|Project by Moron||posted 01-09-2008 10:30 PM||3084 views||7 times favorited||40 comments|
Thrills and spills on this one…............still a tad bitter about it.
Client wants a “taupe” colour when in actual fact, taupe is a word used to decribe a colour. It took three months just to agree on a colour and that in itself was a costly disaster. Being so frustrated I finally cut a piece of MDF 12” wide x 96” long. I painted it with post cat high solids white primer, sand, repeat, sand and then top coated with cloud white post cat lacquer, glazed the entire piece with “taupe” stain glaze and then top coated that with post cat lacquer. I then cut the piece into 8 equall squares to show the designer.
The designer (unbeknowest to her that each piece was almost exactly the same) sees them and tells me to bring 4 of them to the client, the other four were not the “right” colour.
The client sees the samples (which are all the same colour), looks and me and barks “How couldyou even bring that one, it’s absolutly hideous!”..........same for #2 and settles on #4….....and they are all the same colour
This gives you an insight into the difficulty of client.
I took digital pics of the original kitchen with a story pole/stick that had heavy black marks so that it could be clear as to what hieght the appliances were at, that she so loved before. Suddenly the new microwave that was the perfect hieght in the old kitchen, which is installed at the exact same hieght in the new kitchen isnt working…........redo the whole built in cabinet.
This went on and on and on and on and on…..........it was a project from hell. The shaper bits were all custom made…........very expensive.
near the end and after countless trips to touch up this and touch up that I requested that the client might be so kind as to take green sticky pads, and place a “stciky” on any and all defeciencies…....days later my daughter and I drove the hour trip and I told my daughter that when we get there the whiteish, taupish kitchen was going to look like a christmas tree…...........and when we got there….......it did.
The client (she) leaves her home and my daughter asks “How are we going to fix all this?”
I reply “we arent”.......”peel every one off and lets go for breakfast”
The client returns. looks at everything and exclaims ” Oh, you must have worked so hard, it’s perfect”
In the end the clients husband who holds the purse strings says to me “I’m not paying you until you satisfy my wife!”
to which I reply “No where in our contract does it state that I have to satisfy your bride and furthermore, you’ve been married to her for 50 years, thrown several million dollars at her and to date, you’ve never satified her!”
beautiful kitchen when it was done regardless of the fact I got burned for near 50 grand.
We live, we learn and those who have never made a msitake never did much!
-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso