FRONT ROYAL — Sheena Kline has no issues getting her hands dirty, learning new skills and seeing a home improvement project through to completion.
Always thirsting to learn more, Kline started her own interior and exterior home improvement business, Kline&Ko, in 2017, based around the Front Royal area.
Working in what she said many would refer to as a “man’s industry,” Kline holds her own.
“If I was standing next to a man and someone was choosing who to do a repair or a drywall job, they’re going to lean more toward the guy. It’s a stereotype that females can’t do it,” she said. “But that’s not true.”
Kline said she sometimes sits back and thinks about how she’s helping to turn that stereotype around, but it’s not something that takes up too much of her time.
She gets jobs based on the quality of her work, not her gender.
“When I first started, I knew absolutely nothing. I was a laborer, cleaned job sites, made runs to grab materials for people. But being around it and wanting to be more hands-on, I picked it up,” she said. “I was taught more things and started doing small projects for myself. Being hands-on with projects, I gained a lot of interest. Then doing jobs as the years went on, I’ve gotten bigger jobs.”
Kline started in the construction industry in 2014 and picked up skills as she went along. Her own home renovation projects helped her build enough confidence to step out on her own in 2017.
She does jobs like painting, putting a fence up, decking, tile, framing, drywall and other improvement projects.
“I pretty much do it all,” she said. “The transformation from what it looked like before to what the finished product is, it’s amazing. That feels great — knowing I was in there tearing it down and putting things back together.”
Recently, Kline has been working on several projects at 200 E. Main St. in Front Royal, a building that comes with history and is set to have a smoothie shop opened there soon.
Sometimes Kline hires some extra hands for projects, but if she can get the work done herself, she will. That’s one of the joys of the job, she said.
“It puts a big ol’ smile on my face,” she said.
Kline said she likes driving by and seeing a building that she’s worked on.
“That’ll never get old,” she said. “Every time I drive by, even back in the day when I did small things, I was like ‘yep, I did that.’ Even down to painting a door on a house.”
Kline said it would be tough to pick just one thing she likes most about the job. She breaks down barriers — both literally and figuratively. She takes something broken and makes it new. She gives a new beauty and appreciation to her projects.
“I like it all,” she said. “I like getting my hands dirty. I like learning new things. I never stop learning, which is good.”
For more information or to check out the projects Kline has done, visit Kline&Ko on Facebook.