Studio Make Over
Apologies I have to say my blog posts here became rather infrequent towards the end of January, but what started out as a Saturday project Studio Make Over to give my work space a face lift ended up taking an entire week. But I am glad to say I finally finished it last Friday.
January is always a strange month for energy levels, and I’m prone to thinking things can be done in a much quicker time span that they actually can be.
But moving on, I finally have a fully working studio, all be the fact that is actually very compact at 3m by 2.5m square, it is just about workable.
I initially had lots of freestanding shelves and pallet tables with folded legs, but I was a bit prone to cluttering. So this time before moving anything I sat myself down and made a list of all the necessary functions I needed from the space.
My list looked like this:
- a space to sew
- a space to take photographs (on the different wood backgrounds I use)
- a space to iron
- a space to draft the patterns on the computer and print them (up until now, I was moving everything as I needed to use it, which was a big waste of time)
- a space to cut the patterns and the materials
- my different materials and tools accessible at eye level
- storage space at floor level
Added to this I made a pact with myself to only put back into the studio what I actually needed to use, and put the rest into storage.
I also have a coffee machine and two armchairs for my two springer spaniels, this of course is next to their favourite item, the wood burning stove 🙂
I was also very keen to reuse all of the items we had and up-cycle them into functional work areas, particularly with the pallets we had been collecting.
To start with I emptied the studio of all the sewing and craft supplies, a task I was not looking forward to! It took a full day 🙁 and the studio ended looking like this…
Yes, that is it with nearly everything out of it. At times like this I had to believe it was going to be worth it. To be honest it was almost easier to talk myself out of doing it.
We had decided to build-in pallet work benches running along two of the walls of the studio, one side would all be white pallets under the wall mounted wine boxes, which are also painted white.
The white bench spans just under the 3m and it connects to another pallet work bench, that runs just over the 2.5m. the second bench is stained with a dark wood finish and sanded down. The roof on that side of the studio, comes down at an angle so is quite low, not allowing for any shelves above. Then all of the storage would go underneath.
First, because the floor is a bit wonky, Alan built a solid frame onto the walls to hold the work benches. This would also allow the benches to be perfectly level, as we didn’t rely on the floor.
The next task, was to fit all of the sockets, for ease of access. We ended up a set of 4 sockets to the left, middle and right of the work benches, giving me access to 12 sockets in total.
After that, the freestanding shelves were cut down and mounted to the walls, under the work benches, we also reused wooden boxes and some left over tiles for decoration. All in all, fitting the benches, painting etc took 2 full days.
Organising and putting everything back took much longer, also facing my hoarding tendencies held it up a bit as well. But, I was determined not to clutter.
So exactly a week later I finished 🙂
Starting in the left hand corner by the window, I have all my sewing patterns filed and categorised 🙂 with all of the materials I am using at the moment in projects to hand, and the iron and portable ironing mat stored above the material. The ironing mat fits perfectly in the space next to the folders and the plug socket for the iron is right next to it.
Moving along the wall, I have all of my threads, needles, buttons, scissors, accessories etc all within easy access above my white work bench. This is where I also have my sewing machine covered in the centre. The area to the left is for the ironing and the centre section is for sewing, so far three areas ticked off the list, ironing, sewing, eye level storage.
Under the work bench all of my extra buttons, ribbons, lace and notions are stored. I may in the future run a curtain or doors in front of them, this will depend on how much I use them. Area 4 ticked off the list.
The only extra concession is the cat chair, my little tabby kitty, or rather elderly kitty, she is 15 years old is obsessed with it.
Moving on into the corner, I have the desktop with the printers connected just below it, all set up to go.
I’m also using the corner to store all that camera stuff I use on a daily basis.
And then below I have all of my paint & craft supplies, including an area just for craft filler. I used this so often for stuffing everything, but it can take up a lot of space, I usually buy it in bulk in the smaller packets and then store the bigger bags.
Next to the computer I have my cutting area, with open plan storage below, for larger plastic crates, where I store finished items, felt and materials. Design and cutting area also ticked off the list, 6 & 7.
The final area is for the photographs, and this is sorted out by the full length of the benches, I simply just have to lift the sewing machine or the cutting mats and the area is clear for pictures. I also have a spare bench and fold out legs, if I want to take some pictures outside or want a different colour background.
Then finally next to that is my coffee machine & door hangers 🙂
With everything in its place I then had loads of free space for the puppies, who were outside playing when I took these photos. Once it gets warmer and we don’t need to keep the wood stove burning Alan is going to work his magic on the mosaic stove surround.
Meanwhile our lazy young kitty Mr Lumpy is cosy next to the fire. As with any makeover there is still a little bit left to do, making soft furnishings, I’ll be redoing the curtain and chair cover and cushion covers, along side making a notice board from a white mirror frame that I purchased for a steal, because the mirror was broken. I’m working on a blog post about that this week. 🙂
This time I do think I ticked all of the boxes. I have all of the areas I needed and have everything I need to hand and filed away. Now to settle in and finish all those patterns, that are almost ready.
Final unclose details – Pins and needles are all stored in my up-cycled china cups. Tutorial and pattern to make your own click here.
My about to be used fabric pile. By mounting the wine boxes lengthways and widthways I have a variety of different storage spaces. The lengthways ones are perfect for storing the folded fabric.
Up-cycled tin cans are perfect as containers, I use them to hold scissors, markers and in this case garden markers. I’ve also introduced plants, starting with this cactus, as it gets warmers I will be putting some hanging plants in, just to bring some of the garden into the studio.
Glass storage jars work perfectly to keep the items I most use to hand.
Now just to start work!!!