Studio Progress

While there are still a few major things that need to be done, the studio is almost finished. It finally looks like a studio and not just a mess. Even my husband walked in there the other night after I had been doing more work on organizing things and said, “Wow, it looks like your studio again.” I have to agree. Sadly, it really isn’t to the point where I can teach classes yet. Though, I would be able to do some of my own work in there.


This is how it currently looks when you walk into the studio. I will be
putting in a sink where the black cabinet currently sits. I will take my
beloved black cabinet into another room when the sink finally arrives.
As you can see, I still need to hang a light and also put up some
shelving and artwork on this wall.

The little black boxes on the soldering table are individual fume exhausters made for small scale soldering. It pulls the fumes away and filters it out. They aren’t inexpensive, but they were an answer to the question of how to work the ventilation in this studio…. something that has been a source of much contemplation. I will be doing a Tool Time Tuesday post on these in the next few weeks.


None of the doors have been painted or rehung yet. I still need to do that. You can see the new door we installed just across the hall. The room across the hall is rather large, but had a very small door and was in an awkward place making it difficult to get any furniture or anything into it. So we decided we would add one ourselves. Now that I had my husband install one that has the windows, I have fallen in love with it and hope to replace the two doors into the studio with similar doors. I like that I can see out into the hall way.

The yellow cord there at the bottom of the soldering table will have an electrical box installed and I will run a power strip on the top of the table so I can plug in the ventilation and pickle pots. And check out those chairs. I found them for $10 each! WOOT! I couldn’t pass that up. They are a little worn, but nothing that a little bit of sanding and re-staining won’t take care of.


Ahhhhh, aren’t the new tables pretty? And look, I have room for more tools. Can’t beat that.


This is another as you enter the studio, just panning to the left.


This is what the room looks like from the tool section. Again, I still need to paint and rehang the doors on the closets.


This is looking at the room from the back entrance to the studio. I need to come up with some lamps for the big work bench. There is enough light from the overhead ones, but it isn’t good enough for doing any type of detail work. Sadly, this means I will have to run a cord from under the table to a plug on a wall, which means I have to do one of those cord cover things to keep people from tripping. BLAH!


Another shot from the same entrance. I hope to find a nice comfy chair to put next to the fireplace under the three pictures on the wall. This would be a great place to kick back, turn on the fire and look through my books and magazines.


I found these little carts at IKEA. I guess they are TV stands, but they work perfectly under the tables we built in the tool area. I can organize the tools so they are in the location for that type of work. For instance, this cart sits in the forging area and is located just below the “wall of hammers.”

Well, that is the tour for now. Like I said, there is still a lot of work to be done. And I still haven’t found some things. For instance, I have yet to find my beloved saws. But I hope to find them this week as I try to finish things up even more.

All in all, it is a great place and not too shabby for a basement studio. I know, I am so spoiled.



The old windows in the house had a lot of broken seals and some just didn’t fit right due to either installation or settling of the house. So yesterday the two windows in the studio were replaced with new windows. I love the darker tinting and ease of use with the new windows. One thing I am not happy with and didn’t realize until they were installed, but they didn’t replace my windows with the same sizes. I mean, they fit in the opening, but now the middle glass is larger than the two outer windows, and before, they were all the same. However, now I can actually open both windows at the same time.

But they are easy to use, and I mean EASY. I LOVE THAT! We bought the windows through American Exteriors. I don’t know if I would recommend them yet or not, I will have to keep you posted. But so far they do seem to be nice windows.


It is so nice to be able to see through the window without looking through a bunch of fog and moisture.

25 thoughts on “Studio Progress

  1. Pam

    It was worth the two moves to get this jewel! I am so happy for you!

    I am currently searching for a solution for my new, smaller art room here in Denver.


  2. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Pam. This really is a great place. I am getting excited to start playing in there. Good luck with your set up. It is so hard to go into a smaller place. I totally feel for you.

  3. JoAnn Dean

    What a beautiful studio you are creating!!! Good luck in your new location – may you be happy there for many years – you must be SICK of moving!!! Best Regards! JoAnn ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Melissa Muir

    Oh I am totally sick of moving. But my hubby promised that the studio gets better each time we do. Of course, that might be my ultimatum. LOL. Thank you. I am really excited to use this studio space. It is really coming together nicely. 

  5. Melissa Muir

    It has certainly been a journey huh Laura? Thanks for hanging out with me from the beginning. Who would have guessed it would turn out like this?

  6. Aimee Biondolillo

    Congrats on the awesome new studio! It has such character and the tables along the wall, I can just bet you can fill em up quick ๐Ÿ˜‰ so happy for you. Enjoy! Aimee

  7. Maggie

    You have the most beautiful studio I have ever seen. I can tell countless hour fo designing went into designing it. Well deserved, you are a hard worker!

    The soldering fume extractor is new to me. Can you tell me where to get one? The fumes are increasing my asthma symptoms, even with a fan.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  8. Chris Kerr

    How lovely everything is looking! I bet you are pleased as punch~Best wishes for the coolest studio ever!

  9. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Maggie.

    I got the fume exhausters at McMaster-Carr. Just search for “Bench Top Fume Exhausters” on their site and you will find them. I will be doing another post on them coming up.
  10. Melissa Muir

    Elise, I think you are right. There are some good things to moving when you have to repeatedly set up a studio space. I am not sure how well the flow on this one will work, but I am sure that once I start getting things going it will all come together.

  11. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Aimee, you are next.  

    I know I can fill those tables up. Let’s hope I can do it and leave myself some working space. HA!
  12. Nancy Layer

    Melissa: The shop is beautiful and really appears to be large. You must be thrilled with the windows and what a great view! The best of everything to you! May your shop be filled with lots of new students!

  13. Robin

    Wow really beautiful. Where did all of the tables come from? I have been looking but not found any like yours. Thanks.

  14. Melissa Muir

    Robin, which tables do you mean? The work bench and tables under the window were made by my father-in-law. The stainless steel tables came from a restaurant supply company not too far from where I live. The table I use for my soldering was a $3 find I got at a school auction when I lived in Ohio. 

  15. Robin

    Hi Melissa, I was referring to your beautiful wooden tables. Love the window view. Good luck with your new venture ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Kharisma Sommers

    Melissa, everything looks beautiful now!

    If you don’t want cables all around the floor (i feel your pain) and you’re happy with your current arrangement, you could hang overhead light pendants so they are closer to the tables. maybe like those pool table lights or some contemporary individual light pendants.

  17. Melissa Muir

    HA! It didn’t last long. Every now and then it gets a good organizing and cleaning, but right now, it is certainly a studio in use.  


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