Making it My Own

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments


Downsizing and moving into a new home is a daunting task. Trying to make sense of how I wanted to set up my new studio space seemed overwhelming. Since unpacking and setting up our living spaces was first on our list, my designated studio area sat like this (and the next picture) for quite a while.


The pressure of a deadline for a local art show finally made me begin to sort out bins to find art supplies to finish the show pieces.

Since there was no where to walk, just putting bins on shelves to get them out of the way was a first step.


At least I finally had a window!

But as I needed to find specific art supplies, I realized that I had forgotten to label many of the bins. Even though everything was neater, it was still a tedious treasure hunt to find things. Today there is some organization, although there are still some supply mysteries to solve.


Next I decided to really embrace our realtor’s mantra for every house she showed us, “You easily can make it your own!” Since my husband and I had no plans to use the wet bar as a bar, I decided to transform it into an art lab/cleanup area. Our plumber easily changed out the tiny bar sink with a much larger laundry sink. Instead of mixing up margaritas, I’ll be mixing up seaweed dye paste!


The bar counter has become the drying area for stencils, utensils, etc. The bar chairs earned themselves a save on trash day, by becoming art towel drying racks.


Below is a little sewing area for art quilt construction. (Note the handy items hanging within reach: fly swatter, Indonesian shadow puppet, lobster buoy, and on top of the rack our family shillelagh.)



My husband, John, and I set up a warm weather area in the garage for silk screening and painting large fabrics. This gives me easy access to the hose and outside for cleaning big screens and other equipment. It can easily be dismantled when the cold weather sets in.




A few steps out the garage for cleaning the silkscreen frames. Plastic stencils get plopped into a bin of water to soak until I am free to clean them.


I think I’ve finally made my studio “my own.” (That includes the permanent black paint stain I recently left on the studio floor.)

So now it’s time to have some fun and make some art!





  1. Diane
    September 4, 2017

    It looks like you’ve been super busy I can see you hard at work there!!

    • Sharon Wall
      September 4, 2017

      Glad it’s all done!

  2. Metedith
    September 4, 2017

    What a lot of redoing Sharon….inspirational.

    • Sharon Wall
      September 5, 2017

      Thanks, Meredith! Looking forward to the meeting on Sunday!


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