In her personal life, Jeanne is a retired programmer/analyst and instructional designer who lives with her husband Ben, two cats, six chickens, two draft mules, and other occasional boarders in a hundred-year-old farmhouse on 2.77 acres of ground in southern Tippecanoe County (okay, the mules and chickens don’t actually live in the farmhouse, at least not usually). Jeanne enjoys gardening, photography, scrap-booking, and writing. Her blog, in which she actively writes on variety of topics, can be found at http://www.secondlooks.blogspot.com. Her writing has been featured, along with other local writers, in More Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press, 1994.