One Room Challenge – The Studio – Week 4

We are closing in on the end of the One Room Challenge, only a few weeks left!  It’s been exciting to see the transformation happening within the studio.  But, boy, what a pile of work!  This week’s progress has been minimal in comparison to last week, which you can check out HERE.  An empty studio and white washed walls are hard to top!

But, still, I have some work to show for my efforts over the course of the last week. With the exception of having to finish doors, and paint the floor, I feel like the hard work is behind me.  Getting those walls done was a huge hurdle and now that’s behind me!  Thanks much in part to Catherine’s help!

This week I got to do a few fun little things while the trim paint dried.  Painting white paint over white primer on 3 doors and 4 windows is a thankless job, but it will be nice when it’s completely done.  It already has made a huge difference to how crisp the space looks.

And painting out the blue on the doors was GREAT!!  I need to talk about the blue here for a minute.  Now, I want to start by saying that I do like blue.  I have lots of blue in my life.  But this blue, oh this blue….is EVERYWHERE! All our shutters, all the exterior doors in the garage and house are this blue, including the two huge garage doors.  I’ve painted out our front door, I did that the summer we moved in so now it really pops with its bright green.  We will be painting the whole exterior of the house this summer and I will be changing the blue…ironcially to another blue, but this time a deeper, richer blue.  But the inside of the studio doors do not need to be blue, it always stood out so much in any pictures, so it was with great glee that I brushed on that coat of white paint!

My other fun progress was digging out the corner cabinet from the loft and dragging it down into the studio for its….makeover? Hahaha!!  I’ve had this $5 yard sale find for years tucked away and I believe that the previous owners started to strip it but quit part way into the project.  I’ll just say I love me some chippy paint!  So, when I got it down from my stash in the loft, I snapped a picture of it, even before I cleaned the dead flies and bird poop off it and put it out on Instagram and FB to see what other people would do with it.  The feedback was incredible!  People have strong opinions about chippy, weathered old pieces.  Some said to keep it as is, some said paint the outside, leave the inside, while others thought I should do the opposite.  Some said paint it all!  So what did I do? First I washed it. 😉 But the rest you’ll just have to wait to see it!!

Part of the plan came together by happenstance.  Every Spring and Fall, the Atlantic Stockyards has a Machinery Auction.  I started going after Michael told me about the wooden screen door that went for about $2 and not to him.  He obviously couldn’t be trusted to bring home the right stuff from the auction so I just had to take matters into my own hands.  So, I’ve taken in the auctions whenever I can. This year Dad and I loaded up the girls and headed for Truro.  Now, I will say there are rows upon rows of various farm equipment – from tractors to wagons, saw mills and ploughs.  But, of course, I’m not going for that stuff. I’m going for the random other stuff that people drag there – like wooden wagon wheels, industrial lights, platform scales, milk cans, tool boxes and yes, the furniture.  Random, I know.  And that’s what makes it so fun!  You truly never know what might be on the auction block at one of these sales.  I loaded the back of Dad’s truck up with furniture and 2 random vacuums that were part of the lot. Coffee table, end table, a bench, 2 chairs and a low metal stand and 2 vacuum cleaners.  Yep, that’s how I roll. So, what does this have to do with the studio?  Other than the fact I barely had room to store this stuff?  Well, one of the pieces is going into the new plan.  But what piece in the picture above? Well, you’ll just have to wait!!

I like to add in here just how put out Buttercat is that there isn’t a spot left for him to sleep when he sneaks into the studio while I’m working.  Finally, after listening to him complain, I threw a blanket down for him by the heater and he proceeded to curl up and have a nap.

The other exciting thing I did this week was wash the plate covers. 🙂 I know, right?

So, that’s it for progress to show you this week.  Let’s check in on that To-do list shall we?

Sew the curtains for the prep table – done

White wash the walls – done

Paint the floor

Frame the chalkboard – wood bought and cut

Paint the sewing desk – done

Paint and hang the corner cabinet – done

Paint the doors – kinda done {sigh, they need a third coat to cover that blue…}

Paint the sewing chair – done

Paint the trim – done

Once I make it through the To-Do list, I get to do the fun stuff – decorating and re-organizing it all! And then do the big reveal on Week 6!!

To be continued,


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  • Erin - April 27, 2017 - 8:46 am

    Next auction? I’m coming with you!!
    I love the cat… too cute. Cannot wait to see your shiny studio!ReplyCancel

    • - April 27, 2017 - 8:18 pm

      Erin – that would be a blast!! Fall Auction, it’s a date!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Trenholm - May 4, 2017 - 12:41 pm

    I may have missed it somewhere, but what type of paint did you use for the doors? I have a couple of steel entrance doors I’d like to paint and I want it to last and be washable.
    Loving this series, by the way. With your inspiration, maybe I’ll finally get around to that spare bedroom that desperately needs a makeover.ReplyCancel

    • - May 4, 2017 - 8:09 pm

      Hi Pam, the doors are done in a white exterior paint by Benjamin Moore called ‘ben’ in a low lustre 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!ReplyCancel