Very rarely will I do custom furniture painting. I have to know the person really well and they have to know my work really well, otherwise I am not really into it. Why, you ask, well because I am a wimp and I find it too stressful. Lets be clear it's not I can't pay the mortgage stressful, it's more about not being able to relax and enjoy the process and let things just happen. I spend my time worrying whether the person will like it, whether we both had the same vision for the piece, I stress over every detail, I over think things and drive myself crazy - over a piece of furniture - which is, lets face it, a little crazy. So I just steer clear of the whole issue by picking and selling my own pieces.
However, when my aunt called me up and said she had a bunch of tables she would like me to "do something with" I jumped at the chance. You see my aunt is a pretty cool lady, I have a pretty good idea of whet she would like and she gives a pretty fair time line (usually she gives me the "whenever you get around to it" time line, which works perfectly for me).
I just finished one of her tables and I have to say, I am kinda in love...
In true me fashion I did not take a before pic, but picture brown, all brown. It was nice enough, but just not special. I think it is special now and hope she thinks so too...
I prepped the table by giving it a good sanding and then made up some chalk paint and painted the whole thing black. After letting it dry I taped off and painted some stripes. Then I distressed everything - I really went to town on this piece. Finally, I painted the dark red pin stripes on the grey stripes and very lightly distressed them - I did not want the red to turn pink! My last step was sealing it with wax. I love the finish that wax gives painted wood.
So what about you, what are your thoughts about custom orders, am I the only one who feels this way???