(Update: this hall tree sold! Although it is no longer available, contact us if you want one made just for you.)
My oh my. Have you seen this beauty? We took it in to the Alpharetta Queen of Hearts on Thursday night.
I knew it was cool, even from the beginning. Shane and Audrey started planning this the second they got their hot little hands on a batch of doors, and it is finally real.
I didn't realize how cool it was until I posted it to our Facebook page and got a record 250+ views, 2-3x more likes than our average post, and more commentary than I've ever seen on a post before.
My awareness became even more heightened when we showed up at the Queen and got lots of stops and inquiries.
I'm predicting this item will sell before the weekend is over. I'll let you know if I'm right or wrong. Either way, we're doing something right with this lovely piece.
Let me show you how Shane & Audrey's talent brought this hall tree from a salvaged door to the awesome piece of furniture that will adorn someone's entry way or hall way or other living space!
Once Shane made the door into a hall tree with a storage bench, Audrey took over and upholstered the bench and painted the piece.
Of course, after the paint & upholstery is finished, Shane added the hardware. So not only does this have storage and a bench to sit on, but it also has two very good 3-way hooks and a door knocker. The door knocker may just be an embellishment, the jury's still out on that.
The fun has really just begun. I can't wait for someone to buy this and love it and set it up in their home. I can't wait for Audrey & Shane to start on their next one, which will be so different and awesome in so many other ways. I also hope that our piece inspires others to create their own hall trees or to go find one that works for their space. If you are reading this and end up with this piece or a piece like it because of this blog post, do let me know ;)
Before the hall tree and before the upcycling of the wire spools, there was the headboard bench. It was my first true love at The Painted Hammer, for one very important reason...it was the first pure design & build collaboration between Shane and his sister. They had done several things together at that point, but they were more like placing an order and taking an order.
Shane would say, "hey, I'm making these shelves that spell out L-O-V-E, and I need you to paint them, okay?" So Audrey would paint them.
Audrey would say, "hey, I need a piece of wood that is 3'x2' that I can upholster, and I need you to cut it for me, okay?" So Shane would make it.
The hall tree was more organic and collaborative. Audrey acquired a metal headboard. She showed Shane. She said she'd been thinking about making it the back of a bench constructed from salvaged pallet wood, and she had a sketched out idea.
Shane started work on the bench, making changes to Audrey's design where he needed to or had inspiration to. They talked throughout the process too, passing snapshots and ideas back and forth.
And then it was complete. They had designed and built something pretty amazing, which Audrey then finished.
I look forward to many, many, many more of these originals from Audrey and her brother. And I look forward to sharing them with you.
Progress! Mr. Hammer spent another slice of time working on the custom modular shelving project. He finished one 21' wall, end-to-end and top-to-bottom.
He got fancy with the panorama shot, but it was a necessity since it was the only way to capture the whole unit!
Until next time...
Construction of client M's custom modular shelving walls has officially begun! The design that Shane created with M (see that part of our story here) is steadily taking shape, although a lot more sawing & hammering & hammering & sawing has to take place before paint can even be considered.
As you can see in the low resolution snapshot below, one of the 21' walls is nearing completion. Once it is done, the open side can begin.
As this project progresses, I get more and more excited about the amazingness that will be the end result. I will keep you updated here, I promise.
When our modular box shelves first debuted in our booth at The Queen, I made a big deal about them because I thought they were pretty amazing. I promoted them in every way I could think of: I posted them on our Facebook page, I blogged about them, and I shared them on Instagram.
And someone responded! We have a client for a custom set of modular shelves!
Let's call her M (for now...we'll debut her name when we debut the finished project). Sweet M has a loft space in her home that her children spend a lot of time playing in. It is about 21 1/2' wide and about 12' deep and overlooks another play/living area. M wants to put custom modular shelving against the back wall and to create a faux wall for the overlook.
I sent Shane over straightaway to check out the situation. He met with M, they talked over things, and this plan was imagined:
Now that a design is agreed upon, everything now hinges on the weather, believe it or not. This project is so massive that we need a good weather weekend when both M and Shane are free because the materials need to be cut and assembled on site.
That's all we have to share for now, but we can't wait for part 2!
Check out one of our newest offerings, the L-O-V-E shelf. Constructed by Shane & finished by Audrey, it is an awesome piece. I think that it would go great in a nursery, kid's room, play room, or bedroom, especially since it ended up this lovely pastel blue.
The internet and places like Pinterest are laden with lots of great ideas, and we often leverage those ideas as inspiration for our own work, both in our homes and for The Painted Hammer. I had saved this awesome L-O-V-E shelf tutorial by Keeley Criswell at DIY: Crafting It Myself for some time, and I couldn't be more pleased with our take on her project.
Not too long ago, Shane disappeared for a while and then called for me to come look at his work. Lo and behold, he had cut and arranged wood according to the blog's instructions (with some enhancements), and he was showing me his progress on the shelf. It looked great.
Once he was done with his part, we delivered the shelves to Audrey in two pieces. She did her magic with finishing, and the shelf is now available at our retail booth. Here are some photos of the shelf as it was being constructed and assembled. Aren't my husband and his sister a talented pair?
Remember these cedar photo holders from earlier posts?!
Shane cut Audrey some of these in pine, and she had a totally different approach. Which I love. You will too!
Although these shelves are now on display & available for purchase in our booth at the Queen, I wanted to take a moment to share a kind of behind the scenes with you.
When I wasn't looking, Shane (aka Mr. Hammer) showed his sister (Audrey, aka Mrs. Paint) an idea he had seen on Pinterest from blogger FthatS (now blogging as A Green(ish) Life). He liked it, she liked it, so he went shopping for supplies.
When he started, I thought Shane was building a massive display unit.
But he wasn't. He was building a whole bunch of box shelves that can be used individually, in small groups, or as a unit (but with many shape options). I love this set.
With a little paint and some styling from Audrey, this project is no longer a project! We now have a gorgeous set of 8 modular shelves with an amazing distressed look to them. My imagination is running wild with the options this shelving set could bring to a home!
This pallet bench is another item that I delivered to The Queen for The Painted Hammer Booth...but I was sad to see it go. We just sold all of our dining furniture, and our dining nook is sad & empty. This bench would have filled that void, well this bench and a few others.
Audrey asked Shane to make this, but her request was pretty flexible. She asked for a pallet bench, and Shane handled the details. Notice, in the middle picture, that you have a lovely square with rounded corners on each end. That was an intentional design element. You'll also notice that the bench top has darker planks on the outside and lighter planks on the inside. Another intentional element. I like the work that these two do together. I'll share more as I witness it!
Pallet planters are awesome. However, it is 21 degrees outside as I type this. I know planters are great for succulents and that they're perfectly suited for herbs, but I'm going to focus on a great indoor use since it is so very cold right now: display & storage. My nephew's Matchbox car collection would fit perfectly in one of these. So would arts & crafts materials. Magazines or books too. The options are endless, and that's why Shane constructed three, all with different dimensions. Enjoy the snapshots!