Furniture Painting 101 - Professional Courtesy

"It's a dog eat dog world!"

Maybe this is true in some businesses but I don't think it rings true with furniture painters.

We are a collective... different ages, colors, sizes - just like the furniture pieces we paint. We come from all walks of life and have varying points of view but we all have one thing in common, we love turning old worn out pieces of furniture into something new and fresh. We have individual ideas on how to paint, what color or finish to use and even what price we want. Knowing we have these differences we need to remember to treat other furniture painters with professional courtesy.

I have read many concerns from fellow painters regarding a few issues on common courtesy.

BUSINESS PAGE COMMENTS: Commenting on another painter's finished piece on their business page is a wonderful thing to do when it's positive remarks. But, asking questions about techniques used should be done through private messenger. I don't mind sharing my "trade secrets" but really don't want to do it in a place where my customers can read all about it. Also, don't post a picture of your pieces or add a link to your business page unless invited to do so.

NEVER write a negative comment on a fellow painters' post. Especially on their business page or on a buy, sell or trade site. Belittling another painter will not get you more business. In fact, it can easily backfire on you if a customer reads it.

NEVER TELL A FURNITURE PAINTER THEIR PRICE IS TOO HIGH! This is ultimate rudeness to another painter and undermines their integrity. It is not your business to tell another they are asking too much for a piece. You might not know the value of the piece or the market value of the artist. It's NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS... it's their business!

DON'T TAKE OFFENSE: Don't be offended if a fellow painter doesn't want to share their information or techniques with you. It's a personal thing. Many work for years to develop their style and feel protective of their image. Some have blogs or teach classes and this is a source of income for them.

POSTING IN GROUPS: We all have differing opinions and should treat fellow members with professional courtesy and respect. We can disagree, but it's important to do so in a kind way and not get personal with name calling or disparaging comments.

IF YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETHING NICE, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL! Really, we are all adults and shouldn't need this advice. If you don't care for a color or technique on a piece that is posted, move on unless the person is asking for opinions. If you are critiquing a piece do it in a constructive and courteous manner. When asked, kind suggestions are always appreciated.

REMEMBER... "What goes around, comes around." Good or bad...

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