I thought it might be fun to share a little bit of what the shop has gone through over the past few years. When we bought it, it was a complete dive. Dark, dirty, damp, cramped. It was full of stuff from former owners as you can see. We cleaned up the best we could, painted, and installed the wood stove for heat.
We pushed through the first winter like this and when summertime came, we cleared out all the stuff, and cut a hole in the wall to create the second door.
It was so much more convenient with the new entrance being closer to the house, plus it also added some more much needed light, which was awesome!
Once the door was done, my wonderful handyman ripped off the entire old roof and trusses.
Then he built the new roof with a vaulted ceiling to give me more light and space to store taller pieces on my benches.
We installed new eavestroughs, since the old ones were rusted right through! We actually had a guy down the street renovating his house, and he let us take his old ones (which were in great condition), score!
We installed brighter and more efficient lighting, and painted the ceiling all white to make it as light in there as possible. The vaulted ceiling really opened up the shop completely and made it feel like a whole new zone! I danced many happy little jigs in there after that, it just felt so clean and airy.
We also insulated and boarded up the old sliding door on the end and turned it into my photo staging wall. It was raw for a while, then I did a white wash/stain look, and the latest now, is solid white. Yea, I get bored fast...
We also added some inner screen doors for mosquito-free air in the summertime, some cabinets, benches, decor, and we laid down some wood looking linoleum in front of the staging wall.
It's sort of like a little cottage now, and it's a nice atmosphere for getting the creative juices flowing.
So there's some of what went into revamping the shop :).