Earlier this week we asked readers if they had a backyard studio, office shed, or cottage they'd fixed up, and one reader, Emily, shared her project with us, which we've decided to feature here. Emily writes, "We moved out to Bucks County, PA from Manhattan about 10 years ago..."
"So, when we first saw the property and saw the little building, we thought that maybe we'd have it professionally renovated to use as our main studio space. (BTW, we are both artists!) We were told by a few contractors that the best thing to do was to knock it down and rebuild from scratch. Unfortunately our budget didn't allow us to do that at the time and still doesn't. We ended up renovating the 3rd floor attic space in the house instead as our studio which worked out nicely.
Anyway, for years we just used the little building, which we refer to as THE BARN, as a storage space. Each summer we would plan on fixing it up ourselves and using it for a summer painting studio. Little by little we cleared out the junk that was stored in there and cleaned it up as best we could. It has no foundation or heat so we can only use the space in the warmer months.
About 3 years ago we decided to open up the space to an invited group of artist friends and hold weekly life drawing and painting sessions out there. The artists love it and it has become a popular venue for this sort of thing in our area. So we decided to paint the interior to freshen it up. Again, working with a minimum budget, we did the best we can and i think it worked out great!
We took every can of white paint we had left over from other projects and mixed them all together... there were about 20 misc. cans... we ended up having to buy a few more to be able to give it 2 coats. We created a curtained storage area towards the back of the space. I purchased 2 grey fabric shower curtains at Target for $9.99. which worked out nicely. All the chairs we have in there were found in the trash. The loft above is a great way to display fun collectibles like old crocks, vintage trophies, pottery, vases, etc."
What a great use of the space!