I have gotten lots of emails lately about where I do my painting and how I turned by hobby into a business.  Well, im working on a post about how I started my business but I wanted to show you pics of my new shop space.

I officially moved out of my garage 2 months ago into a working shop that is super close to home (6 minutes to be exact) and I cant say enough how much I love it!!  Its so nice having my work away from home and being able to leave “work” at work.  It was a big step to start paying rent, but its so worth it :)

So, the outside is nothing fancy.  In fact it’s a big ugly blue tin building that has seen better days.  But it works and its easy for people to spot!  Im the very last door – the one that’s open.

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My space is about 1300 sq ft.  It has a main area with the big garage door, and then a back room.  The back room has my paint booth, drying area, sink area, paint storage and a potty.

Off to the the left is all my stuff that needs to be painted, all the stuff on the right are things that I am working on.

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When you first walk in, we have divided off a space with a fake wall that separates all my finished stuff (or almost finished).

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To the right of that is where I take my pics (all crowded right now with furniture).  I take my pics below my barn wood slats which will soon have my logo on it.

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Then towards the back is my tools and storage hutches with a lot of my crap piled all over them.

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To the left of that is another work area which is soon going to be walled off and will strictly be for sanding.  Cant wait for that, there is dust everywhere!

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Then in the back room, is my paint booth.  Its pretty big, I think about 11×20 – which works out great so I can get a lot of things painted at once.  Right now it just has a sheet for a door, but when I get some time I will make some doors.  We had to build that wall, nothing fancy, just some 2×4’s and then plastic sheeting.

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inside booth…

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Then outside of the booth is a spot for the furniture to dry, a sink and the bathroom.  Sorry, didn’t get the best pic of the drying space, its pretty big as well.

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My daughter has already made me pics for my wall, so sweet Smile

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See how messy of a worker I am!!  I would rather store paint on the floor than on the shelves!  And I cant even tell you enough how much I love my big messy shop sink, it was such a pain everyday when I was at home to make sure the kitchen sink stayed clean – I can make as much mess as I want here and no one can say nothin!

Oh, and see that big blue box?  That is my BFF during the day – my awesome paint gun.  See my post here about that if your wondering what type of gun I use. 

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So there’s my awesome space that I couldn’t be happier about!!  It could be a little bigger, or I could stop collecting so much furniture :)

***And, my friend Christa from Stories of a House, is releasing her e-book tomorrow.  Its all about furniture refinishing 12/15/11 – so get over there and get you a copy, I’ve read it and its awesome!**  click here for more info

 

 

 

23 replies
  1. Fiona, LilyfieldLife
    Fiona, LilyfieldLife says:

    Wow Sausha – that is fantastic and i can spy some lovely stuff ready for paintings. can't wait to see the finished projects on your blog. all the best!

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  2. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    This is soooooo great! I swear, I could love myself away in there and paint my heart out! Good for you! Thanks for sharing – looking forward to reading more!

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  3. Imthebeachgirl@hotmail.com
    Imthebeachgirl@hotmail.com says:

    That is so great, a new space to work in. Yay!!! Love your website and thanks for sharing your ideas and giving us so much inspiration! Have fun!!! Laurie from FL…Happy Holidays!

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  4. down to earth style
    down to earth style says:

    Good Job! Don't you feel so much more "official" & "professional"?
    (only say that because I work at home) You are amazing and good for you fo taking the leap.

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  5. Doris Davis
    Doris Davis says:

    Congrats on the fabulous space! It's nice to know dreams do come true. My plans are drawn up for a new build shop on our own land (we live in the country)

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  6. The Midwest Cottage
    The Midwest Cottage says:

    Amazing! This is like a mini version of my garage! You must feel so much more sain! LOL! Do you sell out of your space or do you have a seperate retail location?

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  7. Becky
    Becky says:

    Wow, how fun that you grew out of your garage and now have your own "real" space! Love it! You have so much more room for all your beautiful pieces. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. shellyandrade
    shellyandrade says:

    SwEEEET! Now that's what I'm talking about!! Every girl needs one like that. Do you have something set up to exhaust the fumes? I have a makeshift set up, but it's not really working.

    I'm excited for you! you'll really be avle to crank out the furniture now.

    Shelly

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  9. heidivee
    heidivee says:

    What I love most is that your shop space is SUPER close to MY house. :) After looking at all those pics, I see some buying in my future…

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  10. Mark & Nicki Wintch
    Mark & Nicki Wintch says:

    Wow that looks amazing! I have a question though: In the pic of your daughters artwork she made for you there is a red bench that i love! Is that something you might be selling?? Just curious!

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