Monday, November 29, 2010

Studio Mini Makeover

Update from the Studio
Mini Makeover and Fabulous Garage Sale Finds!! :)

Between last week and this weekend I've been lucky enough to stumble upon some amazing finds at even better prices to help give my studio a little update! :)  I wasn't a huge fan of the black wire racks in this room but they did their job, I'm in favor of most things being hidden away from the curious fingers of my toddler!

Remember how this wall looked before? SEE 
Don't worry I am still have all my wine crates for storage, they are being well loved and used. ;)  I came across a garage sale from the sweetest older woman who quilts for a hobby. She was selling this hutch that she owned for several years but it never made its way out of her garage.

Pretty right? Well, I just about fell over when she opened it to show me what it was!!
A SEWING cabinet with an ELECTRIC lift!!  I was in LOVE!

Its Solid oak and very heavy, has plenty of organization and hidden storage!
Its seriously pretty amazing, I didn't know that things like this even existed! I cleaned it up, and spray painted the handles a dark metallic bronze, they were a brassy gold before... much better now. She told me the electric lift didn't work, but to my surpise I plugged it in at home and UP came my sewing machine from the bottom storage rack.
Yes, I admit I have childishly joyfully played with the lever.... up... down.... up... down... happy dance!! lol... 
I researched it online and found nothing else like it except for one, a long lost twin seperated at birth perhaps. ;) A super sweet crafty fellow blogger from Quixotic Crafter, she shared some info about with me her sewing cabinet hutch as well.

Well next I met a neighbor of mine that was having a garage sale, but decided it was to cold... so they would just give the items left away for free! Arizona doesn't really get that cold, but it has been chilly this week.  But heck, my gain! He was dragging this cool looking stainless steel workbench table to the curb as I pulled up.

He told me he & his father were shoe cobblers years ago... and this was the last piece left from their shop. It needed some love, but with the stainless steel top, leather straps and height it made for the perfect art worktable for my studio! I'm not a fan of an easel, I'd usually rather lean my canvas against the wall from the table top to paint (see the fabric covered cork board to protect my wall from paint). And spread my paints & brushes all over the table.  I cleaned this cobblers table up and painted it a pretty aqua for my studio... I left the leather straps, they are perfect for large brushes!

It was a great week, I have much to be thankful for... including how God always provides even down to the smallest details! :)

Now, time to get painting & sewing... I will be adding some new items to the Etsy shop soon! 
Heather ~