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applied washes to fade the look of the
paint, and crafted stains and marks
on the sign to make it look as if nails
and bolts in the wall had left rust
and other stains behind. The project
was done with Benjamin Moore Aura
paints and custom glazes.
The finished product is certainly a
sign to tip your cap to, as it meshes
wonderfully with the old-time aura
Tatton Baird Hatters strives for.
The Kirn sisters' combined talents allow Grainwell to produce a variety of
east brick wall.
The project started with Bowden
building a mockup of the sign, using
Adobe Photoshop to adjust the size,
scale and colors of the mockup onto
the building. Bowden and Josh
Longoria (MAC's apprentice) initiated the painting process by covering
up paint from a previous sign that had
been blocked out. They completed a
light wash of thinned-down primer
paint, stroking it in with large brushes.
The next step was pouncing the
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
design to the wall using a paper
pattern. Then, they cut in the background by making sure to brush
lightly in the top two-thirds of the
sign, and filling it in fully in the bottom third where the roof line of a
formerly adjoining and now-razed
building was located. After the red
paint was applied, Bowden painted
the black hat modeled on a photograph of a 100-year-old top hat Tatton
Baird has in its collection.
The next day, Bowden and Longoria
'WE CAN MAKE A BUSINESS
OUT OF THIS'
Located a few blocks away from the
Ohio River in Covington, KY, a not-sotraditional family-owned business
is turning heads by producing wood
signage with impressive carved effects.
Grainwell is not a family business in
the traditional sense; sisters Christine,
Melyssa and Michele Kirn did not
inherit this enterprise from their
parents. On the other hand, Grainwell
is very much a family business in
formation and values, with the inspiration, hands-on resourcefulness and
persistence originating from their
upbringing in nearby Ft. Wright.
What started out as wood décor
gifts for family and friends in 2014 has
spawned into a six-employee (three
full-time, three part-time) venture
that has graduated from limited space
in their father's auto shop to their own