Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Christmas Vacation / Construction Marathon

I have NEVER been so happy to get back to work in the studio. Before Christmas I was so busy I could get no work done on my barn apartment. I was determined to get moved in by the first of the year. I almost made it. Although it is not near finished....I moved in anyway. And I'm exhausted.

This is before. This is my fire exit door to the outside of the barn. It's tiny old solid wood at just 17" wide found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

The kitchenette area and some cabinets that need much love.

A bargain....vanity, sink and faucet for $25. The medicine cabinet for $15, both from Habitat for Humanity. I am still painting them white.

My best score by far was the north windows. They are 6' tall and look out to the pasture and the mountains. These were probably $800 new each and got them both for $100 you guessed it Habitat for Humanity Restore.
If you haven't checked them out, you must. There should be one in your area. There are three in Ar and we don't have nothing here. Not only do you get great bargains the profits go to help others get housing.

I'm thinking of getting a new curtain rod, but somehow the hay string gets seems appropriate.

I don't think you can tell from the photos but the walls are textured. I have been working on getting the sheetrock finished enough for the light texture treatment and then texturing.

 I hate working with sheetrock.... Day after day and it looks like nothing gets done.

Finally the paint. Love the color.

I and getting plastic glue up ceiling tiles here. No more sheetrock dust for me.

Anyway I am glad to get moved in. It has a nice feel to it already and....a flush toilet in the same building you sleep in...what a novel idea!

The best part is the studio feels better too.


  1. Diane, so excited for you! This looks great, and I can imagine your thrilled to have the space, and warmth! Good hard work has paid off...congratulations! Let your creativity begin to flow!!!
    Blessings in your new home!! Melody

  2. OMG we have a HFH restore in the area and we always say we need to check it out! They are only open saturdays so it makes it a tad rough, but man did you score some deals there! Now I am determined to check ours out!!

  3. Melody, Thanks so much I am thrilled!

  4. Allison, Our HHR are hours away, but well worth the trip and you never know what you will find. I know you love a bargain.

  5. Je m'attends à voir naître de belles oeuvres dans ce bel environnement...