Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DIY: Creating a Home Studio

 The second big project on my Spring Break To Do List was carving out this brand new home studio space! This was the second big endeavor I set out to accomplish over my break (check out the others here and here) and I'm so excited with how it turned out. This room is our bonus room (dubbed the "bogus" room by me for years as I literally just piled stuff in it!) and it sits right above our garage. It's a big space and filled with light and windows. This room serves many purposes: it's my yoga studio on the 3 times a year I decide to practice; it's a book writing space; a lesson planning and video recording spot and where I host Facebook and Instagram LIVE every Wednesday night at 8pm, CST. While it's always had many jobs, I never felt like this space was my actual studio. My drafting table was in another part of our house and my art supplies were scattered about. Over break, I decided to change all of that.  
 I started by clearing out the accent chairs and the end table that previously sat in this space. If you'd like to take a tour of my bonus room, you can see it all right here. Those chairs are now sitting in a heap in my front room...another space that I've yet to figure out. And, before you ask, no, we didn't just move in to our home. I'm just a VERY SLOW decorator/figure-er out of life-r. I then moved my 1940's drafting table to this space. 
Let's talk about my drafting table for a minute. I scored it a couple of years ago from a Craigslist seller. I had always wanted one after I broke mine in college (how does one break an iron drafting table? These are questions only those in college under the influence of Zima can answer). The vintage light was an ebay find. 
Despite the fact that I like ALL OF THE COLORS  I'm trying to approach decorating my home in a less crazy manner. For that reason, when deciding on framed pegboard and an accent color, despite my knee jerk reaction, I decided to go with ONE accent color...not ALL the accent colors. Yellow was my color of choice. I thought it was bright, happy and would compliment the slate gray of the curtains. My vintage desk lamp was originally gray. After priming it with a white spray paint, I hosed it down with a sunshine yellow. It makes me so happy!
 Now let's talk pegboards. After I decided I wanted to hang pegboards up, I thought they would look better framed. Since this in my house and not my garage, I just thought it would elevate the look. I am a hoarder of all things but frames in particular. When I found three in my stash that would work, I took them with me to the hardware store to have pegboard cut to size. Why not just measure them, you ask? Well because the frames are a touch wonky. I wanted them to be certain the pegboard would fit. I'm glad I did...each pegboard had to be trimmed down at least two times before they fit the frame. 
While at the hardware, they had a couple of pegboard kits. These came with the supplies needed to hang the boards and the hooks for supplies. 
 Here's my advice for hanging pegboard...and take this with a hunk of salt as I'm not handy AT ALL: hang the frames with a heavy duty hook. I happened to have these Monkey Tail hooks that could hold up to 20 lbs. They slide right in to the wall and work fabulously. 
 Now you can't put the frames right up to the wall. You'll need a little bit of space in the back for the backside of the hook. The pegboard kits I purchased came with long screws and a bumper. The bumper goes in the back and forces the frame to sit some distance from the wall. 
 When putting in the screws, you'll want to be sure to put add them to the stud. This will further anchor your pegboard so that the weight doesn't cause it to simply fall off your wall. I used this cheapo thing called a Stud Buddy (heehee) and it worked great at helping me find the studs. It's really just a high powered magnet that finds the nails in the studs. 
 The baskets were a purchase from Target and work great at holding my small bottles of paint. I hate having all of those bottles of paint laying around on tables...this seems to be such a colorful solution.
 As for the tubes of acrylic, I decided to hang them store-style.
 I'm such a visual person who loves to have EVERYTHING OUT so I can see what I've got. These pegboards allow me to do this without having a mess of stuff all over the place. 
 The added bonus is that I can change the configuration of the arrangement at any time. Now I want WALL TO WALL PEGBOARD: for my jewelry, for my sewing room, for my LIFE. 
I also have a stand alone easel that I'm contemplating bringing up to this space also. 
 I did purchase a drop cloth to go under my table as I really don't want to mess up the hardwood floors any more than I already have (ahem). You can see the drop cloth in the basket I've got hanging from the table.
Eee!! Y'all don't even know how happy this new space makes me!
Do you have a home studio space? In what part of your home is it in? What are your favorite parts of your space? I'd love to hear! 
 photo signature_zpsd10b3273.png

7 comments:

  1. Love your cute little space! When I was in my house, I had a great studio space! Last year we sold the house & moved temporarily into an apartment. My “studio” was relegated to a corner of a tiny room...and I shared it with my husbands office and my sons computer desk. This summer will be moving into a house again. I’m hoping to regain some studio space.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I was accepted to Austin Peay's Art Education program today. I just want to let you know how much you've inspired me, and how the goals you've already achieved are now my own. I hope to have an art space and career like yours someday! Thank you ❤️

    ReplyDelete
  3. Why just use plain white pegboard. Colorize it.
    Or, print out your favorite artworks/images from your phone.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Uvau. This is so amazing. You and your work inspire me to do my work better. I also teach art in elementary school in Slovenia. 💚

    ReplyDelete
  6. I remember seeing your pegboard adventures on your IG story last spring. I'm currently working on a pegboard project and googled "cassie stephens pegboard" and voila! Instant pegboard inspiration, tips, and tricks! Many thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Fantastic blog! Do you have any more tips to improve home lighitng? I’m also planning to start my own home improvement blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed ..
    Any tips? Kudos hamptonbay

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate each and every one :)