If you’ve been following along on my Instagram and Facebook pages, you would know I’ve been giving M&L headquarters a makeover. It’s been a pretty superficial one at that, because soon we will be relining the walls and giving it a proper renovation, but for now it’s been all about lots of white paint!
Let me paint a picture for you of what it was like…orange/brown ripple shag pile carpet. Dirty beige walls and orange/yellow/brown trim work…there was even shag pile in the toilet!
basically, I ripped it all out, and went to work painting it all white. There are a lot of mismatched walls in here, and soon that will get fixed, but for now the white paint has worked wonders.
Here is a before photo of the wash up area, just after I pulled up the carpet (seriously I had to get rid of that carpet straight away. No time for photos). This little kitchen area had brown/orange/cream tiles that had been painted this dirty tan colour…so they went along with the cupboards too.
The tiles were taken off, and I handmade these tiles with all of the patterns I use in my ceramic pieces.
Once they were up, I finished them off with light grey grout…even though this was taken while I was grouting, I kind of like how the patterns show.
I love them! I’ve had such a great response from the little peeks I’ve shown on Instagram and Facebook about them. I’m thinking I’ll make some for the splash back in the bathroom when we renovate that in the farmhouse. Mic put a little shelf up for me and we installed my $20 salvage yard find ceramic sink on a wash stand my Dad made, and my Mum painted. One of my drawings, from a photograph that artist Lisa Maddigan took in France, hangs to the left of the window. On the window I’ve hand drawn some white flowers, which is a little nod to my ceramics “Botanic” range.
This before photo is of my main work area. The light from this window during the day is wonderful, and now that there is loads of white for it to bounce off, it fills the space even better. It looks out onto a lovely orchard.
You can see now it is full of light. I’ve hung a few things on the wall and filled the hutch since this photo…
Just a few little pieces here and there have made a huge difference. This cast iron deer head and basket is from The Vintage Rose in Launceston, and the hutch was made by my Dad.
Even though it’s not how I want it right now, the makeover has made a huge difference to how I feel in the studio now. I really want to be in there, and I now feel so inspired by the change…a good thing.
It’s lovely that I’ll now be able to share this space with people, visiting the studio. My first ceramics Hand Building class is on tomorrow, and I am really looking forward to it.
I have some other dates up on the Marley & Lockyer store, as well as classes for my Art Of Chalkboard Writing Workshop too. If you’d like to see the available dates, or book your tickets, please click HERE.