The Studio Punch List – Addicted 2 Decorating®

As far as my studying goes, I’m starting to feel stuck in Groundhog Day, repeating the same work day after day with only slight variations and 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’m actually making progress. I’m so ready to be done with this room! There’s still a lot to do, but I’ll do my best to have this room finished by the end of this month so I can move forward.

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

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

Once the ceiling is finished, painting the rest of the walls will be a breeze. But this roof is a bear. I came *is near* to rent it, but I guess I just needed to prove to myself that I could do it.

I also have to finish some molding: baseboards and door frames around two doors. The door to the right of the office area cabinets (which is currently covered) still needs trimming, and those areas still need baseboards.

And then the long empty wall has a door that still needs trimming and also needs baseboards.

And then you have to paint both doors.

The bases of 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 sample cabinet needs to be painted white and my desk chair needs to be reupholstered.

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

And of course, I still have to make a decision about what to do with the wall around the windows and the back of the cubicles. Regardless of that decision, I still need to add lights to the cubicles 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 are the decorative elements. I’m still trying to mentally decide how I want to handle the long, blank wall, but I think my plan is taking shape. And then I need to print and frame the landscape design to put on the wall next to my desk.

And lastly, I need to make the hanging lamp to go above my desk. I already started with that. After doing some math, I determined that the light will require 1,300 tasting spoons (that’s 500 more than the weathered pinwheel artwork requires!), so I already cut the handles off the 1,300 wooden tasting spoons.

But now you have to sand each one of them and shape them so that it’s not obvious that they used to have handles. I’ve only sanded this much so far…

…so it will be a project that will take a long time. But honestly, I love those kinds 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 type of person who can sit still for 2 hours and 40 minutes with nothing to do. 😀

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

So here’s the to-do list:

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

Each individual thing seems very simple, but seeing the entire list makes me wonder if there really is a way to finish it before the end of the month. But I’ll do my best! I’m so ready to be done with this room and move on!

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