June 18, 2021
We took our misfortune and turned it into something beautiful.
Owning rental properties comes with keeping them up to date. When we decided we wanted to sell one of our properties, we knew we’d need to update the kitchen before we sold. Exploring countertop updates led us to discovering epoxy. We were training ourselves when we found Mike Quist at Stone Coat Countertops. He and his wife changed everything for us and were our biggest inspiration; they always say, “You Got This,” so we started to believe it too.
After we ordered our first 2 gallons of product, we made a table and a bureau and they came out awesome. We put them on Facebook for our friends to see and people were so interested, I couldn’t believe the response and requests for custom pieces. Strangers started messaging us and we began to take and create custom orders. I soon realized that I could eventually make a living doing this.
I’m always learning new things and still watch videos and train myself. I will always be in training because there’s always new techniques, colors and ideas. I tell my son, Dan, if we want to stay ahead of the curve we can’t do that by waiting for others. We are always looking forward and are excited to make something unique to us. We’ve already evolved from making pieces that were plain and basic to colorful and different.
My mindset has always been entrepreneurial in nature. I go for things… sometimes I leap before I look - it can be a downfall and a blessing. I’ve learned you have to take chances in life. I take big risks, so when Dan came to me and wanted to change careers, I said let's open a store. We had no business plan, or projections - we just did it. We have sayings and signs all throughout our home. One saying that isn’t displayed but is something we share very often is: “6 feet from Gold.” It’s a reminder encouraging us not to quit when there’s 6 more feet to go. That’s exactly where we are with Epoxy, we have to keep pushing until we know this can sustain us.
It’s pretty simple for us. It makes us happy to make people smile. When they look at our products and say, “I know exactly where I’m going to put this,” it makes it all worth it. For us, joy is more important than the dollar. I’ve had a lot of friends that have passed away young. My mother passed at 71, my wife’s mother at 62. To achieve the goals we have would mean ultimate happiness.
You can’t wait until tomorrow or for retirement to say “I'm going to do that.” To achieve your goals is living your best life. I don’t want to have regrets, or “I should have” thoughts. I look around and see a lot of people without motivation and living within their comfort zones. Achieving the goals I have for myself and my family would mean I'm living a good life, and I won’t stop trying to reach those goals.
- Janet & Dan Peters, Owners of Epoxy ME