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The Last of the Final Touches on the New Art Studio

Here it is, last of the of the final touches on the New Art Studio:

The final painting around the door and the wall is done.  The switch plate cover has been put on.

All outlet covers have been put on.

The last section of the floor has been painted

The floor seam between the two units was filled with spray foam and then caulked.

The floor seam was painted and some of the touch up spots painted. (The paint was still wet when I clicked the pic, so the touch up spots look lighter than the floor.)

Then I added some nice finishing touches:

I bought myself a nice door mat, to keep the sand from being tracked in until the contractor can get back and build my little deck outside the door.

 I added rubber mats in the areas I will be standing a lot, in front of the north side counter top where my glass grinder and band saw are.  (I still have some organization under the counter to do.)

In front of the south side countertop where the table top kilns are, …

and in front of my glass storage cabinet.

I am so excited, it is now a working art studio!!!  The only thing left inside to do is to plumb my sink, and that is my Hubby’s job.

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House Painting

This post is a deviation from my regular posts, it has a little to do with the new art studio.  I thought I would show you our fresh paint on our house, after we stuccoed it.
Here is a shot of the stucco going on, which gives you a before image.   It is an old house which was built in 1925, which has been the never-ending remodeling project for years now.   We painted it white with the teal trim 20 years ago.  It definitely needed a face lift.  My Hubby says we are going to restore it to the spender it never had.  LOL


Here is the front of the house now.  This is the north and west sides.  (Obviously we have some construction debris to clean up, but I just had to share pics.)

A bit closer pic of the front.  They still have some soffit work to finish up.

Close up of the west side.

Another view of the west side from the back yard.  This is the kitchen/dinning room side and our bedroom above it.

The back of the house, south side.

  This it the living room door facing the north, with the river view. 

The main door facing the north, which enters into the dining room/kitchen area.  Both doors enter from the front patio.

This is the east side, the living room, and above it on the north-east corner (the right side) is my old art studio which will be the new fiber art studio (sewing, yarn, spinning, all things fiber related) and on the upper south-east corner (the left side) is my office.  Here is a before pic of the stucco going on.  We also replaced 5 windows on the second story a few years ago as you can see.

And here is the east side now.

Another view of the east side, living room, fiber art studio and office.

We also had the painters paint the patio wall.  This is the view of the river from our living room and front patio. You can also see our deck in the right hand side of the pic among my hubby’s potted plants (Pineapples and hot peppers).

Out in the back yard on the south side of the house we have my new art studio, and…

Rick’s wood shop.

My, how some stucco and a fresh coat of paint can change a place!  Still a lot of construction clean up to do, but we are getting there!!  I love it.

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Final Touches on the New Art Studio

Wrapping it up.  Not much more to finish the new art studio.  Got the last section of the floor on the south side painted.

Cleaning and prepping the last section of the floor on the north side for painting.

Putting the paint on one of the last sections of the floor on the north side.

My Hubby got the exterior motion detector light installed, so the last section of the wall inside has been closed up and caulked.  Ready for primer on the wood trim around the door, and for the final coat of paint.

The painter who was painting our house also painted the exterior walls of the new art studio for me, so I did not have to paint it myself.  Yay!! Here is the north side with the window and door.

Here is the south side with the big window.

Here is what both halves looks like from the outside.

Not much left to complete it, a little bit of paint on the inside corner by the front door, and one small section of the floor left to paint, a few touch up spots here and there, and it is done!!!

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New Art Studio, Almost Done

Here is the latest update on the New Art Studio.  It is almost done.

I have been continuing to bring all my stained glass out of the house a few sheets at a time and putting them back in the cabinet.  I have been organizing it by brands of glass, and fusible and non-fusible glass.  I also had a cubby for my glass rods for lampwork bead making.  Everything will be real easy to access for ease of creating.

Just had to show you this pretty piece of my stained glass.  I have so many pieces of beautiful glass.  I was very fortunate to buy a lot of beautiful glass some years ago from a lady who was moving out of state for a very reasonable price.

We brought my stainless steel table out of storage with help of my grandson, Devin.  Forgot how heavy the thing was!!  It will be the prefect work surface for my torches for lampwork, also called flamework, bead making!  This is not it’s final resting place, but we got it into the studio.  I will move it after the rest of the floor is painted.

Final coat of paint on the last wall on the north side by the door, except for that upper corner and the door trim on the right hand side.  My Hubby, Rick, is installing a motion detector light on the outside of the building, and then that panel will be put up and painted, and the door trim painted.  It is dark at night walking in and out of the house into the back yard, so the light is much needed.

Hubby put the trim board on the front edge of the counter top and I started grouting the tile.

Removing the blue painter’s tape from around the window on the north side.

Next work to be done: finish grouting the tiles, finish painting the floors, also have some touch up spots of paint here and there, and paint the trim boards on both counter tops.  Almost done!!

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New Art Studio, Almost Done

Here is the next installment of the New Art Studio progress.
Down to the finishing touches, the nitty gritty tedious stuff, like caulking seams and corners.  img_1243

Final coat of paint going on the two front walls around the windows and the cased opening. img_1407

Starting to put my shelves back into my cabinet, and every time I come outside from the house I carry some of my stained glass out and am putting it back in the cabinet.img_1419

Close up of some of my pretty stained glass and glass rods.img_1421

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Since I took the cabinet out to the New Art Studio a couple of months ago, all my beautiful stained glass collection has been resting against the wall in the old art studio upstairs in the house.  I hold my breath when I am in there around it, will be glad to get it all transported outside and back into it’s cabinet where it is safe and sound.  img_1426

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The Next Installment, New Art Studio Progress

Wow, I have not posted in a few weeks.  Time to catch you up on my progress report.   As you all know it is a very busy time of year.  In between painting in the Studio, working in the Law Office, holiday events, we got to take a week’s vacation (pics later in the post about that).

My Grandson, Matthew, came over several times and assisted in the painting.  In this pic he is putting primer on the walls.  We had fun painting together.  He is a very talented, award winning, artist in his own right and he is excited about coming to play with his Nana in the New Art Studio when it is done.  We always have fun being creative together.

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I got part of the floor painted and the large kilns moved into their new spot where they will live.

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We got two coats of primer finished around the window and a/c.

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My hubby built my second counter top under the south side cabinets.  The clamps on the edges and weights on the top are to hold it all together until the glue dries. img_1160

Here is the Counter top without the weights and clamps.  I think I am going to tile it, as my two small table top 110 kilns will live on it.img_1163

Here you can see all the rest of the wood getting two coats of primer around the cased opening. img_1166

And finally started the primer around the last bit of raw wood around the smaller window and door on the north side!!! img_1171

The tediousness of taping off around the window so I can paint around it.  img_1173

Now more about our Vacation.  We were blessed, so very blessed!!!  We were given one week’s free stay in a timeshare near Disney.  Yes I said free!!!  A very dear friend, Chris, so totally blessed us!!!  We lounged at the pool, the hot tub and the Lazy River, which floats around part of the resort.  We sleep in, we did nothing but rest and relax for a week!!!  It was so wonderful and such a blessing!!

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More pics of the Lazy River.  Sorry about the sun glare on this one.

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The waterfall at the Lazy River.img_1180

A pic of the resort, Holiday Inn Resort, Orange Lake, such a wonderful place.img_1181

A shot of the Christmas Tree.  Gotta love living in paradise.  Only in Florida can you go swimming in December!!!  I just love the shadow over the Christmas Tree, look closely, it is in the shadow of a palm tree, with another palm tree behind it!

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The vacation was truly wonderful!!!  The rest and relaxation we much needed!!!
And now you know why I have not posted in a while.
I am back at my painting and caulking in the new art studio, so more pics to come in the next post.

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More Pics of the New Art Studio Progress

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We did!!   We spent it with wonderful friends and stuffed ourselves!!  What a spread of food!  As you can see little Joey was in his place and ready to eat first!img_1005

I know your anxious to see the next group of pics of the New Art Studio, so here they are:

We started getting 2 coats of primer and the top coat of paint on all the walls and ceilings.  My Grandson, Matthew, who is 20 years old, came over and helped me paint a couple of times last weekend.  We got a lot accomplished.  And we also got all the leftover construction materials moved out of the new studio, out of my way, as you can see it is making painting easier.

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We got lots of primer and paint put on the walls and ceilings on the south side (above) and, (below) you can see how much we got accomplished.  Painting together with my grandson was fun, we had a great time.  He is quite a talented, award winning artist and he is anxious to come play in my New Art Studio with me.img_0982

We brought my glass storage cabinet down from the old art studio upstairs in the house out to the New Art Studio, and brought another set of wire shelves from storage.  Now I have to put the shelves back in the cabinet and assemble the wire shelves, then I can bring all my stained glass out and put back in it the cabinet.  img_0988

We brought my old Paragon Kiln down from upstairs in the old art studio in the house out to the New Art Studio.  I bought it in the 1980s for $50, back then it would have cost $400 or $500 new, now days it would be about $2000 new.  It has seen lots of firings of glass and pottery over the years.  It is Old Faithful for sure, and it just keeps on ticking.  We acquired the assistance of several strong young men to help carry the heavy stuff down and out!! img_0993

I put the freshly painted cabinet doors and the door pulls back on the south side cabinets.img_0995

I started painting the floor in that south side back section.  Now my hubby can build my second counter top.  This south side will be the hot side where my 4 kilns will live.  img_0997

Yes, we made major accomplishments last weekend and this past week.  Now off to paint some more walls and floors.  Hope the rest of your Thanksgiving break goes wonderful.

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The Next Group of New Art Studio Pics

The interior of the New Art Studio has taken me a lot longer than I thought, but working full-time with my Hubby the Attorney (running a full-time law practice) keeps me busy almost 24/7.  I try to fit a couple of hours out in the New Studio almost every evening, but it doesn’t always happen.

Here are the newest pics:

Coat #2 going in the cabinet doors for the south side, those are now done.

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The contractor finished closing in the opening between the north and south sides, all boxed in nice and neat.  Sorry the overhead lights caused a glare in this pic.  Now lots more wood to paint!img_0910

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Was able to sell that extra bat of insulation, yay! got it out of my way.

I got the final coat on the south side back section of the walls.  Once the cabinets and floor are done in this back section, my Hubby can build my counter top which will be under the cabinets for my two table top 110 kilns. img_0963

Got two coats of primer on the cabinet facing, the underside of the cabinet and right side of it, and then started the purple paint last night on the south side cabinets.

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Spent lots and lots of time this week caulking the corners and seams between boards, very tedious, but it has to get done.

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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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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_0480Then the purple went on the cabinet facings.

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 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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