Welcome to part three of Anatomy of Novo Decor! If you are seeing "Anatomy of Novo Decor" for the first time today, it is four-part series about my creative services and business. I present examples of different solutions for a variety of home decorating/furnishing needs and goals.
Today's post is about my most popular service, painted furniture. If you missed parts one and two, you can see them at the following links (or at the bottom of this post):
A good number of my customers seek my services to paint a piece of furniture they already own. It might be a dated piece they've held on to for years, a functional piece they'd like to use, or a family heirloom passed down over generations. It is fun to see my customers' reactions when they see their newly finished piece! I like to think that not only do they develop a new-found love for their furniture, but they form a deeper appreciation and love for "home" because their "new" piece now adds an element of interest and newness to their space.
I've painted a variety of furniture, ranging from small tables to buffets, and everything in between. I provide home consultation to view the piece first, which gives me an idea of the home owner's style. I make sure the pieces I paint "fit in" with the surrounding style of the home, no matter what that style is.
Styles vary, and are completely dependent upon what the customer wants. When a customer is unsure, I offer suggestions and we agree on a plan. While my "specialty" is a subtly distressed, and "antiqued" look using bold and neutral colors, I also paint pieces to achieve a sleek, glossy appearance. On occasion, a customer will say, "surprise me" (which is challenging and fun at the same time!). Once, I received a request to paint a geometric pattern on a piece of furniture (photo below)
Here are some examples of custom painted pieces and what my customers had to say! Below each "after" photo, you'll also see a link to the full blog post about that piece.
BEFORE: A dated brown dresser
AFTER: A spunky pink dresser for a girls' bedroom!
BEFORE: A brown, dated "sitting" piece
AFTER: A classy and current sitting piece with trim painted in a crisp white, then distressed
BEFORE: Brown bar cart (love bar carts...not brown ones though. Lol)
AFTER: A light gray, distressed, and subtle "white wash" paint, and modern crystal and gold hardware freshens this piece right up!
BEFORE: An unfinished, rough-surfaced piano
AFTER: A smooth fresh coat of paint, distressing, and a bold, geometric pattern make this piano stand out (and I bet it's really fun to jam out on too.)
To see more examples of custom furniture pieces, this link will take you to my portfolio on my website: FURNITURE GALLERY.
Customer Story/Furniture Story
Each and every piece of furniture has a story to tell, and those stories are showcased on my blog. When pieces hold special meaning to their owner, I want to be sure and give those special pieces (and the owners!) credit where credit is due. It's an awesome thing when an old piece is recognized for its value, meaning, and potential!
A functional piece of furniture in decent condition is a candidate for a make-over. Throw in sentimental value to that equation.....and it most certainly deserves a second look....
No matter how unattractive a piece of furniture is, recognizing the value in, and potential of an old piece of furniture really is an art.....and it goes beyond appearance.....
- 100% of my customers who utilized my services, have reported how useful/functional their piece is and that they either use it now, and want to continue using it (but it needs an update!) or, they would like to use it, (but haven't, due to the "ugliness" factor). This is an example of a highly functional piece, in need of a change.
- About 85% of my customers to date have sought my services for their furniture that was passed down from family, or given to them as a gift. This is an example of a piece that holds meaning, but that needs a look consistent with the home-owner's style.
The message? Recognizing the potential in a piece of furniture first comes with consideration of its use, and value; beneath its outer layer. Furniture is like onions; it has layers.
It's a Keeper
Value, emotional connection, function, and condition are assets that definitely place our furniture in the "keeper" category. A fresh new look for these pieces catapults them to a new level; our favorite, well-loved pieces that not only serve a functional purpose in our home, but that look like they belong in it.
And that is a taste of my furniture painting service, as well as my beliefs and personal philosophy of painted furniture. Novo Decor creates an experience that is engaging and enjoyable for my customers. How? By providing sneak peeks on a variety of social media (Facebook and Instagram), and of course, writing a "story" about it on the blog!
Perhaps you'll look differently at your furniture now. What use does it serve? Is it being utilized to the fullest? If not, why? When contemplating a furniture refresh, think about using the piece in non-traditional ways. This adds so much visual interest (and function!) to today's busy homes.
Coming up....part four, the final part to the series "Anatomy of Novo Decor". See how all four parts come together in my Room Packages!
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