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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Studio Makeover

Happy Sunday Everyone! Bo and I have been working like crazy around the house for the last few month.   We have finally completed one of the project rooms, so if your not too busy, I would love to share some photos of my new studio with you.  

This is the armoire I used for a computer desk and work station before.

I loved having all of my cards, photos, notes and mementos out where I could see them, but frankly it was a little over stimulating.  In the next photo you can see the lovely honeycomb blinds (Yikes!).  And the scalloped cornice I that has been a mainstay of this room's decor since we moving in fifteen years ago.  In my defense it has been recovered three times.  I love the line it creates across the room, but it was time for the toile to go.

  In the bottom right corner of the photo above you can see the stamping table we made a few years back.  It has a butcher block top and I wanted to stay with this kind of look.  So we decided to make another, this time with unfinished wood.  Bo cut it down to the perfect size and then we got to work. 

We sanded, stained, drilled (yes! I drilled), and applied polyurethane until it was super shiny.  We purchased two unfinished cabinets at Lowe's, painted them black and used them for the base of the desk.

And now...here is the finished desk!  I know I've said it before, but "I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!" and this time it is a desk!

It is so functional and pretty easy to keep tidy.  I added some crystal knobs to the cabinets and they have lots of storage space left for me to fill.

And guess what...no more honey comb shades.  Whoopie!  I had really put off replacing them, because oddly none of the windows in this room are the same size and so it would mean having custom shades made, and who wants to spend all that money on something as boring as blinds?  Not me.  So I decided to try my hand at sewing some faux roman shades out of muslin. 

Ahhh, much better. I covered the cornice with a beautiful paisley print and a black ruffled trim.  As you can see, I still have all my photos and things around me, they are just spaced out a little more so I can appreciate them.

Here is one last look from the same vantage point that the first photo of the armoire was taken.  It's a very big change, and I feel very lucky to have such a lovely room to call my own.

I hope you enjoyed this little Studio Tour.  Hopefully there will be an abundance of artwork produced here.

Until next time,


  1. Oh My! I love your new table and the roman shades! Lucky girl to have a craft room!

  2. Totally Perfect!!! I'd love to have you share at my party...it JUST opened!!!


    XO, Aimee

  3. Thanks Aimee! See you at itsoverflowing.com!