Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Studio Reveal

The day is here. I finally feel like my studio is clean enough to show you all a peek. :)

Okay. Well to start with, let's look at some before pictures.

The room was pretty much a blank slate when I moved in. Granted, a blank slate that needed a lot of work before decorating could begin. The walls were all white which provided a great base for  Stone Manor by Valspar Signature. Fortunately, there was hardwood under that ugly, dirty blue carpet. Unfortunately, there were giant stains.

My mom likes to say that this is where someone died.

I sanded it by hand the best I could. I didn't have the extra funds to hire people to do the work for me... or even to rent a powerful floor sander. There are still stains on the floor but it's much better than it was. I stained it with a dark brown stain and finished it with a glossy polyurethane.

When the floors were finished, I cut all the toe-kick trim and Todd nailed it in. It got a nice coat of glossy white.

Now on with that tour!

When you first walk in, you see an old sewing desk one of Todd's friends gave us. The desk chair isn't the most stylish chair ever but it does the job and was also free from my parents. The chair rolls around on a GIANT self-healing mat, a Christmas gift from my parents when I was in college. It comes in handy when I need to cut paper or fabric. The desk drawers hold all my cords... and my hot glue gun. :) 

There is a gallery wall above the desk. I chose bright white frames and white mats to help brighten up the room. I put swatches of leftover fabric in three of the frames. The fabric actually matches a curtain that you will see later. The center photo is a picture of my Grandpa when he was a teacher. He invented this computer thinger that students would have to take tests on. It would give questions based on the answer students gave... or something like that. Anyway, my Grandpa was one smart guy! The other photos are darkroom photos made by my friend Carolyn. The mirror with hooks was a Christmas gift (two years ago?) from my in-laws. It was a dark bronze/green color so I sprayed it white. It's great for storing my camera and camera bag.

On top of the desk is a lamp that I got at a thrift store. You can read about that transformation here. The candle is from Ikea and the blue box was from my great-grandmother...? Maybe? It's a family thing.

I store all the tools and utensils I use most frequently in milk glass vases I picked up at the thrift store. Not sure exactly how much they cost but I know I wouldn't have paid more than $4 for each.

In the corner next to my desk is a tall glass vase where I store all my dowel rods, extra tension rods and other miscellaneous tall stuff. Why do I have so many tension rods? Who knows. I also have a roll of brown craft paper which comes in handy for templates, sewing patterns and table protection. I got it for a few bucks at Lowes in the painting aisle.

And behind the door, I use Ikea plastic bag holders screwed into studs to hold my wrapping paper, yardsticks... and cat toys. I used to use those plastic bins actually meant for wrapping paper but I found the tall rolls didn't fit in 'em! 

And next to my desk is my dollhouse. You can view more posts on the dollhouse here. It sits on a microwave cart so I can easily roll it around. The shelves underneath also provide great storage for my junk. I really should get some nice looking baskets to hide all that clutter! Above the dollhouse is a print I made in college. One of my faves. :)

On the other side of the door is the cat station. You can read about that furniture job here. I believe the desk used to be my Grandpa's right after he and my Grandma got married. The cats eat on top (so the dog doesn't steal their food!) and they go potty underneath. Lovely, right? There used to be a curtain around it but I took it down because it didn't match the room. Need to get another one up so the kitties can have some of their privacy back! The litter holder is also from Ikea. I love how it has wheels for easy maneuvering. 

I used some frames I already had (that match the frame used for the print above the dollhouse) to display some giraffe print fabric. I had to hang them a bit higher than normal so that the cats wouldn't knock them off the wall. Easy peasy artwork!

There's Banner all depressed because I made him wait outside the room until I was done taking photos. 

Last spring break, I built some shelves in the closet for additional storage. I made one counter height to use as extra desk space. I also took the door off the hinges to clear some more space. You can read about that process here in more depth.

I keep the printer out for easy access with a basket on top to store extra paper. Next to the printer is a painting I started... and never finished. Pretty typical. The magazine holders are also from Ikea and hold extra folders, page protectors, sketchbooks and mat board.

Under the counter (and behind that curtain I was talking about earlier) I store my portfolio with all my 2D artwork, a GIANT box of pillow filling, a cart with computer stuff, a rolling storage unit with jewelry making supplies, a tackle box that holds polymer clay and a large Ikea hamper that holds yarn. Do I have enough junk yet? :)

The upper shelves hold books, an iron...

... binders with house stuff, ribbon sorted by color, old photos, quilt batting, scrapbook supplies, bookbinding supplies...

... a box of different kinds of glue, watercolor supplies, wreath and floral materials, a box of moss, my Prismacolors and blank canvases. All the clear boxes with lids are from the dollar store.

But like I said, if you want a more thorough tour of the closet, check out that link above. 

Next is my favorite area. It's so pretty!

I purchased the curtains and lamp (guess where I got them?) back when I rented my first apartment. The rug was from my parents old house and the dresser was a Craigslist buy. You can read about that reno project here. The dresser drawers hold all my fabric and sewing supplies.

The vase with feathers and branches used to be in my bedroom back in my apartment days. The brown vase is from my college trip to El Paso to visit my friend Karen. The tea bowl was a prize I won in a college course from my professor.

The other corner of the room holds my Grandma's old secretary desk. I love all the compartments it has!

The mirror was a wedding gift from my friend Cindy. The tree I got on Christmas clearance from Hobby Lobby in January. Yay for 70% off plus a 15% employee discount! 

The print was from an exchange with my friend Angelina. The necklace post can be seen here and the mason jar candle holders can be seen here. The floral box holds all my mementos from childhood (even my baby teeth!) and the brown box above holds all our wedding cards... well most of them. The sections in the desk hold office supplies and the drawers underneath hold paper. LOTS of paper.

I started a new art piece that will include all these mini books. I am really excited about it! Just unsure of when I will have time to finish... of course. :)

I am loving this mannequin my friend Melissa gave to me! I display on it an ikat style wrap I dyed and wove in college along with a scarf I knitted way back when I had the time (and patience!) to knit. Behind it is a shutter that displays and stores cards and photos. You can view that project tutorial here.

Whew. Long post! Here's an attempt at a panorama. Hopefully it will give you an idea of the room layout.

And here's the before and after again for good measure!

Hope you all enjoyed the tour! Have a happy, blessed and thankful Fourth of July!

linking up with
We Did It! Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Show and Tell @ SNAP
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy Man, Crafty Woman
Whimsy Wednesdays @ The NY Melrose Family
Rock 'N Share @ The Shady Porch
Wednesdays @ Adorned From Above
Work it Wednesday @ High Heels and Grills

Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons 
Freedom Fridays @ My Turn (for us)
The Weekend re-Treat @ The Best Blog Recipes

The Pinterest Challenge @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou
Market Yourself Monday @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Project Inspire{d} @ Cupcakes and Crinoline
In and Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big
Give Me the Goods Monday @ Rain on a Tin Roof 
Manic Monday @ Cupcake-n-Bake
Much Ado About Monday @ Huckleberry Love

Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings
Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios
Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Tuesday To Do Party @ The Blackberry Vine
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not JUST a Housewife
Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co.
Tweak it Tuesday @ Cozy Little House


  1. Hello Lindsey,
    What a great space. There is so much incredible art work to see...I do not know where to look. It is a beautiful and very functional space.
    Big hug,

  2. You pulled it together! It looks like a great place to do your work. I like what your Mom said about the spot. LOL!
    You did a great job.

  3. Hello Lindsey! WoW! What a great Before and After, and what a lot of work but what a Great Reward for all of your labour!
    This is such a lovely room and so well organized! I am going to copy the tall wrapping paper holder idea. I have never known what to do with mine to keep it out of the way and still visible and this idea is Fantastic! I love the color scheme that you have chosen as well and that little shot of blue from the shutter is just enough to tie it in with the other bits of blue that you have laced throughout the studio! Your dresser is so Mod but so feminine as well and the mix of knobs is so pretty. This space is full of projects past, present and future and holds a lot of loving memories as well. Your basket of mini books look like art just as they are! Every thing is functional as well as eye candy and I would imagine that now you would hate to leave it! (Except to make some more of your scrumptious cupcakes in your pretty kitchen)


  4. Hey you!!! I LOVE IT!!! I can not wait to have a space and will be referring back to this post when I am able to get rocking with my room! It has a very calm and peaceful feel which is all the more better for creating and boy do I love the way you hid your supplies behind the curtain! Perfect! A job well done!!!

  5. So many wonderful areas in this room and so functional! I LOVE all the different kinds of knobs. And your pets look like they love it as much as you! So sweet.

  6. Thanks for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday! Your Studio Reveal has been featured this week on my blog!

    Also, you can add your project {or any project} to my website. I feature them on my main slider on the home page...follow this link to submit your project!

    Grab a button if you like...

  7. WOW what a transformation!!

    I would love for you to come link up to my Paint Party going on now
    Hope to see you there

    Start @ Home

  8. Wow! What a great space to work in! Wish mine were this cute! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods!

  9. Nice work! That dresser is stunning! I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow!

    Thanks for linking up!

  10. Lots of hard work going on over your way and it looks like it paid off big time (especially with the floor!). Congrats on a job well done, I hope you love your space for a long time to come. :)

  11. Looks like an awesome area to get creative and be inspired, Lindsey! Beautiful job!


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