Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Studio/Workshop Before and After

Hey everybody!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas spent with family and friends.

I spent lots of time working on my new "studio" which is in the back of our new shop that we are currently designing.  It's so nice to have a warm place to make my bread boards now instead of using the gravel carport behind our house.  I know this is nothing that exciting but I wanted to show you how it looked before I worked on it.  
In a word, gross.  This place use to be a taxidermy business so there was all kinds of this and that splattered on the walls and floor.  I'm not sure what it was and I really don't want to know either, I'm just happy it's gone now.  First thing I did was pull up the floor.
Then I replaced it with parquet wood floor tiles.  Next, the ick splattered cabinets had to go.  I gave them a good cleaning and coat or two of Kilz, then, another three coats of Valspar Ultra White paint in semi gloss.  I'm thinking about adding knobs, just not sure what kind yet.  Then I sanded down the wood countertop and put a coat of Minwax Special Walnut stain.  The doors also received a coat of ultra white and the walls are painted with
Elmira White by Benjamin Moore.
I still need to add a few more things and install baseboards at some point.  
Here's what it looks like now.
I also brought in some personal things to make it feel homey.  I know it's just a workshop but I really believe in surrounding yourself with things that make you happy, especially when working.  I also brought in this stainless steel table which is so perfect for working on.  The stool was left behind so I cleaned it and recovered it with an old coffee bean sack.  
I am so happy with the entire room and it really inspired hubby to get to work in the other rooms.  

One really special thing I wanted to share about this place is that it's right across the street from my dad's old office before he passed away.  I just think that's pretty cool since this all happened because of my bread boards, which were inspired by my dad.  That makes me smile and I know he's smiling, too.

Can't wait to share the rest of the place with you soon!
Have a great day!


  1. What a transformation! Beautiful!

  2. How lovely! I am sure it feels extra homey having been across the street from where your dad spent a lot of time! May this be a wonderful place to build more memories! It looks great, Diana! My favorite is your picture collage! Love to YOU!

  3. So beautiful!!! I really love your idea to recover that old stool!!

  4. It looks great! Can't wait to see what you guys do with the rest of the place!


  5. Your workshop looks amazing, what a great makeover! And what a nice bit of serendipity that your Dad's old office is across the street, it must be like having him right by you all the time :)

  6. Your shop is so cute! I like how you add personal touches to it to make the "homey" effect. I can't wait to get my bread board that I just recently ordered from you and so glad that I found your blog!

    Happy Holidays!

  7. What a beautiful place to spend time creating and I love the personal touches. You did good girl!

    Now get busy and let's see some of your fabulous work in 2012...

    Happy New Year!

  8. Can't wait to visit your shop soon Diana! Proud of your accomplishments!

  9. Looks great! Congrats on the new space and Happy New Year to you!

  10. That is an awesome transformation! Can't wait to see what you do in 2012!

  11. How exciting!! It looks great! Can't wait to see the store when it's done!!!

  12. Diana, it is beautiful! I agree with you about having special items around to add the homey feel and make it a happy place. I'm thrilled for you! I think it's extra special that you're across the street from where your Dad spent so much time ~ I know he's smiling down on you!


  13. The make over is remarkable, great job! I look forward to seeing what all comes out of the space. Congrats and Happy New year!

  14. Looks great! You have to have a great place to be inspired to work in.
    Love the big chalkboard with the phrase on it. Can't make it all out though. Could you pretty please share it in a post? Looks like something cool to maybe hang up in a dining room area.
    Have a safe and joyous New Year!

  15. You've got the touch! Looks fantastic!!! As always, nice work!


  16. It's beautiful. Wish I could stop by and purchase a bread board or two.

  17. Awesome! Congrats! I just recently found your site and am so completely inspired! Peace, love, health and prosperity in 2012!!!

  18. congrats on the new studio/workshop! It came out totally cute!

  19. Oh, how lovely. You've completely transformed the space. I love!!

    I hope 2012 brings you lots of time to sit and enjoy it!!



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