Lyne Street Studio

In between painting for the July exhibition (link – Moonscape: Isle of Harris ) I’ve been decorating my new flat. What’s most exciting for me is that it can be used as a open studio space from time-to-time (I’ll probably paint and show a series of snowscapes this December).

The flat (in a traditional Victorian Edinburgh tenement) had previously been a flat for rent, so it was magnolia and beige-ified throughout, and has about six phone lines thanks to tenants getting new phone services installed each time they move in!

I’m on a tight budget, so most of this has been achieved through a bit of hard graft (including that of family and friends!) but also it’s amazing how a room can be transformed by floor sanding. (in this case Victorian Floor Restore who did an excellent job of repairing and sanding the floorboards which were a horrific mess with loose boards, ingrained dirt and ancient underlay). Also messed up walls with layers of tenacious woodchip wallpaper which had to steamed and scraped off (about halfway through I was losing the will to live and was thankfully helped out by my ever cheerful and stalwart friend Donald Ferguson!). Also there were millions of holes that had to be polyfilla-ed (the Beatles ‘A Day in the Life’ was playing in my head throughout – Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire, and though the holes were rather small, they had to count them all. Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall…

Anyway, here’s the before and after, showing just the room I’ll use for a gallery. (For the decor obsessives among you – the wall colour is Dulux Egyptian Cotton – cheapie alternative to Farrow and Ball’s Elephant’s Breath, the floor – Dulux satin black floor paint. At some point I’ll sort out an open fire as it’s there behind the mantle piece)…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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