Custom work…and a sneak peek

I really enjoy painting furniture… REALLY enjoy it. I truly feel like I have found my passion in life. Taking something that isn’t wanted and turning it into something everyone adores is fun, it’s challenging at times and I love it all. Sometimes people ask me to take pieces they already own and recreate them. The challenge is thrilling. I call this custom work and I have a love-hate relationship with it.

I think it’s wonderful and fantastic and beautiful that someone I may or may not know likes my work enough to want me to permanently alter something they’re going to keep in their home. This also terrifies me… what if they hate it? what if I ruin it forever? (in the cases where I don’t know them already) what if they aren’t nice?

Gratefully I have yet to deal with someone who isn’t nice (hooray), and so far, I think they’ve all been pleased (if you’ve heard otherwise, please don’t tell me). I have also been blessed enough to have met some wonderful people in the same business who have the same thoughts. How refreshing to know I am not alone. I think everyone goes through similar feelings when they have deadlines and a responsibility to someone. “What if my boss hates this proposal?”, “What if the kids in my class get poor scores on the next test?”, “What if that family isn’t happy with the basement I just finished for them?”.

This is the project I am working on right now:

custom dresser makeover

It’s really coming together nicely too.

custom dresser makeover drawer

Hopefully I will get the whole thing finished by the weekend.

How do you feel about custom work? (or whatever your own version of it is)

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  • Reply
    Ladybug Crossing
    November 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Love it! Can’t wait to see it all done! πŸ™‚

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      November 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Thank you- me too! πŸ™‚

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    November 12, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    I love the color combo on it!!

    • Reply
      November 12, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Thanks Jodi! I am anxious to see it in her room when it’s done. The curtains have all those colors in them and are really nice. It’s going to look incredible!

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    Lisa Fearis
    November 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    I have only done a handful of custom work so far. Now I have three! I’m glad that one does not have to be started till after the holidays πŸ™‚
    With custom work I always want to do the “extras” πŸ˜‰
    Do you ever come to the Adirondacks in the winter? If so….give me a jingle πŸ˜‰
    Keep posting!

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      November 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Congrats! Three?! Go you! We haven’t headed up to ADK in Winter so far, but that’s not to say it won’t happen. I’ll certainly let you know if it does!

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