This May has been super busy. Two of our kiddos have birthdays, I'm currently working on 2 different book series for the first time, and we have the typical End of the School Year flurry of activity when every day seems to be a spirit day and all my kids forget their lunches at home.
Also, May has brought something extra exciting... the conversion of our Tuff Shed into a Writing Studio. I could not be more thrilled at the end result, but first, let's take a trip into the past...
As you can see, we used this shed for storage. And it was honestly a great space for that. When you have 4 kids it's great to have a place to store all their off-season clothes, plus I have like a bajillion storage bins for seasonal decor, so....
The thing is, my old writing space was in our master bedroom. And while it worked... it also didn't work. It continued to grow. I had 4 bulletin boards, 2 poster-sized art (cover over Dragonboy and the map of Haven), plus an abundance of books, notebooks, dragon plushies... really, my office was starting to take over our bedroom. And so we looked to a more creative solution... our Tuff Shed.
We hired a general contractor and then watched in wonder as he transformed our little 12x10 shed into the writing nest of my dreams.
First, there was the insulation, drywall, and electrical installation. Also, the old windows were not insulated so we had to get new ones.
Prepping the Bare Bones
Walls and Flooring!
Next, came the "mud" on the walls (um... it might be called something else, lol) and the fun part: choosing paint colors, flooring, and a new door. In case anyone's interested:
For the interior, I chose BEHR Laguna Blue and BEHR Swiss Coffee.
For the exterior, I chose BEHR English Channel.
Around this time, things really started taking shape. This little shed started looking like an actual office!
Time to Move in!
At the end of 3 weeks, the exterior was painted and the shed conversion was finished! The next phase was building bookshelves and choosing a portable AC/heater combo so I won't melt in the studio during the summer!
Also, I picked out some fun birch tree decals for one of the walls. This process took two hours to install by myself , but it was worth it! This wall is one of my favorite things in my studio. I loved how it turned out—it feels like I'm in a magical forest. And when you write fantasy books, what more could you ask for? :)
Making it Home
After three weeks of watching the shed transformation, now it was time for the fun part! Most of the things/furniture came from my house. It's still not completely finished (I have a few things to hang on the walls) but overall, it feels SO COZY. I'm having so much fun filling the space with all the magic and whimsy I want.
I am so thankful to have such a beautiful space to create stories. I'm hoping the sheer cuteness of it will translate into more productivity! That's how it works, right...? :)