Beckie’s Craft Studio – 1

Beckie (Infarrantly Creative) was my first ever Sawdust Girl client and her room turned out even better than either of us planned.  She wanted to build tons of storage for her loft studio. We talked through options and decided to go with two walls of built-ins with a big island in the middle.


Beckie's Studio Story


This is the room before she began building:


Beckie's Studio before


For Beckie’s project, I drew up the room plan and detailed build plans/instructions for building the cabinets.  I gave her a list of tools and supplies to buy and a cut list to take to the lumber store.   I’ve Skyped with her many times over the weeks and her project is coming together beautifully.  She might want to kill me by the end of it but she will have a craft room/studio fit for the craft gods when we are done!  As part of my coaching services, I ask my clients to take pics and keep a diary of the process.


Here is part 1 of Beckie’s Story!

– Sandra




Day 1: So I went to Lowes today to pick up the cut wood for my project. I see my huge pile of wood and I am like “Holy cow that is A LOT of WOOD.” Upon further inspection three of the long boards were slightly off. They were super helpful and they cut the boards again and didn’t charge me for those so I was able to use those as my scraps.


Things I learned:

1. Be very specific that you need accurate cuts. I had some boards that were slightly off.

2. Tell them very specifically to save the scraps. Doh!

They also packed and loaded me up. Thank God! Then Tim and I started the backbreaking work of bringing all of the cut boards up the stairs. Since we have a landing on our stairs we had to heavy-ho them up over the top rail. Our backs were dead. For some reason we decided to keep going though.



So I went and measured each board for accuracy. I spent about an hour doing that and marking all the boards. Since the boards were not cut perfect I had a little fudging to do. I would say all in all the most they were off was an 1/8”. So we were able to pair the boards with the same measurement together. Crown molding will cover a multitude of sins, or so Sandra tells me.

I got on Skype with Sandra and she walked me through making a stop block to drill all the holes in the sides for my adjustable shelves. I tried to be meticulous about marking the tops of the boards and drilled away.


I called Sandra back and she walked us through how to assemble the cabinets. The corner clamps were a bit confusing at first. I am betting by the second cabinet it will be much smoother.


Tim’s back is toast (did I mention he also tore up all the carpet today and moved all the furniture out of the room by himself?). I am dying. I am hopping in a hot bubble bath and popping some ibuprofen for sure.

Things I learned today:

1. I need to not work on the floor. I will get some saw horses or something for the next cabinet.

2. I should have worn knee pads if I was working on the floor. I will definitely put those on for tomorrow.

3. There is no freaking way I can assemble these cabinets without a second pair of hands. No Way.

4. I think I need to set realistic expectations about how long this will take and make sure I just do a little a day or Tim might never do a project with me again.

At this point I am asking myself, “Why the crap did I think I could do this?” And “How the crap long is this going to take me?” and “Holy Crap Sandra is super woman!”

Meanwhile I am staring at one cabinet built, no carpet in the room and I am thinking “Crap I totally need to finish this.”

one cab built



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