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Studio Update!
lepapillonvert wrote in saucydwellings
I originally posted my studio set-up in August of last year. Since then, and rather recently, we've made a lot of changes. We had to pull up the carpet much sooner than expected and while we were laying down the new flooring we made changes in the layout. I loved it when we finished it last summer but as I hadn't really worked long term in the space, I eventually found that several things didn't work for me. I felt confined and that I wasn't getting much use out of the chalkboard because I had a hard time comfortably reaching much of the area.

When last we checked this is where I was working.


And today...



The space feels more comfortable now and that is the most important.

When we pulled up the carpet I had dreams of painting the subfloor a gorgeous shade of deep sea blue. I was also aiming to keep this as inexpensive as possible. The first thing we did was to putty the space between the chipboard subfloor.

Puttying around.


We even went so far as to have a gallon of oil based floor paint mixed for us. It's very close to the circled color.

We sanded it and then thought about floating in more to even out the surface, but when we got to the store we found ourselves in the tile section and that's when things made the first major change. We looked at vinyl wood pieces but the styles we like seemed cost prohibitive and had to be special ordered. We were on a mission to finish the room ASAP. We settled on this lovely rust cement finish.

New flooring

Once we finished laying down the tiles and giving them a once over with a vinyl roller, it was time to load in the work stations. I knew that I wanted my sewing and other detailed work to be combined into one large table. We were working on the details of the table when I decided that I wanted a wood top to match the floor, so we built this.

New table

We also used this time to finally add wheels to my old prep table. When I purchased the table long ago I passed on the opportunity to get wheels at that time as they're anywhere from a quarter to a third of the price of the table itself. We came up with what we thought was an ingenious solution.

caster for the prep table

Until it was time to put the weight of the table on them.

caster for the prep table

Our next attempt involved a wood dowel, a locking nut and perfecto, it worked!


Next attempt

Except now we had to cut off several inches of the leg itself. Out came the hacksaw and as I was leaning over to keep the table steady while Michael was sawing, all I could think of was something from The Sopranos.

Leg cut

The two bookcases that were in the center of the room are now standing in the corners, flanking the window. I added heavy vellum screens that are grommeted so they can be removed while I'm working. I also moved the cutting table to be with most of my tools.



We made a shelf along the main window for the cats. The section I originally made for them was never used and one was always taking over the cutting table. I'm happy to say that he's actually hanging out on the shelf!



Gratuitous cat on widow shelf shot.


I also realized how much I missed many of the toys and knick-knacks I used to keep in my old space, which didn't have much room for display. Once we turned the bookcases on end I realized this was the perfect place for them. It was like a reunion with old friends when I unpacked everyone, considering that many were gifts from friends!




The computer area hasn't really changed minus a few things down for our Halloween dinner scene, so I didn't update those photos.

Thanks for looking!

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Thanks! I'm slowly trying to make a living off sewing and other things, but as I haven't focused a lot of energy into in the last many months, it's been pitiful. I am working to get a lot of things ready for a couple of shows in the next few weeks though.

I also am kind of curious as to what it is you sew. :)

I'm kind of torn...I really liked that blue color you showed, I almost wish you'd done that instead so I could see it. x.x

Right now, I do fabric accessories and bespoke corsets on occasion. I am hoping to get back into costuming, for personal use only. We're also working on some other things that I'm not at liberty to talk about for a bit. ;)

We decided that it was going to be too much work to get the surface of the chipboard to resemble anything somewhat smooth and sealed, so we went with what felt more sensible.

You make me want a studio, oh so badly. Love it.

Also, it does feel alot more comfortable just looking at it =)

So so so envious. You've done an amazing job here - I can imagine how inspiring it is to work in such an efficient and beautiful space. Well done.

I am definitely wanting to spend more time in here!

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That was another issue with the painted floors as they would have been painted subflooring... not durable in the long run.

If you had a studio space, holy shit.

omg, this is GLORIOUS. I'm a fashion design student and I can only dream of one dya having a studio like this!

Thank you! Now it's time to get off the 'puter and get some work done. :)

SUH-WEET! i DREAM of the day i can find studio space but for now its my dining room^_^ this room is fantastic! you did a great job (like magazine-worthy job!)

Thanks! I used to use the dining room in our place a few years back.

this is absolutely insane, I could look at this post all day.

What an awesome space!
And I love that you included your kitties in the design.
I have three beloved felines who spend a lot of time in my domain and I try to provide them a special place to perch.
Wishing you much creativity and great success in your space.

Thank you! They don't always go where directed, but I'm glad this is working out.

Beautiful! Your toys manage to look so respectable against such a neat and fancy background. Also, I enjoy getting photos of the troubleshooting of the wheels.

Thanks lady! We felt super cool after the first try, only to have it thwarted. ;)

What a magnificent space! I am sure anyone can become inspired in a space like that!

Also, what wonderful photography. What camera model do you use? I have seen your pictures before. Is it your camera that does most of the work, or do you have experience with photography? I want a camera that does all the work!

Thank you! We have a Canon Rebel XTi. I love it but we're due for an upgrade. I do a lot of post work in Photoshop to get them to where I'm happy. I don't have a lot of experience and I need to take classes.

Wow, I've taken up sewing over the past year and I've been doing quite a lot of it recently. I would LOVE to have such a fabulous space! I'm interested in knowing more about the tool storage you have over the stainless steel table - I think I recognize the bars that everything's hanging on from Ikea, but how do you have the stuff hanging from it?

Thanks! Those are Crystal Light containers! I've been collecting for a few years and use them for a variety of storage solutions. I punch a hole in them and then hook them on an 'S' hook.

I'm officially IN LOVE with your space!

for future reference, couldn't you use a pipe cutter on the legs instead of a hacksaw? it seems like it would be a lot easier/safer.

Oh totally, but as we need to add one to our arsenal we didn't think about it. Also, the one liners from my husband made it worth it. ;)

What a beautiful rOom. I love it!

Lovely! I love the art pieces, particularly, *ahem*, the monkey one. Uhm, I love monkeys. Did you create the art, too?

Thank you dear! I wish I made that piece, but it was a gift from a friend. The painting is a very unfinished piece I did about a decade ago. The girl is one of my favorite gravestones at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.

Great use of space. It looks so light and airy! The "before" set-up was great, too.

It feels much more open now, that's for sure.

I might borrow some of your ideas for my home school room. I'm making the 2 1/2 hour sojourn to Ikea on Wednesday! Can't wait to have it all DONE.

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May I ask what kind of sewing machine you have?

Sorry for the late reply. It's a Singer cg590. It's mostly metal and I got it for a great deal several years ago and it's a work horse for the money.

I know I'm late to the party but I love your space. I just bought a sewing machine and hope to figure out how to use it and this is very inspiring! Also our cats could be twins!

Thanks lady! I've been meaning to go back to your post on your LJ and comment, but I'm woefully behind right now. How is Atticus and how was the trip for him?

Oh my gosh, I am so jealous!!! What a great space.


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