Tips & Tricks of the Trade

Tips & Tricks of the Trade

It's hard to believe, but it's been a bit over two years since I've started my business. Seriously, where has the time gone?! Over the course of these two years, I've gained a lot of knowledge and have picked up a good deal of valuable information, making the physical part of this business a heck of a lot easier. Not that it took much; I was a bit of a novice when I started this whole gig! I cringe when I look back at some of the techniques I used to do and how painfully time consuming and laborious they were. You may get to the same result in the end, but when you can do it in half the amount of time, that means happy hour can get started even earlier, and that, my friends, is called working smarter, not harder. I thought I'd share a couple of these little tricks and tips with you today. For any of you out there who also enjoy refinishing furniture, you may find this post useful. Or, you're already ahead of the game and this is nothing but common sense to you. 

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Holiday Inspired Buffet

Holiday Inspired Buffet

You may have noticed over the past several months my blogging has taken a nose dive. What I once did religiously every Friday without fail has now dwindled down to twice monthly...if I'm lucky. Rest assured, I'm not sitting around over here with this sudden new found time on my hands. There's several reasons for the decrease in blogging, and I feel that as a reader, you deserve to know what's going on. First, I'm starting to put more focus on other parts of my business...like that parts that actually make money. Yeah, it's an important one. Furniture sales in my Etsy shop have continued to grow every quarter and it's now at the point where managing the shop is taking up the majority of my time.  Second, if you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed the style of my furniture has evolved and a lot more of the pieces I'm creating are professionally sprayed with a lacquer finish. Honestly, I could blog about each and every one of these makeovers, but I think it'd get pretty boring and monotonous. However, if you're itching to see all the furniture I've been cranking out over here, my Instagram account is full of it!

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Grey Changing Table

Grey Changing Table

It's hard to believe, but it's been just over two years since I quit my 'day job' and dove into this new venture of refinishing furniture, blogging, decorating, etc. It took a bit of time to clean out all those cobwebs on the right side of my brain and flip the creativity switch on, but after two years, I think I'm going at full force. There are even some days that when asked what I do, I respond, "Oh, I'm an artist." Yeah...that may be a bit of a stretch, but I like to try it out for size. :) Over these past two years, I've also learned a lot about my customers. Who they are, what they like, buying tendencies, preferences...all that good stuff that I could probably analyze, create into graphs and charts, and report on...if only I still used the left side of my brain! Although I may not have a bar graph to prove this, I have learned a lot of my customers are expecting moms shopping for their baby's nursery. Since this demographic comprises such a large percentage of my customer base, I figured it was about time to market my pieces towards this group of people.

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Two Colors - Two Ways: Old Ochre & French Linen

Two Colors - Two Ways: Old Ochre & French Linen

Before I dive into my color lesson for the day, I want to take a quick minute to thank Remodelaholic. Several months ago I submitted an article to them sharing the details of our kitchen makeover (you can see my original post here). They responded back a couple weeks ago informing me they will be featuring the renovation project on their site. Woo-hoo! If you're not familiar with Remodelaholic, they have TONS of great ideas regarding home related topics, everything from minor home remedies to full-scale renovations Be sure to hop on over to check it out. Pretty cool stuff!

Ok, now onto a little bit of painting goodness. This past week I finished up two pieces using the same color scheme. 

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