Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pretty in Pink & White

My husband spent 2 days last week putting in the insulation in my studio. We decided to hire someone to do the drywall and floating/taping/texturizing because we've never done it before and figured it would take forever (where it's taking these guys 3 days!!!). We're just having it done in my studio (back part of picture below) and the workshop/garage ceiling (front part). We will do the rest ourselves.

Here are a few pictures before the sheetrock. I loved the pink insulation and the blue (tarp, outside) color combination!

Below is the wall of my studio with a hole for an a/c unit. It's illegal to build a space in Texas without one. Ok, I'm lying - my parents have lived here for many years without a/c - but they are tougher than I am.

Here are the guys today putting sheetrock on the ceiling of the workshop/garage. These guys are very good. If you need good dry wall guys in the Austin area I would highly recommend them.

Below are the 3 north light windows in my studio, with the sheetrock installed all around. You can sort of see our shed outside the window and I'm thinking it may be a problem in terms of reflected light. I'm seriously considering painting it gray.

Tomorrow they will start floating and taping. They MIGHT be done tomorrow - we're not sure yet. After that we will paint, hook up the electric, install some lights/fans/stuff, build some shelves, and I'm so in there. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it!!!


  1. Was going to suggest that you put a layer of 1/4" plywood on the studs, prior to gypsum board installation, if you plan to hang art on the walls. It holds a nail better than the 1/2" gypsum board alone. Oops! Too late.

    Why three windows on the north end instead of four? Is that a shear wall or did you just want a little bit of wall space?

    Looks as though you will have a great space to work. Hope to see wonderful paintings produced here.

  2. Thanks for belated advice! : ) I won't be hanging much art actually - most of the walls will have shelves along them. And a worktable and a desk.

    Why 3 windows? That is a good question. At first I was going to have them all grouped together near my easel, but then ... I can't remember why but we decided to move one along the wall to the end. I will have a comfy chair by that one and the window light will help me when I sit and do research (browse art magazines). : ) I don't know why I didn't think of 4, but now I'm glad because it will have that space for shelves. It all gets divided up so fast!

  3. Congratulations!!! I know you are so excited :) Can't wait to see pictures of you painting in there...

  4. The space looks great and you two have worked so hard - impressive. Can't wait to see the "after" pictures when you're all moved in. Congratulations!

  5. Congrats, Carol, it looks great! Don't underestimate the amount of storage you will need ;-)

  6. This is so exciting!! I'm excited! You must be beside yourself!

  7. So happy for you! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product and all the wonderful pictures that will be painted there. Looks as though it will be a special space for you and your brushes!

  8. Have you given any thought to the subject of your first painting in the new studio? I'm suggesting wine and cheese. Don't know why, just seems appropriate.

  9. I love your new space. Isn't it nice making the painting nest all your own. Hey I do love those cows you are painting! Thanks for sharing all your still life lighting tips.