A Peek at My Studio...Art and Sewing Table Tutorial

Welcome to my sanctuary...

Laurel loves it too.  She's my little buddy in here most of the time.

Pens and pencils make me giddy.

I love the view and the natural light.  I'll show you how to make this table in a second...

When I was unpacking I found a folder full of "just for fun" sketches I had done...brought back some nice memories.  The bottom two pictures (the raccoon and the snail) were pre-drawings for a some murals I did years ago.

So, do you want to know how to make a nice, big work table and not spend a lot of time or money doing it? I'd bet that you can figure out what I did just by looking at them...but I'll tell you the steps anyway.

Items purchased for one table:
Two cabinets from Lowes ($30 each)
One 28x80 inch interior hollow slab door unpainted ($28) also from Lowes
One bottle of Linseed oil (or any oil for wood finishing)
Bag of small "L brackets" (I didn't end up needing these but I put heavy things in my cabinets and on my table top so it wasn't going anywhere) 

Step one: Build your cabinets
Step two: Place the cabinets where you'd like them in the room and put your slab door on top.  Make sure they are centered under your new table top.
Step Three: Fill them with heavy things like books (or beloved Martha Stewart mags that may or may not have moved with you seven times now), also great for printer paper storage!

Step Four:  

Oil your table tops.  We had a wood counter top island in our previous house and I adored it.  So easy to take care of and it felt so warm and beautiful.  I feel like I have that counter top back but for literally 1/8th of the price.  I used linseed oil but a mineral oil would have worked great too.  It just sucked up the oil and gave me a nice natural finish.  If you get a mark and want to remove it, just sand it away and re-oil!  

The closet still needs some work but this is what I've done so far: 
Having this much space just for supplies is a dream. The End.

Love having all of my fabric where I can see it...very inspiring!

Laurel loves cutting "Arn" and decorating her favorite little dog a dear friend (Hi Lori!) made for her when she was a tiny baby.  I love that we can all create together in here..plenty of light and space.

I'll show you my computer desk area soon and keep you updated as I actually put things on the walls (why is that so intimidating?!)

If you have any questions about the table just ask.  'Til next time!

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fruitloop (January 23, 2012 at 7:53 AM)  

I love the snail sketch!!


Danielle (January 23, 2012 at 8:07 AM)  

I love this room! I am so jealous! Love all the natural light that comes in!

MJG (January 23, 2012 at 8:33 AM)  

Consider me green with envy, Hannah! That room is AMAZING! I can't wait to have one like that for me and Vivian!

Britta (January 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM)  

LOVE the craft room/office! I think you need a "Lily & Thistle" sign in their. You know, to make it "official". :)
That's so cool that Laurel loves to create right along side you! What a dream come true for you!

Tara (January 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM)  

This looks amazing! You are amazing! This is way I need you to be my decorator and organizer!!!

Jan (January 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM)  

The room is perfect!! And I love seeing your little friend in there with you! Awesome!

Beth and Shae (January 23, 2012 at 4:26 PM)  

Love it! So wanting to be your neighbor right now.

chris (January 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM)  

It's fun to see where the magic happens. So glad you have a wonderful place to dream and create...and that you have a partner in crime.

Cynthia (January 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM)  

Wonderful! And with such a lovely view too!

Olivia Cobian (January 25, 2012 at 12:49 PM)  

Beautiful! How would it be to be so organized?

Maggie (January 27, 2012 at 1:42 AM)  

what a lovely view out your window!

hpfeifer (March 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM)  

I am so excited! I now have the same table as you! The funny thing is that I forgot what you used for the cabinets and I spent a day searching for the "perfect" ones and ended up with the exact same ones that you have! LOL! Now I just need to figure out how I'm going to reach my sewing machine pedals from the chair. The table is a little too high for a regular chair (and my normal reach). Had to switch to a bar stool. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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