If you have a flair for decorative
painting, imagine the unique children's furniture you can make. Ideas
include painted dressers, table and chair sets, benches, and bedframes.
You can even create a complete coordinated bedroom set.
During the holiday season,
you can sell handpainted furniture direct at craft fairs. You can attend
trade shows and take orders from retailers. But most of your orders will
likely be placed by customer's looking for a specific themed item - this
could be a Groovy Girl styled table and chair set, or a decorative pink
gingham desk and bookcase to match the room's bedding and curtains.
When you start this business,
be sure to take photographs of each and every piece you do so that you
can add it to your portfolio. You would be surprised at the number of
clients who would look at a photo of a previous project and say they want
one exactly the same, or in a different color.
Particularly when dealing with
large intricate pieces, be sure to get a contract signed, and possibly
a 50% deposit. This will help protect you if the customer changes his
or her mind once the piece is completed, and give you legal grounds to
stand on in small claims court. It is advisable to get a lawyer to look
over your contract.
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