Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Everything Old is New Again...

So many of you have commented about the new studio...thank you. I thought I would give you a little background into what we did because this is a studio done on a very small budget. Very little of it is actually new.

Way back when I had an online book business, HB designed and built a wonderful desk area for both of us. This is what it looked like...we sat facing each other but had a small partition between us.

Above was my side...here you can clearly see that the old desk top has now become my new studio work table and the shelf above the old desk is now the hanging shelf above my studio work space. Much of the remainder of this old system was used to make additional shelves in the studio.

And this was HB's side...that's one of the bookcases I re-purposed, too. The other two were also in my old studio...all leftovers from my book business (and all bought used.)

In the photo above you can see in the background the old cabinet that was in the garage when we moved here. It was not in good shape but I brought it into the office and used it as a packaging area for books. Now it has been reinforced, the doors removed and I painted it black with white inside....here's proof!

It's now the base for my work table.

If you remember, I was lucky to find all the paint for only $5.00 a gallon...the dark charcoal, the lovely turquoise for the walls, and the raspberry color for some pops here and there. Each gallon was only $5.00 because it was paint that had been incorrectly mixed for someone. I did have to buy one more gallon of the dark color plus a gallon of Kilz primer at regular prices. We re-used all the shelving that was in my old studio. I still have the shelf up high that goes around the room.

The light fixture over my work area is new, and I bought new handles for the cabinet drawers. Oh, and I almost forgot...I bought 4 rolls of metallic wrapping paper at the Dollar Store to use on the bookcases.  I think that was the extent of my new purchases for the studio. 

Not bad for a recycled studio! And it helps to have a hubby who is very handy...and no, you can't borrow him!!