Garage arrangement

Turning the old garage into a home office studio

Look like an artist, a writer,Sarah Greenman, photographer, actress and mother created an art studio over the weekend, spending no more than $ 300. That's what she told us about her project. “Every design choice in my house is dictated by a budget. I work at home as a freelance artist, I bring up two children, so most of the interior items came to the studio from charity shops or just from a landfill. I often work on large-scale works of art, and my office, which was simultaneously used as a guest room, was simply too small. I needed a larger room. Armed with a strict limited budget of $ 300, my husband and I transformed some of our premises during the weekend into an art studio. We are 5.8 by 5.8 m, originally intended for two cars, in a creative room, using existing furniture from other rooms in the house. The total cost of my refurbished garage was $ 274, including about 10 liters of paint and four new dining chairs. Before the transformations we used this roomthe former garage, as a TV-seat and a room where the toys fell into one pile. The room was wretched and dull. The previous homeowner updated the garage - laid the garage door, installed the flooring and lined the walls with artificial wood. Since he did it himself, there was no insulation material, the walls had voids in some places, which made me fight periodically with spiders and geckos. The landlord said that rebuilding the garage cost him about $ 600 a few decades ago. After our redevelopment and arrangement of home office in a cozy studio where I can work, creating works of art and photography, conducting classes and seminars. The carpet is laid directly on the flat cement floor, which makes the composition of paintings on the walls more interesting. I painted the walls with “Black Suede” paint because I love dramatic works of art. Tip: Most art studios have white walls that provide additional lighting and help keep the focus on art. But the dark colors of the room can also be a great backdrop for artwork. The garage is not insulated, which is sometimes a problemhot Texas summer and cool winter. Air conditioning in the corner often comes to the rescue. The sofa creates a cozy atmosphere in the living room and a zone for communication with customers during seminars. Most of the furniture is purchased in second-hand and commission stores, so some items have scuffs, making you feel the old days. The golden brocade on the chair was torn off at the sides, but a piece of artificial sheepskin and a pillow with graphics gave him a new life. When I work in my studio, I likereference books and beautiful things at hand, which spur my imagination. A coffee table, bright pillows, a flowerpot, books and works of art create a modern interior design. Antique table is the center of attention. I use it for meetings and seminars, work and sometimes for dinner when I stay here. Metal chairs were my only purchase of new furniture. In the corner, I arranged a work area that includesmy library from bookcases following me everywhere from college itself. A small soft box is for the toys of my 3-year-old son, who often joins me when I work. I equipped two pendant lights above the table, using factory hooks and a very long extension cord. Tip: get more organized with two notebooks, like the ones that hang on the wall next to my desk. One of my lists includes work for the current day, another list - the affairs of the next day. I arranged convenient storage systems neededof things. All my everyday files are easily accessible in a portable file station, which is an old basket. I can move it to the table when I need more space. I do not write in any particular place, sobrought a small portable table, which contains all the materials at hand. Ceramic vase from a thrifty store is used for brushes and tools. Canvases, art supplies and easelalways ready. The lampshade is my last project, depicting the poem “Sonnet XVII” by Pablo Neruda, written with a permanent marker. The poem begins at the top and repeats in a spiral again and again, moving gradually to the shadow of the lower part of the lamp. Tip: A used kitchen cart can be used to store paints, sprays and other artistic tools, giving a new life to an old item. I brought the piano from the dining room, which gives meNow you can play at any time without waking your family. The quote that hangs over the piano, “The stool is a family heirloom,” is the words of a favorite writer Louise Bogan. - I bought a faded used signature in the yard sales for $ 5 and created a script using acrylic paint. An old antique typewriter keeps my sewing machine and shares space with a cork bust that I found at a dump in one of the stores. ” A great solution, how to create an ideal workshop from an unnecessary room!

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