It’s amazing how much upheaval one little piece of furniture can cause in a room, especially when you are absolutely determined to make it fit and you know in your bones that it will fit. Such was the case with the antique post office register I shared Monday. It was just too perfect of a piece for an art studio for it to not find a home in mine.
After scooting, rolling, and sliding some things around, the key to making the newly acquired cabinet fit was to swap the drafting table and easel. And, actually, I like both of these pieces much better in their new homes. The drafting table is a beautiful piece (it’s a reproduction you can purchase HERE) and it’s nice to have it be more of a feature when you walk in the room. It also seems to fit better here than in the corner in front of the closet.
With the easel moved to the corner in front of the closet, I was able to nestle the post office register between the easel and hardware cabinet. When I shared this arrangement on Instagram, several people inquired about my easel. It is a new piece that is still available – it’s the Counterweight Studio Easel by Sienna. The price and shipping for it have both gone up since I bought it, unfortunately. It is an awesome easel and I’m so glad I invested in it and myself early in my oil painting journey. I am planning to do a video review on it to show how it works and adjusts for those who are interested.
The register cabinet acts as a nice extension of the hardware cabinet and provides some more storage for art supplies. It’s also a nice height to have by the easel, so I can use it to set up a still life and have brushes, oils, and mediums handy.
It’s not only artist’s pigments in those bottles, but crushed shells I collected to make pigments and a collection of sealing wax bits.
I might end up moving around the chalkboard and art behind the easel, but we’ll see. I wanted to swap things around immediately after I got the furniture situated, but it’s sort of growing on me the way it is. I’ve learned to let changes happen slowly and to not feel rushed. Change almost always feels a little “off” at first, but that’s usually simply because it’s different. I’ve learned I need to give myself a little bit of time to acclimate before making too many decisions.
And, as I shared on Monday, I still need to organize all of those wonderful cubby-filled drawers! I want to take my time with that part, too, so it will likely be a slow and steady process.
The rest of the studio remained the same, although I am continuously shuffling things around as new books and supplies come in and as I work on different projects. I find that continuous shuffling to be good for a creative space, so there’s something that always feels fresh and new and invites me in, even if it’s just having a few pencils sitting out on my work table instead of upright in a jar.
My worktable is getting a little cluttered. I joked on Instagram stories that I brought this table in because I felt like I needed more open workspace and then I have this great open workspace to full with all sorts of goodies and supplies that I want to have sitting out! I know…hopeless. Instead of shaming myself for how I like to set up my workspace, though, I’m embracing it. I imagine myself as an old lady, snuggled in a chair surrounded by tall stacks of books and art supplies and I’m really okay with that.
Books are slowly taking over my yarn shelf, but the yarn is still holding firm in its spot. For now.
And I rearranged a few things on the rolling cart. My original idea for this cart was to use it as a palette (which is why I had a piece of glass cut for the top), but once we got cats, that was no longer an option! The cats have a knack for stepping right into a pile of wet paint and, after cleaning paint off of too many paws too many times (a traumatic event for both me and the cats), I keep all of my paint safely stored away unless I’m using it. It’s become a nice little storage piece, though, and an overflow for books.
The studio is definitely my favorite place in the house. I could get lost in there happily for hours, weeks probably! There is certainly enough to read and do…an endless supply of learning, work, and play.
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