We’re almost there! The studio is nearing completion and I am so excited to be able to start using this space now that it’s insulated, climate-controlled, and the walls are back on!
Today, the wall around the mini-split went up and it looks so good! Of course, it still needs to be painted, but that will be happening this week.
A few of you have asked about the mini-split. It’s a Mitsubishi unit that heats and cools, similar to something you might find in a hotel room, except this one is actually quiet! I have found myself putting my hand over it to make sure it’s working. It is, though it’s just a quiet little thing. It’s also a lot more not-ugly than I thought it would be! I realize that’s a poorly structured sentence, but I was just expecting it to be an eye-sore. It just blends in and looks quite sleek. It will blend in even more once we add the built-in shelves on either side of it.
There is also a unit outside that looks like a small air conditioning unit. It’s tucked under our deck, so it’ll be sheltered from the wind this winter.
I sort of hate spending money on not-fun things like a mini-split, but it was a necessary expense to make this room functional year-round and a low investment for the kind of space I gained for my business.
The real test will be the bitter-cold winter days, so I’ll let you know how it goes. It is graded to work as low as -7 degrees and this room does get lots of sun, which will bring in a bit of solar heat, hopefully!
My new desk chair from Joss & Main also arrived last week…
I still can’t believe I selected a mid-century modern style desk chair, but it really works in this space.
It’s comfortable and a good size for the drafting table. I pretty much always want to buy something that’s old, but when it comes to desk chairs, it’s nice to get something that’s made for modern comfort and safety.
And, I finally picked up a studio easel! It was a big step for me. I’ve been looking at them for a long time, but felt intimidated for some reason. Having a real studio easel means I need to paint on real canvas! There is an expectation. But, I need to push myself to take that plunge and just go for it.
I purchased this lyre easel from Hobby Lobby and it came to $55 with a 40% off coupon.
I will say that it’s a miracle this thing is together, though. The instructions it came with gave you a lot of credit…assuming that easel assembly was something intuitive. It took a little figuring and some extra hands to hold things in place, but we got it up. I have a couple of extra pieces, so I hope they aren’t too important.
Now, I just need the time to paint.
I feel like I’m still playing catch-up from the move and having the boys home this summer, so I haven’t had much time just to sit and create. Plus, I’ve been working on the house! I’m hoping to make some time later this week, though. That time is important and creativity seems to feed off of those unhurried moments shared with a blank piece of paper and good music playing in the background…