We had purchased a secretary desk from our local Habitat for Humanity, which seemed great in theory as it wouldn't look like a jewelry studio from a glance. But in practice, I've found that when I sat down to make a piece with the desk out, I couldn't get to the drawers full of beads underneath.
It quickly turned into a dumping zone, as I couldn't make anything, it was a forgotten corner in our house- which also happened to be at the top of our stairs and was a terrible eye sore when you came up the stairs.
We also had a terrible lack of lighting- so we were saving up for an electrician to come in and put a ceiling box in to install a light. As it was, I could only work until 5 or 6 at night with the amount of light available. Since I work, that left very little time to make anything.
I had been thinking very hard about what I wanted in my studio space this time around. I'd had various other layouts before, but none really with such a space constraint as this. The landing on the stairs is only 52 inches.
My favorite layout up until now was an Expedit set from IKEA. I had 16 cubbie holes filled with crafty goodness and a very deep desk (almost too deep- that back of it just turned into a crap pile)
But, when we moved into Blue, it did not fit into any corner of our house. It was either too deep, or too tall.
Heartbroken, I sold it, and that was how we landed at the secretary desk.
So, when on Saturday, Nate woke me up hearing the magical words, "Do you want your Christmas present?" I replied, "No, it's not Christmas." He then said, "Well...it's at IKEA and I'd rather not pick it out myself..."
Needless to say, pants were on, the hair was in a pony tail, and we were out the door faster than you could say Rhinoceros.
We waltzed through IKEA like it was freaking Disneyland (I personally think there are two happiest places on earth) and stared at every desk, ever configuration, and every measurement until we came up with the solution that one of the customizable build a desks was probably the best solution.
While we were there we also discovered something magical. For $5, you can buy a lighting kit that turns any lampshade into a chandelier.
Honey Boo Boo say what?
We left IKEA $240 poorer and 2 pieces of chocolate cake fatter. Overall, it was a glorious day. The lampshade we picked set the tone for the whole new studio.
We picked this awesome Malin Trad shade that was full of bright colors.
We did the furniture hokey pokey as soon as we got home and I started the now infamous popcorn painting process. Roll, roll, dab, dab, dab. AKA: My life slowly drifting away from me. Though, as always, I persevered since if something needs to get painted it's my job- Nate will only paint under extenuating circumstances.
|Sorry, phone picture...|
We're still nesting it- so come back next week to see what she looks like all done! Have a great weekend everyone!