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Friday, June 27, 2008

It's time to share..

some pictures of my studio! It's still a work in progress, but I feel like I have done enough work to share it with all of you! My grandpa is an amazing and generous man. He has always been one of my biggest supporters and has really helped me to make it to where I am today. He is one of my biggest fans, and he is one of my favorite people in all the world. He also owns a shop on Main Street of my home town. The shop is where he runs his grain bin business, used to have an automotive shop, where the boys work on their race cars, and where he stores some of his classic car collection. Well, he used to store a car in the front room of his shop, but has graciously let me convert the space into a studio instead! I go down there a few times a month and do sessions (mostly seniors). Since I don't use the space a whole lot, I had a very small budget for the space. I am going to show you the pictures first, and then I will tell you how much I spent!

Here are some before and afters:





And here are a few of the almost finished studio:






And I spent less than $100!!! I bought 3 cans of mis-mixed paint from Lowes for $5 per can! I had all of the frames and wasn't using them anymore. The rug and blue curtains used to be in my living room and we weren't using them anymore. The tan curtains were on clearance at Lowe's for about $5 per panel and I am not sure who's loveseat that used to be, but my grandpa's wife asked if it would be okay to put it there! It even has a pull out bed, so I suppose I could take a nap between sessions if I had to ;)! I signed up with a new lab and used the print credits to purchase the displays and I had some of them already. I also bought some fabric and a couple of cans of spray paint to refinish my grandpa's 1970s chairs, but only got one done so far. So there you have it! My almost done, less than $100 studio makeover!

And because I had forgot to include it before, the carpeting was free too. I got it from my husbands work, they had it left over after the new store was built. They needed to get rid of it and I needed some carpet!

15 comments:

Jena Photography said...

What kind of flooring do you have? How big is the studio?

Kristen Wagner Penn said...

I almost forgot! I got the carpet for free from my husband's work. It is just commercial carpet that was left over from when his store was built. I do have some tile board under the backdrop though, and will have a fake wood floor there soon. The space is about 13' wide and I think about 26' long, but I can't remember for sure.

Kerry said...

Congratulations--looks like you did a lot with a little bit of money. What a great guy your grandfather is!

Heather Taylor Photography said...

Everything looks awesome! Congrats! :)

Jess said...

That is AWESOME! It looks very upscale for a less than $100 remodel! I need to have you come help me redecorate my house! LOL! :)

RAE said...

Wow...thats a lot accomplished with $100. Looks great!

Reds said...

So lucky to get a studio! Love how you made it so nice with so little money!!

Sharon said...

Well done! Looks like a great space.

Penny said...

This is GREAT! What a awesome studio! I'm glad you shared it with us... it's nice to see your set-up! Way to GO!!

Angela2932 said...

Wow!!!!! This is beyond impressive! You are talented on MANY fronts!!!

Amy said...

How incredible! LOVE it!

Jenny Bedard said...

Hey!!! I'm sooooo happy to finally see your space!! it looks awesome!!!! Really nice & contemporary!!! Love love love it!

Regina (Lexi) said...

Around here we call it "cheap chic". =) I think it looks beautiful! I love how you "upcycled" some old items and made them new again. Nice work.

Diana said...

very nice

Amy said...

Wow, what an AWESOME space!!! You did great on such a small amount of money, it looks like it cost way more than $100. What a sweet grandpa you have!