About HammerLikeAGirl

We are three Seattle friends who get together once a week to tackle a fun or daunting project. We believe that when women band together, anything is possible.

Polka Dot DIY Wall Art from Paint Swatches

This post originally appeared last month on Mod Podge Rocks Blog. Check it out for lots of great craft ideas! Polka dot DIY wall art from paint swatches

We have always been inspired by the art you see nowadays in Pinterest-land where people use (free) paint swatches. (We’ve often wondered if the paint suppliers mind this upcycle trend.) We came up with an idea using paint swatches, paper, and large hole punches to create polka dot DIY wall art. It is a simple project that you can easily customize with your own color palette and favorite patterns. Continue reading

Our Class at Second Use Building Materials

We had our class a couple of weeks ago at Second Use Building Materials and it was so much fun to meet other people who are excited about using salvaged materials. There was a good turn-out and we only saw one person in the back row drifting off to sleep. So, we consider our first class a success.

At the end of the class, we had a little “participatory exercise” where we invited folks to go out into the store and pick out cool things that were priced under $30. The idea was that we would review, examine, and select one item that we’d take home and use for a salvaged project of some sort.

This is what people brought back:

We had to make a choice and pick ONE THING. What would you have chosen? We deliberated and debated – the blow torch was super cool, but we felt it was already art and tough to improve on. The light fixture was very affordable at $1.00, but the 1970’s vibe was a little challenging. The old drill was awesome, it sort of fell into the same category as the blow torch – don’t need to do much to it, it’s already cool. The porcelain knobs and the little lock plate were very nice, those were very strong contenders.

But in the end, we went for…

(wait for it)

…the big “e”.

So now our job is to use the “e” in some sort of project. Stay tuned and check back to see what we come up with. Hopefully it will be soon, although sometimes we have been known to mull over things for months. Hey, beauty and quality can take time! :)

 

Decoupage a Vintage Lampshade

This post was originally posted March 27 on ModPodgeRocksBlog.com. Go check it out for some more fun decoupage projects.

A while back, we made a lamp from an old tripod. It needed an unusual lampshade so we made one from galvanized duct work. But time went by and it was time for a change – something lighter and brighter and funkier. When I think funky, the first thing that comes to mind is 60’s fashion (doesn’t everyone?). Learn how to decoupage a lampshade just like this one below.How to decorate a lampshade with vintage graphics Continue reading

Recycled Art Show Field Trip

We stopped by the Laura Frost Fine Arts Gallery in Ballard to check out the Recycled Art Show sponsored by RE Store. It’s a great show – lots of local artists using a variety of salvaged materials. Check it out if you are out and about. It runs through May 7, so you don’t have much time.

The details:

5805 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
206-783-5314
Open Tue-Fri 11-5, Sat 10-6,  Sun 12-5

Here’s a preview:

Seattle RE Store to Close

We just learned that the Seattle RE Store is closing on May 31. They’ve posted a brief statement on their website that says they are going to focus on their Bellingham location.

This is really sad news – they are a great organization doing really good things in the community.

Some reasons we will miss them:

  • An in-town treasure box, packed with local history to pick through and incorporate into your home (flooring, lockers and slate chalkboards from a demolished high school; cabinets and freestanding closets; classic windows, doors of all shapes and sizes; long, long, long old growth planks of beautiful wood from the bygone days.)
  • Their staff with a good sense of humor are willing to help with finding just the right thing.
  • A near-by place to take used building materials rather than throwing them in the landfill.
  • Knob, hinges and hardware for just about anything.
  • A fun outing if you are obsessed with sustainable and functional art.
  • The cats lounging on the cabinets.
  • The weird and wacky restroom, decorated with weird and wacky objects.

In memory :(  here are some projects we’ve done with pieces from the RE Store.

Hammer Like A Girl Class at Second Use Building Materials

We are excited to announce we are giving a class about designing with salvaged materials at Second Use Building Material on Sunday, May 18th. See details below. We hope you can join us, it should be a fun time!

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DESIGNING WITH SALVAGED MATERIALS WORKSHOP
Sunday, May 18th | 11-12:30 | Presented by DIY Blog Hammer Like A Girl | FREE

Second Use Building Materials  3223 6th Ave. S.   Seattle, WA 98134   206-763-6929

Do you wander through Second Use wondering and wishing you could re-purpose some of the awesome stuff into your home or life, but end up leaving it all behind for another day – AGAIN?

Heidi, Monica and Mary Jean, will be at Second Use Building Materials to share some of their projects and tips to help you envision and then reshape salvaged materials into unique home improvements and functional art. Their projects range from transforming a discarded old car jack into a light fixture, to reusing multiple materials collected (sometimes stored for years) into a bathroom remodel.  Come join the fun and take away some inspiration!

RSVP to Mary Anne Carter

Email Mary Anne

Fence Design

We keep noticing beautifully designed fences, arbors and outdoor space screens around our town. We see plenty of badly designed ones too, but thought you’d be more interested in the goodies!

Keep your eyes peeled for additions to this series as we discover more while we collect supplies for our next project.

We’d love to hear your opinions too. Don’t be shy ;)

Posted April 16, 2014

Sometimes simple is the most elegant – The black stain against the lime of the maple tree makes both colors more vibrant (and what about the fall colors!). It also illustrates a couple of design considerations: first how the plantings/foliage look with the color and design and secondly – stain, don’t paint! Whenever you can!

Fence stained black

Posted February 25, 2013

You know those fabulous slabs of tree you’ve squirreled away in your basement? I know some of you have them (and I am jealous). Here’s an idea to inspire your creative side – check this out! The wine garden fence designed by Marenakos Rock Center for the Seattle Flower and Garden Show 2013.

Marenakos Wood and Stone Fence

A Wood and Stone Fence

A powerful statement at 10-15 feet tall! Just to the right of this was the entry gate:

Marenakos Entry Gate

Arbor

I love the design concept of getting lighter (visually), and more wild as the fence/arbor/entry goes up and the contrast between warm, polished wood against hewn, cold stone. Lighting was used to great effect, which my flash washed out (dang!), but you can still get a sense of it. The plants add softness and depth by being both in front of and behind the fence, tapping into our impulsive nature to spy inside. Isn’t it great?!

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Not Your Typical Organ Donation

One of our church friends called the other day, saying she just couldn’t bear to toss the last bits of the church organ they were replacing, and might we be interested in taking a look? How could we resist – (husbands roll eyes here, but they never read our posts so we’re safe ;)) We do confess though, (get it, church pun fun), we’re a little stumped as to what to do next…

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Make Gift Wrap from Old Books

We made several sheets of this gift wrap for the holidays and it was a hit, so here’s a quick how-to tutorial. Change the color scheme and it can work for any occasion throughout the year. GiftWrap_Box

Project: Sew pages of a book together with contrasting top-stitch thread and roll on ink with a brayer to create unique, recycled gift wrap. We used an old encyclopedia and pulled out pages that related to people’s interests – the music section for our musician friend, printing press section for our graphic designer friend, and the biography section for our literate friend. Continue reading

Handmade Holiday Market

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We are excited to announce that we will be participating in Second Use Building Materials’ first-ever Handmade Holiday Market. It will be held Sunday, December 1st from 11am to 4pm at Second Use (3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA). Come visit us and see what we’ve been up to! We’ll have lots of holiday gifts and home accessories made from salvaged material – framed art, memo books, wrapping paper, lighting, tables, cupboards and more.