Since being moved to Fire Station 6: Motel 6, our crew has started talking about several projects that we would like to complete to help make the place more like a “firehouse” rather than a “fire station.” When I say “firehouse”, it is because it is our home for 24 hours at a time, and 1/3 of the year. We should be able to feel comfortable, relaxed, and at home while working. There are a number of ways that you can go about doing this if your firehouse is commercialized or more modern. KFD: Station 6 was built in 1991, and recently just had the entire outside remodeled by adding brick. One of the limiting factors is that there are very very few windows in the station, and it almost makes it feel like somewhat of a jailhouse at times. Now that it looks like an entire new station from the exterior, we decided to take on a few projects to make the inside feel more like “home.”
We started working up our logo for the firehouse based off of the Motel 6 logo. We didn’t want it to be exactly like it, but wanted to use some of the color scheme/layout from it. James over at Thumper’s Creations
A while back, I had came across the Diana Wilkins Fire Hose Art (link) page on Facebook. I instantly knew that this would make a great piece for our firehouse, and even though she would be doing the work, it was a project that our crew could help design. After some time of looking at several pieces of her art on her website, we had our ideas thrown together and decided to punch the button on getting a piece made for our firehouse.
Diana is the wife of a firefighter, therefore, she had an understanding of exactly what we were looking for. I sent her the logo and told her that since she was the artist, I wanted to give her free reign on the project. There were a few tweaks to the drawing that we discussed, but overall it was a very easy ordering process. She was slingin’ paint in no-time, and kept us updated of the project while it was being completed.
Diana Wilkins’ Fire Hose Art offers a 12″ x 12″ piece starting at just $45, and we chose to go with the 24″ x 24″ piece since it was going to be our first big customized project for the firehouse. Her art is painted onto firehose that is attached to a piece of 1/4″ plywood, and trust me when I say that the photos don’t do it justice.
We received our art piece today, and didn’t hesitate in finding a place for it in the station. It is one of the first things that catches your eye as you enter our dayroom now, and has already received so many positive comments. This is definitely a piece that will stay in the firehouse for years to come.
24″ x 24″ art w/ add-ons: $325
Shipping: $50 (from CA to TN w/ 2-day UPS)
Now, while this project wasn’t the cheapest one that we have done, it was well worth the money. If you take into account the fact that it was drawn by Diana and then painted by hand. She does offer several add-ons that we decided to go with, as well as discounts for multiple orders. Her prices are listed here on her site, but for the most accurate pricing, contact her. Have your entire station crews for all the shifts chip in to purchase a piece for your firehouse, and it makes it even more affordable. Also keep in mind, we went with the larger design, and the smaller 12″ x 12″ art start at just $45! I am looking forward to working with her again in the future, and hopefully each of our stations will eventually have a piece of fire hose art.