Let me just say THANK YOU for your amazing feedback yesterday!! Part 1 of “The Howard Home Tour” was a huge success! In less than 24 hours you flung that post to my most viewed section, which is pretty incredible!!
I loved sharing our bedroom and family room and focusing on “Comfort” with you yesterday, if you haven’t had a chance to see that post, please click HERE! For today, I thought it would be fun to share my work spaces, so Part 2’s theme is "Function”. I am extremely fortunate to not only have the cutest husband in all the land, but a fella who doesn’t mind that I take over the house with my work. I have not one but TWO rooms in the house dedicated to my job, which means I am both incredibly spoiled, and also very messy. I try to keep the non-creative business-y things in the office, which is downstairs – and the paints, panels and mess makers upstairs in the studio. Frequently these messes get combined and scattered into the kitchen, family room, his office, our bedroom… but every week or so I attempt to keep the chaos under control and return things to their proper places.
I hope you enjoy Part 2, and seeing all the before & afters! If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork, please click HERE and fill out the form so I know which piece interests you. :)
Before - The Studio
ahhhhhh!! Terrifying right? One of the only downsides to moving into our home was that it lacked storage space. In the apartment we had previously, I was blessed with a huge walk in closet. Which, as it turned out, just made it extremely easy for me to become a hoarder. When we moved into our house and I realized just how teeny tiny my closet was, it forced me to weed through so many things to create a functional space. It also helped that I took over the hall closet, and part of the utility room. I must stress again that I have a wonderful husband.
Aaaaaand here's how it looks now!
That cabinet above used to be a computer desk, and a mighty stinky one at that. I purchased it from Diversity Thrift for something like $30, and after a TON of white paint and using it for kitchen storage - it made it's way up into the studio to store my paintings. DIY makeover post HERE!
Below is one of my favorite spaces in the house, my little reading corner. Who doesn't love a good comfy chair with a stack of magazines to cuddle up with? I reupholstered this wingback, which you can read all about HERE. Just this morning I reupholstered the foot stool, a post for that + the paint job coming soon! DecoArt has amazing chalk paint and it's thanks to them that I'm able to refinish so many things so quickly. Included in that list is the small end table to the right of the chair. Another piece whose DIY post will be headed your way very soon!
Below you'll see the cutest swirly lamp of all time - a gift we received thanks to Ben's grandma! She snagged it from Amazon and I'm in loooove. It originally had a red lamp shade, but I switched it out for a bright white one. You can also get a better view of the end table I refinished - I had some fun painting flowers on it in shiny gold to give it extra character. You'll notice throughout these posts that there's quite a few little white bud vases around. I got these beauties in a set of five from Dolce Designs in Short Pump! I love them!
One of my proudest accomplishments is below. Getting that storage cabinet in the closet was a challenge. I removed almost everything that had been in there (which was A LOT of everything), removed the doors from the cabinet and it fit perfectly! My goal was to only have things in the studio that I use frequently. The rest went into the hallway to be sorted. Cabinet (now bookcase) is from Target, as well as the paint organizer on the bottom shelf.
Five Below has some of the cutest bins, which is where I bought that white lacey metal container for my Golden acrylics. Golden has some of the best mediums, I'm a HUGE fan of their Acrylic Glazing Liquid. Paint is pricey and this medium makes it travel further. I highly recommend it!
And last but not least for the studio makeover isssssssssssssssss my mural!
Because I am me, I haven't decided if it's done yet. Probably not. Yep, definitely not. But it's closer! Watch the timelapse for the first half of this mural HERE!
Before - The Office
The office was the first room in the house that we painted. I started stenciling before we even moved in! I had been fantasizing about this space for so long, I couldn't wait to get started! Read all about stenciling using Royal Design Studio Stencils HERE . Other painting tips HERE!
Not a lot has changed in my office since I first set it up about one year ago. I think because I had been brainstorming and living on Pinterest for so long before we moved in, that I knew exactly what I wanted from the beginning. If only I had the same focus with every other room in the house!
See those pretty mermaid prints (which you can purchase HERE) ? The frames they're hanging in were purchased at Walmart about five or six years ago, and had been a very ugly brass color. I painted them white and grey and I think they hold the record for the longest period of time that any piece of art has stayed in the same place in our home! Yay mermaids!
The chandelier hanging is the original left from the previous owners, I gave it a little upgrade which you can read about HERE, though I give a much more detailed DIY about cleaning & fixing up chandeliers in general HERE. I purchased my desk and curtains from IKEA and I still love them. The BEST place to get inexpensive curtain rods is The Christmas Tree Shop! They start at $4.99 and I'm almost positive every curtain rod in our house is from there, except the ones in the studio which I paid too much to share at a hardware store. Don't make my mistakes!
The trashcan had been bronze, I sprayed it white to blend in more with the decor. I swear, 90% of the things in the world can be made more beautiful with a fresh coat of paint.
My little gift wrapping and shipping station saves me a ton of time. I used to have my wrapping materials, return address labels and thank you notes all over the place. Now they're all together on my pretty mint vanity that I refinished! Details on that makeover are HERE! (DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint strikes again!). The shelf above the wrapping station is from IKEA and I wish I had purchased so many more than just one!! It's perfect for leaning artwork and small decorations, along with pictures of your ridiculously adorable nephews. I had my diploma framed from the best of the best, Rick at Rick's Custom Frame + Gallery, details on that process are HERE!
And to give you an idea of the layout, I get a pleasant view of our little loveseat from the family room while sitting at my desk! The captains chair directly in front is currently for sale! Fill this out for pricing!
To conclude today's theme of "Function", I live you with one of my favorite functional office accessories. My dust bunny. He is very cute and cleans the finger prints off of my phone, and dust off of my computer screen! I love him.
Remember to check back in tomorrow for the last of "The Howard Home Tour" posts! I'd love to hear which makeover is your favorite so far - Bedroom, Family Room, Office or Studio?! Comment below!! :)
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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