So, here it is… THE BIG REVEAL!
You can see the rest of the before photos here and here. To recap, when we bought this beaut she had dirty and ripped carpeting, filled with junk, green slime on the walls, cabinet doors that would fall off when you opened them, a faint stench of cigarette smoke and ew, mildew, a few layers of 1960’s wallpaper, oh the list goes on and on. In two days we ripped out the entire interior leaving us a 32 foot blank canvas. After three weeks, we had rolled over the yellowing walls with a crisp white paint, laid down a floating wood floor, replaced the large broken window, built out the cabinets, installed the locker cabinets, sewing machine and upper planters… and began collecting and collecting and collecting. After three months, we had traveled across the country filling our home and workshop with memories, lots and lots of memories.
So, take a better look inside…
We built all of the cabinets and work surfaces ourselves out of reclaimed redwood. We repurposed an old school locker as a storage cabinet to house many of our supplies. We found some cool antique ballot boxes in Texas and turned them into stools with plaid tops (great storage inside!). We upholstered a large metal military chest and found this amazing red rug in El Paso… but after realizing it was way too big for our tiny floor, we made it into a nice long pillow. Our “couch” is much more inviting now.
The bison skull on the wall was a purchase from a little trading post in Sedona, AZ and the really old flag over the front windows is from Freehome, Georgia. Oh! And the planters – crafted from aluminum gutters and planted with succulents to bring some of the outdoors in.
Our “entryway” has a lovely print that we bought from Arts District Printing Co. while visiting our new friends Scott and Kristan at their shop Hammer and Spear in downtown LA. This is a really rad store if you’re ever in the area. The print is the perfect reminder for us, although we haven’t gotten (too) lost yet! We installed a clothing rack to showcase a sampling of things that we carry at The Local Branch.
Our tiny home and studio has everything we need – a place to work, to draw, to sew, to print, to create, to sleep and explore and travel the country.