This is the second time I’ve painted this desk.
The first time I painted it, I was pretty happy with it and blog readers seemed to like it. So I put the plaid desk in my booth.
And it didn’t sell.
And it didn’t sell.
And it didn’t … well, you get the picture!
I finally decided to take the plaid desk back home (a 2.5 hour drive – yeah I know my booth is way too far away from me, but that’s a discussion for another time!) and see if I could change it to get some more interest in it and maybe sell it.
You see, just because lots of people like a piece of furniture online doesn’t mean they’d actually want that piece in their house. And even if they did want that piece in their house, who says they even live remotely close to my booth to be able to buy it?
It takes the right person at the right time in the right place to want to buy that piece you painted that just so happens to fit perfectly in their home. Yeah, all of that! And just because that person doesn’t come along, doesn’t mean you did something wrong or your piece isn’t “good enough”. It just means the time and place is off somehow.
So, like I said, I took the piece home. I was tired of waiting for the right person, so I thought I’d change it up and see if I could make it more “sellable”. But that would probably mean painting it all one color – probably white or light gray – and I just couldn’t bring myself to get rid of that beautiful plaid! It’s unique and beautiful and I love it. I couldn’t let it go.
I eventually was given the suggestion to paint the base a more masculine color in hopes of giving the piece a more cohesive look. And this is what I ended up with. I think I love it even more. It is definitely a masculine desk and not everyone needs a desk in their home. Those may be two things against me right there. But I’m not going to repaint it. I’m going to hope and pray that the right person at the right time comes along and just has to have it!
Can you tell it’s hard selling furniture? It’s so fun when things are going well and people love what you do. But when things are slow and people aren’t buying (for varied reasons), it’s hard not to take it out on yourself. It feels personal even if it isn’t.
But there’s something inside us furniture painters that makes us keep going. Because we love what we do and we want to share it with others!
*Update: this desk *finally* sold 3 months later!