Saturday, July 11, 2015

It Started With An Unsold Cabinet -WBC 2015

When my friend Ronda and I closed our little space in 
Boulder City, I had a leftover cabinet that did not sell.
I parked it in the garage and there it sat for a few months.

I had a painting project that I worked on out there
and in the process I used the cabinet to hold supplies.
The lightbulb flickered and

A garage studio was born!

 A few years back I held a class out here,
 and draped some of the walls
 and ceiling with tulle and canvas to hide all
the storage and unpainted walls.
Gosh girls do you remember 
how much fun that day was?


Normally I held classes running 
down the center of my living room,
and that worked too.


I have not taught classes for several years now 
since I had the canvas, the space and the time,
I figured go for it.

Determined to set it up
with no expense,
I began a couple weeks ago.

It can be set up in two ways. 
A small half garage space to use 
just for me that stays up,
and then a larger open space for classes,
that knocks down, so I can park the car inside.
I painted some old dirty shutters from the yard,
fixed up a free dresser,
and utilized stuff from other rooms.

stackable chairs ready for students
and folding tables wait for classes,
this small one is what I use.

The draping is cheaply and easily done.
Fish style hooks into ceiling studs.
Either clip rings to fabric or sew on loops
and shirr onto painted PVC pipe.
Now you can upscale if you want 
and use real piping and finished curtains etc but
remember this was a "no additional cost" plan for me.

sewn on jute loops done last time

added more drapes for larger area 
using clip rings this time

I painted the ceiling 
and walls a soft blue,
added a hanging, plug in, drum light,
 and sparkle canvas stars from a failed
project many moons a go.

(see the garage door  apparatus?)

This cart is getting set up for classes coming soon.

I provide all supplies at my Gatherings,
one of my favorite parts to teaching!

I bought nothing new, just repurposed.
Still a work in progress.

I can't show you any more just now 
because I want the students to be surprised.
The big perk?
You just unclip the fabric, fold and store it,
 and your garage returns to this:

(Well, if you let me organize it for you hehe) 

Meanwhile I still do most of my studio 
work here.

See my entire upstairs studio here
and thanks to our host today
I was so fortunate to 
have my studio be in 
Where Women Create 
and in Jo's Book of Organization
and here is that story.

Thank you Karen
for all the joy in
joining your party.

A huge welcome to new visitors!

Stay tuned for more looks at the evolving
 garage studio and
the next Gathering event.
Now go visit all the other fabulous spaces here

the old grey mare


Little Pink Studio said...

I just love all of your creative spaces! Everything is so lovely!
Thanks for sharing!
Happy creating,

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, very nice spaces! Love your old cupboards, all of your fabrics, etc. I'm inspired.

Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady

Michellee said...

WOW... Love your studio spaces... and class area.. And you are very organized.. And love all your displays of collections and supplies... Love your style... EVERYTHING about your spaces. THANKS for sharing.

Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Hey girl, it has been awhile (I became one of those bloggers who disappeared for awhile) I hope you remember me? Anyway I love what you have done with your creative space and just maybe this year I will organize mine too! I hope life has been good to you since last we spoke and I am wishing you a great weekend....
Tina xo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love your creative spaces! I have a corner that is a huge mess, but still FINALLY a place to create! I'll continue to try to make it bigger and better in the future.

Kathy said...

How exciting to be claiming a new space for creating!!

Sandra Kaye said...

This is an awesome space...I even went and looked at your upstairs as well. Love all the wooden cubbies...yummy. Thanks for sharing!!

Leanne said...

love your ingenuity!!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Great idea to inexpensively incorporate the garage for workshops. I did one once in a friend's garage and that's just what it was - they pulled their car out and set up some tables - yours would be nice and cozy for creating.
Happy crafting from # 33.

Consider It All Joy said...

What a great set of spaces, I'm going to need to back track and visit your previous posts! This is my first visit here! Happy Creating, Cindy

Becky Craig said...

I really like your garage studio idea! Your spaces are both fabulous. I love the silverware hanger!

Kristi Schurr said...

What great spaces you have to create in! My studio used to be in my garage and it was never that pretty by a long shot! Thank you for sharing them with us!♥

Maureen Hayes said...

What a fantastic idea to use your garage in this way. You do it with such love and it shows because the space is so stunning no one would believe it is your garage! Thanks for sharing.

Diana Seal said...

What a beautiful garage studio you have!
Love how you display all your goodies and your upstairs is a dream with all the storage!
Thanks for sharing!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You are a master of invention, and the way you kept the cost "under control" was something I can certainly appreciate. Good luck with your classes.

I'm no reply because I've been told my e-mail sends out spam to others. I don't want anyone having to deal with that, so I only accept comments on my blog and haven't used e-mail in about nine months. Truthfully, I don't miss it, either. It was mostly junk mail anyway.

Deborah Weber said...

Your spaces are fabulous and your garage studio is amazing. How creative!

Karen Garrard said...

Fabulous space love the vintage feel and all that wonderful material. Thanks for sharing. Karen.x

bobbie said...

I don't want to join Google connect either!! ;)

I love your use of space in the garage ~ very clever! And the multi-drawer unit has me drooling! Lucky you!!

Thanks for letting me look around ~

Grantham Lynn said...

Love your space. Thanks for sharing it. I love how you hung the fabric.
And I love, love, love the lighting. Fabulous idea of using the
Christmas lights!

Theresa said...

Love the feel of your room. Wonderful style. I can't begin to point to the things I love cause everything is wonderful. Looks like you have a great collection of wool? Whether or not I love it! Thanks for sharing your awesome apace.

Art and Sand said...

OH, my! I am over the top in love.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

You have such lovely places to create. Love them all. Thank you for sharing. Jo

Halle said...

Wonderful spaces. Aren't you glad that cabinet didn't sell!!
Halle #58

Connie said...

Pure genius! I love the idea of drop cloth curtains, it looks so charming and yet who would ever know that your garage storage was neatly tucked behind them. That cabinet is gorgeous . . . it was meant to be yours, that's the only reason that amazing piece never sold. Thank you for the tour . . . I am your newest follower. It will be very interesting seeing you projects and classes.
Have a wonderful week.
Your new blogging sister,
Connie :)

Elizabeth Johnson said...

You are a genius! I wish I'd seen these ideas 12 years ago when I was teaching in my garage.

Karen Valentine said...

I LOVE your ingenuity! You ahve given so many wonderful ideas that I'm sure many women will use in creating their own space! Thank you for that! I still love your studio. It is one of my favs!!!

Lori said...

Wow! Not one, but TWO places to create--lucky you! Your rooms are gorgeous---love the primitive look. This is such a great place to create. Wish I lived closer to attend one of your classes.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is amazing! I can't believe you pulled together the garage space in such a short time. I love it! I need to find someone who does classes near me. I'd love to take one in something that I've not done before but that has always interested me. Lucky you having two spaces available to you!

Sandy said...

Utterly fantastic! I have long admired your style and love your posts on your artful gatherings of days gone by. You have amazing style and for a shoe string budget, I crown you queen of creativity! Your students are going to love this!

Heather Maxwell said...

Beautifully and cleverly done all around! Love your vintage storage pieces. Thanks for all the detail photos that help us really get a feel for your space. wonderful!

oldgreymareprimitives said...

A big heartfelt thank you to all those I am unable to reach. Your kind words made my weekend <3

blogland can be such a treasure


Nitka Design said...

Love your studio:-) Whis I could take part in your workshops:-)

Lady Locust said...

So that just might be about the prettiest garage decor I've ever seen:) It's all so beautiful. Also, those keys, sigh...

pamelahuntington said...

Your studio is delightful.. so many lovely treasures to see! Thank you so
much for sharing it..!

Maywyn Studio said...

Congratulations on getting back to lessons!
Wishing you loads of fun and inspiration

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Great place would love to take class there

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Z!
Love your creative space(s) and I wish I could wrinkle the map and come to one of your classes!

Jill said...

You'll have fun there! Two questions, do you not need to park your car in there? and how are there long sleeves in these pictures? I think of it as hot all the time there!

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Thanks for stopping by my turtle drama story. I did finally get my studio pictures up. I know I commented here before but I would just repeat I am quite impressed with how you fixed up this garage just using what you had. Great ideas!

Have a Daily said...

Wow, you turned that garage space in to a creators paradise. Love everything about it!

Kit said...

Looks wonderful! I love how you are always coming up with a great idea! :) Kit

Michele Murray said...

Ijust love everything. I love the look of the old cupboards and all around rustic feel.
Thanks so much for sharing your creative space with us.

Sea Cottage said...

You sure do have a large space and so many supplies for your studio. How wondefful your classes must be.

Cathy said...

So cool that you have a space for your creativity and to teach! You've been very creative in setting up such a wonderful studio!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Clever girl. Always coming up with something new & fun. How I wish I could pop over to play.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful psace with us!!
Love the size of your space and I would love to come to one of your classes!!


Lynnae said...

I love your white and chippy look. I hope your classes went well!

Gail Griner Golden at Gail-Friends said...

Oh, my have given me the answer to my garage studio dilemma. The drapes are a great idea. I am doing the happy dance while hitting my forehead (DUH!). Why didn't I think of that? I'd been thinking of taking the garage door down, but I love doing it your way. I'm famous for changing my mind, so this will work ! YAY! I enjoyed your tour.