Sep 27, 2015

a new old space


The past month saw me initiating quite a transformation to my working space. I've been mulling over the idea for a while now, but just didn't have the push to do so, until one day my nephew said he would take over my current table. The current table, or should I say now, the ex-table I had was way too high for my petite frame. It gave me all kinds of back problems as I couldn't sit with my feet planted on the floor. They were always hanging as I had to adjust the chair higher to suit the table.

And so the clearing out began. I took it pretty slow, just a few items a day. That way I didn't feel tired out. And then one day ... this was what's left.


As you can see, it is quite a nice table and I've put in some time with the painting and such, but it was too high and with all the stuff I have, I was left with only 2 feet of space to work on.


I realize this is the only photo I have of my old space! With my little one posing of course :) See that space in front of the chair? That's all I have for my working area.

It was dismantling day and I even have an assistant to come and help ;)


I like it that my older girl is not averse to power tools. Atta girl!!

I have always wanted to make my own work bench and so I did. I loved the idea of using plumbing pipes as legs when I saw them on Pinterest. I thought they were industrial and cool looking, plus I could make them myself! I love DIY afterall. I proceeded to design and calculate the dimensions I needed. It was easier said than done.

Unlike the States, we do not have places like Lowes or Home Depot. The people who make pipe tables on Pinterest just had to go there and buy all the parts they wanted with all the pipes cut to size professionally. Over here I had to find an independent shop who still had the machine to cut and thread metal pipes (we are using a lot of PVC plumbing materials now so metal plumbing is not that easy to come by). But yea ... after asking and searching I found a shop who sold, cut and threaded metal pipes.

Cutting
Threading


Finally I had all the components ready. I decided on an Ikea 8 foot solid oak butcher block as the tabletop. Best decision ever!


And then the construction happened ...



I have always wanted plug points on the table top, and this time I did!

I also made this tool storage for my most used tools. This was an old kitchen cabinet door my friend wanted to throw out.


And then everything fell into place.

Love the T feature underneath the wood

the DIY Lightbox now sits high

Beauty of Oak
The oak butcher block turned out not only beautiful but very very solid, which will be a plus when hammering metal. I stained it with a transparent wood stain to bring out the wood knots and other woody features. This side is in fact the back-side of the butcher block. But I loved this side because it had a lot more character with the wood knots and imperfections.

Couldn't be happier with my new space! It is 27 inches high as opposed to the old table which was 31 inches high. Now my feet can touch the floor. Also pretty proud that I made the workbench on my own :)


And a Panorama view ... All 8 feet of it!! Weeeeeee!!!!!!

26 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I LOVE your new working space a lot! I can already see a lot of magic happen over there! ;)
    Greetings from Vienna,
    Claudia x

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  2. What a great working place you have - wish it was me. ;-)

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  3. Looks great! Working there will be amazing, I am sure! Great job!

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    1. Thank you Robin! I am looking forward to it ... at the moment just sitting here is amazing already :)

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  4. That's an amazing transformation! May I ask what app you use to add those tattered borders to images?

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    1. Thank you Teri! The tattered borders were made by Pixlr Express..

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  5. Hi LT - I'm dead impressed - what a make over; and I love the sign - this girl's toys. More and more creations. Do you need more metal offcuts to go with that? Peace. B

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    1. awww thanks B! and thank you for the offer! At the moment i am still ok :) But will definitely call on you when I need some. <3

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  6. What a gorgeous new play space! And i too love that sign- girls's toys are fun!!

    Jackie
    http://www.creatingwithoutcrayons-jackiepneal.com/

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  7. So excited for you, Luthien! What a wonderful work space and exactly suited to your needs. What fabulous things will be coming out of your studio now? Can't wait to find out!

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    1. thank you Janet! :) Trying to make the most out of the half room that I have :)

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  8. Love the butcher board and all the extras that make it "your" space! Have fun creating :)

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  9. Great place you have there, and a wonderful ideal with the working table. simple and nice. love it.

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  10. Hello Luthien I just had to come and visit your site again - it has been so long and in the meantime you have created this amazing studio makeover. I love your table and the way you have arranged everything. I am short also - just under 5ft so I had to lower my tables also especially where I sew. I stand a lot also but everything has made such a difference to my back.
    I'm loving your beautiful stained and stamped pages too!
    Hugs to you from sunny downunder,
    Suzy

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    1. thank you so much Suzy!! It really feels better to have a workspace made just for you :)

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  11. Love that you made this space just right for you! Found you through Georgie's blog. Now I will go back and look at your projects. (I don't have a blog.)

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  12. wow what a transformation! and it all looks so organized ... I could use that in my workshop!

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xoxoxo
Luthien :)