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Artisan of the Month
Kay Perret

Kay PerretKay Perret was immersed in the corporate world for 20 years.  Four months after she was hired to a new position, she was on the east coast for a conference and was suddenly called into human resources where she was informed she was being let go.  The cash flow was simply not there in the organization.  “For the first time in my adult life I was unemployed.  Once I was on the plane halfway across the country I began to feel better.  This was a time in my life when my parents needed care, their health was declining.”  Kay’s dad ended up living with her for a few months; it was really nice for them all.  It was a perfect time in Kay’s life for a major change.

Kay’s emergence into the world of decorative painting happened at a dinner party she was hosting at her home.  “I had just started putting some really elementary faux finishes on my walls.  Some friends were over for dinner and they said could you do this kind of stuff for us?”  Kay responded with, “of course.”  That was just the beginning for Kay as Dancing Brush Painting was soon to be born.

Kay first heard about decorative painting from Wil Randolph, Helios Digital Imaging & Graphic Design, who put her in touch with a resource for classes.  As Kay took classes in decorative painting and built up her portfolio she saw an opportunity on a job where she was straight-painting a nursery.  She asked her client to browse through her portfolio.  If they preferred a finish from her portfolio, she would create that look instead at the same price of the original bid.  Of course they found something from Kay’s portfolio and Kay’s career in decorative painting took off!

Living in Puyallup, Washington, Kay is just a little south of Seattle.  She works all over the area and is perfectly willing to travel.  She has a background in dance and theater arts that gives her clients an even greater creative edge when she is helping to choose which colors will work in their home as well as creating the perfect custom look for her clients. 

Furniture and cabinets are what draws Kay the most.  She finds the uniqueness of each piece to be fulfilling and challenging.  “As I work on a piece of furniture it tells me what it wants to do.  One thing I like to do is build up sloppy plaster on the furniture and sand over it and glaze it so that it looks like chunky paint.”  Kay finds she enjoys working on fireplaces where they are a lovely focal point to the client’s room.  Powder rooms and dining rooms are also favorites, and she likes working with plaster and metallic foils.  “With metallic foil you just have to bang it out but it is beautiful.”

“Kathy Carroll has some exotic metallic foil that I really like.  I have bought a lot of product from suppliers all over the country but there is nobody out there that is as good as Kathy Carroll.  If I email her I receive an email back, sometimes immediately!  The first time I talked to her she had laryngitis.  I needed a whole bunch of materials and I had left her a voice mail.  She returned my call while she was driving, apologizing for her voice.  I could tell how exhausted she was but she told me that she wanted to get back to me right away. Another time I called but forgot the time difference. It was right before closing for Kathy, but she stayed and walked me through what I needed to know.  Kathy is not just a business person, she is a really creative artist; she is so amazing.  I purchase a lot of products from her.  I love the Golden Proceed materials.  At some point I need to go to Chicago and take a class from her!”

metallic foilKay has many interesting stories to tell when she is asked about her favorite jobs.  “I was hit by a truck in a crosswalk and my leg was broken.  The people at the job I was on at the time were amazing and waited for me to heal enough so that I could climb back up on the ladders.  My daughter quit her job to help me!”  Kay receives nearly all of her clients through the decorators she works with and client referrals.  ”My husband also talks me up to his clients, he is in wine sales.”  Kay’s daughter continues to help out, on the artistic end, when she is able.

Going from timid to outgoing is a fun story of Kay’s.   For this project, Kay met with the decorator, Anne Steward, and the client.  The home was done in beiges, very neutral, safe colors.  The homeowner was very nervous about change.  Kay began her work in stages and left the cabinets for last at the homeowners request since she was anxious about the changes being made to her home.  When Kay finished the cabinets and installed them the client was out of town on vacation.  “I did not hear anything from her for two days.  I finally got the courage up to call her.  The homeowner said she wanted to talk to me about the cabinets.  She said, ‘I hate the rest of my kitchen now, I want you to do all of them.’  I did the cabinets adjoining the family room, now I’m doing the whole kitchen.  The decorator said, ‘what about the island?’  I'll be doing that as well.  The homeowner is now much more adventurous and her home is more colorful!”

A project that is among Kay’s absolute favorites is the YWCA shelter in Tacoma; providing domestic shelter for abused women and children as well as their pets.   After the plumbing and electrical was brought up to code in the 1930s building they bought, the shelter's limited budget ran dry.  A suggestion was brought to the board to have decorators come in and use the 22 units to showcase their work.  “The board agreed and designer Patty Bruce coordinated 22 volunteer designers.  Kay worked with decorator Joyce Weir on her unit.  Each room had its own kitchen and bathroom, a real change from the old shelter.  The donations poured in; building materials, furniture and furnishings, mosaics, murals, and play equipment.  “It was so cool, so much fun to work on.  Target, Macy’s, private individuals, wherever the decorators went and explained the project and what most everyone donated.  The community really pulled together.  It was truly rewarding work.”

“I get to work with so many nice people.  I have been in this business for eight years now and I really love the newness of starting over on each job.  I am always meeting incredible people.” 

For more information about Kay Perret please call 253.921.2832 or visit www.dancingbrushpainting.com

 

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