After 5 years of working from garages, barns, friend back houses and straight out of my kitchen I decided to start looking for a studio space as a home base for Matriarch. After months of searching I decided it would be best, most convenient and closest to just renovate my home garage into a more functional space to use for work. It's 10 steps from my kids and would cut down on commuting time and being away from my family and babies. I'm a homebody so I opted for this plan and dove straight in the same day. I started the week of mother's day (Monday) with the goal of being complete by the time the mother's day rush hit (Thursday) and it took me 3 days! I emptied everything out, painted the floor with Behr garage and concrete white base, painted the walls Behr ultra pure white in eggshell (to wipe away any messes and smudges in the future) and hit Ikea for my worktops and cabinets. I designed what my dream plans would be on their website using the kitchen build out manager, which was easier than I thought it was going to be! I utilized the 4 butcher block tables that I was using before as work tables and made them into one big open desk/island/workspace in the middle which has been so useful! I'd like to eventually change these out but I like the wood element with all of the white and grey and black I have going on.
I still have some work to do but I decided to do the renovation in 3ish phases to stay within budget!
I used the HAGGEBY door fronts which were the least expensive white option, the SEKTION interiors for cabinets, with shelves and drawers for organization of all my floral materials, and gifting items and glassware. I am a fan of everything being put away and in a place - organization is key when you have multiple people working in there studio with multiple jobs going on at the same time. For the countertops, I got their cheap(ish) EKBACKEN grey and white marble laminate. It's easy to wipe down, and since we rent our home it makes it easy to uninstall and reinstall elsewhere in the future. For the handles, I chose the BORGHAMN black matte metal pulls. I loved how simple and modern they felt and I love black on white, plus they felt heavy and substantial. I really wanted the space to make the flowers pop, be functional, pretty and an all-around nice environment for my employees to want to be working from! I'd say I accomplished most of these goals! All of the IKEA stuff cost me about $1,750, and I drove away with everything I needed the day I went in. The FIXA drawer template was AMAZING as well- it made it really easy for me to mark the cabinets and drawers when I put the handles on- I did all 21 cabinet pulls in under an hour!
Tools I needed to install:
-DRILL & BITS 1/4 INCH FOR THE HANDLES, PHILLIPS HEAD SCREWDRIVER OR DRILL BIT
- A LEVEL
-TABLE SAW OR CIRCULAR SAW TO CUT COUNTERTOP PIECES TO SIZE (I got help with this part)
- PAINT MATERIALS (FOAM ROLLER AND LONG WOOD HANDLE ATTACHMENT FOR FLOOR ROLLER)
- I'd love to put in a sink which drains to a "grey water" tank that I can use to water my outdoor plants!
- I'm looking for an amazing huge colorful rug (for now I borrowed the one from my kitchen because the babies love lying on it while I work and we've had a few cozy pizza dinners and dance parties out here on the floor)
- Open up window and replace with french doors or a glass sliding door
- Replace garage doors with barn doors that have windows for more light, or put in skylights
-Finish cabinetry all the way around and put in some upper cabinets as well- replace left wall open storage shelving with cabinets to hide away everything (including all of my husband's photo gear he also uses the garage as storage for)
- Install A/C and new fixtures in ceiling.
Be sure to follow along the renovation steps here on the blog!! Would love any design tips an advice from you as well!! Functional and pretty is key!