The Artist's Studio - Interior progress

by brae  

Today, I spent some time on the interior.  I chose the darker of the two wallpapers - Daler-Rowney Dreadnought Grey.  I tried both papers out with the whimsical cabinet by minisx2 and some scrapbook paper art I have planned for the space.  The darker grey just set the pieces apart.

The lighter Canson Pearl Grey was too washed out in comparison.

After putting the interior wall in permanently, my initial removable wall was no longer a good fit.  I cut a new wall from 1/8" plywood and 1/4" foam core board.  The two thicknesses glued together will be the size needed for a Houseworks door.

None of the wallpaper is glued in place yet since I have some lighting to work on first, but I tried out the wood ceiling with the new grey paper in place.  I liked it well enough to cut the window openings for a more in depth mockup.  I love the warmth and visual interest it adds.

Since the bathroom wall will be removable, I'm going to finish the front edge of the dividing wall with 1/2" wide half round trim.  This will have the slightest overhang on either side of the 3/8" thick wall and give some stability to the removable wall.  It will also mask where the wallpaper ends on that removable wall.

For comparison, here is the Studio with a plain white ceiling.

I'm sure some will like it better, but to me it seems too plain.

Rustic wood siding, part 1

by brae  

I had a lot of Corona Concepts 3/4" birch siding strips leftover from Baslow Ranch.  When Lyssa started working on her Mt. Ollopa Lodge earlier this year, she needed siding.  I sent her what I had and didn't think any more about it.  When I started working on the Studio, I realized I needed the excess siding after all.  :D  I asked her if she had any left, and she did!  So, the packages traveled back up to my place.  There wasn't quite enough, so I bought another package from Greenleaf.

After putting in the wiring channels, I discovered that the recessed ceiling lights would have to be installed before the exterior siding, which is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do.  I prefer to mount siding when the walls are unassembled so I can press them flat to dry as needed.  But, I had a lot of success using drawing paper templates for the Heritage attic walls, so that would be my solution.

Even though I am not ready to install the siding yet, I decided to work on the templates today.  I bought a package of 12" x 18" black construction paper since the store I was at didn't have larger sheets of colored drawing paper.  I started with the back, and the 18" wide sheet was exactly the measurement needed.  I cut the shorter side down, taking into account that the ceiling board will cover the top edge.  I cut out the two window holes as well.

The two sides are slightly taller than the 12" height of the paper, so I had to piece it at the very top.

I cut around the openings for the exposed wires for the Lundby sconces.  (For more on that, see this previous post.)

I did the same for the opposite side.

I had numbered the siding pieces for each side wall to use in order.  These had been measured to fit up to the exposed wires.  I used Aleene's Quick Dry glue to attach the siding pieces to the paper template, covering any holes in the template for now.  Even though I planned to paint instead of stain, I was still careful to keep glue off the exterior surface.

I pressed the templates flat to dry under magazines.  Once dry, I cut the openings in each piece.

I tested the fit to make sure everything was working.

I chose Barn Red by Apple Barrel.  It's such a fine barn red.  :D  I painted two thin coats back to back.

I left the sided templates uncovered to dry until the paint was no longer tacky.  I then covered the templates with waxed paper and pressed them flat to dry with magazines.  I'll keep these unattached until later in the build.

Rustic wood floor, completed

by brae  

Hooray for a three-day weekend of minis!!!   :D

Lucille suggested using a template, so that is where I started with the rustic wood floor.  I moved the boards I cut previously onto the kitchen counter.

I cut a template from regular drawing paper.  I had used a darker color for the Heritage attic, but I didn't feel like running to the store just for a piece of paper.  I didn't think much of the white paper would show ultimately.

I glued the boards in place with the template inside the Studio.  I hoped it would make for a better fit.  It was such a great fit that I had a hard time taking the assembled floor back out of the structure.  :D

I sanded the boards with my Dremel Multi-Max oscillating tool, first using a medium grit paper followed by a fine grit paper.

The end result was a smoother surface, but I took Mike's advice and left it a little uneven to keep the rustic beauty.

For finishing, I brushed on two coats of Delta Ceramcoat satin varnish.  It warmed the wood slightly and gave it a subtle sheen.

I used a modest amount of glue to install the flooring since the thicker boards were relatively flat.  Love it!  :D

Rustic wood ceiling - natural wood examples

by brae  

I do appreciate the feedback on the ceiling being white, but I swear to you I am not making things up!  :D  There is such a thing as a natural wood ceiling in an art studio.

Here is a link to one that is more modern - by Olson Kundig Architects.

And, here is one that is more rustic - by rememberthewindow.wordpress.com.

Hmm...decisions, decisions!

Rustic wood ceiling

by brae  

My initial idea for the ceiling in The Artist's Studio was to have a wood plank surface here as well as on the floor.  This is a mockup with a sheet of Southern Pine flooring propped in place.  I would need to have finishing trim around the edges since it is just a fraction too short.

I do like it but am not sure if it will work for a number of reasons.  The wood of the floor and that of the ceiling won't be a precise match.  The wood used for the floor is too thick to also use on the ceiling, and I doubt I would have enough to cover the ceiling surface.  It might be too much natural wood grain for a smaller space.

I could grey-wash the ceiling wood to keep the grain but tone down the natural wood tones  (see this example from Armstrong).  I was also planning to paint the trim and windows white.

The walls in the living area will be grey - possibly two tones of grey: Daler-Rowney Dreadnought Grey and Canson Pearl Grey (shown here with Canson Ivory used in the bathroom).

I'll finish up the floor and install the wallpaper before making a final decision.

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