DIY Studio Space Makeover | A Quick Facelift & Plans

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Alright y’all. It’s time to come clean. ALL year, we’ve been testing out a blog method where we do a room and THEN show you the goods. But, we have to say – it’s killing us. Not literally, but it just seems to suck the joy out of it for some reason.

And truthfully, we started this blog because we want to bring our friends and family along theΒ journey. Showing you the fully staged ‘after’ photos just doesn’t seem to have the same kind of impact as bringing you along with us each step of the way.

Soon (actually basically with this post) we are going to go back to our old style of honest, up-to-date blogging where we show you our rooms as they actually evolve IRL (Nana, that stands for In Real Life. My Nana reads my blog, you guys.)

We have a few main rooms that we are tackling in the next six months, so we want to feel free to show you the progression – so we can all celebrate the wins together! Some of what we’ll be doing will be ENORMOUS and will mean some mammoth DIYs. So much planning is happening, it’s craziness πŸ™‚

With that all said –Β There’s quite a transformation happening in our basement. Let me tell you! This has been a long time coming. And this is definitely Part One… of this DIY Studio Space Makeover.

Setting the scene – this whole space consists of three ‘rooms’ that are all connected- the paint studio, the photography/garden room and the laundry room.

Way back when, I decided I wanted to pull down all the walls and turn it into one amazing light filled office space. But then – money and budget and oh-my-goodness it was going to be expensive because it essentially meant pulling down a supporting brick wall and propping up part of our house and ya – it was about four times more money than we were willing to spend on a non-essential project.

It still may happen *some* day – but not this day.

Instead, I decided to use what we had and maximize it for my needs and wants. This part of the makeover focuses on the room where I paint stuff (and sometimes dance and often curse under my breath) – aka the studio.

It started out looking like this.

Studio Space Before with Black Door and Blue Walls

Note the baby blue walls (what the HECK was I thinking?!?), the big black door, the terrible floors, the bare bulb light and the general ‘just not working’.Studio Space Before with no good storage

As part of our KonMari efforts, both cabinets are EMPTY! Woohoo! But they both need to be given a purpose and a boost in style. Definitely part of the plans πŸ™‚Β Studio Space Before Unorganized Paints

And this wall? Just not working anymore. So those are the ‘before’ shots.

Our plans are:

  • repaint the walls to brighten it up
  • fix up the storm door
  • change the lighting
  • organize my tools and paint to be more functional
  • lay warmer floors
  • hang some accessories and draperies to separate this space from the laundry room
  • build in some seasonal storage

Oh – and our budget is $500; hopefully less. I have to say our KonMari efforts have really helped this project along.

The first step was to paint that blue a nice crisp white. Our fave white is Jojo Whitewash by PARA Paints. You can also see in this shot that the plastic trim on that el cheapo door is off. It’s because we spray painted it with Krylon’s Stainless Steel. Man! That stuff is awesome!Β Studio Space being repainted in JoJo Whitewash

After phase one – it looks like this! Infinitely better, but still much to happen. The door was primed and given three coats of Lunenburg by PARA Paints. I love it so much that sometimes I just stare at it. The subtle hint of the blue-green against the white is divine.Β Studio Space After Phase One

As part of Phase two or Phase three – I want to hang either some shelves or some baskets or something above the peg board. I haven’t quite figured that out yet; but I need a spot to store rollers and paint rags and the like. We’ll see what I find!

I also hung that curtain between the studio and the laundry room. Why? Because it just helps this space feel more cohesive for the moment. We picked up the rod at our local Habitat ReStore for $20 and the curtains were an old set I used to have in our living room.Β Studio Painting Cabinet Before its Makeover

Let’s talk about this little cabinet. First – she’s heavy as ALL GET OUT! Like seriously heavy. Also, she is one of the first makeovers I ever did and it shows. It was once dark brown veneer, but my paint job just isn’t holding up to the wear and tear in this work space. I have plans to spiff this cabinet up (again) and finish it in a way that will stand up to a bit more abuse.Β Studio Pegboard with paint supplies

The tried and true pegboard. I’ve got nothing bad to say about it πŸ™‚ I’ve decided to only put my paint stuff on here. It keeps it cohesive and helps to ensure things don’t get misplaced.Β Studio Door Repainted in Lunenburg and Sprayed with Stainless Steel

Now, if you take a bit of a step back, you can see how desperately the floors need fixing. They are all stained (we didn’t do it! we swear! It was like that when we moved in) and they are FREEZING cold. The goal is to warm them up so that it’s bearable to stand down here in the winter. We’re thinking plywood floors – but we’re not sure. Any suggestions? We figure ply will be durable enough and that we won’t care if we get paint on it (cuz let’s be real – that’s gonna happen in here! haha)Studio Makeover with new Industrial Style Lighting

One thing we did manage was a new light fixture. I found it on Amazon.ca. I was so excited, I bought two of them! I tried a fancy clear bulb, but it didn’t give enough light. So I’ll have to find a better one to suit the industrial style and also illuminate my space. Phase Two, I guess πŸ™‚Β Studio Paint Wall Phase One

Speaking of Phase Two – not much happened with this wall except for that I tidied it up a bit. The big plans are to hang wall to wall shelves with labeled bins and crates. My aim is to have as few things on the floor as possible. It gets dusty down here and open floors are easier to keep clean!Β Studio Makeover New Closet Before

Lastly, this wardrobe/cupboard which is empty. Dan is going to help me convert it into something awesome. I’m hoping to turn it into a submission for the Furniture REFRESH for January. Here’s October’s submission. November’s is set for the 5th and it’s something I’m using in my photography area! – so wait for that!

So there you go! Phase One of my DIY studio space makeover. What do you think? Any suggestions for me going forward? Don’t you LOVE the door now?! πŸ™‚

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21 thoughts on “DIY Studio Space Makeover | A Quick Facelift & Plans

    1. Funny you should say that – it is a bit serene down there now…even when I’m using my power tools. I should start a Youtube channel – Zen with Power Tools… haha

    1. LURVE me some JoJo Whitewash. Seriously – I sometimes think white paint is the solution to every design problem… I know that’s super simplistic… but really – it solves so many things! πŸ™‚

  1. Love that you’re showing your rooms in progress instead of just completed! It’s easier to visualize all the work you’re doing and it’s fun to follow along. Love how bright the room looks with fresh paint. And I think plywood on the floor could definitely work. You could even paint or stencil it. Can’t wait to see the next phase! p.s. Hi Nana!! πŸ™‚

    1. Painted floor in a painting room? I think that sounds like a plan! Cannot wait to get to the next phase on this. PS… Nana Tazz says hi back πŸ˜‰

  2. If you need to scrimp on cost, I have some of the Tarkett fibrefloor sheet vinyl from Home Depot in my house and it’s the bomb — warm, soft and comfy and very easy to clean. I love it.

    1. OOH! Thanks for the tip! I have heard some good things about sheet vinyl – perhaps we’ll look into it for this space. It might be the solution for the adjoining laundry area.

    1. Thanks Randi – aiming to have it all done up before the end of winter… haha … which feels like a long time from now…

  3. Wow, I can’t believe what an improvement this is already! I can’t wait to see all the projects with this room. Oh, and I like following along with the projects instead of just seeing the after so I’m glad you made the decision to go back to your original way of blogging :o)

    Tania

    1. Thank you so much. I am quite relieved to be able to work at a more realistic pace when it comes to making over rooms. I’m happy people seem to think this slower approach is better πŸ™‚

    1. The natural light thing is so hard. I almost put a window in where the peg board is – but decided it didn’t make sense to spend that money if in three years we’re demolishing the whole wall πŸ™‚ Isn’t the light so fun?!

    1. Thanks lady! I’m still too nervous to commit to an ORC – so much pressure! But I am definitely challenging myself to spiff this space up soon.

  4. Really like the way the room is shaping up. Can’t wait to see the finished product.
    Love xo Nana
    P.s big hello to Amy

  5. It’s coming together, Erin and Dan!! How nice that you have a great indoor workspace! Since the floors are so cold, could you do one of those DIY floor heating kits? I’ve heard they’re not that expensive, but I’m not sure if you could put them under plywood or not. We put a floating laminate floor (by Shaw) in our laundry room area and LOVE it. It wipes clean really easily and was pretty inexpensive. Might be something to look into, too!

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