But on the other hand, I always worry that when it's done, it will not live up to the clients expectations, no matter how hard I worked on it.
This was the situation when a retired co-worker of my life partner, Dave, asked me to make, not one, not two but three cabinet doors for their kitchen.
Now these are beautiful Quaker made cabinets but they had this amber plexi-glass with an aluminum metal cross hatch thing as the inserts. Not very appealing. And did I mention that their home is a century Farm House? Turns out they have been unhappy with the inserts for quite a long time.
So I started by showing them a couple of designs.
Something that was not too ornate.
Once they decided on a design, we then moved on to colors of glass. Oh by the way, did I mention that they did NOT want to be able to see through the glass into the cabinets? So that meant I had to work with opaque glass only.
Beige and Green? Beige and Blue? Cream with Green & Blue? Shades of browns? Mixes of Blues and Greens? Nothing was making them excited until the wife asked if I could get a Pinkish, Mauve kind of color. With maybe a little Rose for accent. Well I found the perfect light Pink/Mauve wisp glass and the most beautiful Rose, but there was one element that I just could not find the perfect color for, so they experimented and mixed up a jar of their own color of paint for me to paint on the back of a clear Bevel.....and as they say, the rest was history.
They chose the single diamond pattern, with a Rose inner boarder and a one of a kind, painted bevel center diamond. To be honest, I was nervous having to make three identical doors which would be sitting side by side. Any mistake or miscalculation would stand out for all the world to see. But in the end, they turned out perfect. It was great to have the client so involved with the project and they are truly thrilled with the outcome. And I have to say, seeing them installed, I'm pretty proud of myself as well.
This commission was a challenge for me, and I felt as if I pushed myself and my skills, but I now have just a little more confidence and faith in my abilities and skills. I guess that is the essence of learning.