Laura Gunn Studio

Friday, August 04, 2006

Jars and Junk

Yee-ha!!!! I finally have a room I want to paint, sew, and create in. My own art studio. I found this cabinet at a garage sale for $15. My husband declared it junk (whenever we move he develops furniture phobia) but I painted it, hung it up, and he thinks it's snazzy now. I love how I can see all my tools and supplies. You can see my adorable pin cushion on top that heather made. And all my tools are in mason jars. I wanted to dress up the jars so I stuck beloved scrap- book papers in them with a little peek-a-boo slit so I can see what's inside.

Next I want to do some sort of bulletin board to hang papers, magazine pages, and photos that inspire me. I was thinking of getting a cork bulletin board and painting it. Has anyone done that?


Blogger Megan said...

I love my cork board!!! I have a photo posted on my blog right now. I've tacked little boxes onto it and postcards, photos, clippings, inspirational colors, packaging, fabric, etc. I haven't painted it though...I like the brown color. I got mine at Pottery Barn (more fancy). I've seen them at West Elm too. I saw in Domino magazine that someone had taken an old chalk board and uses it as hers...she tapes her items to it instead of pinning. I also saw that someone took old boards and covered them with different fabrics and wallpapers and used those as boards (did 5 or 6 long, tall, thin boards all hung up in a row beside each other). It looked great. I liked her idea of doing several in a row instead of one giant one. And FINALLY, I saw that pottery barn kids sells this cool folding "chinese"'s a solid color, but it's covered with places to put photos and clippings, etc. It's very pretty and another unique way to display interesting things.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Myy said...

Beautiful flowers you have painted. I like the colours , too. :)

10:37 AM  
Blogger June said...

What a wonderful crafting space. Your jars are gorgeous--what a grand idea!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Eeeek -- I love the papers in the jars --what a fun way to get some color splashing around!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Heather Bailey said...

Eeeek -- I love the papers in the jars -- what a fun way to get some colors splashing around!

1:26 PM  
Anonymous pink snowflakes said...

hi, i have painted a cork board and somehow it loses its corkiness! and does not keep the pins in all that well, perhaps just paint the outside frame or put a contact or paper cover over the cork..... cheers.

11:49 PM  
Blogger AmyDe said...

LOVE the studio! Heather sent me over to say hello and I am so glad she did! I hope you are up and about soon! Gotta love wifi though! Take Care!

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martha uses Homosote, which you can get in big sheets at the hardware store for cheap. It takes wall paint, or can be covered with fabric.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

I have painted a cork board before, but it eventually starts to look pretty bad. HOWEVER, I recently took the very same old painted cork board and added batting and fabric onto it with a staple gun, followed by grosgrain around the edge of fabric to conceal staples. It works great because you can't see any holes in the board.

By the way, I LOVE the vase with the red branch in it!

8:14 AM  
Blogger zees5 said...

I make bulletin boards out of that drywall stuff they use for showers, the water resistant kind. Then I put a layer of batting over it, then fabric stapled to the back. Criss cross ribbons on the front and secure with upholstery tacks where they cross so you can tuck items underneath the ribbon as well as use thumbtacks on the board.

12:09 AM  

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