A Quick Art Studio Redo…Now Get to Work

My studio was a screaming mess…I couldn’t stand it anymore. Some artists like to work in a chaotic environment, but not this one. I spend 10-12 hours a day in this room, (and it is also my work-out space) so it needs to function, be comfortable, and for me to be happy, to look at least half-way decent. Long overdo for a clean-out and re-org, I spent most of Saturday tearing apart my work space. It’s now comfortable to be in, and I’m not mortified whenever someone visits.

THE STUDIO…BEFORE (A Big Mess!)

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My New FREE Nightstand! (Thinking Inside the Box(s)

Thinking Inside the Box(s), or, Free is Awesome…

I love finding great stuff cheap, but finding great stuff FREE is the best! I found this threesome of graduated-size box shapes abandoned in an alley near my home. They were in pretty good shape, just a few dings and scratches, and very sturdy. I don’t know what they were intended for (shelves? table?) But I knew when I saw them they were destined to become part of the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom Redo.

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Nightstand pieces, before.

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What a Difference Some Paint Makes…2 New Projects for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom

Paint…Hands-down the easiest and cheapest way to completely transform just about anything. I painted two old things I’ve had around the house for years, and gave them new life with a can of glossy spray paint. They look great in the new Chic Rock Star Glam bedroom.

First, the Mirror. I picked up this big gold-framed mirror at a yard sale years ago. (If I remember correctly it was about $12) It’s a lovely mirror, but the gold frame made it look dated. 2 fresh coats of black gloss spray paint (about $5) and it’s a perfect fit for the new bedroom redo.

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Mirror Before…all covered and taped and ready to paint.

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Books As Design…Organizing Books by Color (a Controversial Subject)

OK, I know this is a “controversial” subject, (according to the comments) but after being inspired by this Apartment Therapy article ( http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/in-defense-of-organizing-books-by-color-168096 ) I tried it. My books had no previous organization anyway so I gave it a go. And I like it. It was actually fun going through all my beloved art and decorating books. I admit I spent way more time on this than I should have, as I stopped to flip through old favorites I hadn’t looked at in awhile. If I had just done the deed, it would have taken about 30 minutes. The best part is, it didn’t cost a cent! Even my man digs it. He says the titles are easier to read now. Next, I’m hitting the cook books in the kitchen…

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Funky Found Cow Skull Artsy Rock Star Restyle Make-Over

Cow Skull & Bones Rock Star Make-over

OK I know, this is not everyone’s cup of tea, and it’s a little creepy, but I dig it. We are an artist and a musician and our tastes run funky eclectic with a hint of darkness, so this suits us to a “T”. I had a lot of fun on this one…

We found this skull in a box with the three vertebrae bones sitting next to a dumpster on one of our daily walks with the pugs. It was just too weird, I couldn’t resist the challenge of making it into something fun for the Chic Rock Star Glam bedroom make-over so I grabbed it. (I couldn’t just leave it all grungy, so not my style). I cleaned it up and gave it a light sanding, along with the three vertebrae bones.

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Grungy skull, ready to paint…

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Found Hanging Lamps Restyled for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom Make-over

Found hanging lamps made-over for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom Re-do.

Happy Monday Make-over! I finished restyling this pair of hanging lamps over the weekend for the big bedroom redo.  I found these vintage fixtures abandoned in the alley just down the street. I can’t resist a good challenge, so I grabbed them. They had seen better days for sure, but they still worked, the metal was undamaged, and the wiring was intact. I’m guessing they were early 1970’s.

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Hanging Lamps – Before

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Rock Star Bed Pillow…the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom Make-over Continues

Chic Rock Star Glam Bed Pillow

In researching ideas for my “Chic Rock Star Glam” bedroom make-over, I kept coming across images of the British flag (or Union Jack), which I like very much. It has sort of a mod, punk-rock feel, but I wanted to “chic” it up a bit, make it my own, and of course, make it myself…

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the DIY Bedroom Re-do (Chic Rock Star Glam): the Ceiling Light Restyled

The “forced” bedroom re-do is coming right along (if you recall we had plaster falling on our heads in the night, which has been repaired). I’ve decided to call our new bedroom look “Chic Rock Star Glam” We are after all, an artist and a musician…

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When the Walls Come Tumbling Down, Part II: Paint. DIY Bedroom Redo

The Morning After…over 9 hours spent painting the bedroom yesterday: Ceiling, walls, trim, and decorative element. Shoulders, neck, back and obliques sore and achy, but it was worth it. How very satisfying to have such a major part of the redo done!…

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