What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I do not have standard pricing, but I have not seen anyone beat my bids! Because I do this on the side for "shopping money", I do not rely on this business to pay my bills! I do this for fun and extra income therefore I am able to do it at less cost!
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I can travel to the customer's home for most jobs, and complete the refinishing right wear the piece sits! No need for heavy lifting!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been doing this type of work for years. Officially started doing this as a side business about 2 years ago and created a loyal customer base! I learned my techniques from the owner of Red Poesy in St. Charles, MO
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I had a living room set that I purchased for $7 from an auction. It was UGLY as sin! I went to a furniture refinishing shop to buy the paint to redo them. All the proper materials costed me over $100. So to get my moneys worth, I used the remaining material to refinish furniture of my family members. They loved it so much they shared my work online. From there is spread like wildfire!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I do A LOT of kitchen tables and chairs. I can also do some reupholstering! Older Kitchen and Dinning Room tables have unique features and are made from solid wood unlike today's furniture. My clients appreciate that but want to redesign their pieces to look more modern, or just to repair the original finish due to years of use.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A lot of people can paint furniture, but you need to hire someone with experience in various finishes and how to treat and prep the original surface. These two things will determine the life of the new paint. If you hire someone who doesn't prep the surface correctly or seal it properly at the end, your new finish will not hold up.