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?
These hand-decorated mini loaf pans are part of our inventory on Etsy.
I got a great deal on a lot of mini loaf pans, and couldn't wait to try something I had learned from Pinterest (it took many failed experiments to get it right, and once I got it to work, it took a couple of tries to get the right colors & patterns). I wanted to decorate them!
So I found some old scrapbooking letter stickers, and applied them to the pan.
My first phrase was inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
Then I dotted around the stickers...
After I removed the stickers, I baked the loaf pans. And ended up with this delightful thing!
Since it worked, I kept going and made two sets of three pans. I love them and think they would be great for either entertaining or gifting!
I'm going to see how these sell. If they do sell, I can make more. If they don't sell, I'll use them for my own personal gifting! I love things like this that are fun to try out AND make me happy no matter the end result!
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!
Check out this little wine box with casters! It started life as a box for 6 bottles of wine, but it's been upgraded to a mobile wine box for general storage.
Before I tell you about this project, let me give you some back story. I was feeling left out. Shane was busy building things that Audrey ordered, and Audrey was busy getting her inventory lined up and dressing up the things that Shane had built. I had nothing to post to the website or social networks, I had no spreadsheets to maintain, I had nothing to photograph. So instead of moping about, I decided to dabble in pickin'.
I checked out a place that has old, unwanted stuff. I walked around. I found a toy for my 18 month old niece, a spice rack for me, and a cross-stitch accessory that my sister didn't want. But nothing to pick and repurpose for The Painted Hammer. And then I saw it. A crate. A small crate. On closer examination, I saw that it was made of wood, and it was made to carry wine. 6 bottles of wine, to be precise. And it was a good good deal. So I bought it, very tentatively.
I took it home, took a picture, and sent it to Audrey. She loved it, she said, but she wouldn't use it as shelving (my idea = okay), she would put casters on it (her idea = much clever-er). So we put casters on it (after I learned what casters were). Shane even gave the little box some stubby legs with the casters.
And now it sits in our booth. I'm delighted that my step into the unknown turned into something that Audrey & Shane wanted in our booth. If it does sell, I'm going to be so proud. If it doesn't sell, I may steal it, give it a light stain, and see if it looks good somewhere in my house. I wonder if they'll charge me for it?!
I didn't dare write an in-progress post on another one of Shane's recent projects. It had to stay top secret, no matter what. But not anymore! Shane built TWO tables for building Legos, one for his sister's kids...
And one for my brother's kids...
I'm super proud of this creation by Shane. It was his idea. He flipped through jillions of ideas posted on Pinterest but never found one that was close to the thing in his head. And the kids love them.
These tables sit about 12" tall with 6 Lego brand base plates inset into the tabletop, which is painted yellow. The legs are painted red, and there are blue rods underneath that the white & green trays fit into. While I adore this color scheme wholeheartedly, I love that it could be painted any color or style (it could even be stained) with any embellishments I could imagine.
This is not a new creation. Rather it is a project that Shane took a picture of when he visited his parents recently. Several years ago, his mom had mentioned that she needed a step stool for her grandchildren when they slept over and needed to brush their teeth at the sink. This is probably one of the most common inspirations for Shane's work.
This could be the nicest step stool I've ever seen for brushing one's teeth!
Back in October, I caught Shane cutting wood to make blocks and I can finally show you the rest of the project. Wee E loved the blocks. Well, she loved the paper it was wrapped in.
The set has 50-60 wooden blocks, all hand cut and hand sanded. They fit perfectly in the upcycled milk crate I found at Goodwill for less than $2. The set has short & long straight pieces, different triangle shapes, bridge pieces, and more. This will be quite an upgrade from her foam set of blocks!