One Room Challenge – The Studio – Week 6

Here we are – at the end a 6 week journey in the One Room Challenge.  I know you’re anxious to see what the studio looks like now.  And I’m so excited to show you!  It’s so fabulous!  I can’t wait to create in here! But, first, let’s have a quick glimpse of where we started, shall we?

Here’s the past posts, if you are just popping by for your first visit or you really want to see how bad it was!  I cringed looking back at some of these!  How did I even function in there?!?!

Week One / Week Two / Week Three / Week Four / Week Five

Emptying out the space made the biggest difference, I forgot what I had there in terms of space and resources.  It was like a refresh course of all things Farm Fresh Studio.  Then when things got serious and the hardcore painting started, my vision really started coming to life.  White washing the walls, painting out the trim and doors really lightened the space up and made it brighter and softer.  Then the floor, well, that just changed it all again.  I didn’t realize how much of a downer the concrete floor was.  But, paint me a Pacific Ocean Blue floor with some lovely Benjamin Moore Porch & Floor paint, well, I was doing the happy dance after that.  It really made the space feel more deliberate, more intentional and like a real studio space, instead of a room attached to a garage.  Even Michael is really pleased with the painted floor, and he thinks I paint EVERYTHING!! 😉  { He isn’t wrong on that… }

In the above picture, you can see that the new lights made it up before the reveal, too!  I spray painted them and my father-in-law installed them for me while I was at work one day. 🙂 Pretty good for some spray paint and a new socket, eh?

I’m loving the new look the desk is sporting!!  And, I tried lots of chairs here and finally settled on this one.  A few options just wouldn’t slide in and that’s just a royal pain.  Some felt too causal, like the one I had originally planned on using, for this lovely, rich-looking desk.  So I dipped into my stash and tried a few out and settled on this chippy yellow chair.  And I still love my sewing machine cover made from Michael’s grandmother’s quilt-top we found! 🙂

The farm auction chair looks great in here with its white legs and freshly scrubbed fabric – because one never knows, especially if you bought it in a lot with a random shop vac…at a farm auction!  I like that it works colour-wise in here without needing a re-do! Also, it’s light and easy to move if I need to stage a picture in front of the wall.

When it come to putting things back into the space and making it look good, plus function better, that’s when it was really fun!  I have so much neat stuff that was just buried under all the crap I had collected and stashed!!  But now it’ll get to shine on again.   I was excited to get to do a gallery wall in here, I love gallery walls, especially ones filled with treasures and creations that mean something to mean.  But I guess that’s whole point, right?

The corner cabinet got a coat of a special mix of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and then a quick sand followed by a coat of hemp oil.  Then I screwed it to the wall and ta-da!!  New display and storage handy my work table which is strangely empty.  I quite like my shelf, I’m glad I bought it for $5 all those years ago!!

Here’s a few little close-ups of some treasures that have found their way back into the studio.  I love a few special vingettes throughout the studio – great for inspiration!!

I’m not sure how long this poor little ivy will last, maybe the summer but it’ll probably have to move into the house come winter. The plant pot is one of the treasures I scored earlier this week at our new Value Village which you can read about HERE.

We aren’t even going to look at my To-do list because I crossed every single thing off – even the ones I added on along the way!  Feels pretty good to have accomplished all that hard work over the course of 6 weeks.

Well, thanks for tagging along as I gave my studio a make-over.  I hope you enjoyed the transformation!!  It’s been fun being able to really focus on my own space and make it work better for me and look better, too.  It feels so amazingly different!!

To be continued,


If you’d like to see some other great reveals, click the logo below!

Special thanks to Benjamin Moore for supplying me with the paint for the floor!  The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine.

  • Erin - May 11, 2017 - 7:07 am

    LORI! This space is AMAZING! It’s light years better than before! Give yourself a major pat on the back!! I’m excited for you to be creative in this space now….and see what magic happens 🙂ReplyCancel

    • - May 11, 2017 - 12:19 pm

      Thank you, Erin!! And thanks for the support and encouragement along the way! It was fun, challenging and rewarding!! Let’s start planning for October, right??ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Ann Swansburg - May 11, 2017 - 7:26 am

    Wow! You did a beautiful job. What and inviting and bright creative space you now have. I am going to use this as inspiration to get my studio space cleaned up. I don’t have the skills to make it this pretty, but I can tidy and make it usable again 😉
    Love all your accents and details on the walls. Just lovely!ReplyCancel

    • - May 11, 2017 - 12:18 pm

      Thank you, Ruth!! Send me before and after pictures of your space!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - May 11, 2017 - 10:14 am

    I love it! Great job. It looks like it will function beautifully for your creativity.ReplyCancel

    • - May 11, 2017 - 12:17 pm

      Thanks, Stacy!!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - May 11, 2017 - 11:37 am

    it looks awesome- what a great space to work and create!ReplyCancel

    • - May 11, 2017 - 12:17 pm

      Can’t wait to have some fun creating in here now that I can move in there!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - May 11, 2017 - 11:41 am

    Lori, it looks amazing! As always you are so creative , and can turn ashes into beauty! You inspire me….ReplyCancel

    • - May 11, 2017 - 12:14 pm

      Thanks, Diane!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - May 11, 2017 - 12:46 pm

    What a FABULOUS room!!! It’s perfect!!!ReplyCancel

    • - May 11, 2017 - 7:46 pm

      Thanks, Heather – one of these days you need to see it for yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Andi - May 11, 2017 - 1:22 pm

    Ah! I love the floor! And I love how I feel like I am in a mountain cabin just from looking at all of the photos. Such a fun space!ReplyCancel

    • - May 11, 2017 - 7:45 pm

      Thanks Andi!!ReplyCancel

  • Mb - May 11, 2017 - 10:42 pm

    Well done my love. It looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

    • - May 15, 2017 - 12:21 pm

      I’ll give you a tour this summer!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Beth - May 12, 2017 - 8:33 pm

    Wow! Great makeover, Lori! My “studio” is Dave’s workbench and I get the feeling he wishes I would “create” somewhere else, haha…ReplyCancel

    • - May 15, 2017 - 12:21 pm

      Hahaha – no doubt he does!! 🙂ReplyCancel