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Red buffet5 by Martha Leone Design copyOh my goodness people. I’ve been trying to weather these seriously cold days in the workshop (garage) while painting and prepping. It’s been difficult. I’m sure I’m not alone. All of my painting friends have probably been doing the same. My little space heater isn’t helping.

Other than working on custom orders and finishing two pieces (Gray Dresser, Deconstructed W Dresser) for Peg Leg Vintage, I’ve been shopping like crazy trying to fill the recently rented storage unit with vintage finds for those warmer days of spring. Last week, I found this piece at the Goodwill and knew that it needed a bold color. For a piece like this, I prefer to use one bold color rather than complicate the look with multiple colors or distressing. It’s a large piece that demands attention, so I painted it a color that would allow it to scream rather than whisper its way into a room.Red buffet by Martha Leone DesignRed buffet2 by Martha Leone DesignRed buffet3 by Martha Leone Design152a


A few of my recent finds:


Recently, I spent some time refining the blog and thinking on future growth of the business. Here are a couple of ideas to consider for those cold days:

1. Refine the accounting of incoming and outgoing funds for your business. Christina with Phoenix Restoration has written several great posts about growing a furniture business and has offered a free excel spreadsheet that helps track your expenses for tax time.

2. Shop. Shop. Shop. Gear up for a busy spring by spending extra time shopping for vintage finds.

3. Attend a conference! I’m headed to The Makers Summit in Greenville, SC in early March.

How has your business weathered these cold days?


Follow me on Instagram as I share more pictures of how I paint and prep my furniture and get sneak peeks of my approach to styling these pieces for photoshoots.


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