Written by Sarah Parks
We all love those kitchens on the HGTV network, with the old farm table, vintage wood signs, and beautiful hanging lights.
Well, with a Reno DIY franchise expanding into Sparks, you don’t have to watch in envy anymore. Now you can stylize your own kitchen and bar over a glass of wine with custom-made signs. From farmhouse classic to vintage and timeless pieces, cultivate your inner DIY skills at a hands-on wood sign workshop!
Dust Off Your DIY skills
Board & Brush is a custom wood sign workshop, helping creatives from all over Reno-Tahoe roll up their sleeves and put their imaginations to use. With a fully stocked bar serving beer, wine, or your favorite drink, Board & Brush allows guests to choose from many different sign designs for a variety of occasions and create them on the spot.
“There are more than 200 wood sign projects alone,” says Ashly Sloan-Brinkley, owner of Board & Brush in Northern Nevada. “We have porch welcome signs, baby signs, holiday and seasonal signs, USA-themed signs … And we release new designs every month, so there are always new things.”
If you’ve never held a hammer or power tool, Sloan-Brinkley says, you don’t need to worry. Each workshop teaches you the skills and techniques you need to build a beautifully made, custom piece.
“When you come into the studio, you get to choose your stain colors, paint colors, finishes … so the whole look is designed by you in the workshop,” Sloan-Brinkley says.
Board & Brush provides a variety of experiences, from private workshops to gatherings for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, corporate events, and birthday parties.
Following the Signs
What started out as a girls’ night out with wine and crafts in the company founder’s Wisconsin basement soon developed into a business idea where people could come together and make something beautiful, all while enjoying some drinks with friends.
With more than 250 locations across the U.S., Board & Brush’s newest studio is opening right here in Northern Nevada. When the South Reno location opened two years ago, Sloan-Brinkley had not anticipated the amazing response.
“We actually had a lot of people coming in saying they were traveling from Sparks, Fernley, Fallon, and Spanish Springs. So I figured if people were willing to travel that far to come to the Reno location, it would make sense to open one up farther north.”
The Sparks location opened June 23 with a grand opening celebration. Sloan-Brinkley encourages everyone to come on down to check out the new location and book an event.
“It’s a super fun night out with friends. It’s a very social activity, and you also get to do something that maybe you’ve never done before,” she says. “Then you get to go home with a piece of artwork that you’ll actually hang on your wall, put on your front porch, or give as a gift.”
Board & Brush Sparks
2868 Vista Blvd. #108, Sparks
775-432-9007 • Boardandbrush.com/sparks
Board & Brush Reno
775-384-2466 • Boardandbrush.com/reno
Sarah Parks has always loved crafting. From going to crafting shows with her mom as a kid, to DIY’ing most of her own wedding, you’ll be able to catch her making custom signs at Board & Brush.