Let’s talk about how wonderful sewing/craft rooms are for a minute. Is there a more important room in the house? I think not! I mean sure I like to eat, so kitchens are good, but I like to sew more!! In my house it is the one room that no one else goes, so that means it’s ALL MINE. Can I get a WOO HOO! If ever I need an escape, I just go in, close the door, then peace and tranquility is mine all mine.
We spend so very much time in our sewing/craft rooms, so why not make them as personal, and as best as they can be. If that means painting the walls hot pink, or displaying your kitschy collection of Florida souvenir shell art I say Go For It Girl! You don’t have to be a grown up in this room, it’s alllll yours.
Now if all that is sounding a bit selfish, to that I say:
1. there are way too many sharp objects in a sewing room for kids and the clumsy to be let in.
2. you do so much for everyone, treat yo self!
To make my sewing room the best it could be I took stock of the things that were bothering me.
Okay these issues are very fixable without having to bust the budget. Paint is a cheap fix, employing my husband and kid to take out the bed was free, I had an old t.v. cabinet my dad built me in the basement for storage, and I shopped around for fabric and a light fixture with more wattage than the one 60 watt bulb that was in there.
I only realized now that I was a bad blogger and didn’t take real before photos. I snapped some iphone shots mid-painting. Everything looks really more of a mess than it normally would be, but these horrid pictures will give you an idea of the before.
There was a twin bed in the room that we thought we would need for guests, but in the 2 years we’ve lived here it’s only been used about 3 times. This room shares a closet with our bed room (it passes through the end of the hallway) and it was so hard to get into that my scrap baskets kept dumping over and everything was a mess in there. So taking out the bed to make room for a storage piece was essential, and moving the cutting table station away from the wall allowed me even more storage in the opening in back. There are rolling drawers under the top of the cutting table.
I drew out a little layout that I thought would give me more space for laying quilts out on the floor.
It’s not a big room, but I think I have maximized the space was well as I know how.
The new cutting area with storage under and access from the window wall side:
Sewing table remained in the same area due to the electrical.
My little bitty desk.
With my prized Florida shell art. It’s so pretty and sparkly in real life, it’s hard to capture in a picture.
The t.v. cabinet turned scraps and what-not’s storage.
The hutch with a fresh coat of paint. It holds my ironing supplies because I usually have the ironing board right in front of it nice and close to where I sew.
I built this little faux fur covered window bench with a piece of wood, some retro looking wooden legs painted with Martha Stewart metallic paint, some foam, and faux fur. It’s waiting for a cute pillow to be made for it.
The cute new light fixture that gives off twice the light as before! 150 watts baby!!! hahaha
Would I still like to rip that wood paneling off, calk the trim around the top, fix the cracking ceiling? Sure, but those weren’t on the list! LOL
It’s still looks much better.
I hope my little sewing room redo has inspired someone out there to do a little refresh of your own space!