AHHHH I am SO excited about this post! Finally, after many months of working on my studio, I am ready to unveil the (almost) finished product! 😀 I absolutely LOVE it, and I hope you guys do too! If you need a refresher on what the studio looked like before (hint: it was a closet), click here to see part one.
Now. Walk right this way, please… And here we are! Won’t you step inside?
AHHH I LOVE IT! Let me give you a tour, shall I? My lens wasn’t good enough to get both walls in the frame completely, so you can’t see the right wall (below) very well in the previous pictures.
Anyway, I bought three inexpensive LED light strands from Walmart as well as some miniscule wooden clothespins, and up hung quotes and photos with them. Unfortunately since the lights are battery powered, each strand is attached to a bulky, heavy battery case which was REALLY hard to hang on the wall. I finally got it to work by tacking up the cord on each side.
I love these quotes from one of my pen pals and blogger friends, the amazing Clara!
Next, turn yourself to the left wall…
And let’s start with the bookcase. I bought this from Ikea, and although it was a little bigger than I had hoped, it works quite well for storing my art and craft books, old sketchbooks and Bible journals, planners, notebooks, etc. And camera lenses. 😉
Well that was quick. Now look up a bit.
Do you like my painting? 😀 I got three 18″X24″ canvases from Hobby Lobby, pushed them together and painted a single scene across all of them, and then spread the canvases out for interest and to make it longer. 🙂 I’m really happy with how it turned out! It’s not perfect, especially the background (it’s SO hard not to get a streaky gradient with acrylic paint!), but I still love it. It sure adds a pop of color to the very white space!
Now we’re ready for my desk. *rubs hands* As I told you guys before, we accidentally ordered the wrong size of desk top from Ikea, but I ended up keeping it because I love the work area. I got the bookshelf partly to hide the gap since the drawers didn’t go all the way back to the wall, and it worked quite well!
On the back of my desk from left to right, we have my Bible, Bible journal, and bullet journal between a ceramic plant from Hobby Lobby and a desk lamp from Walmart; a super cute mug from my friend Aria with miscellaneous art supplies; three jars containing my Prismacolor pencils; and my sketchbook and watercolors. The chair, which is adjustable and which I love, is from Amazon. Unfortunately I can’t find it in clear anymore, but here’s a clear gray.
Not sure if this will be interesting or boring, but this is what I have in my desk drawers. 😉 In the top, I have pen pal stuff – a gorgeous notebook from Walmart, some stamps, envelopes, and wax sealing kit.
In the second drawer I have my washi tape and stickers. Oh yeah! I’m pretty proud of my washi-tape dispensers. 😛 I cut and filed a thick wooden dowel to fit the drawer and then braced it between two felt chair pads stuck to the sides. It works pretty well!
I keep random craft supplies in drawer #3. The little tin holds things like paper clips and erasers, in case you were wondering – it’s not chocolate, sadly. XD And nope, the supplies don’t always stay in a nice flat lay like this. XD
In the next drawer I keep miscellaneous art supplies, like oil and artist’s pastels, watercolor crayons, fabric markers, fine-tip markers, and a pencil bag of crayons and other stuff.
The bottom drawer contains some of my paper. (The larger watercolor paper pads and scrapbook paper are in the bookshelf.) I keep a tiny notebook for stuff like lists I want to jot down and tear out, and a larger notebook for more permanent things. I also have scrap paper and miscellaneous paper in the back.
Alrighty, let’s move on to the pegboard which is ALSO from Ikea. Mine holds letters I need to reply to; Bible verse cards; a pencil sharpener; and containers of paintbrushes, Micron pens, brush pens, and pencils. Guys, you should really get that blue pencil sharpener. *nods* It’s only $5 on Amazon and it easily sharpens pencils to an unbelievably fine point! Also, those three art supply holders used to be Tootsie Roll containers, but I watercolored some paper to cover them and attached it with a glue stick and white washi tape. I think they turned out lovely!
I also made this matching trash can with the same method, except I covered an oatmeal container. 😀 (By the way, it’s usually on the floor, not on my desk, heh heh.)
Now turn around to… eh heh, my beautiful storage shelves. The top shelf is mostly polymer clay things; the middle shelf: beads, paint, containers, and Etsy stuff; and the bottom is… kind of just anything else. XD
One of the “anything elses” on the bottom shelf is this letter organizer I made. I wrapped a shoebox in wrapping paper, attached a pretty hand-lettered label with washi tape, and divided it with cardboard dividers that stay in place by tabs with slits in them. I’m pretty pleased with this too! If you’re looking for some way to organize your many pen-pal letters, you should totally try something like this!
Welp, that’s JUST about all. Before we finish the tour, though, I just wanted to add a few bonus photos of pretty details. Like this gorgeous plant my friend Aria gave me. I love it so much and it really livens up my studio. ❤ I’m not sure what kind it is, though.
Heh heh, the colored pencil jars were too pretty to resist. 😉
See how sharp these pencils are?! They’re even sharper than they look when you actually use them! I’ve been waiting to sharpen the colored pencils until I could take pictures, and I finally did… and spent way too long sharpening every single one. XD
Hmm, these still need to be sharpened, I guess.
Here I am working at my nice new desk in my nice new studio with a nice new pencil a friend gave me and AHH IT’S GREAT. I’m actually typing this post in my studio right now with the desk lamp and fairy lights on. ❤
And lastly but not leastly, I must have the before and after pictures, right?
Oh my! The second one especially is QUITE a change! I much prefer this space as a studio than as a closet, don’t you? 😉 I still want to add a couple of things, but for the most part, The Color Box Studio is DONE!
SO GUYS, WHAT DID YOU THINK? Do you love it as much as I do? What was your favorite part? Do you think you’ll try any the DIYs or products I mentioned? What would YOUR dream space look like?
Thank you ever so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. This is the LAST WEEK of The Summer Bored Games! You only have a few more days to complete the final set of challenges before we post the winners! 😀 Check out K. A.’s post here.