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Studio Rennovtions

Last week I decided to add a little wall in my studio space. I did this to create a clean wall that didn’t have conduit running across it, and to give me a storage closet.

Here is a photo of the space before the wall. 

Here I’ve cut all the 2×4’s to length and am laying them out. Since the wall isn’t much more than a divider, I decided that I didn’t need a stud every 16 inches.

The wall in place.

First sheet of drywall in place. Since I was building the wall by myself, I laid the drywall horizontally because it was easier to manage. It also creates a nice tight seem between the sheets because you’re using gravity to line them up.

Second layer of mud.

Here is the storage space I created.

Beginning to paint the wall. I had a tiny helper at this point. She just wandered around checking it all out. Making sure the paint job went well.

I taped off the upper half to paint vertical stripes. Vertical stripes give the appearance of height, and give it a clean crisp look. I used

Olympic Interior Eggshell Paint
Olympic paint eggshell for the base coat, and their Exterior High Gloss for the bottom half of the wall, and the stripes. Both paints were “Milk Paint” color. Using two different finish options of the same color paint creates this subtle look.

Paint job finished.

And here it is with everything in place. I also created a ceiling on the top of my storage space so that I could display things on top of the wall. Here I have several of my vintage metal containers on display.

Cross-country Road Trip

On June 9th Dan and I started on our second cross-country road trip together (and my seventh). Our first cross-country trip together was in 2010 when I moved from Seattle to New York. Now, two years later I am moving back to Seattle, and Dan rode out with me again.


This is the route that we took.


We saw a lot of amazing countryside, checked out some great antique stores, and took hundreds of pictures along the way. I took a lot of pictures of the industrial landscape, and was particularly in love with the industrial buildings in St. Louis, MO.


We rode the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburg.


We saw this amazing sunset in Utah. In this photo the sunset is reflected on the roof of the car.


And drove along the Columbia River George in Oregon.


We’ll arrive in Seattle tomorrow evening then I will be busy getting ready for the Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco.