Silk Painting Studio Renovation Part 2: Furnishings, Storage and Lighting

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The larger ceiling lights we used were recessed LED, color temperature 2700 Kelvin which is on the warm end of the spectrum.  I found the “daylight” option to be too harsh and blue, but it’s a personal preference.  Each light is 700 lumens and is dimmable (not all LED lights can be dimmed, so be sure to check the box).  I prefer dimmable lights because I don’t always want harsh, bright lighting.  I got mine from Lowe’s and the number is LB012CM-160C.  Four of these over the main work table area, plus two more smaller versions on either side of these that are directed onto the walls, give sufficient lighting for me to paint.

The tabletops are about 48 x 48 inches and stand at 34.5 inches high.  We used white formica for the laminate.  I have not had problems with it staining from dyes or gutta resists.

The ironing table has storage beneath.  The wooden top has been covered with cotton batting and ironing board cloth.  The iron sits above it on a shelf that has a hole drilled into it for the cord.  This keeps the cord out of the way while ironing.  There’s also under-cabinet lighting installed under the shelf to illuminate the ironing board.  The table measures 48 inches wide x 19 deep x 34 high.

Other storage consists of ready-made cabinetry and drawer units, and a renovated, enlarged walk-through closet.  A 71-inch long x 24 deep x 20 tall custom made bench with hinged lid holds long items like bolts of silk, stretcher bars, and rolls of steamer paper.





  • Diane

    Love it! It is an awesome space. Both you and ypu husband must be very proud. Thanks for sharing.

    • pglose

      Thanks Diane! I love it too. Yes I am proud and appreciative of my amazing husband!! We are a blessed house.

  • Terri Van Gorp

    What a beautiful renovation Pamela! I love the wall color, the many lights, and the custom made tables and shelves. Fabulous job! This room will provide you many hours of creating. How nice to have so much storage space, closet space and room to design. Both you and Gerry are so talented. GREAT JOB!

    • pglose

      Thanks Ter!

  • pglose

    Hello All, My friend Kathy G. has just advised me that LED lights faded her silk paintings over time. She recommends Duracell LED’s; they do not emit infrared or UV lights. Thank you for sharing that important info, Kathy!

  • Yes, UV lights do fade silk clothes.