The Studio Project is Complete! {...and a harvest table update}

I put the finishing touches on the Studio Project today and had time to start on the harvest table.  The way things are going, I will be almost finished with both projects by Sunday night!

I would like to start by sharing the "Before" images.......my studio space was "makeshift" and met my initial needs at the time.  As my photography plans began to grow, it became very apparent that I needed more space and that space needed organization.  

This BEFORE image shows how I adapted a simple white sheet as a backdrop for larger shoots......very cumbersome but it worked as well as it could....

BEFORE :(

I transitioned this area by moving one of the larger shelves to this spot and made it the chair, wood, and zinc spot for larger pieces...

AFTER :)

The light from this window is always very nice and it felt unused due to the hodge-podge of stuff.  The corner area on the right was also a space that needed attention.....

BEFORE:(

By clearing EVERYTHING away, I was able to create a small "room" in which I could paint the walls, hang pictures or backdrops, and use the larger prop pieces....I also set up my "thinking" chair facing the area as I love to take notes, plan shoots, and create goals in this spot......

AFTER :)

This is the corner area that I envisioned the largest area dedicated to photo shoots.  There is wonderful light coming in on both sides and the heating unit is up high enough that it stays out of the way for pictures......

BEFORE :(

My "room", painted in Sherwin Williams - Sensible Hue (6198)...and I love it.....

AFTER :)

On to the area that most of the small props were kept and when I start "creating"...it gets messy and often times out of control......

BEFORE :(

I kept the small props here but organized them in such a way that each shelf holds particular items such as dinnerware, old baking tins, and craft supplies for future projects.  Now everything is in easy reach and has a specific home..... 

AFTER :)

Below is the old wood army cot I mentioned in the last post....it is going to a fun challenge and I have so many different looks planned for it.....

A few bits and pieces of old baking pans, wood spoons, sifters, and muffin tins....

This area is my "catch-all"...I have my rusty lunchboxes, an old typewriter (black case), old tools, and of course my zinc lids......the little metal stove was a purchase that I made as I just knew I could set up something fun with it...just haven't figured that one out yet!

There is my studio...cleaned, painted, and organized.  I am quite pleased with how it turned out and sooooo happy that project is done!

Now, I can focus on the harvest table!!  I have the lumber ready to go and made some stain purchases to try out....from my experiments so far, I have determined that I DO NOT like the Pre-Stain Conditioner for this project.  I am going for a vintage look and this made the stain to "even" if that makes sense?  The 16" wide boards have a beautiful grain but I am not going for a fine furniture look.

So far, English Chestnut with a top coat of Provincial seems to be the magic formula! 

As I experimented with distressing using a hammer on a test piece of wood, I came to a conclusion that might differ from the norm.  I did not like the hammer dents, chain dings, etc. but have decided to just use the nail punches to make worm holes.  I plan to soften the edges of all three 8' boards, add the small holes, and call it good....

For now I will be using the 8' harvest table as a portable prop and decided that sawhorses (stained of course) will be the legs.  Down the road I can always build a base for the table should we find room in the house for it.  Right now, the dining room will not accommodate such a large piece!  

A funny thing happened as I was staining the sawhorses, the metal brackets were getting splashed and dripped with the stain and i LIKED it!  It took the shiny metal away and softened them to a point of blending in better with the wood.  How long this will last I have not idea but for now, I LOVE it.....

The three large boards will get stained tonight and attached to a simple 2x4 base tomorrow when they have had a chance to dry.  I am not planning to put anything other than Tung Oil on the table to finish it off.

I look forward to showing you the outcome and as a reminder...this was my inspiration.......

Hoping those caught in the winter storm this weekend are staying safe and I will keep you in my thoughts.

As always, I look forward to your comments, suggestions, and visits. 

JoanMarie