I've never shown these photos of my garage studio and now I'm about to say goodbye to it since we are moving. We'll call this the "goodbye tour" then, shall we? It started out as an average, dusty garage:
I made hundreds of toys in here back when it looked like this. The more time I spent in here though, the more I realized this was no place to bring toys to life! So I got to work and wound up with a very humble (but bright and friendly) garage studio workshop:
Now for the official tour of DIY projects that brightened the place up...
This polka-dotted chair was a sidewalk trash find about 12 years ago in Madison, WI. It has followed me ever since and has been upholstered in satin purple, nubby dark red and now finally polka dot - which yes, is the same fabric I used to make these baby pants recently.
The work table is from Ikea and the white shelving was $15 from a hardware store and was originally silver colored - I spray painted it white. I decorated the entire studio with my main source of inspiration...children's books.
I have a HUGE collection of rusty, huge, scary looking tools, pulleys and other old rusty things. These hang out nicely with the books and toys.
My supplies were all organized in stuff we already had laying around. Old wooden shipping crates, wooden wine boxes, baskets and even a few planting pots. The fabric panels hide all the "garage" junk I have to share the space with, like shovels and cans of paint.
My saw table was made for me when I was six years old by my uncle. It is made out of recycled pipe tubing. I spray painted it white and glued on the colorful vintage buttons. This is my very old saw that bit the dust nearly two years ago now.
This is the pathway out my back door and to my studio:
Here is the humble space from the outside, although the roof was redone about a month ago:
So there you have it! Thanks for letting me take this "goodbye tour" of my studio. I'll miss it dearly, but a fresh space in our new home is waiting for me to transform and make mine.
PS - I'd be lying if I told you I didn't miss woodworking and making wooden toys. I miss it. Dearly. The wheels have been turning with all sorts of new ideas and I'd be willing to bet I'll be back with a vengeance come next year sometime. I can't wait.