Studio Progress – We Have Drywall!

It’s been a slow week on the blog, but it’s been a full week of progress in the studio! Progress at this stage on a room this big seems kind of slow, but it’s steady. And while it’s not all installed yet, we do have drywall! That means the studio is really starting to look like an actual room.

Garage conversion - studio progress with drywall being installed

I’ve been looking at walls that look like this for a year-and-a-half now…

So the room feels a lot smaller now that there’s actual drywall separating the studio from the half bath, back entry and storage closet.

But it’s still a very big room — around 20′ x 20′ or so.

There’s still quite a bit to do on the drywall before it’s finished, but I didn’t want to wait until Monday to give y’all an update.

They told me that the drywall will probably be finished by the middle of next week. That means in just a few short days, it’ll be ready for me to get started on the pretty stuff! Yikes!! On the one hand, it feels like it’s taken forever to get here. On the other hand, it feels like things are happening very quickly now. I feel unprepared! So this weekend, I need to start finalizing some decisions (e.g., cabinet design, flooring design), so I’ll be ready to hit the ground running as soon as they’re finished.

Things are about to start getting a bit more exciting around here! 🙂



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  1. When I see your room, I can visualize my craft room in that space! Can’t wait to see the work you do to make it uniquely yours.

  2. Things are getting VERY exciting! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

    I remember freaking out when they put the drywall up when we were building our first home. It felt like the rooms were so small. 🙂

  3. Wahoo! It’s almost time for you to hit the ground running! This is gonna be fun 🙂 I’m like FINALLY the studio (by which I mean the pretty parts lol) is really happening!

  4. Always seems smaller when the drywall goes up! But I’m beyond excited for you (and Matt!) to be at this point after all that time. Excited to see what moves you in setting up the space, with that awesome wallpaper as the focal point. I know you planned on using it on the front wall, but have you thought of using it on the back wall instead? I visualize coming into the space from the outside side door (by the driveway) and that paper drawing my eye into the whole space. If it’s on the front wall, I would see it, but then it will quickly leave my view as I enter the space. Just something I thought of, but as always, you do YOU!

  5. Looks fantastic! Before I read down where you said how small it looks to you now, I was thinking “Wow, that is such a big room!” 🙂

    I hope you hire out the ceiling paint! That looks like it’d be grueling!

  6. Oh WOW~can I just say that I am completely GREEN with envy right now! I would LOVE to have a workshop like that! You are no doubt going to love it! Great work!

  7. Love your progress! So exciting to watch!
    Do you have a mudding[the tape and bedding part, and sanding and….] the dry wall video? I have stumbled through helping a friend with some repairs, but really have no clue of the proper way to go about it. Paint covered most of our fumbles, but would like to know the correct way! Maybe video these guys as they do it!
    Woot! Woot! On to the pretty stuff!

  8. So happy for you and excited for the new content this room will bring! Looking forward to the transformation!

  9. Amazing! I think it looks bigger because the drywall reflects so much light! I can’t wait to see what you do!

  10. OMG! I just noticed your carb face vs your keto face! You look great! Good progress on the studio too!

  11. Looks great! I know its going to be your studio but, wouldn’t it be beautiful master bedroom with the high ceilings. We have 8 foot ceilings and I always have thought a bedroom would be wonderful with high ceilings.. I am just dreaming

  12. Looking good! How exciting for you! Will you be painting the ceiling yourself? That looks like a very big job.

  13. Fantastic! Even tho it seemed like it took a long time, did you get those other items done while waiting on this? Cooper looks like he’s waiting on his new friends to come back. He’s a sweety. Lots of headway since we heard from you and thanks for not making us wait until Monday 🙂

  14. How exciting! The foreman, Sir Cooper, thinks so too. (Great dog.)

    I’ve been waiting for this project.

  15. Wow! That room looks huge! I can’t remember, could you please offer rough dimensions of the room? (It may be in the post with your layouts, but that would involve searching and tbh, I’m dealing w/sciatica and am done sitting for today, )

  16. I know you plan to do. Wallpaper on one wall. Just from experience of putting up wall paper and removing it i would not only prime the raw sheet rock but paint it with a satin or semi gloss paint. It takes less glue, makes it easily positionable and much easier to remove in later years. Just my 2 cents.

  17. I’m quite envious of this space and excited to see you make it awesome.

    I’ve been sewing over the past year, which is not a “small space” kind of craft and my machine and cutting table are in a little “bonus room” that we used to use as an office and play room (and still has some office things and toy boxes in it). On top of that, my daughter is really into crafting and wants to be IN the studio space with me and keeps encroaching on my sewing surfaces. 🙂

    All this is to say, I’ll be living vicariously through your renovation of this creative space. Good luck!!!

  18. It looks amazing! I can’t help but smile, it looks like cooper is smiling
    in the photo!

  19. OMG, it’s gonna be GREAT! Really moving along at quite the clip…so glad you hired out the yucky parts. Can’t wait to see the pretty unfold.
    How’s your hand?

  20. Hi, I am new to your blog and am loving watching your studio come together. Thank you for sharing your journey! Oh, and I love that your dog gets in the pics!

  21. This looks incredible. I’m curious, and I may have missed it, but what are your plans for storage for unused furniture or unfinished projects and such?

    Cooper makes me smile!

  22. Wow! Your own, brand new space is starting to come together! Very excited for you! And for me to see it’s birth!

  23. I also thought “that room looks huge” when I saw the photo. The second thing I noticed was that there seems to be more than one splatter of teal paint on the subfloor- are you thinking about a teal floor!? Just kidding, it looks great and I can’t wait to see your magic happen.

  24. Also, looking very forward to your layout for tools on carts. We have a 24’ x 30’ workshop that mostly has hubby’s tools, but also my small metal working tools, torches and bench. I’m trying to figure out a way to share his anvil and welders with my smaller tools (they still take up a good bit of space) while having enough space for all his various saws, wood working gadgets, nailers, compressors, accessories, etc. and still have enough space to work on big projects. It would probably help if we finished up some of the bigger projects taking up room, like refinishing the porch swing and 2 old 15 pane French doors. I like watching you get in organization mode though, you solved my measuring cup avalanche.

  25. You are weeks ahead of schedule (without the cuts, bruises, aching muscles, etc.) and how you can get down to designing to your heart’s content.
    I envy all the light in that room. Just think in a few weeks we wouldn’t recognize the place (the colors and energy that it will evolve into)
    Regarding the wallpaper problem that someone mention: One of my friend’s contractor placed the wallpaper directly onto the sheet-rock (new home) and she is having a hard time removing it. You would think he would have known better (and it is ugly wallpaper). I am glad my mum taught me how to hang wallpaper correctly (when I was 9 we lived in a 300 year old house and my job was to remove layers of the old wallpaper – only to my height – people in England loved their wallpaper).
    I hope you get some sleep this weekend – you will be counting designs instead of sheep.

  26. Very exciting! And on top of that we are driving thru Waco Saturday on our way to Florida! We wintered in Az but Ohio is still too danged cold and there’s a house in Venice we want to see…I don’t think Waco is too out of the way so we’re going to do a quick tour about town then continue on. But this is the closest I’ll get to your wonderful little house…I’m having a “fan moment”🥰

  27. Wonderful progress. I am having some slight issues with receiving your blog. I have subscribed numerous times since she changed over the blog and I still haven’t received any emails regarding new posts?

    1. Have you checked your junk mail/spam folder? I show that 22 emails have been sent to your email address, but none have been opened. So they must be going to junk/spam. You might need to whitelist my email address in your email account: [email protected]

      1. Hi Kristi, I’m here and enjoying my updates. Sometimes I open from the web site rather than the e mail. — Rebecca B.

  28. I’m betting that brain of yours is working at ninety-to-nothing right now! I can’t believe just how close you are to building cabinets, hanging wallpaper, painting, etc. It’s too bad you couldn’t build all the base part of the cabinets while you are waiting for the contractor to finish. I guess you wouldn’t have all the measurements, though.

    1. The problem wasn’t measurement, it was that I wouldn’t have any place to store the built cabinets while they’re working in there. 🙂 I wouldn’t want to store cabinets under the carport with the weather we’ve been having lately.