May 7, 2009

Re-doing the Studio

Well, my studio is mostly empty. It took a while to get all the books out. I have a terrible addiction to them and we literally have hundreds and hundreds of books. Everywhere. Which is great, except that they invade every area and space of this oh-so-small row house.

My studio is approximately 80ish square feet small, or 10% of our house, which makes me lucky. But my desk has to fit in here too. So I'm de-cluttering, craigslisting some of the shelves and plants and trying to condense before I put it all back together with some semblance of order and utility. Instead of office taking over the studio, I need it to be studio, with just a hint of office in the corner.

We bought this place about a year ago and haven't done anything to the inside of it- yet. This is the summer of painting and making it mine. So. Here are the before pictures:

This is my sweet super small vintage desk that I found at a store called Decade on Broadway in Denver. A fantastic store. I love this desk. My mom, who has an antique shop, says it's an old sewing desk. I say it's 'super cool laptop desk'. I'm hoping to refinish it this summer by repainting and putting some vintage paper on the front of the drawers. I'm not sure this is within my capabilities, but I still might give it a try. We'll see how the studio painting goes first.

Check out the totally garish rust colored paint on the inside of the entire window. I don't know who thought this was a good idea, but it looks awful and THIS is really the impetus behind my redoing the studio. I simply can't live with the window sill paint job. So while I'm at it, I might as well just do the whole thing. So I'm still looking at a brighter yellow for two of the walls and I'm really leaning towards a light gray for the third wall- if I can find one that's not duct-tape or car-primer gray. I couldn't live with that and I only want to do this once. Other possible options are a light green or pale blue on the third wall.

So I'm on my way. Officially committed to this project and hoping to heave pictures of the 'new and improved' studio up for you by Sunday night. At the very latest by Tuesday. We have a visitor coming to stay with us for a few days starting next Wednesday morning and it has to be done by then. Now if only I could figure out a way to get rid of the crazy popcorn ceiling....


  1. Decluttering is always tough for me too! And letting go of books, that's always heartbreaking.

    Its great that you're re-doing everything! I can't wait to see what it looks like :)

  2. Can't wait to see the "after" pics. Will be well worth it in the end, I'm sure!