My New Workbench & Workshop!

There has been a large gap between my last post and this one, mostly due to being in Hawaii for 10 amazing days [posts & pics coming soon!], and unfortunately being sick the entire time with a stomach flu, which continued for a week after getting home.  I am mostly fully recovered now [and 10 pounds lighter, which gives me a good head start on my goal of losing 20 pounds in 2016].

I started this post back in JANUARY.  Back then it was titled “Room Re-Org: Girl Cave Edition”.  It was going to be a sister post to “Room Re-Org: Bedroom Edition”.  However, since January, I have made some major changes to the Girl Cave that go way beyond a simple reorganization.  The re-org part included moving my desktop PC into storage*, getting rid of my computer desk, moving the printer to the dining room, moving my 2 tall/narrow metal shelving racks & their tools to the basement, and moving the living room cat tree up to the Cave.

Here’s what the Girl Cave used to look like [2013 on left, 2015 on right]:

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THE ULTIMATE GOAL of the re-org was to move my workshop from the basement cage up to the Girl Cave!  The basement is damp, dark, lonely, spidery, & unventilated.  My stained-glassing projects require the use of a respirator and as much ventilation as possible [because “slightly toxic” fumes from soldering *shudder*].  The Girl Cave has 5 big windows that open up for fabulous breezes.  And the roar of the Ipswich River is always nice to hear.  No contest really!

Here is me stained-glassing in the basement last winter:

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Dark and gloomy despite the festive lights I added in November.  The table saw and miter saw are staying in the basement [for obvious reasons including heavy, large, messy, & loud], but the craft stuff & stained glass stuff is now up in the Girl Cave!  And it’s all set up on MY NEW WORKBENCH!!! *HAPPY SQUEAK*:

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I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE my new workbench.  It’s from Home Depot.  Hubby actually spotted it on their website back in January and I went straight over and bought one.  It was only $70 and folds up flat [the shelf folds up and the legs fold in].  But it’s ungodly heavy, so I don’t imagine I’ll be folding it up and moving it around often.  Mostly I love the simple yet sturdy design, the small backsplash so I don’t lose shit over the back, and the MDF top.  It’s 6 feet long and the perfect height for me to stand at and work:

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That’s me working this past weekend on my stained glass mobile.  I soldered the edges and unfortunately dropped one of my circles on the floor – d’oh!  Cracked beyond repair *sigh*:

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I thought about building my own workbench, because duh, that would be a great project for a low-grade DIY-er such as myself.  But the Home Depot one was so cheap and well made I couldn’t resist.  And the cost of the wood I’d need would equal about the price I paid for the fully assembled one.  I have waited a few months to reveal the awesomeness of my new workbench mostly because I wanted to install the new ceiling lights first:

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Now I can direct light wherever I need it.  And the sun coming through the windows provides a TON of light.  I love it!  My new workshop and workbench are so awesome I could gallop in a circle of joy.  If that’s even a thing.

The purple built-in bookcase is also quite deep, making it perfect for storing my extra glass:

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The new setup is definitely cat approved.

One last project for the Girl Cave [which is on my 2016 Projects list] is to paint the tall bookcase either red, purple, or high-gloss black… I’m still deciding:

tall skinny bookcase in girl cave from martha

* I think I’m going to move my PC out of storage and set it up in the dining room – I use my laptop 90% of the time, but sometimes I like to play my MMORGP and that is much better on my PC, which was built for gaming *nods*.

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8 Comments

  1. Glad you now have a beautiful place to continue your beautiful work. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  2. I call our basement the dungeon, too. You have a beautiful space for the girl cave. LOVE the windows. It’s a great studio! I’m envious! The workbench looks a lot like the one Eric built for his shop. Glad you are feeling better. That flu is nothing to mess around with.

  3. Jessica @CapeofDreams

    Nice workspace! I’m jealous. 🙂 glad to hear you’re feeling better. It’s such a shame you were sick on your trip.

    • Thanks, Jessica! It’s such a better space to feel creative than the basement cage. Our basement isn’t at all finished, so it was rather depressing to be down there.

  4. This desk/work table is wonderful – SO much better than going down into the dungeon to do that kind of work.

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