Mrs. Paint is a woman of many talents. We knew she could paint & style like no other, but it looks like our TPH project has unleashed another skill: upholstering!
As our co-owners began creating more and more items from salvaged materials, we found ourselves in need of pretty cushioned tops. Enter Mrs. Paint's slumbering talent.
The first thing we saw her upholster was A salvaged wire spool.
Then she upholstered the hall tree.
And a lid for a wire basket, another couple of salvaged wire spools...
And even chairs!
We can't wait to see what she covers next!
Sunshine @ TPH
(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.
Our Mrs. Paint has done it again. Remember when we gave her the medium reel from our small, medium, and large trio of reels? After that happened, we sent the large one to her house.
Sadly, the small reel is still at my house. But not for long...
Our amazing designer has taken advantage of being cooped up during Snowmageddon 2014, and has started work on at least one project I know she has had planned for some time. Chalkboard painting!
So far, Audrey has done her magic with wine bottles & silver trays. She's breathing new life into things that were either tucked far away in storage or destined for recycling. These bottles & trays now have the potential to become a part of someone's kitchen or living room decor, or maybe part of a tablescape for an upcoming party. I can think of at least 5 different ways to use these upcycled items, and I bet Audrey can think of 20 more.
Here are some pictures of the work she's done so far. Enjoy!
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!
A few weeks ago, Audrey ordered a wooden boards in a variety of lengths & widths with a variety of edges. He made them up and delivered them.
This past weekend, we got to see what she did with four of the plaques. Awesome colors, scripting, sayings, and look! We have a booth sign now!
As always, I look forward to seeing what she does with the rest of the plaques, and I promise to share them with you either here or on our Facebook page. Until then, we just have to show patience!
Our amazing designer, Audrey Wood, created these wreaths the other day. One is for her home, and the other was a special request from her mom. The benefits of having a daughter with this kind of talent are pretty fun!