A few weeks ago, my friend and fellow decorative painter, Denise Kilpatrick of Stencils by Denise: Distinctive Decorative Painting, called me to invite me to bid on a large Venetian Plaster job at a new hotel being built in the Boston area. We were both very excited about this prospect. We would be subcontracting from a large paint contracting firm that often utilizes Denise’s talents.
Whenever we get a call for a large job, Denise and I try to team up and will also call upon several other decorative painters we both love to work with. Denise and I did a lot of research for this project and had our ducks lined up in a row, just waiting for our opportunity to see the job site. Unfortunately, her paint contractor visited the job site again last week and was told the company would be hiring another painting firm from Florida to do all the prep, base painting and Venetian plaster. We were both very bummed about this, not only for the loss of the contract, but for the chance to assemble a fun team of talented decorative painters. I am angry to see a Boston job go to an out of state contractor without even giving local, perfectly capable decorative painters a chance to bid on this work.
I decided to not let this get to me and quickly moved on, putting more energy and focus on current jobs and proposals that are on tap. Stacy and I talked about it on our ride out to horse country last week and agreed it would have been fun to do that job, but we also echoed Denise’s sentiments, agreeing we would have been put under a lot of pressure and stress, and that something better is in store for all of us. 🙂