I’ve lately turned my attention to getting the studio spruced up and ready to host our first workshops. I’ve loved the space from the moment I first set foot in the door, but it’s really starting to come alive now that we’re working on the details.
Here’s how it looked a few months ago when we had only been in the space a few weeks.
I whitewashed the work tables that Jeff built and finished them in a gray wax (a mix of Antiquing Wax and Furniture Wax.) We added rolling chalkboard walls behind the counter to hide the shipping/office/storage area and provide a nice backdrop to the counter.
On Friday, we added curtains to further divide the space. Since we had to span over 7′, we ended up using a piece of metal pipe held in brackets used for dowels.
My dad referred to it as the “anti-tank curtain rod”. I made the curtains out of fabric I bought off a vendor for, I think, $1.50/yard. It’s actually a blue and cream check, but it reads almost as a green gray and looks pretty in the space. I didn’t bother with hemming or anything. I just sewed a rod pocket at the top and left it at that.
And I had just enough fabric to cover the two spans not sectioned off by the rolling walls. Now the space is visually divided, so we have a “back room”
I originally painted the (free) counter in Mustard Seed Yellow, but decided to repaint it in Mora. We have a lot of neutrals and pale blues going on in the space and the yellow just wasn’t working for me in this case. (Mora’s looking a little more blue in this picture. It’s actually a pale green/gray/blue color.)
And I’m so excited that we finally get to use the register as our cash drawer. We all love the cash register. It’s hard to resist pushing a button and watching the drawer slide out with a ding. When my boys came to the studio, they started playing “store.”
My youngest was writing what he bought on the chalk board. I have no idea where “bacon” came from!
I hung my brush collection over the church pew to add some interest to the blank wall.
We use the paper a lot to catch drips when we’re painting, but we’ll be using it for wrapping purchases when we have sales and workshops.
We put the lights up for Christmas, but decided to keep them up. There’s something fun and festive about them.
Today, I erased our lists and created some “chalk art” on the boards behind the counter. I do hand draw the designs, but don’t let that intimidate you if you want to try it. With chalk, it’s so easy to just erase it and start over if you mess up. I’ll draw a rough design, so I make sure I have the spacing and the look right…
…and then I’ll get fancy.
As I shared yesterday, we painted the oak hutch in Shutter Gray and Mora. It was a pretty wood, but between the floors and the t-shirt counter, it was getting a little lost in wood overload. I like it much better painted.
It’s now filled with my jars of paint and some of the MMSMP products I have for sale, including the new European colours! (The other 18 colors are in the shirt counter…one color for each drawer.)
I also decided to move the “crusty counter” out into the main area of the studio. It’s been in the shipping area, but it’s just too pretty to have it hidden away.
With the glass top, it’s a great work surface and I’ll use it more often for photo shoots if it’s out in the open.
And today I started working on a hand painted banner for our workshops. I cut and ironed a piece of drop cloth and sewed a 1″ rod pocket at the top for a dowel. I then painted it in MMSMP Linen and let it dry overnight. This morning, I transferred the word “WORKSHOP” onto the fabric using graphic paper. I’m drawing the rest of the design with chalk, which you can see if you look closely.
I spent a good part of the day in the studio today mixing a bunch of MMSMP colors and painting it. It’s looking so cute!
The workshops this week are on Friday (Jan 23) from 10-noon (sold out) and Saturday (Jan 24) from 10 – 3. (There are a few spaces left in the Saturday workshop and you can register HERE if you want to attend.) If you’ve been wanting to stop by the studio to check out it, right as the workshops end would be a good time. We have some antiques and furniture for sale as well as MMSMP products, including the new European colours as I already mentioned.
The studio address is 144 E. York St., Biglerville, PA 17307.
I’ll be scheduling more workshops and I’m going to try hosting some “open studio” sessions as well, where customers can pay an hourly rate to use my paints, brushes, drop cloths, finishes, space, etc. to work on a project. It won’t be a workshop, but I’ll be there to help out or answer questions. We’ll give it a try and see how it works!