After I finished up the studio bathroom, I was trying to update my house tour page, and I realized that I don’t have any full, wide angle pictures of the studio as it stands now. I have full view pictures from back when I was installing the floor, but nothing since.
I’ve been working on getting my studio completely cleaned up so that I can build the second work table, so after finishing up with the cleaning yesterday, I decided to take all new pictures of the studio/back entry/bathroom progress so far. Of course, the back entry and the bathroom are finished, and you can see more details of those areas here…
The studio, on the other hand, is far from finished. I have one big project — building the second work table — and one MAJOR project — building the cabinets. Then I have all of the finishing details, like installing baseboards and the rest of the trim.
But I still wanted to get some full view photos of where the room stands right now, before the cabinets go in. First, let’s remember how it started back when it was our garage. At its worst, it looked like this…
And this is how it looked cleaned out, with a couple of pieces of drywall removed, and with the garage doors removed.
Both of those “before” pictures were taken from the same angle, with me standing in the breakfast room doorway.
And here’s the progress so far today from the same angle from the breakfast room doorway. The wallpapered wall with the windows is where the garage doors used to be…
It’s hard to believe that it was ever a dark, dirty garage.
It’s going to look so much different when all of the cabinets are in, but I sure hope it doesn’t make the room look smaller. I love how big and open it looks!
The doorway on the right in this picture leads to our breakfast room. Obviously, that door and the portico door still need to be trimmed and finished.
My work tables will be the work horses of the room. Right now, I only have one. But hopefully in a few days, I’ll have the other one made. The work table is amazing and big (about 60″ square), and when I get the second one made, I’ll put latches on them so that they can be used together as one big table for projects that require loads of space (e.g., draperies).
The floor is holding up very well. It’s red oak that I whitewashed, and I kind of figured out the process as I went along. 😀 But I’ve been very pleased with it. It did get a little bit darker, which I expected since I used white finishes over red oak. But the change hasn’t been drastic, and it still looks very light and bright.
The French doors in the back entry lead out to the carport, which will eventually be converted into my workshop. I ordered the windows for that project at the same time I ordered the windows for the bedroom/bathroom remodel that’s coming up. But I can almost guarantee that it’ll be next year before I can even think about starting on that conversion. We have way too much going on right now.
From my desk area, the newly finished bathroom is visible when the door is open. And right now, I love seeing those fun, bright colors, so I keep the door open all the time.
The storage room on the other side of the back entry is still a work in progress. It doesn’t even so much as have a light in it yet, but eventually it’ll have loads of shelves for storage. It also houses the indoor unit for the HVAC, so it’ll be a pain to work around that, but I think it’ll work out.
And this is my favorite view ever — the view from the back French doors towards the front of the studio with the bold floral wallpaper. I hate that the wallpaper always shows up darker in pictures than it is in person. In person, it’s bright and colorful and amazing.
Here’s a closer view so that you can see all of the gorgeous colors, and in person, those flowers are big and amazing.
Right now, I love getting a glimpse of the bathroom from the back entry. So for now, the door stays open. I might eventually decide to keep it closed, though. But probably not. 😀
Every once in a while, I’ll have someone ask me how the green in the back entry ties in with the studio. Well, that green came out of the wallpaper. I tried to get a picture showing both together, but it’s kind of difficult since they’re on opposite sides of the room. But you can kind of see in this picture how the wallpaper has lots of green in it. The green I used in the back entry is a bit brighter than the green in the wallpaper, but it still coordinates nicely.
And I’ll leave y’all with my favorite view — the studio with just my one single desk light turned on. I love to work in here at night (or on dark, rainy days, as is the case today) with the soft glow of just the one light. There’s something a bit magical about that soft glow.
It’s come so far! I’m anxious to have it done, but my goodness, am I ever dreading the cabinet build! There are just so many of them, and this will be my biggest cabinet build yet. So far, the pantry holds that title, but this room will require about twice as many cabinets as the pantry. But I’m confident I can do it!