Paint In My Hair gives new life to forgotten decor | Business
Occupying a building that has seen several vintage and antique shops over the years, and sitting at the end of the antique store dotted Monroe corridor sits a business that specializes in making the old new again. Paint In My Hair opened in 2011 and has been thriving ever since by making sure those old end tables of grandma's are rescued from the basement.
“I've always said that I'd never own my own business,” said Paint In My Hair Owner, Jessica Jochim. Her dad was a business owner, and the hours and time commitment was a deterrent for Jessica. It turns out that owning her business was the perfect fit for her family of six.
Jessica and her husband Justin were looking for a new source of income when they moved to Spokane while Justin was in graduate school at Eastern Washington University. The pair started bidding on storage lockers in hopes of finding lost treasures.
“I don't recommend it,” said Jessica. Instead of treasure worth money they found old t-shirts, junk and what ugly furniture. Jessica decided to paint of the ugly pieces and sell it on Craigslist. Soon, she was taking custom orders from people and had enough business to open a store front.
“I love that people can get exactly what they want,” said Jessica. The first Paint In My Hair opened just down the road from their current location in smaller space in June 2011. It was meant to serve mostly as paint booth, where people could bring in furniture for Jessica to work her magic on. It ended up being more store than work space. By August of 2012 the business had grown into a bigger space.
Paint In My Hair now features nine vendors who up cycle old windows, tables, beds, desks, chairs and everything else you can think of into more updated versions of themselves. Jessica also hosts classes on chalk painting and other techniques to make your items something you love. The store is also the only local retailer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
“I like being creative with a purpose,” said Jessica, who grew up in home in which she says the wood shop belonged to mom. “I love that I can give someone high quality furniture at a price they can afford.”
For instance, Jessica recently overhauled an Ethan Allen twin bed set from the 1970s. Right now, new Ethan Allen twin bed sets run for $1,500. Instead of her customer having to buy something new, she was able to update it so that they were able to have the same quality for a fraction of the price.
As for the Jochim family, it turns out operating their own business has been the perfect for them. Jessica is able to work around the schedule of raising four little ones all under the age of six. Justin is in his final stages of graduate school working on thesis. Paint In My Hair is about to launch a new service for their DIY loving customers.
Starting October, Paint In My Hair will have an Open Studio painting room where customers can paint a project of their own. Jessica will have kits available, with items like picture frames, and the supplies needed to paint it. Customers are also welcome to bring in their own projects to work on. The Open Studio will kick off with a Girls Day Out Weekend on October 19th and 20th.