Benefits of Owning a Small Business

One of the many benefits of owning a small business for the consumer is that when you get a text on the Saturday before Christmas asking “my mom is in town staying with us for the holiday and she’d like a small dresser for our guest room, do you have one?”, the owner says “yes, in fact, I do.”  I said I’d be happy to paint it the next day and asked them to pick out a color. She said “really, she can have any color?”.  “But of course, I replied.”  I texted her the link to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Colors and she quickly texted back “Kitchen Scale! She loves it!”.  I then texted her the dimensions and a photo of the dresser I had in mind:

Kitchen Scale 1


Once they confirmed it would fit, I told them I’d have it finished by dinner time the next day (Sunday, December 22).  I also then asked if she wanted the drawer fronts to be a different color or any free hand-painting and she said that her mother had been through my website and liked my style and trusted whatever I decided to do “extra”.  How fun!  So I had the color Kitchen Scale as my main color and a little artistic license to do anything extra, so I went with it:

Kitchen Scale 2


I painted the drawer fronts in Linen with NO bonding agent, and then I decided to add a little free hand-painting around the original door knocker pulls:

Kitchen Scale 3

It gave the dresser that little extra “something” and I’m in love with how it turned out (and so were they):

Kitchen Scale 4

Kitchen Scale 6

Kitchen Scale 5

Kitchen Scale 7

In this photo below and from this angle, you can really see the iridescent pearl paint that I used to hand paint the laurel wreaths:

Kitchen Scale 8

Kitchen Scale 9

The benefit of owning a small business goes both ways: not only was the owner (me) willing to come in on a Sunday to paint a dresser for a customer’s mother for Christmas, but I also left with homemade savory pecans in a mason jar, homemade granola and a lot of happy customer faces.

Kitchen Scale 10

I dare you to get that kind of customer service at a big box store!  It was a wonderful and giving way to kick off this past Christmas week!

Linking to:
Home Stories A to Z
French Country Cottage
Miss Mustard Seed
Chic on a Shoestring



  1. Love the color and details! We all should be grateful there are small business such as yours! (That reminds me, I need to order some bonding agent.)

  2. It is fabulous. What a great color and I love the two tone. Hugs, Marty

  3. Vicki Daugherty says:

    Laura, I bet not every business owner would be so gracious or willing to come paint on the Sat. before Christmas! It takes a special person to do that, and they are blessed to have you in the community. Are you in Franklin, TN.? We go through there frequently and I love to stop in all the cute shops. Wishing you a blessed and successful New Year, Vicki in Louisville, KY.

  4. That was fun! She must have been so happy with the piece. Beautiful!

  5. How wonderful! Love the way the dresser turned out! ;)

  6. What a great story, Laura!
    I am not into blues, but I like how this dresser turned out. The most important thing is that the customer was happy. Most of the pieces in my house that I painted with MMS Milk Paint use color Linen though… And no, I am not THAT boring – I mix it with details in Lucketts Green and Boxwood. :-)

  7. Oh would I ever love to have a piece like that, awesome. The colors are perfect for that adorable little chest. I think the hand painted laurel wreaths make the piece even more special. So glad to know there are people like yourself in your own small business. Good for you for being a special person. Happy new year

  8. Lovely piece! And a great story to boot.

    I had a shop for several years and have been missing it and pondering going back into business. Thanks for the reminder of the great customers you get to know and the flexibility of having a small business.

  9. I think it’s wonderful that you’re such a generous small business owner! The dresser turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story. :)

  10. Awwww!!! Great story!!!! I’m lovely to my clients, too!!!! I’m not sure if I could paint a dresser in such a short notice, you are amazing!!!!
    The dresser looks awesome!!!

  11. I told you everything you touch turns to gold. Really amazing piece and awesome service. If people only knew the amazing stuff you have stashed away that you could transform for them or help them transform themselves…

  12. I love your story…the dresser…and having your own business so that you can choose to make a customer happy! I am going to become the owner of an antique business on Jan. 1…and am so excited! I can’t wait to have moments like you describe!

  13. Exactly!!! You can’t get that kind of service from any big store! That was very kind of you and I’m sure you made their holiday special! Happy new year Laura!!

  14. Lovely transformation…and one of my fav colors!
    What did you use to protect the paint, clear wax?

  15. Hi Linda! I used clear furniture wax on the entire piece! Thank you so much! It’s one of my favorite colors too :-)

  16. what a transformation

    i love the two colors
    and the ages look
    you gave this pretty dresser

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded this week!


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