Chris's Studio Progress TOUR (Before + After)

chris studio progress tour before and after

When I first started working on painting our home, I was pumped. When you first see a home that has a ton of potential, you immediately want to get working so that you can show others what you were envisioning. Painting was the first step in making this happen, for us. The walls in our new home were dirty and grayed, as I described in our story of how we found our home. Millions of holes had to be patched after removing hooks, screws, and anchors from shelving. I wanted to see the blank slate. After only a few months, I'd painted 80% of this 2800 square foot house. Sometimes I get focused. This was one of those times.

To get things started, and show you where things are at, I thought that I would share with you the most completed room in the house. It is one of our favorite rooms and definitely was a hit when I shared it on Facebook. Because this room has some awesome features, to begin with (big windows, skylight, vaulted ceilings, and beams), it didn't take much to make this place sing. This first photo is of when we walked through the house a third time during the home inspection.

chris studio progress tour before and after

These next 2 photos are from when I looked at the house for the second time. For some, this all might seem a bit overwhelming. There was so much stuff everywhere and so much shelving that it made it hard to see the bare bones of the house. Honestly, it just made me excited to uncover it all and make simple changes with a big impact. For those that have only seen this house after a year have no idea how much better this place looks!

chris studio progress tour before and after
chris studio progress tour before and after

These next set of photographs are from the day we bought the house. It gives you an idea of how much shelving there was, as well as how dirty the walls were.

chris studio progress tour before and after
chris studio progress tour before and after
chris studio progress tour before and after
chris studio progress tour before and after
chris studio progress tour before and after

Before we even started painting we had a lot of clean up to do. We removed the fluorescent light on the ceiling which was just plugged into the wall. All of the shelving came down and we had to remove all the anchors, screws, and then patch up the holes. There were also several cracks in the corners and ceiling where the house had settled over time.  

When we first considered colors, Chris wanted more than just white in here. He picked out a blue which we tried out (the blue swatch next to the window) and I felt that since the woodwork was so dark in this space, there needed to be a color that could handle it. I also suggested to Chris that we stick with just painting one wall because of all the light that comes into this room during the day. Having white on 3 of the walls, plus ceiling, allows the light to filter through and bounce around, making everything bright. In turn, the accent wall wouldn't look as heavy and dark. 

chris studio progress tour before and after

I suggested a few colors and Chris picked this Whale Gray by Behr for the accent wall. For the other 3 walls, I used A Bit of Sugar by Behr which is throughout a lot of the house. I thought that this far wall would make the perfect spot for not only an accent wall but a place to showcase his guitars. I am extremely happy with how things turned out. The color scheme really made the woodwork stand out and more up to date. 

In a later post, I plan to share with you what tools I use to prep and paint a room. For right now, I will just share with you the order in which I paint when there is an accent wall. Here's what I did:

  1. Prep walls - fill in holes and cracks with puddy, then sand

  2. Wipe down walls, woodwork, and ceiling where needed

  3. Paint the ceiling

  4. Paint three other walls white

  5. Paint accent wall

  6. Wash down woodwork with diluted Murphy's oil

 One thing that we did, that was cost effective and good quality was to install these floating laminate floors. They are super easy to install and I plan to share more on this in a future post. In the future, we plan to install this same flooring in the hallway, guest room, and library in this upstairs part of the house. With the amount of big projects there are, we decided to only put solid hardwood downstairs for now. I can then grab a few photos to show you how we did it. As you will see, there is still carpet in the hallway outside the studio door. 

chris studio progress tour before and after

Now for some photos of how things look now! Light does wonders to a place, but I will definitely say that a can of paint is just as effective. Changing out that blue floor was a game changer as well. It was surprisingly easy to pull up. The glue was so old that I could just pop each one up and then use a bar to pull the harder ones up.

chris studio progress tour before and after
chris studio progress tour before and after

For right now, this room is done. At some point, when it's time to think about decor, I will be sitting down with Chris to figure out what he would like in this space. For right now I only know that he needs a new lamp. That one little white lamp on his desk is all that there is for at night. 

What we know we want to do in this room:

  • Add recessed lighting in the ceiling.

  • Remove the skylight. It badly leaks during a good rain and also lets out a lot of heat in the winter.

  • Install a new window in the accent wall.

  • Create more storage solutions & possibly add more seating.

  • Put in a solid wood door to match & a black door knob

chris studio progress tour before and after

Keeping this room simple is the best way to go because of all the features. It is pretty great being able to have space where Chris can keep all of his equipment. We joke about how many guitars and pedals he has. See that one brown amp under the window? Ya, Chris was so sweet to purchase it with the intent that it would look more decorative in our Philly townhouse living room. The guy certainly knows how to convince me! Now it can look awesome in here too.