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Rice Lake, WI, United States
My home town is Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin. I own Red House Wool Studio~ an in-home wool and rug hooking business. I enjoy collecting and decorating with antiques and primitives. Orange Sink Blog is a journal of my interests and ramblings about life. Cathy Greschner

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Another Before and After

Greetings dear friends on this fine late afternoon in August!  We are finally getting some summer weather here in the north land of Wisconsin!  The AC is running as I type.  Even with the air on I have been working up a sweat the last few days redoing some areas in my studio. One area that has always bugged me is the little nook where I have my cash register and check out counter.  It  seems dark and kind of blah. The cork board I put up is handy there but always gives me the feeling I'm in a poorly designed office space.  
My studio may seem spacious to some, especially those of you who would give your eye teeth for such a space to create and do hand-work. But anyone who is in the rug hooking/wool business will tell you that any size space tends to fill up quickly with supplies and the  hoards of wool we need to create our rugs. 
Clutter and darkness are my two worst enemies when it comes to the decor around here. So here's what I did to lighten up that corner a bit and add some storage space.

I painted an older taller cupboard  that was located just around the corner from this area, and swapped out the smaller cupboard for the taller one.  I also gave the cork board on the wall a coat of the same off white paint I used on the cupboard. I applied some antique toner to the cupboard to make it appear older and fit in with the chippy white of the other cabinet. The addition of a lamp on top of the cupboard gave much needed light in that dark corner. I still like the primitive look but sometimes the all dark wood and primitive colors are not doing it for me. 
So what do you think?  Should I hang out a shingle and become an interior designer?  LOL!  Just kidding!  I need to get back to my design work as a rug hooker!  I can hear Lisa and others in the background saying "YES Cathy G!  We are waiting for a new design to hook!"
Well, I need my area around me to be neat and organized so new designs have space to take root! And sometimes while doing other projects a design will all of a sudden pop into my head. 
There may be a small hint of a design in there somewhere, but now I have to get ready for a class I'm teaching here next week. There are 5 lovely ladies and possibly a couple more who are waiting in the wings to learn our fine craft! I am super excited to have them come and get those hooks in their hands!
I will be back to share some projects with you soon!

Have a lovely week and enjoy every moment of this fast moving month!

Cathy G


  1. Cathy, you're a talented lady and you always do things with a touch of class. Your space looks so much better with just a few changes. If you want a change of career, you could hang your interior decorator shingle...


  2. I like what you did with the cupboard! It did brighten up the corner.

  3. Yep, interior design! Go for it!

  4. You can do anything you put your mind to. New design you say?? Can't wait

  5. I guess coming from someone who DOESN'T HAVE A DESIGNATED WORK SPACE...yours is over the top wonderful so I could see nothing wrong with it...but I do understand what you are saying and the change is so much better!! I love the light painted woods you use.
    Such fun coming here to see all that is going on!

  6. Hi Cathy,
    The taller cupboard looks really good there and adds the height and light that you needed!! Perfect! Isn't it amazing what some shifting around can do to make a difference? I'm sure you are loving it!!
    Happy Creating, my friend!
    Warm Hugs~

  7. Looks good and serves your needs. What more could you ask for..

  8. I love the chippy white paint and painting your corkwall was genious!! Lighter is much better in a hooking room. You did a great job!

  9. You are giving Miss Mustard Seed a run for her money! Looks terrific. Sarah

  10. looks wonderful, I really like your changes!


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