Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ideas for a Small Rock Painting Studio

I'm fortunate to have an enclosed balcony for my painting studio. A wall of windows provides good light during the day and an inspiring view.

Shortly after I started painting in the enclosed balcony, I realized I needed somewhere to store all paints, supplies and brushes in a way which was easily accessible and saved space.

A carousel was the perfect idea (purchased from Hobby Lobby). It was meant for a table top but I sat it on the floor instead.

The wall of windows in my studio worked well until the sun set. Without good lighting, I had to put off painting until the next morning.

Then I discovered the Daylight Tabletop Magnifying Craft Lamp (available at Amazon, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Walmart).

Daylight Table Top Craft Lamp, White

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The daylight lamp enabled me to paint at all hours of the day or night.  (The magnifier takes some getting used to and will come in handy one day.)

I love my daylight lamp and the paint carousel worked fine until my paint collection expanded and my desire for organization (and keeping like colors with like) put me in the market for something new.

I found this 10- drawer organization cart with multicolor drawers at Sam's Club for under $30. (The drawers also come in black and clear.)

10-Drawer Rolling Cart
The cart was easy to assemble and...

...each drawer had more than enough room to store my paints. (I used egg cartons as temporary organizers.)


The daylight lamp and rolling cart not only solved my evening painting and organization dilemma. It also proved invaluable when Winter weather arrived and my enclosed balcony was too cold to spend much time in.

I just rolled my paint cart into the dining room and tucked it into a corner for easy access. The tabletop daylight lamp didn't take up much room on the dining table.

Are you wondering what happened to the paint carousel? It became a storage spot for some of my smaller, painted rocks. (And yes, those are egg cartons used as organizers.)

I'm looking forward to warmer weather so I can move my lamp and rolling cart back into the enclosed balcony again. I miss the view!

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© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks


  1. You can get better light if you paint your studio walls white or very light gray.. I have one of the rainbow carts too they are the best. Clever idea for the other cart.

    1. Thanks for the tip about painting my walls white or light gray; I can see how that would make a big difference! I'm glad you feel the same way about the rainbow cart. It has served me much better than I ever expected.

  2. Buy a small ceramic space heater. They're small and work well for smallish spaces.

    1. Thanks for the tip. I have a small space heater and forget to use it.

  3. Thank you for the great ideas. I love the lamp with magnifier and the organization cart. I look forward to trying those.