It’s finished. Well,it’s finished to the point of use and it houses most of my props, decor and office equipment (sans laptop cause that thing is tied to my side most days). And I love it. A space for us to grow, get our creative on and run this furniture business. Run it to a bigger operation with more freedom to design our own pieces, hardware and whatever else we feel.
I’m not saying it’s perfect. You’ll notice no ceiling (convenient for hanging props) and the windows are missing frames but keep in mind that when we move on or need to make it a bedroom (what it will be in the end), the wall will be built out with drywall, carpet will go down, a closet will be put in and there will be no frames around the windows. I note this because I’ve had people crap on my happy days and this sort of lessens the blow if anyone should be so rude to do it again. It’s mine…ours, I mean, and we’ve never had a space like this which is the best part. And I know you are a supporter of goals and following your dreams (sounds like a PSA) so I have nothing to worry about. Enough talking. On to the pictures. I’ll show you…but please allow me to show you some before shots on how it got to where it is.
And this is taking way longer than I thought so clap clap, on to the after (still a work in progress).
Who knew all the random things I collect would one day be perfect as props. All of my lovelies are down here. They have not had a place to shine and having them all in one place brings a smile to my face. And I’m a poet and didn’t even know it. No, I’m loco and need to talk about my studio. (ha)
What do you think? We’re working on a few more touches and I’m constantly changing where things go for function and aesthetic purposes but it’s my favorite space in the house. My mustard Chesterfield loveseat might make it down too someday. Then I’m never coming upstairs. By the way, we put the new feet on the larger mustard Chesterfield couch, sibling to the loveseat we’re keeping, and it’s now available in our etsy shop…along with our most recent finished dresser. Take a look-more to come about those later this week.
We're Annie and Greg Witkamp (aka the Wits). We salvage, refurbish, design and sell (or hoard) furniture and collectibles. (We also offer our design services, advice, and consultations on furniture or home improvement projects. Contact us in the comments or by email at aandgwit at gmail)
We use craigslist, estate/garage sales, and free items from the curb to breathe new life into. For home improving, we rely on (other than craigslist) outlet and architectural salvage stores, flea markets, and our skills from years of budget living...which involves a lot of using our own two hands to get projects done. It's not much fun or as fulfilling if we're not sweating and getting dirty.
We're all about passion, determination and the challenge of bringing things-be it furniture, houses, machinery-back to glory.
Check out our portfolio page to see some of our work. You can find our furniture pieces in our etsy shop or in the Minneapolis area craigslist...soon to be Seattle.
In December of 2011 we became first time homeowners. The goal is to renovate our 1952 home, every single room and large lot, in a little over 2 years then move to Seattle in the summer of 2014 for Greg's day job. Demo, renovation, budget decorating, DIY and more.
We love doing these projects so much maybe we'll make a full-time business out of them, who knows?
Oh, and if you are a foodie or just want some awesome recipes, visit Annie's food blog, thedabble.com
Henry the Old English Sheepdog and Vivi the Corgi would love for you to follow along on our journey.