Sunday, 22 August 2010

Studio To Summerhouse, The transformation

Do you remember my little studio in the garden?

Well here it is as it was a little over a year ago when my lovely daughter moved into her own flat, thus leaving a nice large room purposeless.
It was my little bolt hole where I made all my bags etc. Boy was it small! Well still is actually. I Have done no extensions, its still only a cute 4ft x 8ft.

After a few months, I kinda got used to the fact that she had left home and tried to not see it as her room and moved all the crafty stuff to a new home. Do you know? I think I make more mess in a large room than I ever did in the carriage.
Well, up until last Wednesday, it had become forgotten and forlorn with crap that we could not be bothered to get rid of, and quite frankly a waste of space. It has to be said that hubby wanted to get rid of it, but, I thought it would cost an awful lot to get rid of and besides he spent quite a lot on buying it for me. So, I believed it could still be used. So when I found 2 perfect wicker chairs on ebay starting at £5 and pick up 40 mins away, I went for it. Luckily for me, no-one else was game so I got a real bargain. Then we sold my sons lego which he rejected when we did a pre-decorating clear out. That signalled me to get started. Off to B&Q for paint I went

This is how it looked all cleared. Quite nice but very tired.

I chose a colour called `Misted Hills` which was on the green page as I thought one tin would do the carriage and my utility room and had already picked it for that.
So, I did a patch in both. Imagine my surprise when it was indeed a pale sage in the utility, but bluey lilac in the studio! I had to say `sodit` and carry on cos I had it now. I was incredibly worried and, when all panels were painted, it looked like a shabby battleship!!! I felt no better and there were rude words I can tell you! Quite certain at this point I had goofed up.

So I went in for a coffee and to breathe deeply.
Never to be defeated, and still with some optimism, I decided I would paint the beading cream as I had some cream satinwood left from sons bedroom. Ever the miser, I mean thrifter, this would only cost my time and may just work. Right?
Do you know, by the time the woodwork was done, the emulsion had dried to a gorgeous eau de nil colour and was just bloody perfect in my opinion.

Being so small its so hard to get a good angle. This last shot is through the glass so a bit fuzzy but you can sort of see it all.

All in all a very frugal project.
Half tin of emulsion (cos need other half for another room) £7.50
2 x chairs £5
2 x wicker hearts (the most expensive thing! and I changed the ribbon from how they arrived) £7
Table and tray mementos from my dear Nans flat as she has gone to a rest home and will love where I have put it as she loves summerhouses £0
Other decorations, already had.
Total spend £19.50
Not bad if you ask me. Yes, I have sat very smugly several times with coffee in one hand and cake in the other. I even knitted out there yesterday.


  1. What a lovely, tranquil place you have created, Joy and all for an incredible £19.50!
    Well done,
    Susan x

  2. Oh wow Joy. It looks so lovely, such a nice little retreat for when things get too much. The perfect chillout zone.

  3. Joy
    You have won my giveaway!
    Pop back over and then email me you address to get your goodies in the post to you.
    Enjoy using them.
    Karen xx

  4. Hi Joy - thanks so much for joining in the swap. Your summerhouse looks fab, I would love one!xx

  5. Sorry Helen, not including my summerhouse in the swap. it wont go through your letterbox.