Hey its Viv and I’m back for another chat. I’ve been a bit busy over the last week or so, so it’s been a while since the last time I got a post up. You know how it goes, another week goes by in the blink of an eye and you’re wondering where it went. I’d been doing trips backwards and forwards to my mother’s house as she hasn’t been well. I’ve been getting her shopping, cooking her food, there’s been trips to the hospital and all this whilst trying to fit in a job and some me time. Well things have thankfully calmed down a bit now. She’s back on her feet and feeling much, much, better so I’m back to just looking after myself.

I’ve been a bit more stressed than I probably should have as it’s my friend’s birthday coming up in around a weeks-time and I wanted to get her something special being her big 4- 0. She’s currently away on holiday and gets back two days before her birthday as she wanted to celebrate it with all her friends. She runs a beauty salon but she’s closed until after her birthday which gives me the perfect opportunity to sort out her present.

Salon Reception Desk

She’s been complaining about the reception desk in her beauty salon for god knows how long as it’s made of tatty old wood and the paint job is undesirable to say the least. It doesn’t look that terrible don’t get me wrong, but compared to the rest of the shop, it could really do with sprucing up. Well, it just needs to come out and be replaced with a new one. So as you may have guessed by now, this is where I come in. I want to get her a really nice reception desk that has that bit of Wow! factor when the guests walk in. Obviously the best way to do this would be to spend a boat load of money on a really fancy one but I don’t have a load of money so that’s out of the question. That didn’t stop me dreaming for a little while and I find some amazing salon designs at REM. If this was some kind of TV program and they were paying to get her Salon completely kitted out free of charge, then this is the kind of thing I’d ask them for. Instead, I’ve had to switch to plan B. So plan B is basically the complete opposite of plan A. Instead of buying her a brand new top of the range reception desk, instead, I’m going to get her a second-hand used reception desk and use my artistic skills to transform it into a work of art.

 

Times running out

I know my friends tastes really well, I understand the theme she’s gone for in her salon and we’ve had many a girly chat about how she’d want the salon to look if she had the time or money to change it. Now I can’t go messing with the whole salon and in my honest opinion, it really does look great, it’s really only that garish desk that needs ripping out. Now I’ve got rid of my mother’s chores, the last couple of days have been setting about finding a unit that I can work with and that with a bit of TLC, can be transformed it to something really cool. I know she’s very keen on having one with a rounded front, a curved style rather than square. I’ve therefore made that the first necessity when searching for the right one.

Super Excited!

Thankfully, after two long days of running around from shop to shop, followed by searching the internet high and low, I’ve finally come across the desk I’m looking for. I’ve found a reception desk for sale pretty much brand new in mint condition and is completely plain wood so perfect for me to add my own design to. The price is just about within my affordability at £300 pounds so I think this will be the one I buy. I’ll have a few more hours to make sure but then I’ll have to go for it. I think there’s an express delivery option so that will give me about two or three days, if I’m lucky, to get it painted and then get it delivered to her shop. Her sister has the key to the salon so she’s obviously in on it and is going to lend me a hand with the design and getting it swapped out with the old one. Super exciting times, can’t wait to see her face when she opens up the salon doors and sees it.

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Welcome

Hello everybody, this is Viv, welcome to my Arts blog. Happy to talk about any other hobbies, especially hobbies to do with collecting. I’ll be back in a short-while with the first subject of discussion so take care and I’ll see you very soon.

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