Space utilization

One of the biggest challenges of being a full-time painter is finding space to put all my work and the materials that I have to keep on hand to make things happen.  When my brother-in-law Chris adopted my carpentry tools and equipment, it created lots of space.  However, I was still trying to make things work based on the available work tables and shelving.

On Monday, I started to wonder about what would happen if I got rid of a less-than-ideal shelving unit we had and replaced it with a purpose-built unit.  After I pulled out the measuring tape, I discovered I had enough height to play with to build shelves that would accommodate 12", 16", 24", and 36" canvases. 

I couldn't get it out of my head, so I went to the hardware store, bought some 16" wide pine boards and spent several hours building a custom shelving unit. 

It's a start.  I still need to do other things to clean out my studio and make it more efficient.  I think the next step will be to either sell, recycle or trash everything that no longer serves a purpose.  That will clear up a lot of space.


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