Craft enthusiasts looking for a fresh way to channel their creative energy may find just the thing at J&G Designs DIY Workshop on Jamestown Road.
Jennifer Stanley and her husband, Greg, opened the workshop in 2017. The couple’s five children as well as Stanley’s father also help operate the business. Here, guests can make various projects out of wood with their own hands.
The idea behind the DIY Workshop is to offer a place where members of the community can gather “to relax and be creative and not spend time on their cell phones but rather engage with each other,” Stanley said. “It’s about building relationships. We try to make people feel like they’re at home here.”
Visitors can design and build a variety of wood projects for their home including signs and wall décor of all shapes and sizes, tables and other furniture, bookshelves, blanket ladders, cornhole boards and other yard games, and more.
“We can help you do anything that you dream up or find on Pinterest,” said Stanley. “We teach you the process and then let you do your own thing.”
Stanley and her family assist their customers sand their wood, then select a cut, stain and design. A computer software program enables patrons to create any custom design with a stencil.
“We offer guidance and support for the artist so that they can make something they are proud of,” Stanley said.
Stanley, who works during the day as an educator, enjoys both creating on her own as well as teaching others how to do a project.
“I like taking something I’ve envisioned and putting it on a piece of wood,” she said. “I also like that I get my teaching fix in when I am here. I get to teach people of all ages and it’s been a lot of fun.”
The community has embraced the idea, with locals returning to build projects, and others traveling from Richmond or even out of state to give it a try.
“We have very faithful followers who come in once a week or once a month,” Stanley said. “We have one woman who has come in and made about 15 signs.”
Spring is the perfect time to stop by and let your imagination run wild as you work on home improvement projects or create something new to spruce up the house.
“Our advice is to assess the feeling for what you want for your home,” Stanley said. “Whether you want to start with something small like a sign on the wall or you want to tackle a bigger project like a piece of furniture that’s been stored in the garage or attic, we can help repurpose it for you.”
Groups are encouraged to come in with their own food and drink and work at their leisure. DIY Workshop is also available for birthday parties for children as young as three.
“I enjoy meeting people and watching their ‘aha’ moments when they see their finished project,” Stanley said. “It’s wonderful to watch people as they grow and become more confident.”
Want to go?
J&G Designs DIY Workshop
1208 Jamestown Road
Open: Tuesday-Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and Saturdays starting at 10 a.m.