As someone who has trouble keeping things neat and tidy, I can totally relate to the “before” scenario for this studio makeover from Amy. It can be difficult to take a pause in the midst of projects and deadlines to completely clear out a space, but sometimes, that’s exactly what you need to do, and in Amy’s case, it’s clear that she approached the redesign of her studio wisely. The new space is completely free of distracting clutter, and the wood floor adds a lovely finishing touch to the space. Great job, Amy! — Kate
Read more about Amy’s studio transformation after the jump!
Time: One month
Cost: $500 (for all furniture, paint + supplies)
Basic Steps: After years of making do with whatever odds and ends we had around the house to furnish the studio, I first and foremost wanted a clean, custom, organized space. This space serves two purposes: I make my smaller, water-based work on paper here, and since I teach at a university, I use it as my home office to keep all of my paperwork and application materials organized and always on hand. After five years of accumulated paper and studio odds and ends, I had to overhaul pretty much everything. Here are the steps I took:
I designed the kind of space I wanted on paper. I drew the dimensions of the room using graph paper to figure out exactly what size to make the corner worktables and shelves and proceeded pretty closely to these plans. I discarded, recycled or removed the extraneous — from large items such as the closet door and furniture to three paper grocery bags’ worth of old paperwork.
Then I organized the heck out of everything. I categorized all items down to the last paper clip and labeled plastic totes of various sizes (which I had already purchased a few years prior), as well as all of the pockets on a door-mounted shoe rack. Once all objects had a home, it was easy to clean up and put everything away. I purchased and customized all the new elements: the flat file (we cleaned and re-oiled it, put a frame on the bottom and attached casters), the doors (a 36” x 80” door and one part of a bi-fold door, 18” x 81”) and table legs, small file cabinet and wood for the shelves. We also tore out the linoleum floor to reveal the hardwood underneath. Now that it’s so nice and clean, I need to learn how to make a mess in it again.
Take the time to do it right. I reorganize the studio a bit every summer, but I have wanted to do a major overhaul like this for years. It wasn’t until I sat down and figured out what I really needed and wanted out of my space that I was able to commit to this level of involvement with the project. Also, it’s great to have a talented, able and willing partner on hand to help with hard jobs like shelf design and installation. Thanks Mark! — Amy Sacksteder