BuilderChicks

BuilderChicks BuilderChicks started in 2016 as a part-time side hobby by Amy and Krista. We switched to full-time at the start of 2019 and we are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. Let us dream and build with you!
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Just your general handywomen. Two friends that build, do basic remodeling and restore things on the side.

Happy International Women's Day!Super fun throwback to a year ago when we were featured on NowThis because of and interv...
03/08/2020
BuilderChicks Owners Share What It's Like Being Women in a Male-Dominated Industry

Happy International Women's Day!

Super fun throwback to a year ago when we were featured on NowThis because of and interview with Thumbtack and Square!!

#internationalwomensday #builderchicks #DClife #WomenownedBusiness #CarpentHER #woodpreneur

https://nowthisnews.com/videos/news/builderchicks-owners-share-what-its-like-in-a-male-dominated-industry

These women business owners know firsthand what it's like to be underestimated in a male-dominated industry—but that never stops them from succeeding.

Here it is!! Totally unfinished, and without drawers or doors, but Krista’s sketch came to life! It’s truly incredible h...
03/07/2020

Here it is!!
Totally unfinished, and without drawers or doors, but Krista’s sketch came to life!
It’s truly incredible how much getting the workshop garage in order is so uplifting and motivating for the business!
#bandsaw #drillpress #builderchicks #carpenterslife #woodworkingshop #organization

Sketching some new designs for functioning shop cart organizers..Testing Krista’s quick and accuracy sketch skills:Any g...
03/06/2020

Sketching some new designs for functioning shop cart organizers..
Testing Krista’s quick and accuracy sketch skills:
Any guesses what tools are being attached to the top of this one?
#garageorganization #builderchicks #garagewoodshop #carpentryworkshop #smallspacedesign #dcliving #smallbusinesslife

Spending some time cleaning up the shop today, and look what we found, lol! Just a little throw back to @amycwall ‘s day...
03/03/2020

Spending some time cleaning up the shop today, and look what we found, lol! Just a little throw back to @amycwall ‘s days as a #woodshop teacher. #whydowestillhavethis #cleaninghouse #theolddays #throwback #onceuponatime #anotherlifetimeago #nowwhatdoidowiththis

We love our new pedestal table made of scrap materials! Here’s our challenge to our maker friends: Build something beaut...
03/03/2020

We love our new pedestal table made of scrap materials!
Here’s our challenge to our maker friends:
Build something beautiful and functional for yourself out of scrap materials only!! Then share it with #scrapmaterialschallenge and tag your friends!
This table is made out of leftover 2x4 pieces from the playhouse we made in January, that would have otherwise been thrown out. But, instead we built something beautiful!
#scrapwoodchallenge #makerchallenge #builderchicks #pedestaltable #functionalbeautiful #creativecarpentry #dcrowhouses #woodworking

Go check out @carolinamisscustomwoodworks @seaman_custom_builds @ahonuiartisans to see this massive giveaway!
03/01/2020

Go check out @carolinamisscustomwoodworks @seaman_custom_builds @ahonuiartisans to see this massive giveaway!

Delivered this BEAUTIFUL kitchen console table made primarily out of reclaimed wood from their house! Literally we wante...
03/01/2020

Delivered this BEAUTIFUL kitchen console table made primarily out of reclaimed wood from their house!
Literally we wanted to keep it and talk them out of wanting it!... BUT, they gave us @girlscouts cookies as a thank you for letting them keep it 😂🤣
We love what we do and our clients are so fun!
💪🏼💋🛠
#builderchicks #reclaimedwood #reclaimedfurniture #dcrowhouse #dclife #customfurniture #kitchenfurniture #consoletable #reclaimedwoodfurniture #girlscoutcookies

Different type of Sticker Swap!!Please consider swapping stickers and also supporting Krista’s sister Irina and her best...
02/28/2020

Different type of Sticker Swap!!
Please consider swapping stickers and also supporting Krista’s sister Irina and her best friend Tyra as they try to raise money to spend the summer in the mountains of British Columbia mentoring and pouring into teens! They’re both in college and working to get Social work degrees, but want to use their summer to invest in others! 🤗
They’ve made stickers to sell as a unique way to raise money, but would love to get your stickers too!
Send them a DM: @iback58 or @tyrablackmxn to get the info about pricing and to get to swapping those stickers!
#stickerswap #beyondmalibu #britishcolumbia #collegekidsbepoor #caucasianasianduo #sisterlove #bestfriendlove

02/27/2020

It’s a beautiful but cold day to sand some reclaimed wood for a kitchen console table with a wine rack! 🍾🍷
#reclaimedwood #builderchicks #customfurniture #capitolhilldc #washingtondc #reclaimedwoodfurniture #winerack #woodfurniture #carpentHER #woodpreneur
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Wainscoting Wall 😍🙌🏼 Check out this simple way to spruce up a large master bedroom space! 💪🏼💋🛠#wainscoting #builderchick...
02/26/2020

Wainscoting Wall 😍🙌🏼
Check out this simple way to spruce up a large master bedroom space!
💪🏼💋🛠
#wainscoting #builderchicks #arlingtonva #bedroomdecor #designinspiration #homeupgrades #chickswithtools #woodpeneur #womenownedbusiness
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One of our clients loved their game shelves so much AND they have so many games that they ordered another one! 💪🏼💋🛠#buil...
02/24/2020

One of our clients loved their game shelves so much AND they have so many games that they ordered another one!
💪🏼💋🛠
#builderchicks #gamestorage #smallspacedesign #familygamenight #customshelves #washingtondc #marylandlife #dclife #organizedhome

Wrapped up our time at @workbenchconference, had a great time learning and making so many new friends!Now driving the 9 ...
02/23/2020

Wrapped up our time at @workbenchconference, had a great time learning and making so many new friends!
Now driving the 9 hours home back to #Washingtondc and discussing all of the new strategies, tactics, friends, and digital mediums!
Feeling equal parts stoked, exhausted, and ready to get work done!
#builderchicks #thepowerofwbc #dclife #smallbusinessowner #womenownedbusiness #woodpreneur #bestfriendsandbusinesspartners

Sometimes things get messy with business partners 😝#builderchicks #workbenchcon2020 #thepowerofwbc #fujispraywbc2020
02/21/2020

Sometimes things get messy with business partners 😝
#builderchicks #workbenchcon2020 #thepowerofwbc #fujispraywbc2020

Found our business twin sister @buildlikeachick!! 💕 #builderchicks #buildlikeachick #workbenchcon2020 #thepowerofwbc #ch...
02/21/2020

Found our business twin sister @buildlikeachick!! 💕
#builderchicks #buildlikeachick #workbenchcon2020 #thepowerofwbc #chickswithtools

Finally diving into epoxy, with a tutorial and some help from @crowcreekdesigns!! @makerpoxy @totalboat @workbenchconfer...
02/21/2020

Finally diving into epoxy, with a tutorial and some help from @crowcreekdesigns!! @makerpoxy @totalboat @workbenchconference #thepowerofwbc

Session 1 at @workbenchconference  for @kristapbback: Navigating Brands as a Micro-Influencer:Top three takeaway points:...
02/21/2020

Session 1 at @workbenchconference for @kristapbback:
Navigating Brands as a Micro-Influencer:
Top three takeaway points:
👆🏼. Be Authentic! - In every way, be you!
✌🏼. Be Specific about what you want in partnering with brands!
🤟🏼. “Be different from your competitors in a way that is meaningful to your customers!” - @calaveratool
#wbc2020influencers #thepowerofwbc #workbenchcon2020 #builderchicks

We are here for the first time at @workbenchconference and we are super excited!! Please come say hi, high five, hug or ...
02/20/2020

We are here for the first time at @workbenchconference and we are super excited!! Please come say hi, high five, hug or handshake and introduce yourself to us!... oorrrr follow our stories for cool things we are learning and awesome people we’re meeting!
#thepowerofwbc #workbenchcon2020 #workbenchcon #builderchicks #woodworking

Little shelving end-cabinet to create storage space and use an awkward wall bump out!#builderchicks #beautifulfunctional...
02/06/2020

Little shelving end-cabinet to create storage space and use an awkward wall bump out!
#builderchicks #beautifulfunctional #customfurniture #woodworking #openkitchenshelves #spacesavingfurniture #rowhouse

Incredible new storage for this open kitchen! #builderchicks #openkitchenshelves #woodworking #customfurniture #custombu...
02/05/2020

Incredible new storage for this open kitchen!
#builderchicks #openkitchenshelves #woodworking #customfurniture #custombuild #dclife #nova

Bouncing between multiple projects today!Customized kitchen table for a small DC row house breakfast nook, a child’s bed...
01/31/2020

Bouncing between multiple projects today!
Customized kitchen table for a small DC row house breakfast nook, a child’s bedroom book case, and full length kitchen shelves!
#builderchicks #dclife #customfurniture #woodworking #carpentry #kitchentable #breakfastnook

It’s Krista Back’s birthday today!! Give her some birthday love! BuilderChicks would not be where it is without her atte...
01/29/2020

It’s Krista Back’s birthday today!! Give her some birthday love! BuilderChicks would not be where it is without her attention to detain and creativity. I joke with her all the time that bringing her on as my marketing person was the smartest thing I ever did, (which isn’t a lie) but she’s so much more than that. She brings life, sass, and artistry to every day, and to everything we build. I’m so grateful she’s my best friend and business partner! And man oh man am I glad to have her back to building with me full time! #happybirthday #builderchicks #chickswhobuild #chickswithtools

Walls are up!! (Most of them anyway!)This has been such a fun project, and our sweet little nugget playhouse client ran ...
01/24/2020

Walls are up!! (Most of them anyway!)
This has been such a fun project, and our sweet little nugget playhouse client ran out of the car after school to observe today’s progress with purple highlights in her hair! 🤗 She’s the cutest!!
#builderchicks #carpentry #woodworking #treehouse #playhouse

Day Three of the double decker play fort!Second level floor joists and sub flooring down, and three of the walls are bui...
01/23/2020

Day Three of the double decker play fort!
Second level floor joists and sub flooring down, and three of the walls are built!
AND 7 months post accident, @kristapbback is using the circular saw like a boss!
So many trips up and down the ladder, lifting heavy stuff!
#builderchicks #socold #treehouse #playhouse #woodworking #carpentry #womencarpenters

Day Two of the double decker play fort!First deck is sturdy AND level! 🥳🙌🏼Wall frames went up and...Despite it being a m...
01/21/2020

Day Two of the double decker play fort!
First deck is sturdy AND level! 🥳🙌🏼
Wall frames went up and...
Despite it being a munchkins house, we decided to beefcake the load bearing wall with 2x6’s every 12” 😂🤷🏼‍♀️
#builderchicks #socold #treehouse #playhouse #woodworking #carpentry #womencarpenters

It’s been a long time since we’ve re-introduced ourselves.. and we have a lot of new updates to share for those who have...
01/21/2020

It’s been a long time since we’ve re-introduced ourselves.. and we have a lot of new updates to share for those who have been around a while!
We’re Amy and Krista, we’ve been best friends for five years, and started doing BuilderChicks as a side hobby three years ago. A year ago January 3rd we both officially started full time doing this! (Hurray first anniversary!!)
Prior to doing this, we worked together too, Amy was a property manager and Krista was a First Impressions Director. We also lead and trained teams of people annually to raise money and then hand auger clean water wells in Uganda in partnership with @mission4water! We also raised the money and lead a team to help build a hospital for South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda in 2018!
We both care a lot about health and fitness, so compete for the @spartanrace Trifecta each year and have increased to more running events in 2020!
In February we were featured in a @nowthisnews video and the local news about what we do thanks to @square and @thumbtack sharing our story! It was insane and so fun!!
Last June, Krista allowed her attention to shift for a split second, and lost track of the Circular saw she was operating and ended up grabbing the blade and almost entirely cut off three fingers on her dominant right hand. Thanks to Jesus (but actually for real) and an incredible surgeon, her fingers were saved! #dontgrabsawbladeskids
Amy was a kickass rockstar and almost entirely ran our business alone while Krista spent six months recovering including almost 5 months in PT and had a second surgery.
Krista is now back to work full time again, learning how to function and still continuing to gain function, strength, and healing (nerve healing is terrible).
We both are shocked that we’re able to do this full time! God has been good to us, and while we are stressed often still trying to learn how to do this well as a business, we are always amazed and grateful that the Lord provides for us!
Thanks for being a part of our journey, for your support, encouragement, and of course business!!
#builderchicks

This week’s project: Build a playhouse from scratch!Two leveled treeless treehouse means just to get started:6 runs to H...
01/20/2020

This week’s project:
Build a playhouse from scratch!
Two leveled treeless treehouse means just to get started:
6 runs to Home Depot for 6 bags of cement, 6 4x4’s, 80 2x4’s, 36 2x6’s, subflooring and siding!
The little girl that this is for says she wants to be a lawyer and a #builderchick when she grows up! 💪🏼💋🛠 #winning #chicksrule
#builderchicks #treehouse #playhouse #woodworking #carpentry #chickswithtools

Loving how much this built in piece changed a weird non-functional space!! It is now a beautiful area that matches the k...
01/19/2020

Loving how much this built in piece changed a weird non-functional space!! It is now a beautiful area that matches the kitchen and looks like it always belonged here! 😍
#builderchicks #builtins #customfurniture #woodworking

There are many moments in working for yourself that are unseen and time that is misunderstood by others. Eating lunch wh...
01/14/2020

There are many moments in working for yourself that are unseen and time that is misunderstood by others. Eating lunch while researching is an example of one of those moments, finding a healthy balance isn’t easy.
Remember to be kind and patient with small businesses. We are trying our best to figure it all out and manage every detail we never knew how to anticipate!
#builderchicks #smallbusinessowner #womenownedbusiness #woodworking #smallbusinesslife

Happy Monday everyone! Here’s to crushing your week and having a great time doing it!We’re cheering you on from DC! #bui...
01/13/2020

Happy Monday everyone!
Here’s to crushing your week and having a great time doing it!
We’re cheering you on from DC!
#builderchicks #rosietheriveter #yeswecan #woodworking #carpentry #happymonday #kickassthisweek

We loved this recycle and refinish desktop project! 😍 The desktop was bought by our client but was the wrong size and co...
01/10/2020

We loved this recycle and refinish desktop project! 😍
The desktop was bought by our client but was the wrong size and color; so we cut it down, reattached it together in a new shape, sanded and re-stained it with Walnut by @rubiomonocoatusa!
💪🏼💋🛠
#builderchicks #refurbishedfurniture #woodworking #chickswithtools #carpentry

01/06/2020

Now that we OFFICIALLY have a year under our belts of both being full time!... We're looking for a CPA or company that specializes in small businesses that can help us figure out our 2019 business and personal taxes!

Please send recommendations!

Christmas gifts brought to you by #builderchicks! Siblings and dad sporting our sweatshirts! We hope your holiday break ...
12/29/2019

Christmas gifts brought to you by #builderchicks! Siblings and dad sporting our sweatshirts!
We hope your holiday break has been restful, fun, and that you’re ready to kick off the new year!!

Happy birthday to Amy! Without her brilliance and understanding of numbers, materials (literally she can identify wood b...
12/23/2019

Happy birthday to Amy!
Without her brilliance and understanding of numbers, materials (literally she can identify wood by EITHER site or smell), and strength BuilderChicks would have no possibility.
She’s a beautiful buff badass who loves alliteration 😉 and the Lord! She diligently cares for everyone around her!! And for six months she literally built everything and ran our business while Krista focused on recovering.
Please share a little love with @amycwall today! 🥳🎁🎂
#happybirthday #builderchicks

Delivered our final project before our Christmas break!!How cute is this Dollhouse?! We loved this project, it was a rea...
12/21/2019

Delivered our final project before our Christmas break!!
How cute is this Dollhouse?! We loved this project, it was a really fun change of pace... And our 8 year old selves were totally freaking out 😂🤷🏼‍♀️
We only did the finishing touches of the outside, electrical, doors 🚪 and doorknobs, lots of painting, and a few minor touch ups inside.
🏠
#builderchicks #woodworking #dollhouse #merrychristmas #yearoneinthebooks

Eye spy with my little eye a #builderchicks sticker at our absolute favorite place #tuneinnbar in DC!!! The level that w...
12/21/2019

Eye spy with my little eye a #builderchicks sticker at our absolute favorite place #tuneinnbar in DC!!! The level that we geeked out when we saw this was hilarious! We love the people here, and they obviously love us back! 💕
#locallove #dclife #stickerswap

Final project before Christmas complete! Little 🐇 home!One more project to deliver and some office hours, and then ✌🏼 fo...
12/19/2019

Final project before Christmas complete!
Little 🐇 home!
One more project to deliver and some office hours, and then ✌🏼 for Christmas!! 💕🎄🎁
#builderchicks #rabbithutch #bunnyhutch #handmade #woodworking

We love how this room with awkward angles, posts, and heating covers a got a makeover a be a new functional and beautifu...
12/18/2019

We love how this room with awkward angles, posts, and heating covers a got a makeover a be a new functional and beautiful office space with loads of storage and a stand up desk!
😍💪🏼💋🛠
#builderchicks #officespace #handmade #functionalandbeautiful #woodworking #rusticshelves #handmadefurniture #woodfurniture #dclife #reclaimedspace

Sometimes we take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to do an after hours @designwithinreach String Shelf ...
12/13/2019

Sometimes we take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to do an after hours @designwithinreach String Shelf system! We loved getting to work with @angelacosentino_interiors to install this for her client! 💪🏼💋🛠 #builderchicks #dclife #designwithinreach #stringshelf

The project that started it all:Three years ago today we finished our first project together! This is a six part adjusta...
11/27/2019

The project that started it all:
Three years ago today we finished our first project together!
This is a six part adjustable pallet “corner office” that was an inspiration by and for @kristapbback and was the technical brain child of @amycwall and has since become Krista’s main office for #builderchicks
#reclaimedpallets #palletwood #woodworking #womenbusinessowners

Look at this cute little side table! Some clients come to us with literal plans they want us to do, and we’re happy to d...
11/24/2019

Look at this cute little side table!
Some clients come to us with literal plans they want us to do, and we’re happy to do them because we always end up learning something new!
Attached with Dominoes, white wash stain to keep the red tones from coming out too much, then matte finish.
🛠💋💪🏼
#builderchicks #tinytable #woodworking #chickswithtools

Sometimes it does the creative heart good to do a project for yourself! 🙌🏼Made floating shelves for my bedroom, they are...
11/22/2019

Sometimes it does the creative heart good to do a project for yourself!
🙌🏼
Made floating shelves for my bedroom, they are far from perfect, and I (Krista) wanted to burn the house down a couple times due to the frustration of trying (insisting) on doing it myself... 1.5 fully functioning hands did not make this a simple task. But I did it in 3x the length of time it should have taken me, it’s not the quality I want for my projects, and I’m way more exhausted than makes sense.. but I did it!
Also, check out the grain in this wood! 😍
And now I have a beautiful place to display some gifts from friends/family and from missions trips.
Also, healing update I (@kristapbback )is back to working about 85% of the time. My fingers are coming along well, now we’re waiting on nerves to finish healing, and doing loads of exercises and PT still, and beginning to really have issues with my finger’s circulation and the cold (it’s not that cold in DC yet). But, I’m slowly able/figuring out how to use tools again!
🛠💋💪🏼
#builderchicks #dontgrabsawbladeskids #woodworking #homeproject

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716 E St. NE
Washington D.C., DC
20002

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(540) 841-2135

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BuilderChicks was started in 2016 as a part-time side hobby by two best friends Amy and Krista in Washington, DC.

Slowly as the years progressed we started getting more requests to build custom furniture, small repair or remodel jobs, and a load of handywomen projects. In 2018 Amy began talking with Krista about leaving her job and switching to BuilderChicks full-time, so Krista put into motion helping Amy figure out all the things needed to make the switch, and together they started dreaming up what life would be like with this new creative adventure. By the end of 2018, Krista was looking for a new full-time job and ultimately decided to also pursue BuilderChicks as well because nothing else brought the same level of dreaming and excitement.

Now, both friends spend countless hours dreaming, creating, working and discussing BuilderChicks and what it could be in the future.

Let us dream with you and create something functional, beautiful, inspiring and unique that we are all excited about!!

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Way to go gals! Just saw the feature on channel 7 ABC news!
Hi there, Builder Chicks. Did you see my message? So excited to chat with you!