We had the good fortune of connecting with Nadeen Beckett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nadeen, how does your business help the community?
America has become a “throw away” society. The cost of manufacturing a brand new toaster is cheaper than getting a toaster repaired. Think about our landfills and how many “fixable” things that we either don’t want anymore or just don’t know how to fix are sitting there.
The same can be said of furniture. However, the quality of furniture 100 years ago was such that a lot of antiques or vintage pieces are still structurally sound today. Scuffed, scratched, scraped, drying a bit? Sure. 95% of these pieces are stained a dark brown and don’t fit with today’s style. Many donate to a thrift store but a lot of people just break them down and throw them away.
That’s where I come in. My mission is to save one treasure at a time by repairing, painting and embellishing each piece so that it makes a statement in any room! These pieces CAN become relevant again with a little elbow grease and a lot of love.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love colors. All of them. I’m not a huge fan of the farmhouse trend that only comes in gray in white tones. When I was a little girl, I wanted the extra large box of Crayola Crayons because I wanted ALL the colors. I feel the same today. My work is too bold for some but just right for others. I love to add stencils or transfers or patterned drawer sides as surprises on each piece. I am in love with history and antiques. I believe each piece has a story to tell and it “speaks” to me as I work on it – not literally, of course, but it tells me what style and color and mood it wants to have. I am mostly self-taught. I watched tutorials, youtube and generally just dove in with as many products as I could experiment with. I learn by doing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love rooftop patios and eating outside. I would take my friends to Angelo’s Taverna to sit out on the patio during the evening. Their homemade pasta is the best! And the atmosphere is unbeatable. I would take them shopping in downtown Littleton along Main Street to browse the vintage shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friend, Kelly Stern, taught me how to chalk paint furniture about 6 years ago and I’ve been painting everything since then. In the fall of 2018, I opened my first vendor booth that showcased my pieces at my friend Brittany Browning’s auction house. During the Covid lockdown, I found I had extra time on my hands and found an online mentor who has many, many followers and had started her own coaching group, Leah Rex from Leah Noell Design Co. Being a part of that group was the boost and encouragement that I needed to take my business to the next level. I learned to stage my furniture, take better photos, ship my furniture nationwide and how to network with other talented furniture artists. I became a “content creator” for 3 different companies who have also grown my opportunities. It has been such a rewarding experience. I love my community!
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