Archive for March, 2013

Last week we posted our DIY solution for industrial railing on our staircase and today we’re happy to show off how we spruced up our entry! When we first moved in this area was just ‘ok’. Never mind, we take that back. It needed a lot of elbow grease, fresh paint, something to hide bad plaster work and most importantly a light source. So we gave the ‘cave’ some life. We’re very lucky to have a window in the hallway, gives a peek into what we do and our style.

When sketching it out we knew we wanted to build a shelf of sorts to house found objects and to also prop up a larger canvas. We recycled pallet wood for the shelf/box (has great weathered marks) and 1/2″ black steel pipe for the frame structure. Goes great with the industrial space.

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

Next we added another texture element which was necessary to cover up some pre-existing rough plaster work on the opposite wall.

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

When designing the wood crate wall we also had to incorporate our restroom key holders. These suckers are so fun and yes they are our hands!

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

Remember we desperately needed a light source… voila! Although 10 bulbs at the lowest wattage was still too bright. So we removed a few to keep the sculpted branch-like shape. We’re thrilled on how easy it was to construct, the patterns are endless!

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

Total time: A few back-to-back weekends to install / Total cost for pipe shelf: $45 / Total cost for light fixture: $50

Next week we’ll be showcasing the early stages and frame work of our dressing room!

If you have any questions on ‘how’d we do that’ or just want to share your latest DIY project, feel free to in the comments…


We are all about getting off our tushie, outta the office and meeting new people in the Tucson community. It’s amazing how many relationships grow with one simple greeting…’Hello nice to meet you’! Adding a smile at the end is a huge must. So set aside some time, log off Facebook, leave your boring desk and shake some hands people! For today’s post, we have the pleasure of featuring the very bubbly Susan of Smart Pop Creative. We recently met at a local creative industry mixer hosted by AIGA, talked for literally five seconds and that was that. Knowing what we know now, we can’t believe she didn’t talk our ears off at that event. She’s a natural communicator, a great listener and has the best laugh – an all around fabulous gal. So with her headshots, it only made sense to showcase her friendly-approachable personality. We also thought it would be fun to mix in her playful branding colors. A great addition to her soon to launch graphic design + social media marketing site!

Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio

I was extremely nervous for my photo shoot, but Eric & Casia put me at ease right away. The whole process was awesome! From the initial phone consultation, to the photo shoot, to picking out my final photos…I honestly had fun every minute…no joke! And don’t even get my started about the final photos. Thank you for making me look good…both of you are true artists. I can’t rave enough about how happy I am!” – Susan


If you missed last week’s progression post, go there to get caught up! When we first moved into our studio a few years ago we never paid any attention to the rail-less staircase. We had bigger projects to tackle. Well fast forward and it became a priority. When children visited we were always on edge when they ran towards this area. Something had to change, for safety and peace of mind. So the brainstorming began and we came up with several options:

• Stainless steel tension wire
• 1/2″ Black steel pipe
• 1/2″ Galvanized electrical conduit

We’ve listed these in order of price and the flexibility of install. Needless to say we have expensive taste but on a beer budget. After hashing out the details, project time and tools owned we settled on the third option. In hindsight it became a happy accident and coordinated perfectly with our sputnik chandelier. But we can all pretend that was our goal from the very beginning.

We documented this stage with our iPhones.

Tucson Photography Workspace Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Photography Workspace Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Photography Workspace Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Photography Workspace Purple Nickel Studio

Total time: 1 day to install / Total cost in material: $73

Now that’s what were talking about. Thankfully we could cut the pipe down ourselves as every measurement varied due to the non-plumb frame.

Next week we’ll be showcasing how we spruced up our entry space to mask some hideous plaster work!

If you have any questions on ‘how’d we do that’ or just want to share your latest DIY project, feel free to in the comments…


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