A Futzing Find

My drill crapped out on me last night.  And don't you think it's perfect timing considering the project I decided to take on this week?And instead of immediately going to the store to buy a new one, I futzed around Target's clearance aisle after work yesterday.  Because if there's one thing I'm good at, I'm brilliant at wasting time.  Gold medal in the Procrastinator Olympics over here.  But I'm glad I did, because I found several of these:Technically, they are wire bowls.  I'm holding it upside … [Read more...]

Study-O Storage Options

I've now saved myself a little bit of money to buy the storage unit (or the wood to build one) for the study-o.I could go with the traditional Expedit bookshelf option from IKEA.  I have even found these plans from ana-white.com (turned vertically, of course), so I know I can make them on my own (and have an excuse to use my favorite tool again).I could go with the new (trendy) option of the Vittsjo shelves from IKEA.  They sort of remind me of old drying racks from pottery class.  I've been … [Read more...]

Study-O as a Studio

I finally had the opportunity to use my study-o as it was intentioned... as a room for creating.I have an old, large canvas that I was hoping to reuse.  Those suckers can get expensive, and I am an impatient girl if I have to wait for another 50% off canvas sale at Hobby Lobby.  So, I have the next best thing to a new canvas:  a freshly repainted one. I'm not 100% sure what the canvas will eventually look like, but I'm thinking it should be a mixed media world map of some kind.  Something a … [Read more...]

The Right White

I've always heard that white paint can be a real pain when trying to paint a room.  Between the blinds, the table, and the trim, finding a shade of white that would really work on the two walls opposite the navy walls in the study-o proved to be one hell of a challenge.Let's start with the original teal walls - the first color I chose back when I thought this would be just a craft room.But after choosing to rename the room based on its combined new purpose, I also decided to repaint it to … [Read more...]

All the Little Bits

Yes, the bathroom isn't finished.But when a project seems endless, a girl needs to just to take out a can of spray paint, already.  The instant satisfaction of untouched to finished product in an afternoon (or in my schedule, over the course of two post-workout evenings) is just too much to resist sometimes.This is the little metal bike I got on clearance several months ago that will eventually be made into an art piece in the guest bathroom.  You know - the one that doesn't currently have a … [Read more...]

If at first you don’t succeed…

...try 800 million more times, and you'll probably get it right.I have been trying in vain to cover the legs for the chair in the study-o for several weeks.  Every time I think I've painted the last coat, it only gets streaky once it's dry.  I've tried this four times now, and I'll be damned if I'm going to paint a fifth coat and still see streaks (I was sure to use a primer that has proven itself time and time again, so I blame the paint rather than blame the primer or method).But, perhaps it's … [Read more...]

Scratchy

Sandy jobs really aren't the most appropriate project for seasonal allergies.I was happy to be making progress, but it was at the expense of my itchy nose.  To rough up the legs in prep for paint, I used a 180 grit angled block.  The slanted sides help to reach the crevices a little easier since I can't really take them apart further.It occurred to me only after ripping the label off that I may want to take a picture of it for reference.  Oops.  Eager to get started, I guess.It helps to have a … [Read more...]

Work Table

When you make your very own piece of furniture for the first time, you may hesitate to get it dirty for a few months.But now, I'm changing that - my work desk is meant to be used!Because the surface of these legs are cheap and glossy, it's important to use a primer that is good and sticky - specifically, Cover Stain (oil based) Zinsser primer.  The primer smells terrible, but it works.  Just make sure you've got the kind of gorgeous spring weather that lets you keep the windows … [Read more...]

A Study In Progress

I have tons of unfinished projects all over the house.  After yesterday's post, I suppose it was only reasonable to get the following reaction from one of my readers:Too true!  And I get it.  I start a ton of projects - and bounce around all over the place doing whatever suits me at the moment.  But just in case it was more than one of you having heart palpitations thinking that I'm never going to get through with the Study-o (or let's be honest, any other room in this unfinished house), it's … [Read more...]

Study-O Chair Beginnings

Taking apart an old chair is pretty simple when all of the connections use an Allen wrench.My weekend goal to concentrate solely on projects for the study-o didn't entirely hold up.  It honestly doesn't seem like it's possible when you DIY a home by yourself.  Inevitably, you work on everything at the same time - for example, chasing a dog off a roof.But, like I said, I made a little bit of progress.  I'll be painting the frame of the Craigslist chair this week and I hope to also take off the … [Read more...]

Things Left To Do In The Study-O

Alternate titles considered:  My Long Rambling Post for Friday, Spot the Sponsor Plug, or Modern, Sophisticated, and Funky.My mother gives me great advice.I'm saying that because sometimes her good intentions fall into my ears less "I would love to help you," and more "You really are a mess, aren't you?"What I mean is, when I see this:She sees this:That's the thing with remodeling, I guess: you get tunnel vision for what things will look like and all of the things you have done, not for the pile … [Read more...]

All Hale… Well, Half

hale

When I told the clerk at Big Orange that I wanted a paint sample of "Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore," she literally typed H-E-L-L into the computer and asked me if she got the name right. This is The South, people.  It's a funny place where those two words sound similar enough to misspell (you'll also find people writing "fell" to describe how they feel all. the. time.). Anywho, after a final coat over the weekend, I can now proudly say that I have two navy walls in the study-o: I'm … [Read more...]