Thursday, January 1, 2015

Out with the Old in with the NEW!

Sewing creates an environment of chaos!  It is not a bad chaos unless it gets out of control and takes over your sewing space to the point where you do not even know what you have any longer.  I get this way every now and again...I am there now.

I had the brilliant idea of buying new shelving to whip my space into shape and started looking at all inexpensive options ( this is a very important factor in our house) for open, flat surfaces to place my precious fabrics so I would know what I have on hand, be able to access it quickly and then put it back without much fuss.  Little did I understand what an ordeal this would become.

The first shelves I chose were canning shelves.  Perfection...black, adjustable, inexpensive, and if I hated them we could use them for storage elsewhere ( read basement).  YAY!!!!!  Quest over...I am done!  Not so fast!  The only issue with these shelves is that you cannot buy them IN any store...ANY store.  The internet is lousy with them but you have to buy them sight unseen and wait at the very least over a week to have them in your hot little hands.  NO BUENO!

So, I did the send best thing, for the moment, and decided to paint my sewing room! No clue HOW I went from shelving to painting but that is just how my brain works sometimes.

Now my sewing room is in my foyer...tv room and kitchen.  Not that this is unusual in any way in my house.  My poor family is very tolerant and extremely awesome!



With ALL of that STUFF out of the room I choose a nice shade of gray from Home Depot call Full Moon and started painting that night.  I had the walls finished the following afternoon and then started on the ceiling.  My ceilings in this house when we moved in were all painted brown.  To be fair, I call it brown but in reality is is just more of a nicotine stain.  I will paint walls until I am frozen in place but I do not like to paint ceilings. It was time!  I found a super COOL ceiling paint from Lowe's called Valspar ceiling paint, it paints on purple and then turns white while it is drying.  If you have ever painted a white ceiling you know how AWESOME this is for knowing where your wet edge is so you do not loose your place!  Two thumbs up to this one!




The sewing room has a Northern exposure and very little light especially this time of year.  This was another reason I really needed to paint the walls and the ceiling to bring more light into the space. As you can see the foyer is STILL unpainted and the color of the walls in there is what color ALL the ceilings in the common spaces of the house were when we moved in.

This is from the two glorious windows toward the kitchen area and the side stair entry.

Facing the windows and the only natural light source in the room.


I am LOVING the color!  I have been looking at other alternatives for the shelving at Ikea but that was not the wisest idea on New Year's Eve.

The first day of 2015 will be spent finishing up the white ceiling and playing with my cut outs of furniture/shelving placement to make this the best year of sewing EVER!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

15 comments:

Within A Quarter Inch said...

Hey Kim! I may have a shelving solution for you. I bought regular old bookcases from target and then took one shelf with me to Lowes. I found the correct width of wood and then had the dude cut the length to match the shelf. I got about 3 shelves per piece. At home, I created new shelf positions (because those circle holes are not quite right) by drilling screws in and leaving them there to act as plugs. I fold my fabric on comic book boards so the height of my shelves was designed to fit them standing on their long edge. They look like mini bolts and I love them! Oh and the shelves were cheap!
Nice paint job 😃

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Looking beautiful Kim. Congratulations on the "fresh" start to 2015! ❤

Patty Marker said...

I love a fresh start for the new year. It looks great so far and I can't wait to see the finished room.

Katy Cameron said...

Lovely light colour for the new year. I totally need to repaint my living/sewing room, but I think I'll wait til Easter ;o)

JoyceG said...

I use metal open shelving meant for pantries, restaurants, etc in my sewing room and buy them at Target. Each unit holds 350 pounds! They are super sturdy, very reasonably priced and could be repurposed in any number of ways.

Beth said...

The color looks great. Nothing like some organizing to get you going and hopefully keep everything neat.
Happy New Year

margaret said...

colour very pleasing, such a good idea to have shelves so fabric etc can be seen, all mine is in drawers, so need to decorate my storage sewing room, cant sew in it as it is too full of clutter, 2 very large book cases and lots of storage boxes plus a very large chest of drawers, maybe I need to de clutter!

Aunt TC said...

Try Costco for the shelved. I can't wait to see the room finished and ready for sewing.

Julie said...

I love a good makeover - a fresh start, I like the metal shelving idea, but it may not be right for where your sewing room is located in your house. I am lucky enough to have a huge walk in closet in my sewing room so my fabric is shelved in there. It leave my sewing room for more workspace. I don't like totes - can't see what I have.

Lisa Lisa said...

Ooh! Huge job but so exciting to get an updated look for the new year! Can't wait to see more pics :)

Deborah H. said...

You're going to love having a fresh, updated space. I love the feeling of walking into a room I've made over. You've inspired me to paint over a chalkboard wall left by the previous owner. Cool idea but not useful in my sewing area.

Elsa said...

I'm so happy to see someone else with so much stuff in their sewing room (or in this case, out of it).
I was feeling a bit overwhelmed yesterday with everything in here. Papers, fabric, patterns and whatnot (lots of whatnot).
Then I got really grateful for all I have and the resources right at hand!
Can't wait to see what you do with your sewing space!

TheSewingLoft said...

Love the real life images Kim. Especially the one with everything blocking the stairs. That would be what my space would look like.
Every time I tackle this project I get overwhelmed by all the fun things I forgot were tucked away and nothing gets done. (Remember, I'm a pack rat!) The fresh coat of paint looks fantastic and I can't wait to see the finished space.

Timberwolf Quilting Studio said...

Kim, I have questions about the track light you have on the ceiling. How do you like the light it produces? Does it work well as an overall lighting solution or does it just provide spots of light? I ask because I bought 2 of these years ago and never put them up after rethinking that resulting lighting effect would be just spot lighting and not general room illumination.

Michele said...

It looks good so far Kim. I actually use a dresser that someone gifted to me for my fabric storage. Free is always the best. Since my studio is small and I also have my longarm in there, the dresser is in the closet but I can easily see what I have by just opening a drawer plus it doesn't get faded or dusty at all.

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