Hand Painted Signs and Woodworking Brought Together

Hand painted signs and woodworking brought together by Amanda McGrew.

Who said Wood Shop was just for Boys?!


The Sandy Farmhouse was created in December of 2015 by Amanda McGrew.

had painted sign "The name "The Sandy Farmhouse" came as a combination of my two favorite styles - coastal and country. Most of my pieces offer a rustic, farmhouse style with coastal features, accents or quotes."

"It all started with my love for rescuing old pieces of furniture or making handmade wood signs. It gives me a very therapeutic outlet. Sanding, priming, painting, and working with precision to create a one of a kind piece of art has become so much fun for me. I had always had an interest in working with wood and furniture, but I didn’t really dive into it until around Thanksgiving of 2015. I have been working hard on it every weekend since then. I am not sure where this passion will ultimately lead, but I have now opened up an Etsy shop and sell some of my handmade signs there."

what I love about being an entrepreneur:

I love that I am pursuing something that I am truly passionate about. I love that I get to be involved in every step of the process from the cutting of the wood, hand lettering the signs, to shipping each package. It is an incredibly gratifying feeling. I am thankful for all of the love and support that my small business has received, here in LA but also all over the US. Since being on etsy, I have shipped to over 30 different states. It makes me feel so confident and empowered knowing that people are enjoying my art and and proud to display their signs at their weddings, event or in their homes. It's amazing to think that this little business of mine has touched people from Hawaii to Maine and everywhere in between - pieces that I have poured my hard work and energy into are hanging on people's walls and making them smile every time they see them. That gives me such a wonderful feeling!

some challenges:

There have definitely been some challenges to starting this business. It all seemed very simple, when all I had to do was make the signs. That was the part I loved and would spend all of my weekends doing. Then I decided to open the etsy shop. Before I knew it, I was having to ship signs across the country and I honestly didn't really know exactly what I was doing. I wanted to make sure the signs were safely packaged and nothing would break, so I was almost spending more money on the shipping of each package than the signs were even worth! I had to figure out how to minimize my shipping costs, while keeping my signs safe as they traveled to my customers' homes. The other issue I have is that I don't have a ton of space. My parents have been gracious enough to allow me to use their garage as a workspace, because my condo doesn't have any outdoor space. It is amazing, but I am slowly taking over more and more space in their garage. I have had to figure out how much wood to purchase at a time. I have also had to tone down my eagerness to pick up any awesome piece of wood or furniture that I find on the street or in an alley. I want to rescue everything I find! But with limited storage space, I have had to leave treasures on the side of the road for someone else to save.


I am currently a PE teacher and basketball coach at an independent school in Los Angeles. I teach PreK through 8th grade and I coach high school girls basketball. Sports has always been a constant in my life, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I have found my ability to create relationships and connections with the kids who I teach and coach to be the most rewarding part of my job. Being able to have a clear positive impact on the way a student sees themselves is so incredibly gratifying. Empowering my students, especially young girls, has been such a driving force behind my desire to work with children. The idea that some girls do not have anyone reminding them how intelligent, powerful and beautiful they are is completely insane to me. Seeing a student’s self esteem, confidence and overall energy change after the time I spend with them makes me feel like I am impacting the world in a positive way.

 womens basketball


Amanda and The Sandy Farmhouse are a part of our Female Founders Giveaway which starts back up tomorrow on Instagram! Go there to enter to win one of her amazing signs and one piece from Too Pretty!


ALSO- The Sandy Farmhouse will be at the first ever Too Pretty Pop Up Shop in Santa Monica, CA Saturday May 2oth! Email us for more details!