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The Studio Punch List

When it comes to the my studio, I’m starting to feel like I’m trapped in Groundhog Day, repeating the same work day after day after day with only some slight variations and with no end in sight. But after I stopped working last night, I took some time to take inventory of what I still have to do, and I am actually making progress. I’m so ready to be done with this room! There’s still quite a bit to do, but I’m going to make every effort to have this room finished by the end of this month so that I can move on.

When I talk about finishing this room, I’m not including the studio bathroom. That will be a separate project, and I do plan to work on that as soon as the studio is finished. But there’s no way I can get the studio and the bathroom done by the end of this month. That much I now for sure. But I do think it’s possible that I can get the studio finished by the end of the month.

Over the last couple of work days, I’ve been trying to get the rest of the ceiling painted. It’s a much bigger job than I had anticipated, even with the scaffolding. I had to do quite a bit of cleaning and rearranging before I could get started, and I’m still having to work around a lot of big items. So far, I have most of the ceiling painted, with just this strip of blue ceiling on the mural side of the room that still needs to be painted.

Once I get the ceiling finished, painting the rest of the walls will be a breeze. This ceiling is a bear, though. I came *this close* to hiring it out, but I guess I just needed to prove to myself that I could do it.

I also have some trim to finish — baseboards and door casing around two doors. The door to the right of the office area cabinets (which is currently covered up) still needs to be trimmed out, and those areas still need baseboards.

And then the long empty wall has a door that still needs to be trimmed out, and it also needs baseboards.

And then both of those doors need to be painted.

The bases on my two work tables need to be painted. They’re going from this bright green to eggplant.

And then my desk needs a makeover, the black on the paint swatch cabinet needs to be painted white, and my desk chair needs to be reupholstered.

The cabinets in the office corner of the studio are finished for the most part, but there are still some finishing details that need attention. I need to install all of the door knobs and drawer pulls, and install the window shade. I’m still waiting for the window shade to be delivered, and I already know that the company forgot to cut the shade to my custom dimensions. But evidently, they won’t do a replacement order until I receive the first one and verify that it won’t fit. *Sigh*

And of course, I still need to make a decision about what to do with the wall around the windows and the backs of the cubbies. Regardless of that decision, I still need to add lights to the cubbies and finish the electrical stuff. I still have four electrical outlets that need to be installed inside the cabinets.

I also have two outlets that need to be installed on the other side of the room, and then there’s the decorative stuff. I’m still trying to work out in my mind how I want to handle the long, blank wall, but I think my plan is coming together. And then I need to print and frame the landscape design to go on the wall next to my desk.

And finally, I need to make the pendant light to go above my desk. I’ve already gotten started on that. After doing some figuring, I determined that the light will require 1300 tasting spoons (that’s 500 more than the gradient pinwheel artwork required!), so I’ve already cut the handles off of all 1300 wood tasting spoons.

But now every single one of those has to be sanded and shaped so that it’s not obvious that they used to have handles. I’ve only sanded this many so far…

…so that is going to be a very time-consuming project. But quite honestly, I love those types of projects. Maybe I’ll sit outside and sand spoons on Monday during the eclipse. There will be 2 hours and 40 minutes from first contact to last contact. I don’t want to miss it, but I’m also not the kind of person who can just sit still for 2 hours and 40 minutes with nothing to do. 😀

I’m sure there will be some other little projects that I’m not thinking of right now. In fact, I’m sure the floor will need some touchups, and some cabinet doors and drawers will need some readjusting. I’m sure there will be other things.

So here’s the punch list:

  • Finish painting the ceiling and walls;
  • Install and paint baseboards;
  • Install and paint door casings on two doors;
  • Paint two doors;
  • Paint bases on work tables;
  • Paint desk and add two drawers;
  • Paint black parts of paint swatch cabinet white;
  • Finish wiring electrical outlets;
  • Add lights to cubbies;
  • Finish trim on office area cabinets;
  • Install window shade;
  • Reupholster desk chair;
  • Make pendant light;
  • Frame and hang landscape design;
  • Decorate long, blank wall;
  • Clean and touchup paint on floor;
  • Finish adjusting doors and drawers;
  • Install drawer pulls and door knobs.

Each individual thing seems so simple, but seeing the whole list makes me wonder if there’s actually any possible way I can get it done by the end of the month. I’ll give it my best shot, though! I’m so ready to be done with this room and move on!

 

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