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Do you have a multipurpose studio or craft room? For the first time in my life I have a painting studio. It is multipurpose because we use the room for several different functions.
Three months ago, we moved into our new house. One of the many reasons I wanted a new house is because I didn’t have anywhere to paint and create with abandon. In our old house, I had to drag out my supplies, then put them away each day. There was no place to keep my ongoing painting projects. Plus I had things scattered here, there, and everywhere.
How I Stored My Painting Projects Before I Had a Multipurpose Studio
As a maker, crafter, or painter, you learn to create wherever you are planted. Although the little cottage we lived in for 25 years had decent storage and ample square footage for our family, there wasn’t a central location where I could work and store my things. We converted a coat closet into a storage closet for my Etsy shop. There was another shelf in our bedroom, and I had a small work space in our overflow room.
My Dream for a Studio
I’d been dreaming of a studio for a while before we moved. I thought about renting a space, but getting in the car and going to work somewhere else just didn’t make sense because I am still homeschooling my two youngest children. Also, sometimes I like to get up before everyone else and paint while everything is quiet. Driving to a studio in my pajama pants didn’t seem very appealing.
We talked about a she shed with power and water, but the thought of a construction project behind our house was too overwhelming.
When we decided to sell our little cottage, I knew that our new space needed a separate place for me to paint and create.
My New Multipurpose Studio
Our New Charleston Style Home has three bedrooms and a loft. The loft is the perfect place to tuck a small painting studio. Both of the girls still living at home have their own bedrooms, and our college-aged daughter shares the loft with me during the summer and Christmas vacation.
The loft is used as a part-time bedroom, a painting studio, and a place for our girls to watch tv and hang out with their friends.
The loft has a long, large closet beside it for our college-aged daughter’s clothes and other things, so there is no need for a bulky dresser or chest. We bought a platform bed frame with storage space underneath, and a memory foam mattress. The French room divider came from Macy’s Department Store. It seemed like a good idea to buy a changing screen since the room is open with no door.
I decided to use our card table as my work station. It can be easily folded up and put away, if needed. It’s small size leaves plenty of room for my easal, paintings, file boxes, and insustrial-style storage shelves.
The industrial-style shelves store my paints, brushes, and supplies for my Love My Little Cottage Etsy Shop. I love the metal pipe trim on the shelves! The “Be the Maker” sign came from Michael’s Craft Store.
I hope you enjoyed touring my multipurpose studio! I love painting and creating in this space.
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