The studio closet is finally finished! I cannot express how awesome it is to have all of that functional storage in this space now. It was one of my goals this year to make my workspaces more functional and that has been accomplished in my studio and home office.
If you missed any previous posts in the studio closet series, including plans and some process pictures of how the closet was built, you can find them here…
So, this weekend, while everyone else in my family was occupied, I took some time to prime and paint the closet. I used Smart Prime by Zinsser as the primer and then Benjamin Moore’s Aura in White Dove in an eggshell finish for the paint. It’s the same color as the walls.
I applied both the primer and paint with a 6″ microfiber roller (to minimize nap marks) and a Parsons West brush (naturally). For smaller painting projects like this, I like to use a Wooster Pelican paint pail. It has a small “ramp” for a roller and a magnetic holder for a brush. As a money-saving tip, I’ll use one liner several times. I put excess paint back into the original can and then let any remnants dry before I reuse the liner.
One tip when you’re rolling on several sides of a piece, like the sides of a door and the front of the door, take a brush and “lay off” the paint immediately after rolling it on. This removes any “ledges” left by the roller on the adjacent surface.
Even the primer made it look better! I love how the warmth of the baskets and French easel pop against the white.
I ordered vintage hardware from the former Soviet Union off of Etsy. I was a bit perplexed of what kind of hardware to use and nothing I tried from my stash looked right. The scale of these handles made sense with the size of the doors and I like that they are unique.
I gave them a quick scrub with some Bar Keeper’s Friend (my go-to cleaner for stainless steel and copper.)
And I installed them with small screws…
I actually have one more handle on the way (the original one the seller sent me was lost in the mail), but I’m not sure if I’ll install it on the other door or just leave it as is.
I also installed a few hooks along the side by the door to hang my apron and my Selina Vaughan bag (I use it for art supplies and books when I’m traveling or going appointments.)
I love the little peek I get into the studio from this view in the kitchen. It is so inviting to me…
Here is the view from my desk…
I ended up parking my rolling vintage cart under the windows behind the “guest chair”. Of course, I’ll move it over by the easel when in use, but it’s nice to be able to have it out of the way, too. I planned to build some shelving there, but I’ll use it like this for a while and see if I even need that additional shelving.
I have actually found that I’m doing more work at this desk in my studio simply because I love being in this space so much. I still use my office quite a bit, but I’m using my computer in here more often, especially when I’m working on creative content planning.
I mean, can you blame me?! I just love this room!
The studio floor will be getting a fresh coat of paint soon, but I’ll do that before I go out of town for a few days, so it has some time to cure before I move the furniture back.
Another upcoming project will be organizing the closet. Right now, everything is put in there without much rhyme or reason, but organizing is an ongoing process, especially in a creative space! For now, it’s all out of sight and accessible.
As a reminder, this is how the room looked when we first moved in…