Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Guest Artist: Sue Hon
RS: You spent hours helping me with this project...You saved my health, business, and possibly my marriage! You've been a finisher for over 20 years and trained with many accomplished instructors. What is the biggest change you've seen in the field?
SH: Product Development. I read my first faux finishing article in a 1985 Better Homes and Garden magazine. The glaze was made with wallpaper paste. Then it was mix your own sheet rock mud. It did teach me the fundamentals of painting and plasters.
RS: You were one of the first non-Faux Effects Instructors to work with the RS Series.
SH: I started backwards with Designer Walls III. I love how you can manipulate it. After I take a class, I buy samples and start practicing right away-while it is fresh on my mind. Then I break the product down and try my own interpretation on samples.
RS: How did you name your business?
SH: Before I had a name, an elderly client said, "Are you the one that fauxs the home?" I liked it so my business is called Faux the Home. It lets people know just what I do.
RS: I work with Bruce. You work with your husband Jim. "Spouses Fauxing Houses" would be a good reality show. It is a growing sector. Any advice?
SH: My helper quit when Jim retired so the timing was good. You have to decide who is the boss. We needed specific job descriptions. Jim is methodical and wants to know each point from A to B to C. I start with A, go to H, back to C. That is the artist's approach. He learned to trust that I knew where I was headed. It helps that he has been on several projects and knows the results. Having someone that is working in the best interest of your business as a partner is valuable.
RS: Speaking of projects...Let's look at this amazing project.
SH: Walls but I've become more comfortable with cabinets.