Studio Cabinets – IKEA Brimnes

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My first attempt at IKEA furniture.  I purchased 2 of their Brimnes cabinets and I love them!!  They were actually not hard to put together.  I just opened that big intimidating bag of bits and pieces and laid them all out.  The pictures were easy to follow and I’m really impressed.  I see more of these cabinets in my future . . .

I decided to change the handles on the cabinets.  They are 3 3/4″ center to center and I found this handles at Lowes.  They are perfect!!  I will say the handles that come with the cabinets are very good – they’re actually made of wood, not plastic.  I just wanted to amp them up a tad 😉

Here’s the link for the cabinets – they also come in black and gray:  https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/brimnes-cabinet-with-doors-black-80300660/

 

Studio Ready – Kinda

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So I had my first studio session this last weekend.  The Studio isn’t finished – but it is workable.  It went great!  And I can’t wait to show you pictures of Baby Vince 😉

Still need to trim out all the widows, finish the ceiling insulation, finish the ceiling with shiplap and then the floor!  I’m close!!  And we’re hoping for a warming trend!

Studio – and Then There Was Light!

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I have power!!! One of the most exciting days of my “Studio” life! LOL – no more extension cord – no more cold air creeping in through the door because the extension cord is in the way!  I absolutely love this wood chandelier!  It’s has six lights and I put it on a dimmer switch.  I did have to put it together which was a bit intimidating, but honestly it went together very easily. I found it on Amazon – here is the link:  https://www.amazon.com/Pendant-6-Light-Weathered-Chandelier-Adjustable/dp/B07QMDMDBS/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=wood+chandelier&qid=1614561261&sr=8-10

 

Studio Shiplap

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Shiplap! I’ve never used it before and I love it!  I bought the Primed MDF Shiplap from Home Depot – boards are 6″x8′ and super easy to work with.  You just nail the lip (which will be hidden) then nail about one inch up from the bottom of the board and the next board just sits on top.

I finished the shiplap wall on Saturday – I was able to keep the studio at 40 degrees inside while it was 3 degrees outside, lol.  I had to add 2×4’s on the peaks of each “end” of the studio in order to have something to nail the ceiling boards to.  I’ve decided that once I finish the vapor barrier and insultation on the ceiling that I’m going to shiplap the ceiling too.  Wish me luck 😉

Here’s the peak with the 2×4’s that I added.

My plan is to leave the horizontal 2×4’s open.  We’ll see how it goes, lol.  Now some warmer temps would be amazing. Hoping to pull some power to the studio next week 😉

 

Studio Progress

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I finished all the wall insulation about a week ago.

Then I hired out the drywall – they did the door wall and the two window walls.

Drywall done! The rest of that insulation is for the ceiling, which will be after I shiplap this whole wall.

I’ve been working on the shiplap after work.  Now I need to go get more boards.  I loveeee putting up shiplap!!  I highly recommend at least one wall of shiplap in every home!! LOL 🙂

 

Studio Interior

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I love how the walls have my name on them.

The electrical is just about all pulled – just have to cut the hole for the exterior light and pull wire to that fixture.

I’ve started on the insulation – all the studs (ceiling also) are 2×4’s so I’m using R-13 Pink paper sided insulation for 2×4’s that I purchased from Home Depot.  Almost done with the insulation. I’ll end up covering this back wall with shiplap and the other 3 walls with drywall.

I’ve said this before, but I’m telling you, you can learn just about anything from YouTube!! LOL One of the videos I watched talked about using an insulation knife – I thought seriously, lol – I’ll just use a box cutter.  Welllll when I went to Home Depot to buy the insulation they had the knife there and it was only $10 sooooo I bought it, lol!!  Let me just say – best purchase!!!! This Husky Insulation Knife cuts that insulation like butter!! Highly recommend! 😉

Merry Christmas to Me!

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This is the east side of my barn which use to be my “pumpkin patch”.  My pumpkins never got very big because it just didn’t get enough sun & my kids are growing their own now – so . . . time to move on, lol.  I see this space when I pull into my driveway and I wanted something to block the neighbors lean-to back there and something more pleasant to look at.  Remember this is a work in progress.

So Merry Christmas to me!  I purchased a Tuff Shed that arrived on Christmas Eve.  It’s their Premier Pro Ranch model and it’s 12’x14′.  I will use it for my photography studio.  It will be so awesome not to have to set up in my living room anymore!

The Tuff Shed crew included 3 guys and from the time they started to the time they finished – this was built (windows and all) in 3 hours!

Time to start electrical and insulation . . . . 🙂

 

Lemon Heaven – SanPellegrino

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So my daughter introduced me to this little slice of heaven!  I love anything LEMON but not so much on sparkling water.  I just don’t care for carbonated water.  I was presently surprised when she gave me one of these to try.  The perfect lemon flavor with such soft bubbles.  I’m telling you when I drank my first one it seriously reminded me of Italy.  When I read the box and it said “made with Italian lemons” – it was spot on!!  I don’t why, but Italian lemons just taste brighter, LOL.  If you like lemons – you’ll love this!!