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Jon Nelson's handiwork a sight to behold

It has never ceased to amaze me when someone can take something old and turn it into a treasure.

Mom and dad did this growing up. They left no stone unturned when it came to finding their treasures, which ultimately ended up amounting to more than 200 chairs waiting in the "wings" to be refinished.

They would look everywhere. Sometimes they'd find gems at yard sales, sometimes out by the trash. Later in life, mom used to haul around mechanic-style coveralls and rubber gloves in the back of her PT Cruiser so she could dig for buried treasure in dumpsters.

They refinished so many beautiful pieces of furniture when I was growing up.

Imagine my delight to experience first-hand Jon Nelson's work at Harrison Heights apartments.

For those of you who missed it, a photo page ran in this past Monday's edition of the Daily Sun News. Jon had hosted an open house at the apartment complex, not because he needed future renters, but because, like my parents, he was proud of his handiwork.

Jon sat me down with a book of before and after pictures of everything he worked on and, like my folks, left no stone unturned.

I was in awe at his creativity and patience. This wasn't a six-month or even one-year project. Nelson's worked at restoring Harrison Heights to her splendor since he bought it sometime in the early 2000s.

He's got an eye for detail and color, too. One hallway was transformed by putting mirrors up along one side.

The library/lounge features a beautiful fireplace and gorgeous shelves.

If you're at all curious, I suggest you call Nelson and ask to see what he's accomplished, especially if you recall the good 'ole days when Harrison Heights was, as he put it, the place to live in Sunnyside.

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