Friday, March 25, 2011

man cave #2 becomes paigie studio #1!!!

Soooo.... When I returned last Wednesday from my wonderful visit with my Mother, Sister and adorable Nephew, Gabe, I found Mikey's Man Cave #2 cleaned out!  He told me at Christmastime that he'd let me move my stuff into his room and make it my studio!  YAY!!! He was waiting for me to get my stuff ready, however, my stuff has been ready to move and I was just waiting for the room to be ready for the transformation.

Man cave # 1 with most of the stuff removed and what's left was moved to the center of the room after I have taken most of the staples from the sub floor after we removed the old carpet a couple years ago. 

I had to now remove the staples from the perimeter of the room plus the tac strips that held the carpet in place years ago.

Staple removing progress... see the staples I've removed?  This is like 10 percent of all the staples I removed that day.  It took a whole afternoon to properly prepare the floor.

These are the tools I used to remove the staples plus the tac strips the ran the perimeter of the room.

Here we have the room with tac strips removed.  It doesn't look like much but... we're getting there.  At this point I still have to remove pictures, mirror (see pic below), face plates, window blinds, and tape around delicate features like the intercom (which works!  still!).

OOOHH... We need to do some caulking, Momma!  Check out that funky wall!!!  So I proceed to caulk and prep that room.  This is before.

This is also before.  See the funky wall color and look at that beam, Irene!  I think that color is original to the 1958 building of the house!

Ho!  We've got new paint!  I chose what looks like white, but is called 'white clay'.  How fitting, don't ya think???

Nice and clean and bright!  I need brightness for me to create greatness! (although the closet doors and beam don't scream clean and bright quite yet!)

Oh, Look at that corner, now!  We're getting somewhere!

That ugly-ass beam has been transformed!  As has the closet and trim!

Oh and we have some floor paint going down!  Holy Moly!

It's looking good and feeling good!

Look at that corner now, Momma!  It's tight... and bright!

All finished now!  I get to keep the corner chair for my meditation and contemplation.

We'll also keep the TV.  I'll have metal shelves along this wall to place the TV on with all of my tools and stuff.  I like to have some background noise while I work.

PS... Look at those floors!  We used porch paint which will work fine for the purpose of said studio.  I think they look great!

Here is Mike's desk, which I am going to use as my work table.  I learned a new trick with my school studio of making canvas table toppers.  I'll make one for this table so I won't damage the desk, can still work clay on it, and remove the topper when I want to paint, sew or wrap packages!  Sweet!

Also, check out the nice window!  Good lighting is a must in a studio!

PS... the wine bottle is not mine but a left over from when Mike didn't know me... I like my wine and all, but don't want Y'all thinking I've been drinking that big ass bottle of wine all week!

One final look at the studio!  I'm off tomorrow to procure shelves and start moving my stuff from the guest room so we can make it a real... well... guest room!

So, that's what I did the last half of spring break last week!  It was a lot of work but totally worth it!  I am so excited!  YAY!  Keep posted to see more progress and hopefully some creative projects coming late spring and this summer!  

Have a great weekend! 


  1. yay! That's sweet! Looks like a great place for creating greatness!! :)

    Love you!

  2. This looks great Ms. Furr! I can't wait to see it when I come watch the dogs. It really is so bright and airy, I love the painted floors!
    Loves ya,