May 16, 2009

Studio Repainting is Finished

I can't believe it's been a whole week since I've written an update. Well, that's the way it goes sometimes I guess. So I finished painting last weekend and moved everything back into my studio earlier this week, but I've had a visitor since then so haven't had much time for blogging until now.

My intention was to paint the studio a really vibrant yellow on 2 walls, and a light gray on the 3rd wall but when I tried to buy non-VOC paints, they just simply don't have them in super fabulous colors. So I had to compromise and settle for a very light lemony yellow, which I really like, and a blue. When I bought the blue paint I thought it was more of a gray-blue but when painted on a big wall, it's oh-so-very-blue. And I didn't think I minded it at first. But after looking at it for a week, I really don't like it. But I'm not painting again for a while, so for now the blue stays. I did buy some low-VOC bright yellow paint and used it on the inside of the window where the gross brown/rust color was before and it looks great. I lust after full walls that color. So here are the before and after photos.

I purposely didn't hang much on this wall because I have some very large canvases that I'm hoping to work in the next couple of weeks and wanted a big empty space to hang them. I also ordered a paper covered light switch from an Etsy seller that's been added since I took this photo (light switch photo below). The little table in the 'after' photo is one of my refinishing projects for the summer. I'm planning to refinish this table as well as my little desk. I'm still mulling it over because I want to incorporate vintage paper into both projects.

The little chair in the 'after' photo below is also a summer refinishing project. I found fabulous fabric and can't wait to do this one.

I was hoping to somehow NOT let my books take over the room, but we have so many other books in ever other possible space in the house that it was impossible to move all but a very few out of my studio so they are still taking the room over. They're actually double stacked in these shelves so there are twice as many as can be seen. It's a real problem, but I love them and they're like my friends, so I really can't seem to get rid of any of them. I'm only really a pack rat when it comes to books. I'm thinking about trying to build some tall shelves for the studio this summer in order to give the books proper space. We'll see if that happens.

This is the light switch cover that I ordered from 'ablemabel' on Etsy. It's even better than I thought it would be. She has some really great other light switch covers and they're very reasonably priced. I may get another one for the other wall.

So it's not the completely fabulous studio re-do that I was hoping for, but it's definitely better than it was and I still have a few other things to do in here before I'm done so I'll update you a little later in the summer when everything is finished.


  1. wow! what a change! looks a lot brighter in the remodel!! nice!

  2. Love your changes..that light switch cover is great..Can't wait to see how you refinish the furniture...Have fun with your projects..