Asked on May 28, 2013

Distressing furniture for client

APSuess Fine Woodworking


I have been distressing furniture and selling pieces I purchase for quite some time, but this will be the first time I have actually done a repaint & distress for a client on their pieces. Does anyone who does this have any kind of disclaimer they use to protect themselves?
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  • APSuess Fine Woodworking
    on May 28, 2013

    I recently completed a custom bathroom vanity that the client and her interior decorator wanted to have a "distressed" look. When I explained what product/paint one uses as well as the where and how one gives a piece a distressed look I was quickly informed by the interior decorator "That's not how its done." That being said, I feel your pain. I knew immediately that despite 25+ years as a custom furniture maker and too many "distressed" pieces to count, there was nothing I could have done that would be acceptable to the interior decorator. I solved the problem with a "Distressing Party." Armed with a pizza and a couple bottles of wine, I had the interior decorator and client over to the shop to distress it to their individual liking. Everyone was happy. You are "individualizing" a piece. The only way you will be able to satisfy your client is for them to be directly involved in the process. This is also the only way you will keep yourself on the good side of the BDL (Blame Delegation Line).

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