June 9, 2023

Sewing Room: Lots of Progress

Continued from here.

It's been awhile since my last sewing room blog post, so I have a lot to show you. Pictures will tell it all.

Trimwork done, ceiling painted, walls washed.

For painting, I kept the same color scheme as the room originally had: white ceiling and crown molding, light green walls. The paint was leftover from when I painted our bedroom years ago, and amazingly, it was still good.

Hard to catch the actual shade of green.

One challenge with the trim was that Dan couldn't match the new with the old. We couldn't find the same crown molding for the ceiling, nor the cove molding to finish the baseboard. For the closet and now where he covered the old outside doorway, he went with something completely different. So, I painted it a bit differently too.

That's how a problem becomes a design feature. I think it looks okay. Actually, I can visualize turning that panel into a chalk or corkboard, except that I need the wall space for shelving and storage.

I also had to address the tiny closet.

Closet before painting

Its plywood walls were stained dark green and the floor was painted dark brown. Those colors plus the cob-webby ceiling gave it a creepy feeling. Being small and having no light, it was difficult to photograph. 

Closet after painting

Big difference, huh? I like it! I will use it mostly for tote storage.

Then it was time to start moving in, with shelving and area rug first.

Amazingly, the area rug fits perfectly. I found it at Ollie's ("Good Stuff Cheap"). I'm hoping it works well for a sewing and fiber room floor because the colors aren't solid. Every other stripe is two-tone. Maybe that will help "hide" random threads and fibers that inevitably end up on the floor!

Shelves, filing cabinet, and old-fashioned TV cabinet ready for stuff

After we got a flat screen TV, I almost sold the TV cabinet, but now I'm glad I didn't. I kept it because it's oak, and I figured it would be useful someday. I have storage containers that will work well there. The filing cabinet will be perfect for patterns, handouts, and loose leaf project instructions I've collected.

On the exterior wall of the room, I used my tall bookcase as a room divider because I didn't want to cover any of the windows. I painted the back of it the same color as the walls, so it makes a corner on that wall.

Still to hang - curtains, And the baseboard needs to be finished.

I want to put a work/cutting table in that corner, so I've started checking thrift stores for an old dining table for that purpose.

As you can tell by my using the bookcase as a room divider, I'm not using the entire room for my sewing area. The actual length of this room is 20 feet, but I'm using 11 feet of it. The other side opens up to the living room (original photos here), and that's the side where the door to the greenhouse will go.

The tall left-hand window will be replaced with a door.

After the door is in, Dan will finish the back wall too.

The next step is going through my fiber, fabric, sewing, spinning, and weaving boxes and deciding where to put everything. All of that will likely take some time, but eventually I will have a functional sewing room to show you!

Next: Sewing Room Sneak Peek


Rosalea said...

Leigh..that looks amazing! What a lovely, creative space. A lot of work, but so worth it!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Wow! That room looks great! Love the paint color too.

Leigh said...

Thanks Rosalea! I'm so happy with it, and know I'll spend a lot of time here.

Leigh said...

Kristina, thanks! I like the color too, and my few pieces of furniture are working well with it and the rug. :)

DFW said...

It looks great! I find that if I have a dedicated space it helps keep the crative juices flowing. Enjoy.

Leigh said...

Deb, thanks! A really nice thing about a dedicated space is that a project can be left to be worked on later. When I spread out on the dining room table, I always feel obligated to put everything away and clean up when I'm out of time. Then I have to get it out and set it up again, and you're right, it stops the flow of creative juices!

wyomingheart said...

Stunning Leigh ! What an attractive addition to your homestead! That room just oozes creativity! So happy for you and Dan! Great Job!

Leigh said...

Wyomingheart, it's always good to hear from you! I can't tell you how excited I am about this room. It's been a storage area for about a dozen years now, so seeing it finally being made livable feels like huge progress. I'm just glad if finally made it to the top of the project list. :)

Ed said...

It is amazing what a bit of work and a fresh coat of paint can do to a room.

Leigh said...

Ed, isn't it though? Paint, especially, smooths out all the visual warts and irregularities, and makes a fresh backdrop for an completely new space.

Goatldi said...

Amazing! Love it all. Funny but I used a paint just about the same shade for my bathroom downstairs. Seems it was very popular.

Can't wait for next installment!

Leigh said...

Goatldi, I love this color too! There's something soothing about a cool, pale green.

Trying to unpack boxes and figure out where everything should go has been like trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle! I've emptied out a lot of boxes, but I still seem to have a lot to go. :)

daisy g said...

What a blessing to have all of that space in which to create! It looks fantastic!

Leigh said...

Thank you Daisy! I'm really happy with how it's shaping up. I can't wait to show you all!

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tpals said...

How exciting to see it coming together. I know it must have taken a lot of labor to get to this point. Now, the fun of organizing!

Quinn said...

What a fabulous room you've created! I love the colors and the design elements, and the way you worked with the windows. I bet you'll spend many, many happy hours in that room :)

Leigh said...

Tpals, thanks! It wasn't as much work as Dan originally wanted to do. he was talking about tearing up the floor and putting in a new ceiling. There would have been some benefits to that, but I'm glad we didn't!

Quinn, thank you! It's my favorite room already. :)