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Meet Chris Deal of Grit and Nails

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Deal. 

Hi Chris, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
This all started when my wife wanted a few custom furniture and decor pieces for our home. We see wood, furniture, and other materials being thrown away all the time. Our thought was how can we use some of those items. So began Grit and Nails, a husband-and-wife team on a mission to have good quality furniture and decor, using items that others may throw away, but bring out the beauty. A piece of pallet wood once planed down, can look new again. Or keep it rustic for that shabby chic look. I had no prior experience with woodworking so everything was and has been self-taught. Picking up new skills and methods to perfect the craft as I go.   

We have expanded into new collections with new wood to bring a more finished piece into your home. Either way, each piece is as unique as you are and we want every custom piece to be exactly what you want. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Grit and Nails have been in business for about five years now and it’s had its ups and downs. I was working full-time when the business started. After the first year, I had back surgery. About a year later hip surgery was followed by tendinitis in both elbows from my day job. Now the business is a full-time gig and has been for two years. 

Another struggle is getting people to understand that a small business can’t offer you the same price that you find on Amazon. 

As you know, we’re big fans of Grit and Nails. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
I’m a custom furniture maker. We offer affordable custom-built furniture for your home, office, or organization. When you order a custom piece of furniture you truly get what you want. You can choose every detail; from paint/stain color, type of wood, all the way down to the type of hinges and knobs. 

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
We live in the country so it’s quiet but it’s not too far from places to shop and eat. The downside to where we live is finding the right clientele for our business. 

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