I saw this image in a recent issue of Country Living, the table was made from reclaimed wood with free plans from Ana White this is when the wheels in my head started to creak. It’s all straight lines, how hard could it be? Did you know Home Depot will cut all your wood for free? No, they won’t cut your salvaged barn wood, but you could try to replicate the finish if you were resourceful. I don’t have a garage here so I can’t really figure out the best place to take on a wood working project, not that something like space has stopped me before. I built my extra large coffee table and farm benches in my upstairs living room once, granted my downstairs neighbor was elderly and hearing impaired. I also don’t have a lot of time as setting up the studio again is going to be all consuming. So I looked up handyman/carpenters in my area and sent the image and plans link to them. I figure this could be done in a few hours and a local person may have their finger on the pulse of where to get some termite-free barn wood. I’ll keep you posted if I get any quotes that won’t have me selling my designer dogs on the roadside.
I am a bit obsessed with finding storage options for my space, even though I am a minimalist by nature, I do have inventory + supplies to contend with now (and a tiny apartment to fit everything in). I found some great tutorials utilizing crates as storage and on creating your own faux vintage crates (insert squeal here). True vintage crates can get expensive if you are buying in multiples but I have added my favorite vintage crate resource for those that don’t want to put in the elbow grease.
I can’t find the perfect (read almost free) industrial lamp for my studio space so I Googled ‘cheap industrial lamps’ and this awesome DIY popped up. I have always abhorred naked bulbs, that is until the Edison bulbs came on the scene (or should I write came back on the scene), those I can get behind, bare bulb and all. I think these would look great in a cluster as a mock chandelier. I took the liberty to track down some resources for all of you industrial light enthusiasts. Let me know if you make one (or twelve,) I would love to see!