The studio was the first room we decided to tackle since it's my workspace everyday (and often late into the night). The room we selected for the studio was the previous owners' 12 year old son's room. It gets excellent natural light, however, it was cladded in Chicago Cubs baseball pinstripes and some questionable carpet. The carpet was one of the first things to go and didn't take long to remove.
It was my workspace for awhile and then the stripes felt like they were swallowing me alive. So we decided to take it one room at at time and knock out the studio. First things first, get rid of the gross carpet. After carpet removal...
I put a fresh coat of white paint on the trim and there was an instant improvement. And a school girl crush on the man of the house.
Now for the kicker. Holy-cow-oh-my-lanta don't ever ever ever paint stripes on your wall. Aside from covering the wild stripes, the real problem was getting rid of the paint line where the tape was peeled off. So we sanded with sandpaper and got good sore forearms... to no avail. And then we decided to bring in the big guns and use two different power sanders that we bought to use at the last house. And the paint lines just wouldn't go away like we thought they should. Frustration level: HIGH.
After a desperate call to our local paint shop, they suggested we start layering on the primer to see how well it covered. After two coats of primer, the paint stripes weren't really covered that well, and the paint edge lines were still slightly noticeable.
Then came primer layer number three. Then came FOUR coats of Sherwin Williams "Amazing Gray." I was smitten. It's a cool gray, but it doesn't feel cold. It has some hints of beige in it and I really love it.
Knowing this would be my studio where paint flies and sharp items fall, glitter-bursts happen on occasion, and things tend to get real wild, I had no interest in installing new flooring of some sort, especially not carpet. I had left over gray paint from the walls and leftover white paint from the previous owner, and had also read a few tutorials online about painting the chipboard subfloor. I was determined to make it happen and it seemed like an appropriate alternative to new flooring for the use of the space.
I decided to go with four large alternating stripes of white and gray. The chipboard is already in 4x8' sheets, so I worked with the 4' wide sections to use as the stripes. No measuring needed - bingo!
I filled the main cracks with joint compound. It's the kind that's pink when you apply it, but it turns white once it's fully dried. Wooowheeee, look at that putty knife my friends. You have no idea how much wallpaper that sucker stripped at the last place.
After the putty dried, I painted the gray stripes with a paint roller attached to a broom pole (it kind of felt like I was vacuuming, but with a lot of force because the subfloor soaks up paint very quickly), and then taped them off after a solid 24 hours of drying time.
Then came time for the white paint, and (my favorite part), peeling off that tape! Drumroll please. So we went from this chaos...
Ta-daa! There you have it.. GIANT stripes, on the floor. I'm loving how it turned out. It feels extremely fresh and clean, but it's needing some warmth. More studio updates on organizing a functional workspace to come... stay tuned!
A couple things yet to go on this room before really moving my studio items in and setting up shop:
- The window gets replaced Friday. The seal has apparently been bad for a long time and condensation is in between the two panes (meaning the minerals in the water have etched themselves into the glass, resulting in a ruined window). The good news is that the seller paid for this update at closing - windows aren't cheap.
- It drives me crazy that that window has no trim. It looks ridiculously cheap to me, so I'd love to hang some fresh white trim to frame out the window and give it some presence versus looking like a hole in the wall. Beef it up! (constant reminder to myself: this is not a craftsman home. this is not a craftsman home. this is not a craftsman home.)
- There is now about a 1/2" gap between the subfloor and the bottom of the baseboard where the carpet and carpet pad slid under the baseboard. I would love to finish the perimeter of the room off with some quarter-round, which would rid of the gap.
- We need to install a transition floor piece to cap off the end of the carpet at the doorway. I suggested a hot piece of marble for that and the new window sill. And then Danny looked at me like I had two heads.
- Paint the wood at the base of the French doors.
- Replace all outlets with white outlets (out with the dirty looking off-white ones). They look pretty dingy compared to all of the white in the room now.
- Replace all of the brass in the house with stainless? Yikes this would get pricey as hardware is so expensive, but the brass in this place was not done thoughtfully, especially considering all of the white trim. But by golly, a stainless front door hardware set was installed! 90s brass + stainless steel = conflict of interest.
Have you ever painted your floor? Check out this super-cool-stencil-painted-floor by the cool kids over at Young House Love.
Photo by Young House Love.