before & after: corner studio makeover

After seeing Dana’s 3D diamond wall pattern last week, I’ve been brainstorming all the ways to add cool sculptural elements to my walls. I love wood paneled walls, but this awesome studio renovation from Cheryl Andrey is making me seriously appreciate the look of wood alone. I can imagine this looking nice as an all-wood wall, but Cheryl’s made a far better decision in breaking up the wood with stripes of blank white. It provides more light and more interest and takes advantage of the angled wall in an unexpected way. Also — using the wood as a place for pinning images? Genius. Awesome job, Cheryl! — Kate

Read the full post after the jump!

Time: Two weeks (on free nights & weekends)

Cost: $250 (drywall, insulation, primer, paint, lathe for the accent wall and some wood and brackets for the shelves)

Basic Steps: This was the first room that my husband and I have finished completely in our 1920 house after just moving in around Thanksgiving. One of the most rewarding parts of this renovation was pulling down all of the carpet squares that literally covered every inch of the room, ceiling and floor included. Once that was gone, it was apparent that the plaster on the slanted wall was not repairable, so we took our first step into the world of drywall guided by our more experienced friend, Ryan, who has been renovating his own old house. The mudding was tricky, not only because it was my first time, but because I was attempting to match the original curves of the corners. I would say that was the most time consuming element of this project. After that, it was all prepping for painting, sanding, sanding, sanding and filling in the gaps between the molding and the walls.

When we demolished the original plaster wall, I had the idea to use lathe as a sort of pin board in the room. Unfortunately the original lathe that we removed was far too dirty to try and re-use. We completed the whole wall with one bundle of new lathe from the hardware store. I absolutely love the way it looks. It makes the room. I can’t over emphasize the impact made by just painting the room white. Since it’s my studio, it was really important to me to have a light working space. I was worried that we weren’t going to be able to achieve that without installing more lights, but the white really brightened up the room. Our plan for the future is to install a skylight on the slanted wall, but that’s for another day when there isn’t snow in the forecast.

The best tip I can give for a project like this is to not be afraid to try new things. We had never attempted to install drywall before, but we did a great job with it, and I now I feel 100% confident that I could do it again. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, don’t hesitate to check out a book or internet resource. I purchased the 3rd edition of the book Renovation by Michael Litchfield, and it has been an amazing source of information for us as old-home owners. — Cheryl

  1. Jen Prusha says:

    Anathallo poster!!!

  2. Sophia says:

    I was wondering if you could tell me where you purchased the lathe for the wall? I’ve looked it up online and have only been coming up with wood lathe machinery. And did it come with such great color variation, or did you have to do it yourself?

  3. Cheryl says:

    We got our lathe at Home Depot. I’m not sure if it’s something that’s normally in stock everywhere or if it’s specific to ours because the community is so old and nearly everyone has plaster walls. We didn’t do anything to the lathe but cut it to fit. It’s not exactly your typical cut of wood because it’s made to go IN your wall and not be seen. Lathe is very rough, usually warped and uneven, so keep that in mind when you’re looking for it. If you want something that looks more finished you might consider something else.

  4. Reeve says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

  5. Cinco Powell says:

    Nice Use of Chevron and Chartreuse…my two faces!

  6. dnatassia says:

    Most don’t like mustard colour but you pulled it off!! Salute!!

  7. Susansa says:

    Your space is much more workable! i.e. the slanting ceiling directly above the head can feel quite oppressive – really nice re-do!

  8. Tess says:

    Brilliant! Your design in inspired. Love it! You’ve convinced me to tackle the office space in my house. I’ve been putting it off but after seeing your hard work pay off I’m keen to jump in now. Cheers!

  9. Mary says:

    Sweet! The wood looks great with the white contrast. You did a great job!

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