Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Blogger Survival Kit

Last week I published a post featuring the Fancy Furniture Finished.



I was completely overwhelmed with the number of views this baby received!

With those views came comments.  I love receiving comments, even the less enthusiastic ones.  And that is just what I got!

The majority of the comments were anonymous.  That means I cannot respond.  In a nutshell, people were appalled that I painted the furniture.  Honestly, I'm not that surprised that this post received this reaction.  I do however, need to set the record straight.

1. The furniture was a custom job for a client.  She brought me the furnishings and selected the paint.

2. When decorating your home, it should be filled with things that you love and that hold special meaning.  If a dated piece of furniture does not work for you, but you love the lines or perhaps it was your grandmothers, then make it work for you!  Paint it, stain it, rework it until you love it.


I published the post last Monday.  On Tuesday I had lunch with a dear friend.  We exchanged long overdue Christmas gifts.  Her gift to me could not have been more fitting!  Here's a look...





 I read Miss Mustard Seed's book, the day I received it!




So while I am taking it on the chin for my Fancy Furniture, I will be surviving in style!

Enjoy the day!

XO-
Shannon



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6 comments:

Polly McCormick said...

What a great and thoughtful gift! I went back and read the comments you mentioned. I'm not surprised, this was an amazing set of furniture in its before state, but you are so right about the decision to paint it. It's a personal choice!! I am curious......do you know any history on it from the owner? Did she buy the set or was it given to her? I'm curious as to why she decided to paint it! At any rate, it's gorgeous before and gorgeous after!!

Kelly said...

I seldom comment on blogs I read, but now I feel bad. Mean people suck, that is why they hide behind anonymity. Anyone who read the post should have realized as it was featured a few times, that it was a custom order. So they are totally wrong! Your work on it is great, regardless of their opinions.

Maureen said...

First of all, you can't tell someone what to do with their own pieces. Period. They would just go to someone else.

When I first started painting furniture, there were times when I let a piece sit because I felt it would be wrong to paint it. At times I would call the girl who owned the shop for her opinion because she sees what sells on day-to-day basis. More often than not she would say "If you want it to sell, paint it". I would usually say "Really?". To which she would say "Paint is removable if someone wants to refinish it." I don't worry about it so much now.

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Anonymous said...

Here is my thought on painting the Fancy Furniture - The Customer is Always Right! The furniture is wasted if it doesn't fit her style and languishes in the basement. Furniture with great lines, or sentimental value, is meant to be appreciated no matter how it is styled. Ignore the naysayers and make your clients happy!

Suzanne Vincent

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