Welcome to February, the month of love! I have something to share with you today that I’m loving right now – my project studio with painted desks for a refreshed feel.
This was the arrangement of my sewing desks before the new year changes. I moved one desk to another room, and scooted the shelf of painting supplies into the closet.
It’s nice to have some furniture leave with adult kids. It helps to space things out again after years of squeezing in, saving things for them to have someday. Hallelujah, someday is finally here!
And, yes, the changes have refreshed the space. I can sew and then twirl around in my chair to serge when needed. Much more convenient!
The nearest desk was in our attic from years ago. You know how it is. You need to haul something for donation, so you put it out of the way…and no one ever thinks of it again. Good thing, though.
When Spunky Daughter was over with her friends (Trial Confessions of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax), I fed them all. And, then I had license to ask for a favor.
Uh, guys…would you mind doing something for me?
(Asks me in my boot – sympathy tool – ha!)
In no time flat, they had the old desk upstairs where I could paint it easily. Isn’t she a beaut? Ha – not!
And I didn’t even find one rat’s nest in the thing. (We checked her for critters before bringing her inside.) The drawers were surprisingly clean.
Here she is with her new coats of paint, all ready to move into the studio.
I decided to paint all the hardware for a sleeker look. I did sand these a little.
So, then I was ready for desk number two – this little one from the studio, waiting her turn.
When I thought to snap a picture, I already had the drawers removed, washed, and ready for paint.
It was a little sad to paint this one. Her finish looked good, with few blemishes. But, all for the sake of a lighter, fresher feel in my room, I can now enjoy her new look.
My project spaces have changed drastically over the years. My first one was the craft cave (literally, a cave), and then I took over SD’s room. If you’d like to see part of the progression, visit the 6 Essentials of a Functional Project Studio.
We’ve come a long way, baby! Now with empty areas of the room. The floor isn’t lined with furniture along every wall anymore.
The twin bed was removed last year, so this cutting/painting/videoing corner is nice and spacious.
I hope this inspires you as you rake out (as we discussed in How to Dress a Dresser). I always hesitate to show you my rooms because they’re probably not your style at all. We have different tastes, so please don’t think I show you my stuff because I think it’s spectacular to anyone other than us.
We live here. It’s not a shrine. (Says HH when I obsess over cleaning and such.)
Next week, I’ll share more detail about painting these desks that have laminate surfaces, which can be tricky.
What’s on your agenda these days? Anything fun – or are you still raking out and settling into our new year?