February 18, 2011

Repeat Business

...is a fantastic thing!  

It means my customers love what they have purchased off me, and they want more :)

A few months back, I did this duchess

which started out like this...

This was one of those pieces that seemed to take so long that I was sick of the sight of it in the end, although I was thrilled with how it turned out, it really was very pretty.  I listed it on Trademe and it sold very quickly, to a lady named Gen.

Gen loved it, and said she was keen to have a matching bedside cabinet and stool if I could look for these for her.  It took a while but just before Christmas I had some items I thought may have been of interest to her - 

and
Thankfully Gen had some vision and said the pieces were just what she was looking for, so I spent last week turning them into these...
The stool top is still to be upholstered.

The duchess was the first (and only) piece that I have finished just like this so it was fun (and a little nerve-wracking!) to do another two pieces that needed to match it.  I haven't seen the three pieces all together but I think I did a pretty good job...
Bedside Cabinet

  
Duchess
Bedside Cabinet
Duchess  
Stool
Obviously I used the same products for all the pieces but the heaviness of the glaze and the amount of distressing had to be similar to achieve a 'matching' look.  Not that they want to match completely, they are meant to be distressed and 'time-worn' after all!

Other projects I am almost finished working on are also repeat business...the 6th and 7th pieces of Restyled Vintage furniture this family will have in their home!

There is no better compliment than that, really.

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xx Karen

15 comments:

  1. I love your work all of your pieces are just beautiful!

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  2. I love these, it's amazing how paint can unite things. Gorgeous pieces

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  3. Those are great, Karen and how nice to get repeat business. That would be kind of hard to made those pieces match when doing these finishes. Thanks so much for linking this week.

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  4. LOVE it all! Everything looks better when you paint it white : ) Have a great weekend!!

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  5. they are beautiful! so happy for you with your repeat customers! :)

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  6. They'll make a gorgeous 'set', and you're so right, what better compliment could you ask for than repeat business - and so many repeat is one HUGE compliment, congratulations.

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  7. They're beautiful, Karen! You've done a great job and how nice to have a repeat customer. I'm so happy for you that your business is really moving along. Your hard work and love you put into your pieces is really showing. Good for you!

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  8. I so agree. Repeat business is the best. You know them, they know you, all good all round ha. More beautiful transformations, hope u have a fab weekend, cheers Katherine

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  9. All those pieces are darling! Love the glazing!

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  10. You have really got the hang of that glazing trick Karen. The pieces all look soooo good and I'm sure when she shows her furniture off to her friends they'll be knocking your door down :o)
    Angex

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  11. Repeat business is testimony to what beautiful work you do Karen. These last pieces look stunning and like a perfect match with the dresser. Sonia x

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  12. Fabulous job! I have a Queen Anne dresser that I bought years ago for my daughter that really needs a touch up. Maybe you've motivated me to action. Maybe.

    TDM x

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  13. What a transformation! I adore french style furniture! you should have a look coachhouse.com there are some stunning pieces to get inspired about. Following!

    Jon.
    http://davidlongdesigns.blogspot.com/

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