Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Before: Were I Reveal All, Confess and Start to Repent

I never do before and after shots because I usually just dive in and get to the "after".  That, and because I'm usually ashamed of the before.  Sure, it's easy to show the before when you can blame the old owner, but by now I have to confess that some of the "before" shots I have were things that once I thought to be a good idea.  So I'm being brave and bringing all my vast readership along as I redo the studio.  Sharing may make me become more accountable to get it done.  Here's the BEFORE:

I know, I should have warned you.  The one great principle I've learned from science class and life is that entropy is a true principle.  All the universe wants to become more random and disorganized - starting with my studio.  Before Christmas I see how migrated down stairs to work and then some naughty pixies came and wrecked havoc with the room.  I need to reclaim it. And beautify it, also.  I need to move my work in there.

Things I need for the room -

Clean Out:
You, thankfully can't see the horrific details, but I have too many frames and general craft supplies.  I'm going to purge, purge, purge.  It will be a supper colonic  for the room.  Not very visible is the credenza under the window.  I have it full of fabric and frames (I have a frame problem).  I got this for free in my property management days when a tenant moved out of an office and left it.  It's in great shape - was custom made for the tenant and has an ugly laminate top.  I'm going to paint it with my Annie Sloan Chalk paint in graphite (even the top) and do some kind of cool design and it's going into the BL Baby Boy's room to be used as a dresser.  I'm also getting rid of the drafting table BLHubby gave me.  It's too small and unstable.  I've been using the antique table in the center for a work table and have been toying with turning it into a coffee table for down stairs, get back to you on that.  Bed stays, this is used as a guest room

We have been replacing all the house flooring and this is the 2nd to the last bit of the dark green that was all though the whole house.  It was pretty good carpet but I won't be sad to see it go.  BLHubby and I have laid all the rest in the house so this is the first project - after cleaning out everything!

Ana White has a terrific day bed plan with a pull out bed underneath that I think I can do.  When I try to get BL Hubby to make Ana's plans he comes up with his own.  I love BLHubbs the bestest but I like Ana's plans and I can make these myself.  I want to paint it white.

Refresh Storage and Files:
Love the flat file.  Would like another to stack on it.  Would like to pretty it up.  I have some painted metal book shelves on top of it now - Need to keep these.  Need some kind of pretty, more organized way to store stuff on the shelves.

Work Surface:
Need some sort of work surface - wide and easy to clean paint off of.

Stay tuned - and judge me kindly.

1 comment:

  1. I'm more excited about doing stuff with your stuff than doing my own stuff. I wish I was closer so I could help.