Studio 8 Happenings: Our Second Location

A couple weeks ago we posted a blog about Our New Store! It’s been a busy busy month! The time has finally come! Tomorrow we have a very, very soft opening scheduled. đŸ˜‰ We began this final week of preparation by purging the Spokane studio of all kinds of furniture and inventory to be displayed at the Coeur d’Alene boutique. I wish I would have taken pictures of the chaos here at the studio – but I was wrapped up in it myself… I can show you what Artworks Coeur d’Alene looked like when it received all the merchandise.

all the furniture in the center of the Coeur d'Alene studio

This is most of the “big” stuff from the Spokane Studio.

Of course, it gets much worse before it gets better.

more inventory coming into the Artworks Coeur d'Alene store

A little messier this time – and everything has been moved at least 4 times EACH!

With all that beautiful inventory going to the Coeur d’Alene store our Spokane studio is getting a fresh start.

The Spokane Studio finds itself with room to breathe!

Room for more beautiful custom works of art.

Now, the front area will feature all of our Chalk Paint® line as well as other product lines for sale, like Wood Icing, Royal Design Stenciling creams and tools, books, custom art, and much much more!

The front reception area now contains the Chalk Paint® line as well as other custom painting lines.

Upon entering the front door you can purchase your paint and all the necessary items to make your paint job a success.

With all these changes taking shape, we throw caution to the wind and open the doors in our Coeur d’Alene store this Sunday, September 1st (but if you happen to be out there on Saturday, we’ll be open then too)! Our store hours will be 11:00am – 7:00pm, daily. For more information on our second location check out our website/blog. If you can stand the “in between”, come visit us! We’re so thrilled to be branching out!


Custom Fun: A Mural for North Town Mall

Look at what our Peggy has been up to. She began planning and drawing the initial concept on August 2. She researched old postcards and images that represent our great city.

By Monday, August 5, she was choosing final colors and gathering supplies. She doesn’t waste any time!

Tuesday morning she started with this

blank wall - ready for a mural

The size of the wall to be finished is approximately 13′ high by 26′ wide.

She got right to work and before the day was over she had made incredible progress.

just one and half days into the project and all the letters are blocked.

Letters are blocked, sky started, and drawing roughed in… after 1-1/2 days.

Back to work the next day…

2-1/2 days in and background is all roughed in.

Background is taking shape – including Mount Spokane, the Spokane River and falls, Gondolas, and Monroe Street Bridge.

And now for the FUN part. đŸ˜‰ Each letter has a Spokane monument or well known event represented.

filling in the letters in the word Spokane.

The third day finds the O, K, N, and most of E filled in.

On the fourth and fifth days she filled in the A and the rest of the background…

Spokane postcard mural amost finished

only one letter left…

Riverfront Park images in the Spokane Postcard Mural

S contains images from Riverfront Park


O: The Garland District
K: Bloomsday and Hoopfest
A: Lilac Festival

N: is for North Town Mall

N: is for North Town Mall
E: Fairchild Air Force Base

The P contains logos from the local sports teams. She had to wait on approval from all the organizations to complete this.

The finished North Town Mall Spokane Postcard mural

The finished product! Not bad for 6 full days work. She’s a speedy one.

Love the finished product! Much better for the shoppers than a big white wall. She did a great job of camouflaging the door as well. You can’t even see it unless you’re looking for it! Job well done, Peggy! Way to represent Artworks.

Studio 8 Happenings: A NEW STORE!!

We are so excited to announce a new adventure! We’re opening a location in Coeur d’Alene, ID. At the heart of Main Street in Riverstone Village you will find Artworks Coeur d’Alene. This location is going to feature mainly Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan’s entire line of products as well as gift items, home decor, furniture, and more! We want to keep you posted as we go through this fast month of set up so here are the first shots from our new location… a blank slate if you will.

Riverstone Village

The view of Riverstone Village. Our shop is right behind the tan SUV.

We’re ordering a sign, painting everything we can find, dreaming dreams, and drafting plans! The floor and walls will be painted with Chalk Paint® as well as the vast majority of furniture and displays. Here’s a shot of the bare-bones beginning. The floor has been prepped for painting.

bare bones beginning

Just waiting for all that cool decor and inventory!

The new store’s logo will have the same look and feel as our current “mother ship” in Spokane Valley.

Artworks Coeur d'Alene sign

“New” logo

Stay tuned for more as we spend LOTS of time there in the next couple weeks. You can also check our facebook page for updates on how things are going.