I had to spend the morning today at the doctor’s office with my Sophie. She suffers badly from asthma and we were there for hours. Here is a pic of my baby girl at the beach last summer. I really hope she feels better soon.
I will reveal the new stairs tomorrow (I am thrilled with them!) but for today here is a look back on a post I wrote last May – Do’s and Don’ts by The Painted Drawer. It all still stands 🙂
Adopt a mean black cat who vomits all over your house and always seeks out your newest home decor addition to sit on and ruin with his black hair.
Prior to a furniture delivery, ask a woman if she has any stairs and when the answer is “no” show up with a dresser that is heavier than a baby grand and proceed to take it up 3 flights of turning stairs anyway because you are too shy to confront her. Oh, and end up injuring your back in the process.
Have a customer from California order a large piece and then say they won’t pay more than $200 in shipping. It will disappear for a few days along the way as your cheap shipper is not going to be the most reliable and likely stopped to get his kicks on Route 66.
While in your living room, decide to drill new holes into drawer fronts for new pulls and proceed to drill holes all the way through the drawers into your hardwood floors.
Crouch down to check out the bottom of an old desk while a thrift store worker holds the desk top up over your head. It hurts when he lets go and it crashes down on your skull.
Take all of the screws and pulls out of an old dresser, go to make dinner, and return. No matter how careful you are, how you have meticulously remembered exactly where you put them, ONE screw will be missing.
Purchase a piece of furniture off Craigslist from a bad part of town. Upon arrival, smell a strange odor from the doorway of the apartment which is opened by a hoodie wearing woman with bad teeth and acne. Immediately suspect that Jesse from Breaking Bad is around the corner in the bedroom. Probably not safe.
Leave a gorgeous piece behind because you don’t know how to get it home. Where there is a will, there is a way. Always remember that.
Pay over $150 for a piece. Lately everyone (including thrift stores and estate sales) in possession of anything over 10 years old now believe they are the proud owners of expensive antiques that Leigh and Leslie would covet. Remember your bottom line.
Decide to write a blog because you will make tons and tons of money from it 😉
Adopt a lovely little schnauzer and protect him from the long talons of the mean black cat.
Make connections with local furniture delivery men and call them for deliveries of super heavy loads. If the customer won’t pay, have them make arrangements for pickup.
For long distance deliveries, make it clear that it actually does cost more than $50 to ship a ginormous sideboard from Maryland to Idaho. If the customer won’t pay, return their money and re-list it.
Create a workspace in your home that has easy access to the garage or wherever you store your furniture. Try to keep it organized and put a box in there that you can quickly throw your business receipts into so you are not scrambling at tax time to find them inevitably all scrunched up in your purse or car.
Have a friend (in my case my mother) who will tell you honestly if a piece is worth the money or not and to sound ideas off on. It is great to have a second opinion sometimes.
Don’t overthink a piece. Go with your first instinct and it likely will be the right one. It is easy to sit and ponder all of the colors of the rainbow but your first instinct is typically the best. You will end up repainting and repainting until you are back to the beginning anyway.
Trust your gut on Craigslist. If you get a funny feeling, skedaddle. Or, bring a big, scary friend along for pickup.
Purchase a large crockpot so at the end of the day your family are not asking you, “What’s for dinner?” while you are covered in paint and exhausted.
Start a blog to share your ideas and make new friends. There is nothing better than to share your work and receive positive feedback from others who actually take time out of their busy day to comment. The Best.