What room? I guess I should explain. My son will be 25 this winter. He is 2 years out of college, and lives and works in Boston. Unfortunately, he doesn't get home too often. Meanwhile, being retired, I wanted to a place to do some artwork and assorted crafty projects. I used to use my large classroom tables for a space when I was working on a project. But I haven't had studio space in my own home since I got married almost 26 years ago. Other than the kitchen, every single room in our home had wall-to-wall carpeting. And I really didn't think I could afford (or even want to) rent studio space outside of my home.
So I had an idea: I asked my son if I could transform his old bedroom. He said sure, as long as the bed was still there, and a drawer for some spare clothing. Hurray! Then hubby, a retired architect, drew up a floor plan of the room. It has slanty ceilings and he suggested putting in dormer windows for more light and headroom. But the cost was prohibitive. Plus I'm more than a foot shorter than him so the headroom wasn't as much of an issue. But I moved around little cutouts of the furniture and came up with a plan.
One day, I said "I'm going to Lowe's to get paint samples and flooring samples". My husband was stunned. He didn't think I planned to start the renovation immediately. But I did. I came home with cans of paint, cans of spray paint for the storage units, and dragged him back with me to look at the flooring and place the order. His jaw practically hit the floor. Now?!!? Anyhow, less than a month later, it is all done!!
Actually, I don't have great before pictures, because by the time I remembered to document the process, I'd already taken down the heavy room-darkening dark brown and black patterned curtains, and my son's pictures were off the walls, the giant Phish poster was off the slanted ceiling, and my stuff was all over the place in boxes. But at that point half the room looked like this.
And now it looks like this:
So the first step (after emptying the room of everything but the bed, an old desk chair, and the cat) was removing the carpet, because you can't have an art studio that is carpeted!
We have a helper.
Kitty loved the tarp on the bed, whether she was playing under it, or laying on it watching us paint. I painted all the moldings and the walls, and hubby did the ceiling. I'm short, he's tall.
The cat-patterned cloth on the bed is a coverlet for kitty, so she doesn't shed all over the nice new stuff. It will only work if she sleeps on it. Which of course she won't.
The gorilla doesn't have a name. Can you help?
Here's a good view that shows my beautiful (and waterproof!) floor, and a fun textured (and quite comfy) rug I found in the clearance department of TJ Maxx. I bought all the storage basket-y things there too.
Yes, there's a little old TV in the corner, on top of a couple more storage modules. It might come in handy for 'company' from time to time. The red cart I've had for a while - I use it for my painting supplies and palette when I'm at the easel. I can't show you the other side of what's on the easel. It's a monumental mess, sort of a failed textural experiment. I'm going to try to save it.
And a poster of a sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle, that I just adore. And oh - there's the wonderfully antique looking door that my husband spent two days sanding, and more time still oiling it, and refinishing all the hardware. Thank you, hubs!!
Above is a view looking straight into the room, and below is my cute table, and a view of one of the tracks of the track lighting.
And a better look at the door.
And speaking of cat's eye views, here's the cat on the other side of the closed door, looking for a game. I willingly obliged.