elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
Finally, my new sewing room is finished!



Shelves were hung up a couple days ago, and then it was just a matter of putting all the stuff back in!

Here's some of the step-by-step.

In Progress )

It's true my little room feels a bit smaller now, but it is so much more efficient, it's worth some loss of space. My little room has come a long way since we first moved into this house 8 years ago!

And now here are some details of the finished room!

Completed! )

There will probably be things I tweak here and there as I get used to the new setup; it’s hard to know the flow of a space until you have lived in it for a while. Right now, though, I think it's pretty wonderful! I have been spending a lot of time idly standing in my fresh new room, soaking in all the details, and just enjoying how nice it feels to be in there.

now we wait

May. 5th, 2014 02:19 pm
elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
Well, the sewing room is so close to being done, but I forgot about leaving time for the shelf paint to cure. Paint curing is something so far off my radar I can't believe I remembered at all. Anyway, that makes it at least 2 weeks before I can put up the shelves and put things on them, maybe longer. Tomorrow I will hang some pictures and decorations and then I can't do anything more until the shelves are ready.

I have moved my work table back in and gotten my sewing machine back out. Even if I could stand to not sew for the next few weeks (I can't!) there are things which need to be made.

When I finally get it all together I will do some nice photos for the big reveal. Until then I will try to be good about working in my half-finished room.

today

Apr. 30th, 2014 01:48 pm
elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
Got a few more things hung up!

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Hook rail (ikea fintorp) and brackets for shelves. The little bucket is totally what sold me on the rail. I still need to paint the shelf boards (and wait for them to dry) before I put them up.
elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
I've been feeling a vague sense of ennui about the sewing room lately. It's feeling a bit overstuffed and cramped, and the organization isn't quite working any more. Mostly I can't put my finger on it, but I want something to change.

This dovetails neatly with my desire to have a better cutting setup. I still cut all my fabric on the floor, because it actually hurts my back less than stooping over a too-low table. But I can't keep doing that forever, so I'm trying to figure out how to squeeze a cutting table into my tiny, cramped sewing room, while also making it feel less crowded.

Step 1 was taking out the bookshelf. (You can see the "before" of my sewing room here and here). I moved it completely out of the room. Its new home is in the adjacent, somewhat small walk-through room we refer to as "the library," where the mirror used to be:

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More! )

The last big unknown is the cutting table. I've been gathering ideas; here are a few:

I like this table made of Ikea Lack tables, but 36" is just a tad short.
I found this sewing room idea blog post with lots of cute ideas.
This craft table made of Ikea Expedit cubes could easily be made with a larger top.
This larger cube table has some storage, but enough open area for the big boxes.
I also saw one and lost the link; it used short bookshelves on each end instead of the cube units. Since I'm planning a corner table, I might do shelving on one side only, and legs on the other.
Then there's always just a plain, tall Ikea table, with no built-in storage. Just put everything underneath.

Either way, I definitely need wall shelves so storage can go UP without making a bigger footprint.
elizabeth_mn: (needlecraft)
In lieu of actual sewing content, I'm taking you on a tour of my sewing room.



I'm not a super neat freak, but I'm proud of the little organizational skill I do have, and I am in love with my sewing room. 



Come on now, everybody!  I want to see your sewing space!


 
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