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