One of my clients this weekend told me a humorous quote that is father used to say about making chicken salad. It’s a little crass so I won’t repeat it here, but the idea was that you can’t make something good (like chicken salad) from something bad. I think this is so so so true for any creative project.
It makes me think of my favorite Thai restaurant. The vegetables are GREEN when they are placed on my plate and brought to me steaming hot. They are beautiful and fresh. We have all had bad Thai food or Chinese food so you know what I mean when I say it was not dark and mushy. Ingredients matter.
Same goes for your yarn, wood, canvas, paint and furniture. If you have a plain, cheap piece of furniture and you paint it in a rich, beautiful color it will still resonate as a cheap piece of furniture. I get so excited when a client drops off a real piece of wood. In fact, I now insist that pieces need to be real wood for me to work on them. I want the quality of my work and the paint to show and that requires a real wood piece. Dovetails always impress me.
If you’ve painted furniture or are just starting out it is tempting to buy a veneer piece that cost you $5 at a yard sale. To me this is a waste of some expensive paint and time. If it is a $5 piece that is old and wood and has curves and lines then perfect. Lucky you.
Quality is quality and we all know it when we see it. Are you trying to sell a piece or creation that is not quality? Not wood? Is it not selling? Well, it’s not your paint job, it’s the piece itself. Yes, it may be more expensive to produce, but people shall know you by your standards. It’s fine if you are practicing. But, if you are frustrated maybe try to make chicken salad from real chicken.