Jan 252014
 

First off, big ups to Pinterest. I couldn’t have done it without ya, baby.

A while back, I decided to get my guest/sewing room in some working order. And I think I did a pretty good job at it.

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The more projects I did, the more I realized: mo space, mo easy. And we didn’t have enough guests to warrant a queen size bed. So, I decided that instead of having a guest room that happened to be a sewing room, I wanted a sewing room that happened to be a guest room.

So, everything had to get OUT of the room.

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First thing I wanted to do was rip up the carpet. It held on to thread and bits of fabric like nobody’s business. Plus, it hid pins to play a fun game called, “Let’s see if you can find pins….in your foot”.

Those carpet holding wood thingies (technical term) were no joke

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Then we painted the walls. I BELIEVE was Jamaican Bay. Next, painted the floors with a cement paint. I didn’t bother smoothing out the floor. There were a few nicks. Nothing major. Also had to add baseboards.

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I took the doors off the closets and put up a tension rod and curtain on one (Saves space). My sewing machine would live in the other closet.

Long story short. I love my sewing room.

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Serger Nook

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Laiva Desk and Alrik chair from Ikea.

Sewing closet

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Chilling section

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Beddinge sofa bed from Ikea

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A bit of one of my favorite e.e. cummings poems. Used lowercase (not easy to find) stencils on ebay and red acrylic paint from Michael’s.

WHAT! Organized patterns. Unreal!

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Never again will I waste precious time looking for my rotary cutter, and my markers , and my rulers and….(As long as I put them BACK)

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It’s basically a pegboard spray painted yellow. 🙂 It was actually longer, but when I changed the location of my table there was no way in hell I could reach the top of the pegboard, so we cut them in half. I think I will used the other one for my son’s crafty supplies so he can entertain himself while I’m sewing. (One of the reasons I wanted to chairs and a big *** table) I heart my bootleg pattern paper holder so hard.

Now my table. My awesome kick booty table. Pinterest is chock full of DIY tables and most use the Closetmaid Cubbies. I decided to use two cubbies and a large piece of wood. I bought a piece and had buyers remorse. It just didn’t seem thick enough. Then I was wandering around Home Depot (Like you do) and came across the perfect piece of wood. It was just a flat door. The exact measurements that I needed. (36×80) . I called my husband and he said sure. (Huzzah). One his way home from work, he rented a truck from Home Depot and brought the wood home. We then decided it would be the perfect time to go to Ikea, seeing that we had a truck.

I knew I wanted to decorate the top with pictures. I had no clue how to go about it. Somehow, I had NEVER heard of decoupage and some fantastic stuff called Mod Podge. I bought the HARD COAT, which is formulated for furniture. I printed the photos at Office Max (Apparently ink jet photos will run) . Applied zebra print masking tape on the edges and sprayed on a sealer.

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I love old vintage photos. But rarely do I see African-Americans from the Victorian Age. You have to specifically search for Black pin-ups or old Hollywood starlets. So I decided that would be the theme of my table. I think it came out awesome.

Table storage

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I went nuts at the Dollar Tree. Everything will have its place. Then I had a epiphany!!! I needed a label machine. I have never used one in my life, but I just knew I needed one. I did some research, and decided on the Brother P-Touch D200. And what do you know!? Staples had them on sale for $20. I put on my shoes and ran out the door. Sure did.

And the phrase that has saved my sewing/crafting life

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Lowercase wooden letters, again, not the easiest thing to find. The Michael’s near my house had them (yippeee), but didn’t have an “l” (Boo). I went to two others in town and they didn’t have lowercase, period. I even went to a Michael’s during a trip to Atlanta (My husband was just THRILLED), no lowercase. Went back to the one near my house the day inventory came. No new “l’s”. Finally tracked down one near the Disney area. To my disappointment the “l” was the same height as the other lowercase letters. Hello!! Lowercase “l’s” have the same height as uppercase letters. I bought two, thinking I could cut and glue together. Then I thought, “eff it”.

The chairs were a Christmas present from my husband, as were the yellow curtains and pillows. He thought the yellow would look good. I love him.

Target Bookcase

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So yeah….my room. My next project is to make a moulage for my Uniquely You dressform instead of trying to fit the one that it came with. There is a class on Craftsy (Pretty sure I bought it on sale) . PS I collect Craftsy classes like i’m a squirrel getting ready for winter. And have yet to complete one.

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