Well, it involved a lot of patience, crawling around on the floor, tape (3 rolls), and dry time, but the painted checkerboard floors in the studio are finally finished!
And I absolutely love them!
I would say I wished I had done them initially when we first moved in, but I’m glad I had some time to live with the white-painted floors first. The room has been a slow evolution, so I could learn how I worked best and what I needed. I’ve put a lot of thought into the placement of each piece and, while I’m sure I’ll continue to tweak and maybe even do a full overhaul down the road, it’s pretty perfect for right now. I needed to do a lot of scooting to figure that out, though, and the floors took the brunt of that.
The checkerboard pattern on the floor adds just enough interest without being overly busy or drawing too much attention. If this room was a story, the floor is an interesting, fleshed-out supportive character.
While I was putting everything back, I took some time to tidy the studio as well. I acknowledge that my messy isn’t messy to a lot of people. It comes in the form of books and magazines stacked on the desk, maybe a bag of recent purchases by the door, drawers that aren’t organized, a brush or two that need to be washed, a few hairballs on the floor. I have a pretty low threshold for mess, so you’re not ever going to see my rooms piled with stuff or so much of a disaster that you can’t walk through them. That being said, it was nice to give everything a good cleaning.
I love how the pale blue in the floor now brings out the pale blue of the ceiling even more. Some people might not like the subtle shifts in whites, but I love playing whites off of one another. Bright white trim, creamy white walls, pale blue ceiling, warm vs. cool, etc. To me, it looks interesting; it keeps whites from being boring.
My art cart is usually parked by the easel, but now that we have cats, I can’t use the glass palette and keep my paints sitting out. I can use it, but I have to keep the door closed and clean it right after so curious paws aren’t covered in oil paint and then tracked through the house. So, I’ve been using my hand-held wooden palette and storing it in the closet. Since I don’t need it right next to me, I pushed the cart in the corner by the large cabinet. It’s out of the way, but still accessible. It holds frequently-used sketchbooks, brushes, photo sources, mediums, pigments, paper towels, and baggies for used towels. I can roll it out if I need a surface right next to me, but it’ll probably stay in that spot most of the time.
The drafting table and stool have new felt sliders under them, so I can move them easier without damaging the floor. The drafting table can usually stay in that spot, but I sometimes use the wall behind it for photoshoots.
It’s a little thing, but I love the stuff on top of the closet! It adds warmth and texture and the baskets provide some additional storage if/when I need it.
This corner is still a work in progress. We will most likely be replacing the door that leads to the kitchen, so the trim was popped off to see how it can be removed. And both doors will be painted in my custom-mixed “Boxwood Green.”
This week, Jeff and I are working on building the shelf under the window to store more books and my yarn stash. I can’t wait until that is done! (See what a mess that corner is?! Just look at that stack of books! Pigsty. Kidding.)
When I scooted the furniture back in place, I considered trying the desk in a new spot, but it didn’t work as well as where it’s been. I moved furniture around and then remembered that I’ve already been through this drill and there were practical, well-thought-out reasons behind the placement of each piece. There was no reason to change it unless I was going to use the space in a different way, which I wasn’t.
HERE is the post about the desk makeover. It’s an antique teacher’s desk that I found at an antique store in PA. It was blue when I bought it and I painted it in MMS Milk Paint Grain Sack, finished with Matte Tough Coat.
On the to-do list as well is to make a slipcover for the desk chair. I’ve been dragging my feet on it a bit, since I’m not in love with that chair. It’s comfortable enough, but I get squirmy in it if I’m sitting for too long. I’ve debated trying to replace it, but I keep waffling.
A few people have asked about the chair at the easel. That is a vintage chair and it is awesome! I bought it last year at Junk Bonanza. You can read about it HERE.
While I was getting everything sorted, I also taped the cord for the clip-on easel light to hide it a bit better. Cords just drive me nuts! If it wasn’t completely impractical, I would like an outlet-free, switch-free, cord-free, vent-free house (while still having electricity, heat, and AC.)
And here are just some more pictures of the space. I was just enjoying having a photoshoot of my new space!
If you missed the details about the painted floor, you can find them in these posts…
And, in case you didn’t see what this room looked like when we first moved in, here’s the side-by-side…