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As mentioned in earlier posts we’ve been working hard on completing some studio construction projects. A few weeks ago we posted how we spruced up our entry and today we’re happy to feature the various stages of building our dressing room walls! Something we had to carefully plan as we didn’t want to damage the original hardwood floors or brick. Eric designed a free floating wall concept of sorts, one that would minimally tack into the flooring to create the base support. We also decided to build the framing out of steel because it’s extremely light weight. Being on the second floor it’s something we are very conscious about.

When documenting the process we were working late into the nights and we quickly realized that we needed to take the photographs during the daytime. The first two images reflect our impatient mistake. Please forgive us… we were also too lazy to use our ‘real’ cameras.

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

Next we started the puzzle of putting together our salvaged wood plank wall. Remember all those pallets? Now you get to finally see our vision!

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

OUR HOW TO
• Decide on a wall or walls.
• Start the hunt for collecting pallets. Free is the best, there are many left in alleyways or contact an industrial business nearby.
• Sawzall (ladies this is a tool) through the nails to get the planks off the pallet frame, we recommend two people for this part.
• Measure the wall (height & width), rough out your pattern on the ground.
• It’s a good idea to paint your wall black so seams appear uniform. Wood shrinks, even old wood.
• Now is the tedious part… you will need to rip down many planks because most are not the same height or width, repeat this a lot!
• Use a finish nail gun to secure them to the wall.
• Step back and admire all your hard work!

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

You’re in the dressing room now… we added this unexpected board for it’s awesome color and font.

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

Instead of a door into the room we constructed another wall (half size). It also was cladded in planks.

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

We had these chunky branded nubs left over. They added a little more character + life to the wall. You know how we love our plants!

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

Stay tuned for another update coming soon where we add the drywall (seems like a boring step, but this is us you’re talking about) and our indoor photographing wall and platform!
If you have any questions on ‘how’d we do that’ or just want to tell us about your latest DIY project, feel free to leave a comment…


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…


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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