Sunday, February 5, 2012
Sewing Room Makeover
In the photo above you can see the 'before' shot which had my teeny tiny corner desk (sans computer in the photo--but the computer literally took up the entire desk space) right next to my sewing table. My patterns were stored in accordian files and the overflow were in boxes. The previous layout also had challenges with plug outlets--especially the area right by the bookcase which became a sort of 'cord central'.
The two major things I wanted in the new sewing space was a bigger table/workspace and more fabric storage. You can see in the 'after photo' that we moved our already existing bureau into the window space (which fit perfectly!) The bookcase stayed in it's original position (just tilted it more to face the room). And the lovely new-to-me piece of furniture that David got me for my birthday against the wall:
In one of the photos you can see David filling in the scratches--we're going to rub that off soon and it will make the scratches literally disappear!
Next to this new dresser, I've utilised the wall space for a new monthly planning dry erase board. That's where I have fun brainstorming all the creative ideas I have and what I want to do during the month. I also thought it would be great if I could hang the patterns that I have in my sewing queue:
To do this we took two wooden sewing spools that I had used all the thread from and screwed them into the wall and wound twine around each of them. I had little mini clothes pins that I used to hang up each pattern (in protective plastic). The patterns move from this position quite frequently depending on my mood (and more on being realistic about what I can accomplish...hehehehe). All of the patterns pictured have moved down the queue and have been replaced by new projects!
Here's the other side of the room:
The knotty pine wardrobe came with the place and is where I keep all my clothes, belts, shoes and purses. In the 'after' photo, you can see I now have a large table where I can work. It is SO much better to have more space while I'm working. Plus, there are more outlets on this wall so it's much better for sewing as well (not to mention a bit warmer since it's not right near the window). The table was also a birthday present that we got for super cheap at a local charity shop. We've managed to get all the furniture in this room (table, two bureaus, bookcase and including the sewing machine, the 1930's Singer sewing table and adjustable tailor's dummy) for under £200 over the last three years we've been in Scotland. I'm super happy that we've been able to find such lovely pieces for reasonable prices!
While the 'before' photo looks like there is more room--it was the only space I had to set up my ironing board--which because of the outlet situation had the cord extending across the length of the room (a big safety hazard)! Now I have space near the monthly planner dry erase board to put up my ironing board right by the wall so that it's not in the way.
I also decided I wanted to decorate the walls a bit more:
YAY! So happy with my sewing space and a big thank you to David for indulging my birthday wishes to spend the entire day moving furniture around!
What about you? What does your dream sewing space look like?
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