Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Painting is DONE!

I've been working like a maniac (seems to be my M.O.) and my studio is painted! Man, painting different colors is a pain because my walls are highly textured and taping doesn't really work, the paint leaks underneath in lots of spots. So then I have to spend lots of time touching up with a teeny-tiny paintbrush. But I decided to let it be IMPERFECT! Once all the furniture and stuff is in, I don't think the jaggedy corners will be noticable.

I really like the colors, but I seem to be in the minority. Lianne (my daughter, who lived in this room for 19 years), walked in this weekend and kind of rolled her eyes. But she did concede that since I'm "middle aged," I can go crazy with color (this was in another conversation about a pink polka-dot purse my mom got me to carry Tinkerbell in; for those of you who don't know, she's my four-pound Chihuahua), but I think it applies here too.

Wow, I'm wordy today. Anyway, here are my colors:

I really hate that dark bookcase in there. It goes beautifully in my office, which has dark woods, but I've moved the trundle bed in there and now the bookcase won't fit. Don't tell Mark yet (he had to take the trundle apart to move it), but I may move the bed back into the studio so the bookcase can go back into the office. Gotta save some room for guests, lest I become an art hermit!

My first organizational tool is two cube thingies from Target, along with some canvas and wicker baskets that fit into the cubes. Of course, they only had three of the wicker baskets left, so Mark is going to search for three more at other Targets while he's on a business trip to No. Cal. this week.

I love the way these units fit right on the closet shelf. I think I'll label them with tags tied to the handles.

Now my challenge is to find or make some piece of furniture to use a work station to sit in the middle of the room. I was thinking of two bookcases, back to back then spread apart, with a door on top. But I saw an awesome kitchen island at an unfinished furniture store that would be perfect. Unforfunately, it's $500. But I may convince Mark to go look at it with me today. Oooh, I have a drawing of it I can scan.

It would be so perfect, but I think we'd have to assemble it inside the room!

I'm happy with my progress so far, but I think this furnuture thing might take a while. I'm working on PATIENCE!


lia said...

I'm working on my studio too! I know the "rolled eye" look from my kids....lol....my daughter did NOT want to help me move a cabinet in the mudroom when I was reworking it for my "studio". Also, my daughter just started college. I'm not an empty nester per say as I have other children at home still, but I feel like it's all started and having the art gives me a diversion. My teenage son calls me a STAL (self-taught-art-lunatic), lol! love your new space. it's good that you are embracing what you love and letting it be! --Lia

lia said...

p.s. I found your like from "organized studio". I just started going through some of the digests...it was going to my spam folder...I love this group though and have the cd from vicki. it's really good stuff. Lia

Anonymous said...

I'm from the organized studio as well, and I'm LOVING the your studio! Fun paint colors and I can't wait to see the kitchen island work surface--you know you'll get it! LOL

My oldest son just started college too, but decided to stay home instead of live in the dorms. And I had his room all planned out as my new studio--RATS! Maybe next year...for now I'll just live out my studio life viacariously through your blog.--Christeen in AK

kymmie said...

I adore that island! I prefer to work standing up as well. Mind if I ask what furniture store you purchased from?