Little known fact: putting guitars everywhere does not make a room into a "music room". :D
Okay, so, this was a computer/office area at one time, at the north end of the looooong living room:
The same friend once sold me a Casio keyboard, which I'd always planned to actually learn to use - but for that, I needed a table or stand of some kind, and before long, I got two ideas...
This was the first:
The second was to designate the space at the north end of my living room as a music space - with the keyboard, my guitars, my violin, music stand, books, etc. all set up. I LOVE seeing musical instruments displayed; and I thought if everything was out in the open, I might use them more often.
Meanwhile, ever the fan of combination projects that end up taking me weeks to do when mere minutes will suffice, I realized I really needed a new work table in the garage. This thing was NOT cutting it anymore.
Dirty? Fine. But the legs weren't holding the thing up anymore, because the screws were all stripped out, and the thing was bowing in the middle with the legs being so far apart. The top was sound, but...ugh.
Nothing a little elbow grease and spray paint couldn't fix, though. The legs from the "computer desk", the top from the old work table, and some cleaning in the "music room", and you have this!
◄ That's Ember, my Ibanez. She's the one I play most often, so she's out in the open, the most easily reached.
The Gretch barely shows there in the shadows in the corner; but that's where the next part of this room comes in: that white folding settee (yes, the one I keep moving around all over the house, which never quite works, ever) needs to GO. I'm just not sure what exactly to do with it yet.
Anyway, once it's out of the way, more room for the Gretch and the music stand. And for people to be able to walk up to the kitchen bar. It reduces traffic flow in the actual kitchen at parties. Plus, I like being able to reach over and get a glass of water without walking all the way around, hehe. Because I'm lazy.
And finally, here's that little
brown black silver turquoise black lamp I keep spray painting. I think I actually like it now. It looks grown-up.
So: tada! And it turns out I was right: with my instruments out in the open like this, I DO grab them and sit down to practice more often! Couple more things to do in this room:
- replace/update light fixture (I have a new one, I just have to work on it and hang it)
- find a way (and a place) to hang up my violin where it's easy to reach and out of the way of the cats
- move that damned folding settee somewhere.
- paint the living room ceiling to match the rest of the house - it's the only one left to do!
Okay, back to work...