wow, has it really been almost two weeks since my last post?
What a slacker I am!
We've been wrapped up doing lots of custom work
as well as some interior stenciling on walls and such
Really feeling motivated to get something new
done and photographed!
Speaking of new...
I'm really itching to try some new, different things!
It's no secret I love chalk paint and French furniture,
but I feel like I'm tripping over it at every
antique mall and vintage marketplace
(chalk painted French furniture, that is)
500 on Etsy alone!
That is a LOT of painted french dressers!
I was in a cool little shop
we used to be vendors in
and I literally lost count of
how many chalk painted dressers there were!
(75% of which were either white or duck egg...)
Yes, they were lovely
but it's beginning to make me yawn a bit
Over-saturation, if you will
I spoke with one of the vendors,
who noted everyone was suffering
because there were just too many of the same items
One artist can't paint French Dressers fast enough,
so another vendor starts doing them, too
and then another...and another...
why not, they sell, right?
Or they did,
before the entire shop was full of them!
And because of the wealth of chalk paint available locally
(ASCP, CeCe, and Maison Blache are ALL here in town)
the competition to "score" great Frenchy pieces has gotten insane
I find we are now competing with friends and even family...
people who learned from us
(it always starts as
"I just want to paint a few of my own pieces at home, can you show me how?"
and ends with an attempt at a business...
it's THAT addictive...
you run out of your own things to paint
and have to start selling off stuff because you can't walk through your garage!)
Critical mass...we've reached critical mass
How is one to stand out in a sea of sameness?
By doing something different, of course!
So watch for some crazy colors,
some different styles...
that are all still "us"
but hopefully not everyone else!
Here's a glimpse inside my head
(figuratively, of course!)
How about you?
Can't get enough Shabby Chic, Frenchy neutrals
or ready for something different?