Renovation and Expansion

This has been quite a week. On Wednesday, workmen arrived to start expanding my workshop.

Last Year’s Renovation

About 10 months ago, I remodeled the old kitchen into a much better soap making workshop: I replaced the old cabinets with stainless tables, pulled up the linoleum in the old kitchen, and bought a fabulous professional dishwasher to make clean up much easier.

Ah, the lovely new workspace, which, 10 months later, I’m outgrowing…

This year, I’m expanding, turning what was a sort of storage area into a production/labeling/packaging space. We removed the racks and cleared everything out, then pulled up the carpet. The concrete underneath was cleaned and ground smooth, cracks filled in, and tomorrow will be painted with an easy-to-clean epoxy paint. With luck, I’ll be back at work by Thursday.

And you know what? I can’t wait to get back to work. I really miss it! I’ve used the time away from production blogging, reading, and doing other business-related things. But I miss my workshop.

Taking up the old carpet

In the meantime, a little yum:

Gorgeous, no? Haiku soap with activated charcoal, tea tree oil, and honey
Dead Sea Spa soap, with Dead Sea mud



  1. Christian says

    I’m super jealous of your work space! You’re an inspiration to those of us still working from our home kitchens! 🙂

  2. Lesli says

    Thanks so much. I couldn’t do this in my kitchen: I started when my daughter was a toddler, and there are always two cats around. Having the basement workshop has definitely been the way to go.

  3. I was without a lab from December – February last year because of moving the storefront, and by the time everything was built boy was I ready to get back to work!! I envy all that stainless steel – I only have one 6′ section of stainless countertop and the rest is all laminate. Then again, the other sections are always covered up by flotsam anyway, so really it wouldn’t do me any good, lol!

  4. Lesli says

    There’s something very satisfying about the stainless, it’s true! The old countertops in here were laminate, and they were ok, but with these, I know they won’t react to what drips, and they’re easy to keep clean.

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