before and after

before & after: craft studio makeover

by Kate Pruitt

Raw, open spaces like this can be exciting but also overwhelming, especially if they arrive in this kind of chaotic condition. How do you fill the space and make it welcoming but stay within a modest budget? The answer in Renee’s case was lots of fresh, white paint and cleverly repurposed materials to create storage and furniture. Renee is using the space to launch her new business, Re: Creative, a DIY and craft studio in Toronto where she offers classes and workshops. I love the limited palette, which includes pops of bright neon and warm wood, and the industrial touches that double as furniture are so smart. I wish I lived in the area so I could stop by and take a class. Nice work, Renee! — Kate

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Time: one month

Cost: $2000 (includes all accessories, paint, drywall, baseboards, lighting, furniture, etc.)

Basic Steps: We had to insulate and drywall the entire space. Everything, including the wood ceiling, was given a fresh coat of white paint to brighten up the space. We cleaned up the cement floor and put on a semi-gloss coating to keep the look of the concrete. The paint colour is Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White, crates on the walls are from Michael’s, and fabric for the sofa is from Designer Fabrics. Most things in the space were some sort of DIY: an old door was turned into a console table using plumbing pipes as the base; old skids were used as a sofa; the craft tables were made out of plywood and spooled legs we painted; the chairs were Craigslist finds that we painted black; the armoire was also a Craigslist find that we revamped; the pendant lights are IKEA and we spray painted them; and most of the art was all DIY.

My biggest piece of advice is to have a concrete plan. Make a renovation schedule so that everything is broken down into steps. This really helps to make things feel not so overwhelming. And get your friends and family to help out — made a world of a difference to me! — Renee

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