Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Progress in the Studio


Just so you know. I have not become a peculiar old lady, wearing a stylish but out dated straw sunbonnet and floral patterned garden gloves while muttering to her flowers and sipping mint julips. I do like the idea of becoming a peculiar old lady and I do have garden gloves (practical not stylish).

The new studio is in progress. It's a big project. I'm pretty danged excited about it. But there's a hurdle to overcome. Two actually, but one is done.


That big boy up there is Bob. He's patroling for squirrels. He may be old, somewhat deaf, with not quite perfect vision, but he can still spot a squirrel. We will never, ever, be overun by a marauding band of squirrels. He's at the back door of the new house which also happens to be my studio door. See what he's standing on?

Carpet. The bane of my studio existence. I am messy. What I do is messy. I need to mop things up, even though I do not like to mop. We were really hoping that under this brand new carpet was old lino. Just like we were hoping that the water heater would heat water and that the fridge would not sigh its last breathe on the day we moved here.


 But nope. Under that carpet was old adhesive, really, really old adhesive from the lino floor we were hoping might be buried under the new carpet.


Looks kinda like a wood floor, eh? We took out all the carpet strips and 2, 438 staples (seriously, I counted them) and put down our faux wood floor. Actually, this is a 'deluxe vinyl plank' floor and almost all of the 260 square feet of it are done. It was the least expensive flooring we could put in ourselves and I think the 'deluxe' descriptor was put there just so we wouldn't feel bad about being thrifty. We'll finish it off this morning and then head off to the home improvement store for some finishing bits. Even if we didn't need to go, we'd need to check in. It's been a few days since we've made a major purchase and I'm sure the staff are worrying about us.

BTW, Alice and Bob are not posing on the new floor to provide interest and scale. Peter is behind me somewhere with treats. Treats are such a great motivator. I'm pretty motivated by treats. In fact, this whole flooring adventure has been motivated by treats, like, iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk. Yum.

22 comments:

Studio Sylvia said...

The floor looks great LeAnn even though it is faux timber. The light in the room is terrific.

sharon said...

Yes, gorgeous light, and Alice and Bob look great in at! Fantastic new floor...wow, looks like a terrific work space!

Michelle said...

What a bright, cheery room! The floor looks great and sounds like the perfect fit for what you need.

somethingunique said...

Hi LeAnn, looks like you have a fantastic spot for a studio i can't wait to see it all finished & i just love Alice and Bob i just love people names for furry friends!
take care and have fun creating your new creating space!
ttfn Lana >^.^<

Kim Rae Nugent said...

Looks like a wonderful studio space! My daughter put in the same kind of flooring and just loves it. She has dogs too.

steufel said...

Looks great, I hope you will be finished soon. All the mess during a renovation tends to drive me crazy - unfortunately Matthias loves to do those things, my only comfort are the great finds I make in those home improvement stores:-)

Mellisa said...

Oh, just look at the light in that studio space! You'll never look down at the floor to notice your faux bois (other than to mop it up), especially with those wonderful windows :)

Spirited Earth said...

love your new studio space..and the flooring is perfect
also the dogs..cuteness

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

how exciting! the floor looks great; can't wait to see the progress and finished room.

Pretty Things said...

LOVE the wood floors and the wood paneling! SOOOO exciting for you!!!

TesoriTrovati said...

That new floor is great! And your models are pretty awesome too. In fact, I think that most models are motivated by treats!
Would you email me your new address so that I have it, Miss LeAnn? I am so excited for your new studio! Enjoy the grand adventure.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Anna Lear said...

I love your new floor and I just adore your doggies!!

Greer said...

I am not jealous of you new studio space - I'm not I'm not I'm not!

windrock studio said...

Hey LeAnn, what a great time of the year there to be settling in and creating a lovely studio space, lucky girl! and lucky pups, too!
Enjoy it all.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh I soooo hate carpet anywhere!!! My craft room has carpet and it is also shades of brown so everytime I drop something it's like searching thru mulch for a brown piece of wood : (. It looks fantastic! ...and easy to clean! YEAH!!!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

The flooring is beautiful! And the pups, cute, of course! Glad to see that your making progress in your studio. Looks like you have a nice space.

stregata said...

The studio is looking awesome!!! And the light - so envious of the light!
But I do hope to see a photo of you someday in the garden with a straw hat and garden scissors, talking to your roses... with Bob and Alice at your feet.
And I am so relieved to know that you are not in danger of being invaded by marauding squirrels! LOL Bob = Good!

barbarasfernald.com said...

That is a great looking studio space. Love the corner windows and all that light. I have total studio envy! The flooring looks perfect. Can't wait to see it all set up!

Izzy said...

Oh, that studio looks amazing, I'm so jealous!! All that light pouring in, it's so bright unlike my bench in the garage... You lucky, lucky girl!

Cindy said...

What a gorgeous studio! And I agree with the above comments = the light is amazing. Your pups are adorable. And carpeted floors? I have that too... I do hope to put in hardwood some time in the future!

SueBeads said...

I love the floor, LeAnn! I would ruin it with my work, that's why in my part of the dungeon basement I have indoor/outdoor - it doesn't catch fire easily and just leaves some little burn holes! I think you'll love working there! Love the doggies, too!

Laura Twiford said...

We just did the wood laminate floors in our house in Florida and i loved it so much, when i came home I found myself wishing I had it here! They look beautiful and what a wonderful space!