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New Art Studio, Latest Pics

Time for a new update.  Like I said after vacation we hit the ground running.  Still hold my full time job working for my husband as his paralegal in our law practice.  Catch up there took president over the art studio.  The electrician got all the lights, outlets and ceiling fans working.  Yeah, no more electric cord from my hubby’s wood shop!!!  You can see the lights and fan working.

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My pics are mostly taken at night, because that is when I get out back to work on the studio.

Below you can see, I got most of the floor painted on the north side of the Studio. img_0606

I mentioned before that I have been cleaning out the old art studio upstairs in the house and moving an armload of art supplies at a time down the stairs and piling it to go out.  Figured there had to be a better way to get it all out there besides one armload at a time, so I borrowed my hubby’s new wheel barrow.  Brought it to the front door, loaded it full and rolled it out back and unloaded.  Great mode of transportation for moving art supplies out of the house.  LOL

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Took the doors off the cabinets on the south side and prepared to start painting the south back corner.

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First coat of primer going on the walls on the south side.  These cabinets are smaller than the ones on the north side.

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As soon as I get the walls and cabinets painted on this side my hubby will build my counter top.  This is going to be the hot side.  My 4 kilns will go on this side.  2 small table top 110 kilns and 2 large 220 glass fusing and ceramic kilns.

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Time off for Vacation

I have not posted in a couple of weeks.  We took time off for Vacation.  We went to South Carolina to see our Children.  We had a very fun visit with our Son, Daughter in law, Daughter, Son in law and two of our grandsons.  It was a nice relaxing week.  Attended Fall for Greenville the Saturday before last, the annual Greenville food fest.  Had a wonderful time.

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Ate lots of wonderful cuisine, and walked and walked and walked through downtown Greenville.  It is such a pretty city, so clean and neat, we just love it there.

Then on Sunday we drove to North Carolina and drove the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the Fall Foliage.  It was so beautiful.  I have always wanted to see it.

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Looking Glass Water Fall:

img_0735 All good things must come to an end.  We so enjoyed the rest and relaxation and the visit!!

Came back home and hit the ground running, playing catch up with work now and back to finishing up the new art studio.  More pics to come on the studio.

 

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New Art Studio, Update

Here is the next set of pics of the new Art Studio:

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Exterior wall and window are in on the right side unit, or the south side.  So studio is completely closed up now.

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Photo of the window and wall from the inside looking out.  Forgive the yard and the construction zone.

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Started painting the floor on the left side or north side.  I am really happy with the way the floor is coming out.  The north half of the studio is almost done!!

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Started painting the ceiling and walls of in the south side of the studio with the primer.

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I really make a mess when I paint….lol.  Been scraping paint off my hands, face and glasses for days.  Ceilings really splatter when you paint them.

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The electrician was working today on the lights, ceiling fans and outlets, this is the north side.  Yeah!!  Getting so excited!!  I should have electricity connected soon!!!

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And lights and fan on the south side.  I just put a final coat of paint up where the lights and fan were going and will come back and finish the rest when all the primer is done.

I have been cleaning up the old studio up stairs, sorting stuff and getting preparing to move the work table and glass storage cabinet out to the new studio.  Started taking small stuff out every trip outside, and putting it in the purple cabinets, such as beads and glass rods for bead making.  I am moving out my glass band saw, glass grinder and two small table top 110 kilns.   I have to clean off the work table and empty out the glass storage cabinet so I can move them out.  Tons of work painting, and painting, and painting, and moving stuff, but will be so worth it when I get it done!!!  The old studio upstairs inside the house will be turned into my fiber arts studio for sewing, yarn, spinning and weaving.  All the glass work, fusing, bead making, torches, jewelry design will all be done outside in the new studio.  I will also have room to teach classes again!!!  Yeah!!!

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The Big Reveal! Art Studio Cabinet Paint Color.

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Those who know me know I love purple!!!
With all the white walls and ceiling, I needed a bold splash of color in the new Art Studio.  I love lots of light when I work, so I wanted white walls and ceilings, but it is an art studio after all, so it does need some bright colors in it.  I just got the doors hung up and snapped the pic.  I still have to do some adjustments on the doors.  This pic was taken about 9 pm with just a work light going, sorry it is a bit dark and shadowy.

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After the two primer coats, I started painting the purple on the doors.

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img_0489 And finally I started reinstalling the doors.  You can also see from these two pics that the walls have also received their final coats of paint.  This back half of the left hand side of the studio is ready for Hubby to install my sink and my counter top.

 

And below is the wonderful Corian counter top I scored at Habitat For Humanity for $15.  Yes, I said $15!!  It was truly was a blessing from the Lord to find this beautiful counter top for this price!!  My glass grinder and glass band saw will repose on this counter top beside the sink.

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New Art Studio Interior Is Coming Along

It’s time for another update on the progress of the interior of the new Art Studio.  I have continued painting walls in between the contractor working.

rimg1122The 4×4 frame work has been put up to case the 11 foot opening we cut between the two modular units.

img_0444The exterior wall frame work was built to frame up the window opening on the right side unit, which will close up the end wall.

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img_0508Yay!!!  The door, a window and an A/C unit are in on the left side!!!   It is now much cooler in there
doing my painting, even though I am still running an electric cord from Rick’s wood shop for power.

 

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New Art Studio, Interior Painting

Hi everyone.  Hope you are having a great week.  Thought you would like an update on the interior painting progress of my new Art Studio from last weekend.  Hurricane Hermine set us back a bit.  Several days of torrential rains prevented me from being able to get out into the back yard and get into the Studio.  The backyard became a swamp of water.  Thank the Lord we had nothing severe here, just tons and tons of rain and we were already waterlogged from a very wet summer.  On Saturday I had to make myself a walkway to the Studio with some paver bricks so that I could get out there to paint without getting my feet wet.  You can see in the pic the water is about ankle deep here near the Studio door, almost to the top of the bricks.  Out towards the center of the back yard, to the right of the pic, it was almost a foot deep.

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The back yard still has some standing water in it days later and is slowly drying out.  We are one house off the river so we had to literally watch the creek behind the house and make sure it did not rise too high.  Hubby put plastic and sand bags along the front edge of the house just in case.  The Counties north of us got hit really hard.  Lots of damage from high winds, trees falling on homes and cars, and lots and lots of flooded homes.  So we are definitely counting our blessings.

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I decided that painting the cabinets would be easier to do if I did them before Rick installs the sink and the counter top under them for me.  I cleaned the cabinets and got the cabinet doors taken off them.  These are the ones on the left hand side of the studio.

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Doors set up and ready to paint the primer.

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Two coats of primer painted on the doors.  There are 5 cabinet doors on this side of the Studio.

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I started putting the primer on the cabinet facings.  I am leaving the insides of the cabinets white, so not putting any paint on them.  Just painting everything that was pale pink previously.

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Two coats of primer on all the facings.

img_0426    And two coats of primer under the cabinet.   They are ready for the new paint.

I am not going to tell you what color I am painting the cabinets, not just yet.  You will have to wait for the big reveal!!  LOL.  Stay tuned for more updates to come.

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New Art Studio, Building the Interior

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, been quite busy building my new Art Studio.  Getting so excited!!!  It is getting near being finished!!!  Cannot wait to actually start creating in it!!  Here are some chronological pics of the past 3 months:

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In May we began framing up the interior walls (above).  Then came the insulation (below).

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  RIMG0994My hubby found some great bargains, he trolls all the Swap shops and CraigsList when we need something.  We scored a brand new exterior door in the frame with the locks for $100 (you can see the door in the pic below sitting in the background).  I needed two windows, one for each of the two front walls, found them, brand new never installed $50 each, another great score (sorry no pics of the windows yet).

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By July we were putting up the interior wall boards.  Joey and Bethany did the framing, the insulation, and the wall boards and ceiling in the back half of the two sections.  It is an art studio, so not getting fancy.  I thought about sheet rock, then I thought about all the tapeing, bedding, sanding, floating, and all the sheet rock dust, (been there, done that, with the house remodel) and I decided wall board would be much, much easier, and not as messy!!  Install it, caulk the corners and seams, and paint it!!

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After the wall boards went up, we brought my cabinets out of storage.  My daughter-in-law’s brother, Randy, scored me these nice cabinets from a dentist office remodel, at the best price of all, they were free.  I have had them in storage waiting for this studio build for about a year and a half now!  By the way, hanging the ceiling boards was quite a bit of work, but we got them up.  Had some great help from one of the youth from church, Thomas, and also from my grandson, Matthew and his girlfriend Em, and his best friend, Joseph.  All of us hung the wall and ceiling boards in the front end of the studio.

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Here is what the two halves of the studio looked like in July.  The left side will have a sink and counter top under the cabinets.  The right side will be for my kilns.  I will have a wet side, on the left, and a hot side, on the right.  My glass band saw and glass grinder have diamond bits and are water cooled to keep the diamond bits cutting efficiently.  Having them near the sink will be fantastic, and will make it so much easier to fill them when needed.

In the above pic, on the right side, you can also see my brand new glass fusing kiln.  We brought it out of storage too.  We scored that about a year and a half ago also.  It has been patiently waiting in storage for it’s new home.  $3000 kiln, brand new, never fired, stole it for $1000.  The gentleman bought it for his wife and she got sick and never used it.  We drove to Atlanta to pick it up, but it was so worth it.  The small table top kilns will be on a counter top under the cabinets.

Below you can see by August I started painting the wall boards.  Here is the first coat of paint going on the walls,  and the ceiling.  (You can see my new sink in this pic.)  Had some great help painting from Thomas, and from my granddaughter, Sarah.

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More to come in the next post!!!  Just wanted to share the studio progress with you so you would know what I have been up to, and why I haven’t posted much in a while.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family from Christina
Rick and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from our house and art studios to you and yours.  No matter how you celebrate the Holidays, we pray Christ’s blessings on you, and pray that the Holidays are filled with love, peace and joy for you and yours.  We also praying you have a prosperous New Year too.   Christina
Here are a few pics of the Fused Glass gifts I have been cranking out of my studio for Christmas gifts the last few weeks:
Fused Glass Clock for my Daughter, Beckie
Fused Glass Clock for my Son, Robert
Fused Glass clock for my Daughter-in-law, Stephanie
Fused Glass Sushi Plates for my Son-in-law Richard
Close up of the Frit piled edging, Richard is an Oklahoma State U fan, thus the Orange and Black.
Completed Set of 4 plates