Today we’d like to introduce you to Kasey Palmer.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Arlington and moved to Austin in 2014. My mom was an international flight attendant, so I missed lots of school due to traveling. I have always had a love for architecture and fashion. In 2013, I became a flight attendant and stopped when I started my own family. In 2014, we realized I had post-partum depression, but we were unaware of what would emerge next. To keep myself above water and continue being present for my family who I loved beyond the moon- I constructed my first door. We had no extra money, no tools, and I had no training. I built the door in our kitchen. I saw a picture on Pinterest and thought, “I can make that.” I found pieces of countertop in the dumpster from our apartment’s renovation and made a bench and sold it. I used the money to buy paint for the door. I posted a picture of the door on craigslist, and someone ordered it. That was the cheapest door I ever sold. I used the money the buyer paid to buy the lumber and nails. I only had a hammer. I used a kitchen knife as a saw and didn’t sleep for three days straight. I was the happiest I had ever been. I was so energized by the creativity pulsing through me. At 3 am on the 2nd night, while lying awake in bed, I knew I would never stop. The next day my daughter came out in the breezeway and put her sticky jelly hands on the door, and I said, “wait, that’s my butter&bread!” And that is where the name came from. It’s about making something out of nothing. On the day of delivery, my husband was being honored for the hall of fame on the football field at The University of Texas. I told him I couldn’t go; I had to deliver the door. We stared at each other; I wondered if we would divorce over Butter&Bread lol and he said “but we have to go. Can we reschedule?” The buyer came the next day, and we had a great time at the game. I have been in business for five years now. My family’s support and encouragement are one of my favorite things about my company. I make something out of nothing and give families statement pieces that bring life into their homes. So I always say, be kind and gentle to your wife after delivery because she might make yall a lot of money!
Please tell us about your art.
I create furniture statement pieces. Most of us do so much for our families, and a lot of heart comes from the kitchen. So my pantry doors are like a gift to the “chef” of the home. Most people think backsplash makes the kitchen. But once a B&B pantry door is installed, it really anchors the kitchen. The doors are made from solid wood and are hand painted with a glass pane, corkboard or chalkboard. I can make any style door the customer wants just from a picture provided. I love being able to do what I love. It self-care for myself. I love that I can share the experience with my family, teach my children to work for themselves, share art, and business with them. My buyers are mostly women who love crafting, painting, shopping for antiques but they always say they don’t “time or training,” and that is when I get say, “neither do i. You can do anything.” And then I share my post-partum b&b story with them. That part is the most important to me. To encourage other women.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My best advice is to never stop. We often feel like if we aren’t selling something, we should quit and get a real job. Or that we are worthless. That is not true.
The creative block will go away. We just have to keep living.
Sometimes I have negative feelings about a project or during the project. So I named it. Its name is “Fuzzy.” When Fuzzy comes, I pull up a chair for it in my shop and continue working. It’s helpful to identify the feeling instead of trying to ignore it. Often, Fuzzy gets bigger if it is ignored. A few hours or days into the project, Fuzzy says good job and leaves.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I also have a shop (my garage) that they can come see.
- Website: Www.butterandbreadinteriors.com
- Email: Butterandbreadatx@gamil.com
- Instagram: IG: butterandbreadinteriors
- Facebook: butterandbreadinteriors
My 3 year old son Forrest Palmer took the picture