Today, I wanted to show you how the marriage between the hardware cabinet and craigslist bookshelf look in the studio now that the piece had been organized and styled.
When I first sketched out the idea, I thought it might work and it was at least worth trying. There was some doubt, though!
When the bookshelf was set in place on the top of the hardware cabinet, it confirmed that these pieces at least worked together. The wood tones and the patina on the pieces looked like they could’ve come from the same place.
(As a note of safety, the first thing we did was attach the bookshelf to the wall with L brackets at the top. You can see the edge of one sticking up on the right side.)
And now that I’ve moved in, I am sold.
Even the lamps and ironstone milk pitchers and brushes worked just as I sketched them. I love it when plans work out! That isn’t always the case.
I organized my art books on the shelves along with my MMS Milk Paint color boards, oil painting color charts, an antique tote with brushes (not ones I use often since they are up high), and a few other things.
There is a bit of an awkward space under the shelf, so I filled it with larger books, my soft pastel box, pochade box (a small travel easel and palette), and my leather brush roll.
I rearranged the drawers a bit, so the things I use at the drafting table (sketching supplies and watercolors) are on the right side closest to the drafting table. Painting supplies are on the left side closest to the easel.
I filled antique jars and pitchers with the supplies I use most, so they are readily at hand.
I had two small carts that I can wheel to the easel (oil painting supplies) and to the drafting table (sketch and watercolor supplies), so I can have what I need where I need it when I’m working.
I had the chance to do some painting this weekend and so far everything is working perfectly. I’m sure I’ll fine tune things with time, but I’ve had the benefit of creating and working in this space for a year and a half, so I know how I’m using it and tried to make decisions that would make the space more efficient.
My biggest concern with this furniture shuffle is that I would sacrifice some form in favor of function, but I think this room has gained ground in both areas. The studio looks neater and even more inviting. I was afraid to lose the hardware cabinet as a focal point under the window, but it’s even more impressive in its new spot.
We still have a few projects to do to complete the space, but it’s coming together! I’ll show you the other side of the room in tomorrow’s post.