Etcetera- Knack work space progress

Hello, hello! I know that I am so late getting this up today…..but sometimes you just have to go with the flow and do what you can! I have to admit that when I started photographing the work space for this post, I realized how much I still have to do in this space to get it where I want it…but for now though, I am organized, everything has its place, and I can work smoothly and efficiently on all of the projects I have going on in the studio right now. I had two pieces of furniture leave the studio today to go to their homes……and that just feels so great! Much work and progress has been accomplished in this beautiful new space, and I look forward to looking back at these photos in the months to come just to see how it evolves over time and usage.

Remember where we started?

Well, here we are now! This first photo is of the left side of the work space where I keep all of my paint, stains, glues, rollers, trays, etc. and also my big old filing cabinet that houses catalogs, business cards, stamps, papers and tidbits. The jury is still out as to what to do with the stairs, but if you go out the door there you find yourself on the little brick garden patio….so I would love to do something really inviting and fun on the stairs……but don’t want to rush it. More to come on that!

… we are moving around the room to the center {ish} part of the studio where my most valuable resources are. My fabulous utility sink {hallelujah!!} and all of my paintbrushes and tools that I use on an hourly basis. I tried to set everything up just like you would your kitchen at home…..everything easily accessible and the best use of the space as possible. I have to say I am absolutely loving the storage system from IKEA for all of my paintbrushes! Woot! I also painted and installed the shelves {which were left by the previous tenant} to house all of my crazy bits and pieces…..and then on the left you can see some of my projects awaiting their transformations….all neatly stacked and ready.

….last but not least we move into the back corner of the studio. This is the area that will probably evolve the most over time! All of my knobs are here, and I would like to create a “half skirt” of sorts for the table to hide all of the storage underneath but still keep the little mustard chest readily accessible since it houses everything under the sun like tape, rulers, drills, screws, craft knives, you name it…it’s in there! BUT….I love this little area even with it’s utility boxes and craziness because there is a window here as well and I can look out as I work and see the train as it thunders by. I re used the curtains from two studios ago as they fit perfectly for now…..until I decide I want something different! {wink!}

I love this place, and it is definitely starting to feel like home. I cannot get over the natural light in this space from the skylight and the window! All of these photos were shot with all of the lights off and doors closed……too cool! It is the small things my friends!

I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of the work area! Have a great weekend!



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  1. ShaZam! WOW! What a difference a little paint makes…the floor is totally awesome. I love the magnetic strip for tools by the utility tub and the ‘wheels’ on the one cabinet…very portable! It’s shaping-up to be totally you! The crative juices are flow’n! GREAT job! Oh ya…the garden space will be a nice addition too. Can’t wait ’til you snap pics of your sorted projects!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Jenny! There was a point where I was like “why on earth am I painting this floor?! It is just going to get more paint on it”…….but it really has made a huge difference and I am so glad that I did it. Also, the magnetic strip action is my absolute favorite new part! LOVE. Utilitarian while at the same time easy on the eyes…

  2. it is looking so way cool. having been in your space just before this one, i am imagining what a huge difference this makes. yay!!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you Sarah! ….and yes…this space makes a huge difference all around! :} It is so light, and happy….and there is plenty of room for everything!

  3. Oh, so fun to see your new space evolving!
    All the best! 🙂

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you Anne! it is definitely evolving! In fact over the weekend I have already decided to change up a few things when I get back in there today! hah! That is the fun part though……it will get there eventually!

  4. AHH! I love it so much! I too am excited to see the evolution over the coming months as you settling into your ‘new home’ more! So exciting! I know it feels good to be settling in and enjoying your amazing new space! YAY!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you Lindsey! It does feel good to be settling in….and to be able to find everything again :}

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Shaunna!! I am just so excited about it!

  5. Ollie

    Ahh I love seeing all the ‘behind the scenes’ shots with your paint brushes, knob collection and pieces waiting to be transformed. So happy for you 🙂 xx

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you Ollie! I love seeing all of the behind the scenes stuff too! :} It is funny for me to sit back and look at pictures of my tools and supplies…..all of the magic :}

  6. Love how this is all coming along for you. You inspire as always. And love all the knob choices. Have a fab weekend!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Pam! I am excited to have made some great progress this week and have everything all moved in! It is so nice to not have to dig around in boxes for everything! I hope you had a great weekend!

  7. Your new space is amazing! Love the big open space and especially, the painted shelves. So excited for you!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you, thank you, thank you Kristen. I am loving every minute of this new space… is pretty dreamy for me to open the doors every day and know that this is my new place to create. I am still in awe……..

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Krystin! I love some tool organization too…and I really love that IKEA makes such great organizational things!

  8. Que

    I know this is an old post but I was browsing and noticed the above photo of your collection of knobs. It would be fun to see how many readers can identify their furniture piece. I recognized a few right away! Love love love you work!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much! It is fun to look back at pieces before they were completed and I hope people do love seeing that progress! I know I do!

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