Friday, 28 August 2015

$20 Studio Makeover! House Tour Part 5

Is there a space in your house that feels tired, cluttered, and ignored? My music studio had become this place for me. It is obviously a well used space and important to me for my job as well as for my enjoyment, but it had really become a catch-all for piles, papers, and unused books.

The BEFORE picture below, shows what my music studio looked like at the end of a year of teaching. I had just finished preparing students for exams and recitals, it was a busy time, and my studio was a visual reminder of the weary end of the year feeling. Somehow, my music collection and teaching paraphernalia had taken over to the point that I had layers of stuff on my shelf. Layers of clutter for my eye to be distracted by. This room was driving me crazy, so I decided to do something about it. This project really felt like a gift to myself. I now feel ready to take on another year of teaching and music study (although I still have not tackled the paperwork and lesson planning).

I was able to do this project on a budget of $20. All that I needed to purchase was yellow spray paint. I even sent Husband and Mr. K to the store to buy the paint, so I didn't have to leave my house! Everything else I already had.

BEFORE
AFTER

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

1. I painted the green wall that came with the house and I could ignore no longer. I love green, just not here. White! Fresh and clean. I had the paint sitting in my garage leftover from a previous project.
2. I took down the green Ikea shelves that I had been deluding myself into thinking would be appropriate to fill with more clutter. Do you want them? They are free...
3. The music library was purged. If I had not looked at it since moving 4 years ago, it is gone. I was actually surprised with how much stayed. I learned that having a music collection and text books is actually helpful for a music teacher. Ha ha!
4. I spray painted an office chair and my music stand. Bright yellow. I think that yellow goes with everything and it makes me happy!
5. All the books and supplies that were on the piano were moved to the shelf, since there was now room. My dad made this shelf for me while visiting a few years ago. There is a ledge there, not big enough for books. I mentioned that I wished it was big enough to be a shelf, and he built me a shelf. It was one of the nicest things that anyone has ever done for me. Really. I love this shelf!
6. Rug was stolen from another room in the house. FREE!
7. Frames did not make it back onto the wall, I liked it more without.
8. I added a painting that I did a few years ago, for visual interest.

BEFORE
AFTER
BEFORE

AFTER

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

1. Yay for a new gallery wall! Just hanging our degrees on the wall seemed boring, and braggy. I added our mandalas, framed, as well as my RCM voice medals. Speaking of braggy... What is the use of keeping my medals hidden in a jewelry box? Hopefully having them on display will inspire my students to aim for those high marks!
2. Future change- I would love to paint those hideous doors (tied together to discourage someone I live with from climbing behind the furnace- this is apparently really fun). However, I do not have the energy, and they don't really bother me THAT much. When they bother me, I will just look at my gallery wall instead. 

Dearest Blog Readers that know about gardening, what are these gorgeous flowers called? I picked them in my yard and they smell amazing!


To the lovely person who gave me this for my birthday, I have a goal to learn how to use it properly, soon! This fall!

I am so happy with this transformation, although it is not dramatic, it was just the lift I needed to feel excited and energized to get back into my fall schedule. Teaching music lessons is an amazing job, I am lucky that I get to share the joy of music with others. I hope that my students like yellow! 

Candid (lies) photo of me playing my favourite, Chopin, with one hand. 

P.S. My cute house was recently featured on The Lovely Side, check it out!




6 comments:

  1. Very inviting space. I also love spray paint :)

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    1. Thank you Emily! I think we might be paint kindred spirits.

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  2. Just shot you an email of our Mandela. I love that you framed yours. I need a wall for a gallery! Those white flowers look like lilies. In Michigan, we had gobs of orange ones and they were called Tiger Lilies. I see them here in Arizona, too. Just not as prolific. Give a gal a can of spray paint and look what can happen! I think your music students will love that music stand!

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    1. Lori, your email was the nicest way to start my Saturday. Thank you! Your mandalas are beautiful and I love your smiles as well!
      My friend Marni thinks that the flowers are hostas, which I looked up, and is a kind of lilly, so you are both correct!

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  3. Regarding your formerly green wall, I don't know this for a fact, but I suspect it was painted by former tenants. They were also an artistic family, with dad being a film set designer and a couple of teenage kids who practiced classical music often.

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    1. Yes, you are correct! They painted all the rooms in the house. Some of them I have kept, and some I have changed. I understand that everyone has different tastes, and guarantee that whoever moves in here next will most likely find my colour choices to be awful. Ha ha!

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