One Room Challenge – The Studio – Week 1

I’m so excited!!!  I’ve been wanting to do some up-dates to the studio and this is the perfect reason to check it off my list! But, first, let me back up a little…

I had heard about the One Room Challenge before, but I honestly couldn’t tell you if it was a blog post I came across, a FB post or on Instagram.  It certianly made me a little curious but not enough to actually take part.  But when Erin of DIY Passion put it out there in our blogging group, my first thought was of the studio!  When I read more about it, I thought that this would be a great challenge for me to focus on getting something done for me and make my studio suit my style a little better and hopefully function better for me at the same time. { Read: clean it up and move some stuff along }

Now, let’s review a little about where we’ve been with the studio over the past almsot 3 years.  You can check out my first post about the space HERE.  And then it transitioned into THIS and THIS.  I would sometimes post pictures like the below picture, in Black & White so it masks what a huge mess it currently is in!  See? You can even hide a kid in there!

So when I started thinking about what I wanted to do out in the studio, a few thoughts were immediate – white wash the walls and paint the floor.  Hands down, no question.  There’s a catch with doing those projects.  A rather large catch….that involves moving things out of the studio and the only place to put things is in the loft or the garage.  But here’s the rub…somethings won’t fit through the door and up the stairs to the studio so they need go to the garage, which sounds simple enough except we seem to be caught in a never-ending winter so I need the garage space for the car – you know, what the garage is actually for! πŸ˜‰

The other problem is that I hoard projects.  Hi, my name is Lori and I’m addicted to chairs and future projects. I know I”m not alone in this, right? Everybody raise your hand!  So, the studio is filled with things I’m working on and getting ready for the Homegrown Vintage Market in August { I never prepare this early! } and thankfully just a few client projects which I need to wrap up and move along.

Here’s a rough list, in no particular order, of what I hope to accomplish over the next 6 weeks:

Sew curtains for the prep table

Paint the floor

Whitewash the walls

Frame the chalkboard

Paint the sewing desk

Paint and hang the corner cabinet

Paint the doors

So pull up a chair and I’ll show you exactly what I’m dealing with….lol, see???  This is exactly why I need to focus some attaention on my work space!

Ugh – when I look at these pictures, I feel completely overwhelmed!!  Will 6 weeks be enough time? I have so much work to do just to muck this space out, let alone give it a makeover!

But one has to start somewhere, right?  I guess I best get out there and start sorting things out, packing things up and hauling them out of my way! I love my studio space and am so thankful that it was here for me when we moved in.  Now, I really get to freshen it up and concentrate on doing it over, making it my own.

See you next week where I’ll give you a progress report, complete with pictures!

To be continued,


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  • Erin - April 5, 2017 - 8:28 pm

    Omg. This space!!!! I can see your vision. And you know I’m here for moral support! White washed walls- yeeeeesssssssss!!ReplyCancel

    • - April 5, 2017 - 8:56 pm

      Thanks, Erin!! I’m blaming you anyway, good or bad….we’ll have to see!!ReplyCancel

  • Homespun by Laura - April 6, 2017 - 4:03 pm

    I love your walls! I’m sad and happy at the same time to hear you’re going to whitewash them. They are awesome as they are but will be awesome whitewashed, too! Also, your antique map is very cool. I can’t wait to follow along with this one.ReplyCancel

    • - April 9, 2017 - 9:43 pm

      Hahaha – everyone has strong feelings about painting wood! I find the pine so busy to photograph against!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - April 7, 2017 - 9:15 am

    I see your vision too! This space has a great vibe.ReplyCancel

    • - April 9, 2017 - 9:41 pm

      Thanks Stacy – I love my studio space!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Barnes - April 9, 2017 - 10:14 am

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with your space! Love the idea of the whitewashed walls! 😊😊😊ReplyCancel

    • - April 9, 2017 - 9:42 pm

      Thanks Sarah – I need to tone down the pine!ReplyCancel