There has been a large gap between my last post and this one, mostly due to being in Hawaii for 10 amazing days, 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 “Decluttering & Reorganizing the Girl Cave”. It was going to be a sister post to “Decluttering & Reorganizing the Bedroom”. 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]:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
I painted the bookcase high gloss red and I love it!
Glad you now have a beautiful place to continue your beautiful work. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music
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.
Windows make such a huge difference! Especially in the spring and summer 🙂
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.
This desk/work table is wonderful – SO much better than going down into the dungeon to do that kind of work.
dungeon is a good word for it!!!
that’s what I call ours – and feel that’s the perfect name!