Today, I made time for a little more sprucing in the studio. I repainted Sugarwing's old milk box seat and her little vanity.
Both were done in my short cut style. I use spray bonding primer in white, then brush on/wipe off glaze (pink for the fairy grand baby), let dry and spray varnish. How simple and quick is that? No sanding and not much time involved.
Spray primer (Zinzer Bulls-eye, bonding primer) adheres to anything. And, is meant to be under paint, so you can't leave it as is. But I skip the whole painting step and go straight to glaze, then top coat it and it really does well that way, plus saves time. Which I never have enough of!
To me, this is a big improvement in the room. There is so much going on in here anyway, that having the furniture more tone on tone is much more soothing.
Lightening up these two chests with wallpaper on the drawers helps too.
Who am I kidding? This room is crazy busy no matter what I do!!
But, its fun for me to have all the things I love around. Some people make inspiration boards to hang over their workspace, I use the whole room as one.
The canvas mural I painted for my booth at Miss Frenchie's was bothering me too. I had hung it in the closet area behind the folding screen, but I prefer the plain white wall there. With just a bit of the mural peeking over the doors, it seemed kind of messy. And I get plenty of messiness with projects strewn all over, I didn't need any faux messes.
But I was able to find a space for it that fit better. Here it is hanging in my computer gazebo area. The studio is one big room, and I have it divided up with doors, screens, large pieces of furniture, and yes, a gazebo.
My son and I made it really simply with 4 porch columns, decorative iron brackets, and two by fours.
We built the structure as a display area when I used to have antique sales at my home and used my studio as a showroom. This photo was taken by Diane Guthrie for Romantic Country magazine.
I loved the twinkle lights and tulle, but the lights burnt out and the tulle got all dusty and full of spiders, so it is gone now.
Having the French market scene above my computer will be a fun memento of a great weekend at Miss Frenchie's.
Unless it drives me crazy staring at my own work and I do nothing but pick out the flaws in it.... Of course, there used to be a mirror there before the mural. And I have to tell you, there were plenty more flaws to pick out there.
Ahh, yes, I think I'm going to like it here. Spring cleaning and a fresh start has made me excited to get back to work.
Too bad I am such a pig when I work, or I could wear this new tee from Robin and match my studio!
And isn't this just the sweetest thing? A guest at Miss Frenchie's sent this lovely note to my friend, Angie, for telling her about our sale!
First of all, what a thoughtful thing to do, and second- I want to write like that! I wish I could do calligraphy!!!!!!!!!!! Especially this pretty.
Remember these? When I was prepping for the sale, I made up LOTS of extra inventory to list in my Boutique. Slowly but surely, I hope to get stuff listed there. I did add a few of these knobs and some of my watch necklaces.
A few odds and ends of craft supplies have been added too. Not many yet, I really need to get myself back to working instead of playing dress up with my studio.
EDIT- Tour more redos at this Make Over Open House: