It's a little over a week later and I feel like I have been working on this studio renovation for a month. The beginning of a project is always so much fun...I am giddy with excitement and the possibilities. Then reality sets in around day 5. Day after day of work, the smell of paint permeating the house and all the nitty gritty details start taking their tole.
Fear not, though, I am a woman on a mission and I will see my projects through! I'm happy to say that the painting is done and I found the most excellent old wood to build my shelf unit with.
After pricing new wood at Home Depot and thinking about how I was going to work to make the new stuff look old anyway, I decided to shop the local salvage yard and just buy old wood. I found some hardwood planks that already had several coats of chippy white paint on them.
I was able to cut them to size and just buy what I needed. What a deal and I don't have to do a thing besides add a coat of polyurethane. Go green!
Next project is a pegboard for all my tools and anything else I can hang to keep at arms length.
I bought a large 8 x 4 foot sheet and wanted to jazz it up a bit.
I started thinking about this map that I found at the flea market last summer. I had it rolled up in storage waiting for just the right project to come along.
With a little paint and wallpaper paste, I think this might work. The idea is to leave the bottom and top of the pegboard exposed and then pop holes in the map area as needed when I hang things.
OK, that is my progress to date. Everything is beginning to take shape and I can see the end in sight. Wish me luck in these final legs of the journey, I'm going to need it!
Well, I've been talking about painting and revamping my studio since last Fall, and I kept putting it off for one reason or another. The time is finally here! I began this past week with some trepidation, I have to admit.
The wall color was a tired green and it had become a collection of mismatched furniture thrown together without any real direction. So I emptied everything out of the room, put down tarps and picked out paint colors.
The ceiling is really high and tended to get lost somewhere "up there." It's covered with old bead board that sorely needed caulking and repair, so that was step number one.
Luckily, I had reinforcements and we got it done in one day. It got painted light blue-inspired by the blue porch ceilings here in the south. Read about it HERE. It looks like the sky, plus it keeps the Haints away!
The new wall color is a light mocha. I love the way it looks so far.
Now, some touch-ups on the molding and the hard part is done. Tomorrow, I am making a trip to the salvage yard to scout out old lumber. Gray barn wood with chipping paint is the plan, but I probably won't be able to find that. I want to build some kind of storage unit above my workspace and I want it to look old.
I can't wait to get it done so I can start creating again. I'll keep you posted on the progress!
I recently had a chance to spend a few days at the beach and wanted to share a few pictures with you. I am grateful to the weather gods for bringing us 65 degree, sun shining weather while I was there, even though it is February!
Weathered stairs leading to the beach.
Going for an early morning dip!
Deserted beach....I love this time of year!
Treasures from the sea
Spanish moss...it's a southern thing.
....so's this-our SC state tree: The Palmetto.
They put up this fencing to stop beach erosion, but it sure looks pretty when it gets weathered over time from the salt air.
Standing the test of time
Salt marsh. Can you see the pelicans?
Footprints in the sand
These oaks are splendid old trees. I can only imagine what they've seen over the years. It's a miracle they survive through hurricanes, erosion as well as the over building of beach property by money hungry developers.
Ok, hope you enjoyed my pictures. Back to work for me now as I catch up on packing orders, listing and artwork!