Before & After: Jason’s Portland Office

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Julia and I live in a small hamlet (I love that word) in upstate New York which has a number of abandoned buildings that are just asking to be given a second chance. One of my biggest dreams is to makeover our tiny “main street” stretch and create new spaces for artists, retail and other commercial prospects, but in the meantime, I’m living vicariously through other people who are buying and renovating old buildings that need a little love.

This makeover comes from Jason Leonard, who runs a poster restoration business called Affiche Studio. Jason recently bought a building in Portland, OR that he’s been slowing transforming into a bright, modern space for his business. Along the way he’s documented his process on Instagram (#archipelagopdx) and today he’s sharing photos of the finished space here! I love seeing all the work he’s done in six months, but I also love seeing that little building painted with such a sleek black exterior. I’ve always wanted to try that up here, so this is giving me a little inspiration to work on a proposal for some renovations upstate. In the meantime, click through to see Jason’s full building makeover. xo, grace

  1. Julie says:

    Nicely done! This building is really close to my house and I had been wondering who was behind its transformation.

  2. Stacy says:

    Lovely! I live very close to his location, so I’ll have to drive by sometime and see that beautiful black paint in person! I love seeing cool Portland spaces featured :)

  3. Nicole says:

    Amazing work Jason! The black exterior is beautiful and is something I’ve considered doing to our future home or shop. I’ve been curious about the difference a dark paint makes in cooling costs. Let me know if you notice a difference! Though, I think it might be more of an issue here with the Houston heat.

    1. Jason says:

      Thanks! Yeah, maybe not great for Houston.. (I grew up in Austin) but pretty perfect for Portland. I moved in last August, and it was pretty nice. It’s insulated like a fortress, with spray foam insulation, so that really helps. Something I might do in the future, which would probably help in Texas heat, is paint the rooftop white.

  4. Wow, this looks amazing! I love how the paint outside completely transformed the look of the building. I love how bright and cozy it is on the inside.

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    1. Jason says:

      Thank you! We put in 6 skylights, which really adds to the bright atmosphere. The light is so magical, with all the patterns they create. I want skylights everywhere now!

  5. Kate says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Can you advise on where you got the sofa/ what kind it is? Beautiful!

  6. Is that exterior paint high gloss? It’s amazing!

    1. Jason says:

      It’s Satin, but it took a little time to settle in. This photo was taken the day it was painted, last fall.

  7. Raj says:

    Loved the new look…

  8. madlyn says:

    Beautiful enough to live in! And isn’t that how our workplaces should be-given how many hours we spend in them. You would be amazed at how may business owners do not understand that concept! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Jason says:

      That thought kept me going when I thought I was going way too overboard with the design. Also, gutting and redoing the interior was a good chance to throw in everything, in case the space changes in the future.

  9. isabel says:

    i am almost tempted to paint my small Victorian black. This is impressive.

  10. Randi Bayne says:

    This is so awesome!! Such a great transformation and this gives me so much inspiration :)

  11. Amber says:

    I recognized this immediately since I drive by it every day to/from my son’s Montessori preschool. It’s really a handsome, eye-catching building. I think it looks even more striking in person than in the pictures, and it’s nice to see such a great renovation in that neighborhood. Nice work!

  12. heather says:

    Apparently, I am an outlier but I don’t like the black exterior though I do like that the door is now centered.

    Inside is lovely.

  13. LAUREN says:

    Looks great — curious about the bathroom over the sink mirror? Where’s it from?

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