Small Art Studio Reorganized on a Budget

Some artists like expansive white studios with perfect natural lighting. Perhaps I would too, but I have always felt most at home in small, eclectic spaces. Until the beginning of this year, my studio space (9′x15′) was a bit chaotic (to put it nicely!). In addition to feeling overwhelmed by clutter I was now sharing my studio with a lovely stray cat that we took in, Tinsel. It became very clear to me that the time had come to purge and reorganize.

This is my studio before the rehab. Random cat beds, a litter box out in the open, and just plan disorder.

This is my studio before the rehab. Random cat beds, a litter box out in the open, and just plan disorder.

The studio with the wide-angle lens. Now you can really get a feel for how nuts it had become.

The studio with the wide-angle lens. Now you can really get a feel for how nuts it had become.

First I had to get rid of some materials and condense and reorganize the ones I wanted to keep. I went through every inspiration image that I had collected.

First I had to get rid of some materials and condense and reorganize the ones I wanted to keep. I went through every inspiration image that I had collected.

Boo and I were both amazed at all the dead paint that was taking up space! Sure, I had old, crappy supplies that needed tossed, but what about the good stuff that I could not bear to throw away because they still possessed artistic value? Solution! My friend, Tabitha, took them and now they are used to teach kids art at the Decoy Art Studio!

Boo and I were both amazed at all the dead paint that was taking up space! Sure, I had old, crappy supplies that needed tossed, but what about the good stuff that I could not bear to throw away because they still possessed artistic value? Solution! My friend, Tabitha, took them and now they are used to teach kids art at the Decoy Art Studio!

Amongst my materials, I had acquired a small collection of glitter…yes, I need help.

Amongst my materials, I had acquired a small collection of glitter…yes, I need help.

I combined those of like colors and ended up storing them in a repurposed spice rack.

I combined those of like colors and ended up storing them in a repurposed spice rack.

I wanted to keep the costs down for this project. One way I did this was by purchasing all of my fabric at the thrift store. I found some matching silky curtains for the windows, tablecloths that I used to recover the desk chair and a mismatched grouping of cotton curtains that I pieced together as a slip cover for the old, brown sofa.

I wanted to keep the costs down for this project. One way I did this was by purchasing all of my fabric at the thrift store. I found some matching silky curtains for the windows, tablecloths that I used to recover the desk chair and a mismatched grouping of cotton curtains that I pieced together as a slip cover for the old, brown sofa.

Now it was time to paint! I moved most of the items from the studio, but the easel and sofa had no where to go. Ti and the other cats enjoyed this new perch while it lasted.

Now it was time to paint! I moved most of the items from the studio, but the easel and sofa had no where to go. Ti and the other cats enjoyed this new perch while it lasted.

The pale sea foam green walls changed to a deep olive thanks to a gallon of paint I found in the reject bin for $10. I did not know what I was going to use it for at the time, but I could not pass up that luscious color!

The pale sea foam green walls changed to a deep olive thanks to a gallon of paint I found in the reject bin for $10. I did not know what I was going to use it for at the time, but I could not pass up that luscious color!

I wanted to keep my striped wall, but I updated it with some new colors and added more stripes where they had stopped around the window.

I wanted to keep my striped wall, but I updated it with some new colors and added more stripes where they had stopped around the window.

After countless hours and several trips to Decoy Art Studio, the studio is finished! The rug was my major splurge item. I must have looked at hundreds of rugs at all sizes and prices, but that one was PERFECT! The one thing I did not take into consideration was the fact that it is looped wool, which our kitten, Boo, says makes for a lovely scratching surface. Sigh…

After countless hours and several trips to Decoy Art Studio, the studio is finished! The rug was my major splurge item. I must have looked at hundreds of rugs at all sizes and prices, but that one was PERFECT! The one thing I did not take into consideration was the fact that it is looped wool, which our kitten, Boo, says makes for a lovely scratching surface. Sigh…

As you can see, rearranging the furniture was a major element to the project. Now the room is more open and inviting. The white interactive work station (desk) that was created for my Identification show at the University of Dayton now has a permanent home as workspace and storage space in the studio. The litter box is now located behind the curtain as well as my paints, with plenty of extra room.

As you can see, rearranging the furniture was a major element to the project. Now the room is more open and inviting. The white interactive work station (desk) that was created for my Identification show at the University of Dayton now has a permanent home as workspace and storage space in the studio. The litter box is now located behind the curtain as well as my paints, with plenty of extra room.

In this area I put a magnetic white erase board for jotting down ideas and a cork board for displaying inspiration images. I am also able to bring my sewing machine out for the first time in years! I am looking forward to taking some classes at Sew Dayton now!

In this area I put a magnetic white erase board for jotting down ideas and a cork board for displaying inspiration images. I am also able to bring my sewing machine out for the first time in years! I am looking forward to taking some classes at Sew Dayton now!

Instead of her food being out in the open, Tinsel has a protected food nook that doubles as seating space. She also has matching window perches and a scratching post. So spoiled!

Instead of her food being out in the open, Tinsel has a protected food nook that doubles as seating space. She also has matching window perches and a scratching post. So spoiled!

I was determined to get organized with this remodeling. This is the board near the entrance to the studio. This is where I post projects in progress or timely items that I need to keep in mind, such as show deadlines or pick up dates. I made this with an old frame, some sheets of cork and then I glued some of the hand cut cork pebbles from my UD show to give it some flair.

I was determined to get organized with this remodeling. This is the board near the entrance to the studio. This is where I post projects in progress or timely items that I need to keep in mind, such as show deadlines or pick up dates. I made this with an old frame, some sheets of cork and then I glued some of the hand cut cork pebbles from my UD show to give it some flair.

These cork boards over the sofa are were I will post work in progress. Right now they are home to the bamboo panels I purchased from the Portland, Oregon based company, Plywerk. Soon they will be paintings! You can also see that my skeleton, Roger, is right at home in the new space below the work by Scarecrowoven! I have moved a good amount of our acquired art collection to the studio so I can be inspired by my fellow artists as I create new works in my new amazing space!

These cork boards over the sofa are were I will post work in progress. Right now they are home to the bamboo panels I purchased from the Portland, Oregon based company, Plywerk. Soon they will be paintings! You can also see that my skeleton, Roger, is right at home in the new space below the work by Scarecrowoven! I have moved a good amount of our acquired art collection to the studio so I can be inspired by my fellow artists as I create new works in my new amazing space!