It’s time for another behind the scenes studio post! I’ve been working on freelance writing, lots of lovely orders for the shop as well as designing new products to release at least one a month! It’s been hectic (and of course a little messy), but always enjoyable. I’ve been sharing behind the scenes on Snapchat every day (you can follow along by adding me here). The evening light has been so welcome and there have been some great sunsets from the studio window!
So here’s life lately……including some sneak peeks of upcoming blog posts and products!
Meanwhile, around the rest of the house, G got a mini drone and has been having fun with that. Tammy didn’t seem to be a fan!
I’ve also started a new series on my YouTube Channel called ‘Studio Snippets’. See the first video in the series here or just click play below!
Today I’ve teamed up with Rustoleum to bring you a painting project and an idea for how to store spray paint. As my studio is being decluttered and cleared out, I’m thinking about how I can store all my supplies!
A while back my Grandad was having a clear out and he passed me an old wooden wine rack. As a non drinker, I wanted to find a new purpose for it – so it has now been transformed into spray paint storage! Here’s what the upcycled wine rack looked like before painting.
These chalky finish furniture paints from Rustoleum are super easy to use – most surfaces require no preparation and they dry pretty quickly. I did a couple of coats of dusky pink to transform the wine rack into a paint can storage unit. One other good thing about these paints is that they are water based – oh and they hardly have any odour at all!
I really like the dusky pink colour and am looking forward to trying the winter grey, perhaps on a book case or drawer unit project.
I don’t mind too much about storing my spray paint cans on their side as they are used regularly and I always shake them for a minute or so before using. I also turn the can upside down and spray for a short burst at the end of each use. This stops the spray nozzle from becoming clogged.
You can check out my other DIY project with Rustoleum here – the stone paint used for that one was SO cool!
Thanks for letting me share today. I’m actually on holidays in Scotland at the moment, but I’ll be back later this week and will hopefully have lots of photos to share with you!
*Rustoleum sent me the supplies for this project free of charge for their #makeityours campaign. Read more about my disclosure policy here.
Despite my best efforts, the floor of the studio is still messy. I haven’t quite recovered from Christmas so I must get it back in order soon! I’ll be having an Instagram sale soon over on my Claireabellesells account to help me declutter the space. Stay tuned for a sewing machine, fabrics, planners and lots of crafty bits and bobs.
In the meantime, the desk has been the productive space and I’ve been working on lots of projects. Here’s a little from behind the scenes with some sneak peeks of new products, DIYs and blog features coming soon!
I’m not quite sure how we are half way through January already! I’ve been battling clutter in the studio, but I can’t seem to get through it all. I have been better at keeping the desk tidy though……anywho here’s a little behind the scenes.
I accidently knocked over my toadstool lamp and it seems to have died. So I picked up this cute Ice Cream lamp from Tigerlilly Quinn as Fritha was closing her shop.I’ve been working on making the studio an inspirational place with some quote cards on the desk from Kikki.K. Also – how good is my fake plant? I cannot keep real plants as I have a terrible black thumb.
I’m about to start some new freelance work that requires me to explore interior trends a little more, so this week I spent some time in the home magazines aisle and loved it. Definitely getting lots of inspiration for the living room decor too.
As this is a Claireabellemakes post, I should probably share some stationery. I’m still not over my gold phase. There’s also a very sneaky peek of an upcoming DIY project here too.
Continuing the gold/sparkle theme, I’ve been working on some new colours for the glitter heart pins in my shop. They are not 100% perfect yet, but I hope to share them soon!
Of course in January we all make grand plans for the year ahead. I shared mine in this post and have been using my planners religiously to get organised. The planner obsession has only increased this year I’m afraid….
Lastly, some more inspiration from Kikki.K. This print was actually a free fold out with my order recently. I like the reflections (me and trees!) in this image. However, I’ve recently changed the print in this frame to reflect the new studio colour scheme. Stay tuned this week for the wall art DIY coming your way.
I’m definitely pedalling fast to keep up at the moment, Hopefully all these positive vibes in the studio will help.
Thanks for letting me share behind the scenes today!
The last weekend of the holidays was spent tackling the damp issue in our house, which seemed to take forever. Sadly it had spread to the studio and I was really not happy about working in a mouldy, wet room! In came the dehumidifiers, mould gels and anti damp paints.
There’s still some work to do (and the aftermath of December to clear), but the desk space in the studio has now had a little makeover. A colour change to grey and pink – what do you think?!