2007 SOLD FIRST PIECE OF FURNITURE
Sold my first piece of furniture in 2007. It was a piece I had built for my wife. She had wanted an outdoor bar out of a Pottery Barn catalog, the real barnwood furniture showroom kind of look. When she showed it to me I said, “I could build that.” Her reply, “Yeah, but you won’t”. By 1am, I had finished the piece in our garage with a few hand tools. I posted a photo of it on Craigslist and it sold the next day. I built my wife another one and I didn’t stop building.
2011 PURCHASED BARNWOOD
Purchased barnwood from a man in north county. Hauled all of the lumber back to my garage in my wife’s minivan. Every day (weather permitting), I’d wheel all my tools into the driveway and front yard and build. To this day I don’t know how people were finding me. I was building five to six tables a month.
2012 MOVED INTO KIRKWOOD STRIP MALL SHOP
Moved into a 1000 sf strip mall shop in Kirkwood. Started getting commercial jobs. Built a 24′ conference table and started partnering with other builders in town to expand into concrete tops and metal. Quickly outgrew that space but made it work for almost a year. Added a few part-time employees.
2013 MOVED INTO 3000 SF SPACE
In May we moved into a a 3000 sf space also in Kirkwood. Brought Doug and Dave on full-time as builders to help keep up with orders and Katie started helping us get organized as a business. The 3000 sf spaced seemed huge but by 2014 we were again busting at the seams. Started getting clients across the country. Shipments from Boston to Seattle were not a rare occurrence. Partnered with Rise Together Ministries and started work training with refugees. So grateful for the many friendships we’ve made and lives that we’ve been a part of.
2014 MOVED TO 4500 SF SHOP
Moved to a 4500 sf shop in Fenton. Added Josh to our full-time staff as another builder. As many as 7 guys working at the shop every day (refugees, part time help and full time).
2015 ADDED AMISH CABINET MAKER
Met an Amish cabinet maker who was struggling to keep his family shop going. While their style was different than ours, their talent was amazing. They started building cabinets for us and allowed us to expand Reclaim Renew even more.
2016 LOTS OF CHANGE
The year of crazy change. Went to Dallas Market and started selling wholesale to retailers across the country. Opened our amazing barnwood furniture showroom/store in Des Peres. Got a booth at Round Top in Texas. Josh moved to Georgia. Added more part-time help in the shop. Helped open a small workshop in the city closer to Rise Together Ministries to make it easier for the refugees to get to work.
2017 EXPANDING RETAIL PRODUCTS
Expanded our barnwood furniture showroom to offer more than just our items. Annie Sloan paint, cow-hide rugs, and more to come. Brought on Dan as a partner. Looking to expand to Colorado with the help of good friends.
2018 ADDING MORE TO THE RR TEAM
Hired Jen on as a full time showroom manager and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint specialist. Hired Taylor on as a full time designer and project manager. Started our venture into Colorado with the help of our good friend Sunnie. Expanded and had great success in our custom orders, both in commercial and residential projects.
2019 COMMERCIAL PROJECTS BOOSTED
Continuing our custom business, venturing further into commercial projects. Working with many local restaurants and retail spaces. Now offering restaurant tables, custom barnwood accents and tailoring our design skills to suit the needs of the retail clients.
2020 LAUNCH OF ONLINE SELLING
Expanding our beautiful showroom to the online world, we begin selling Annie Sloan Chalk Paint online. Orders can be shipped nationwide or picked up at our store. Barnwood furniture and wallboard are next!
FALL 2020 MOVED TO DOWNTOWN KIRKWOOD!
We moved to Downtown Kirkwood and Reclaimed and Renewed the amazing old Coulter Feed building.
2022 OPENING CASTLE ROCK, COLORADO STORE!
We are very excited to announce our official expansion into Colorado via “brick and mortar”! Manager Sunnie Bottin has been working with builders and homeowners by appointment since 2016, with the goal to eventually open in a dedicated space. That goal is now realized and we are getting the new space ready for a Grand Opening in early February, 2022!
KIRKWOOD FURNITURE SHOWROOM
Stop by our showroom of furniture in St. Louis to purchase decor items, tables, and furniture or to get ideas for a custom piece for your home or office. We have examples of barnwood accent walls, barn doors, and a helpful staff that can answer questions and assists you with designing custom furniture. We are also happy to schedule an appointment for your custom project!
THE FENTON SHOP
We build and finish many pieces of stock and custom furniture for our clients. Clients can meet with the builders here during their project and custom orders can be picked up at this location.
540 Axminister Drive
Fenton, MO 63026
RISE TOGETHER MINISTRIES
About 4,000 new arrivals (refugees, immigrants, students, visitors, undocumented transients and residents) enter the metropolitan area each year. Many churches are neither aware of nor prepared to deal with the blessings and the obstacles attached to this unique community. Rise Together Ministries seeks to bridge this gap. Founded in 2006 by Mr. Worku Geremew, an Ethiopian immigrant himself, Rise Together Ministries currently includes:
- After-school tutoring Program,
- Communal Mentoring Program
- Furniture and Clothing Ministry
- Counseling Program, and
- Job Development Programs
Through our partnership with Rise Together Ministries, Reclaim Renew is training people in wood working to build and renew furniture. We are creating jobs and providing skills and training for immigrants and refugees.