One of the challenging parts about a home renovation following a move (in which things were packed up not knowing what house they were going to) is the stuff management. I mean, we’re still not fully unpacked and definitely not even close to being organized. Spending time on organizing even seems pointless when things will just be moved again. Being the tidy person that I am, it’s a challenge. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s temporary and there will come a time when I can dig it, sort through stuff, and feel on top of the stuff in our house once again. But, there are hundreds of dominoes that need to fall before that happens.
One of the areas that has crept higher up the priority list is my studio window as well as getting things a bit more manageable in my workspace. Just as a reminder, here is a picture of the room when we bought the house. It is intended to be a formal living room, but I knew it would be a great studio and would certainly get used a lot more as a workspace.
We installed hardwood floors and I painted two of the walls before we moved the furniture in. We were a little crunched for time, so I tried to focus on the walls where we were going to move large pieces of furniture. I thought I would paint the other two pretty soon after, but they were still minty green until this week.
I needed to get the bow window painted so I could install some window treatments. We’ve already done some things out of order (like moving big pieces into a room that still needs trim to be painted and shoe molding installed), so I want to try to do things in order moving forward as much as possible. I’ve learned over the years (and all of the projects) that if I don’t finish something, it’ll stay partly finished longer than I could care to admit. Years, in some cases. It’s always those little annoying things you just learn to look past, but I want spaces to truly be finished!
So, I made myself paint the bow window and all around it before I could install window treatments. And, the reason I wanted to install window treatments is so I could work in here at night. I don’t always paint at night, but I like to have the option to do it without feeling like I’m in a fishbowl. So, even though I’m still hip-deep in painting the hallway, I took a day to prime and paint the bow window and the wall around it. This was not easy because I still have all of the books from the dining room stacked in the studio. What was just going to be for a few days has been a few weeks!
I used to joke I would be one of those old ladies with stacks of books around her. After working with stacks of books around me for a month, I’ve decided I won’t be that lady. Nothing makes you sick of all of your books more than having all of your books crammed into a room that needs to be functional! So, my books are going to get a thorough cleaning out (yes, after moving them), so I’m just keeping the ones I go back to again and again as a resource. I’ll likely keep most of the art books, but I’m hoping to slim down the decorating & business books to my very favorites. We’ll get back to the books in a minute…
Painting the window really was an all-day project. It took a coat of primer and three coats of paint to finally fully cover that minty green paint! It looks so fresh now, though, and was definitely worth the effort. I also removed the dividers and thoroughly cleaned the windows and the dividers. We will eventually replace these windows (there are five individual windows), but it’s the most expensive window to replace, so it will likely be the last one we do. Having it freshly painted will keep it looking nice until then.
And then, I installed cellular shades. I purchased THESE when there was a good coupon code I could use on top of a sale. I ended up getting them for $50/each, which was a great price compared to other cellular shades I looked at.
I had considered all sorts of options for this window from curved rods to roller shades. I wanted a window covering that would be clean, would work on the window, would filter the light when needed, and provide privacy at night. These checked all of the boxes and I also like that they are cordless. This is my first time using this style of shade, so I hope they work well for many years.
(Speaking of new windows, I have already ordered one for the garage. It’s a bit of an eye sore at the moment!)
I was able to close the shades last night and that was so awesome! It may seem like a little thing, but it means I can work in here anytime I want and that means a lot to me.
So, back to the books. I have been looking around on Facebook Marketplace for some shelves I could use, even in the short term, but I haven’t seen anything I liked. This morning, I ordered four of the slim Billy bookcases from Ikea to use on either side of the hardware cabinet to house my books. I don’t know when we’ll get to the dining room built-ins and the current situation is driving me nuts. At $75/each plus a delivery fee, this will be worth it and I can still use the shelves even after we build out the library/dining room.
I ordered the slim version of the Billy bookcase so that the shelves (hopefully) won’t sag under the weight of the books. They are also a size that is a bit more versatile if I end up using them in different spaces.
So, I am excited about getting some shelving, which will help with getting my studio sorted out and take a little pressure off the need to start the library built-in project with kitchen and pool renovations looming and warm weather on the horizon for things like power washing, outdoor painting, and landscaping.