It has been just over a year and a half since I began this whole thing, though I would say the past year is really where I started focusing on furniture. It’s so crazy to see where this has taken me and the opportunities I’ve been blessed to have.
Over this last year I feel like I slowly figured out my niche and figured out my style. I’ve experimented with a bunch of different paints, colors, styles and finishes, and looking back, mid-way through the year is really where I saw a change in the pieces I did. To you, they may just be painted dressers, nightstands and buffets, but the look, finish, and style of the pieces are so much more to me.
I used to paint a piece and usually be discontent with the way it turned out. There wasn’t necessarily something wrong with the pieces, but I never loved them. Then I realized what I needed to do in order to create a piece I loved. People often comment and wonder how I don’t get attached to the pieces I paint and am able to sell most of them, but the truth is, now, I usually do want to keep each piece after I finish it, and that is a good thing. I should be sad to see it go, be proud of my work and what I created. After all, that’s what this is about – creating.
I want each piece to be special, have a killer style, color, and some hardware I could drool over. Picking out great pieces to begin with is really important to me. That tends to mean antique pieces with turned legs and unique detailing – the old stuff you don’t see as much today. That is basis for having a finished piece I love, but recently I made a decision to buy a pair of vintage nightstands from a thrift store. They were pretty inexpensive and a pair of nightstands always sell like hot cakes around here. I have nothing against vintage furniture, these just were not the style I should have chosen. The part that bothers me the most about them is the drawer fronts. Not only do they have scraped edges, but they also don’t and aren’t supposed to fit in, but sit against the frame. As I was painting the nightstands and once they were finished I was back to that feeling of not loving the way they turned out. It’s not because of the color, hardware, finish, or quality, but it’s the style. To start with they just were not the right pieces for me, but I quickly overlooked that for something to paint in a pair. I am really happy with where my pieces have ended up, and I definitely do not want to go back to the time where I wasn’t in love with what I was creating. So, I’m making a point to slow down, get an awesome piece, and plan out it’s transformation being sure to pick the right color, type of paint and over look that will best suit the piece, and my style.
Here’s a look at those nightstands. I’ll have a post on them soon, once I can get some good photos when the sun decides to shine here is beautiful Washington state 🙂