Are you a “Fixer Upper” fan? I totally am! For one, I love Chip and Joanna Gaines. I also love a good before-and-after reveal. Our home has gone through significant renovations in the last year, and I’m excited to share our own before-and-afters today! When we bought our house, we knew the two walk-up attics had great potential as finished spaces. The empty, dusty attic above the main house was converted into our boys’ bedroom. And when we first looked at our house, we immediately saw the potential for a home studio in the attic above our garage, with plenty of room for my kilns down below. In many ways this house felt like it was made just for us, and I have no doubt that was God’s plan. Over the last year, renovations were done to both attics simultaneously. They were huge projects and took much longer than we originally hoped, but the end result has been a dream! Below are some shots of the studio as the progress unfolded.
My kilns were the first of my equipment to enter our home, and the first stage completed in my new setup. Our electricians hard-wired both kilns in place. It was thrilling and surreal to fire them for the first time in my own garage—no more driving around town to check on them!
When I look back at that first picture, it’s hard to believe that’s what the attic used to look like. For the past seven years I had been working in relatively dark basements. Don’t get me wrong—I am incredibly grateful for those spaces and for the friends who allowed me to work in their homes! Working in my very own home studio, however, is a dream come true. As we planned for my new workspace, I knew I wanted it to be bright and well-lit. Between the sun shining on my throwing wheel and numerous LED’s overhead, I’m thrilled with how much light I get to work in now! Nearly everything in a ceramic studio (before glazing) is the color of dust, so I wanted to give the space a colorful wow factor! At first, I thought of painting one bright accent wall, but the more I dreamed, I started to sketch a mural of bright, bold blooms. It was so much fun to draw out and paint.
Andrew and I installed vinyl planks made to look just like barn wood flooring. It’s waterproof, easy to clean, and helps hide all the dust and clay. Trim was the final stage. While we still have a few spots to finish (around the window and the door), I am fully moved in. I built all of my shelving and my canvas-covered work table we well. (I’m thankful Andrew was given an impact driver for Christmas!) My first studio day in this space was incredible. I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole day!