When I was deciding on the name of my recruiting company (my day job)– I was not really interested in using my last name…Vitello Consulting did not sound very good…plus I wanted my name to have some separation from the business. My hubby thought I should name it “multitasking” in another language. But I wanted something simple that people got, since my first name is very different.
So in researching ideas, and thinking about names, I decided on the name Whiting, which is my maternal grandfather’s last name. The reason why this name was so special is that he too was an entrepreneur and had his own successful cabinet shop – so I thought the name would bring me luck. And I would have to say it has!
My grandmother was a saver and so is my Mom – some days I think it is great – and others – I wish items would disappear. My great-grandfather made two signs for his business – both of which I have. The first one is above my desk, which I was given when I opened up our first office space. I remember that day well – I felt so proud so have a piece of history in my office. The second one I was given when we opened the large space and it looked awesome in my loft office. I do miss the large windows and all the light – the space was truly grand.
Anyway when we moved out of the space the sign sat in our front hallway for about 8 months – sad I know – time really does fly. I knew I wanted to hang the sign in the house – but I was not quite sure where. I first thought it would look really cool in our basement – but right now our kids have taken it over and plus no one would see it. It is where all the toys are and I just close the door and pretend it does not exist. So when you enter our house we have this big 24-foot wall that is above our dinning room…so when I gave my Dad the challenge, with deep thought (he is such a thinker) he figured out how to hang the sign.
He first weighted the sign(sorry folks don’t have a picture of that) – we thought it was going to be really heavy but it is only 30 pounds. So Dad researched the type of wire and hangers we would need. Since I wanted the sign centered on the wall and sit about half way up we knew that a traditional ladder would not work. So Dad researched where to rent scaffolding (which was about $60 dollars for the day).
We had to assemble the scaffolding in the yard and then bring it in.
We enlisted the help of my brother-in-law and my little nephew– since the sign is so long we were going to need many hands.
My Dad ran wire along the back of the sign like you would for a picture frame and tied it off. I did not want to use the brackets that were on the side – I wanted then for character.
Once we had the sign all set up the boys figured out where the studs were on the wall with the stud finder. Then they brought the sign out on the scaffolding to make sure I liked where it was going to hang – then drilled in the holders.
They sign went up in less than 10 minutes. For some reason I thought this was going to be more of a complicated process, shame on me for letting it sit for so long, which is uncharacteristic for me anyway.
I was a little worried that the sign would make the house feel country – and since that is not my style I think that is one of the reasons I was a little standoffish on hanging it right away.
But now that I have been living with the sign for a couple of months I don’t feel that way at all. Also, since I made the feature wall in our upstairs hall a little more dramatic it balances the two spaces quite well to alleviate the country feel.
I love having a piece of history in our home – I can’t believe the sign is over 80 years old, it is in such good shape – all my Dad did was wash it up and it was good to go. We had the sign appraised and it is about $600 dollars believe it or not – antique signs are really in demand – businesses love to hang them in their spaces. So when you walk into our foyer now – there is a little piece of history hanging on our walls.
Do you have an important family piece hanging on your wall? Do you love looking at old signs wondering what the history is behind it?