I've finally sat down and taken some time over the past week to reflect on 2016. It's amazing how much you forget without pictures as a reminder.
First of all, thank you! I have so many awesome fans and followers. So many of these pieces are YOURS that I got to put a little paint on, or they are now YOURS after you purchased them from me. For that I'm so grateful. It's been a great year of makeovers and I'm sure there are many more to come!!
Here are most of the pieces over the past year. It's a colorful collage for sure...
This year I've gotten more consistent in blogging. And while there are still several pieces that slip by without their own blog post, there are a good number who get their own spot light. Here are some of the top posts of 2016...
This was the first time I tried color washing - and it was very popular!
Oh how I loved how this one came out! I'm still on the hunt for another trunk to restore this way.
This one was just such a dramatic transformation. Grandma's dresser never looked so good!
This piece was just so classic, with an updated color.
This was the first time I used the Pearl Effects on a piece, and it turned out stunning. The perfect feminine touch for a makeup table!
And here are the top (video) tutorials of 2016...
Last but not least, I thought I'd share the 3 best things I did for my business in 2016. I know several of you have your own furniture refinishing businesses, so perhaps these would be helpful to you too...
1. Hired a house cleaner -
What does that have to do with business?? Well, listen you just can't do all the things. Last Christmas, my in-laws gave me a month of cleaning for my Christmas present, and I decided I enjoyed it so much, if I could keep it up I would. I only use the money I earn from my business (it's a way of paying myself), and it's been amazing. I can't even tell you how rewarding it feels to have my house being cleaned while I'm working on my business. It just feels super productive. Also, having the entire house clean at once is well worth it! Next, I'm looking for someone to do the laundry ;)
2. Joined Jennifer Allwood's Inner Circle -
Last summer I finally took the plunge and joined an online coaching group. It's a group of about 100 women, led by Jennifer Allwood, who encourage, help and support one another. It's been such a great thing to be a part of because so many of them are just like me! It's a great place to get advice and bounce business ideas around and also see what works for people. I'd highly recommend it for anyone with a creative business ready to leap to the next level!
3. Went to the General Finishes Expo -
In the fall I was able to attend my first Expo. This was the first "business trip" I've ever taken, and WOW! how amazing to be surrounded by others in the same field. Not only did we learn a TON about the products, but we were inspired, and we got to make lasting connections that are just great for business. I hope to go again this year!
Well that's a wrap on business 2016. Now on to new things for the new year!
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