Hey you all…Today’s the day. I am showing off my sewing room!! I am so excited!! This is a dream come true for me. I couldn’t be happier.
Let me start my story at the beginning. We bought a foreclosure house in 2013. We remodeled it in 2014 and moved with it still unfinished in 2015. We had trim to do, and my trim in my sewing room still isn’t done.
For the first few years of living here, I went with the flow. I didn’t spend any extra money in the sewing room. I lived with whatever we had and made it work. In the Spring of 2019, I started getting frustrated. I wanted to take more pictures and possibly start doing videos but I always thought my space was not nice looking. It looked like a jumbled mess. I vowed that I wanted a space that I’d classify more like a studio and less of a sewing space so I bit the bullet and started the remodel with my closet.
I bought new shelving. It was an improvement…but I still didn’t love it. I bought the white totes thinking they were just what I needed. I used them for a bit but finally found what I really liked a year later. I broke the bank and bought the “right” totes.
Here is a before and after. Above is the before. Below is the after. All of the totes are unform and nice now. I love it. All are see through.
That was all good and well and I was very happy with the improvements. BUT. I didn’t love the main area of space. I tried to love it. I just didn’t. Here are some pictures of how it was…
I had so many of these three-tiered drawer units. I didn’t mind them under the longarm, but I hated them everywhere else. They are so cheap plastic looking. I wanted more than that. By all means, if you have these, it’s entirely okay. I’ve had them for over 20 years.
It was all cluttered looking for me.
How I had it was okay but I wasn’t satisfied. It all felt cluttered to me…it all felt a little “cheap plastic” and unmatched furniture.
I waited for inspiration…nothing came so I sewed on. Then in early October
I was on Youtube and watched this Lori Holt video…
and was so inspired. She showed off her sewing room and I loved it!! She had some ideas that would work for me and that’s when I got the kick in the pants I needed. I decided I was going to do this! I didn’t care if I had to tap into my savings account. I was going to fix my sewing room….and over the last two months, that has been my main concentration.
One of the hang-ups I had is I could see how those colors were perfect for Lori’s set up. I didn’t want those colors for me…but I couldn’t figure out what colors I did want. That’s when I remembered how much I loved that last piece I chalk painted in my living room. It was gray. Yep, gray would work for my color as I wanted to keep the dark wood. What would go with that? Well, of course, my favorite color ever, RED! So the theme was picked. Dark wood, gray, and pops of red.
I was so blessed along the way to find good pieces at the thrift stores and vintage sales to make this all happen for a reasonable price. This dresser was $40. I bought this dresser at the thrift store. I bought a piece of plywood and made a top of it. The top has batting, ironing board fabric, and fabric over the top so I can use the entire surface like an ironing board.
Currently, one end is a cutting station and the other is where I iron.
This is the big red tin cabinet that we hoisted up through the upper door.
This is my former living room television that was moved to the sewing room and mounted. When I had my old television, I couldn’t see the words on the television it was so small. This is actually bigger than I need but, it’s what I had and I’m okay with that. In fact, I love it.
The dresser below houses my batiks. I bought it for $50 at the vintage sale I went to. Karl shined up the handles so nice for me.
This is another dresser I bought at the thrift store. This one was $50. It is the anchor for my island. I bought new handles for the drawer on Amazon. Find them HERE. They are MUCH more reasonably priced than the big box stores.
My Singer 15-91 in it’s cabinet butts up to the island. I designed it that way. I love my 15-91 and I wanted her to stay in the room and be incorporated into the mix. I think I did a good job with that.
Here are my African Violets. I painted the old piano bench I already had and the wicker basket below it.
This is a cabinet Kramer redid. I love it. There are many goodies on the shelves and my UFO projects are in the lower cabinets.
This is my machine on the opposite end of the island. This is my primary work station. I have a set of drawers on the left that I got at the thrift store years ago that I painted. I have wooden TV trays on the right. I like to work in a “U” shape if possible. With the remodel, I have learned that I’m going to need a new chair here. My Pfaff sits up high enough that I need a chair that can adjust in height. Does anyone have any suggestions?
The top for the island came from Menards. It was the big expense to the room at around $300. I didn’t buy a fancy version…just a functional one.
This is the north wall. I still have these plastic totes and I’ll continue to work to find something different here but what I need is so specific that it will be next to impossible to find. I want dressers that are about 28″ tall. UGH. For now, this is fine.
On the east wall are two doors. On the right is the exit out of the room. I had Buck hang my dry erase board there on the back of the door. The door on the left is my closet door and I already showed you that.
This is the north wall..my Franklin treadle is there along with a stack of quilts.
This is the view to the left when I walk in the main door.
That little red cabinet was perfect in size. I adore it. That was one of my finds at the vintage sale. I think it was $27. Totally worth it. I’m so in love with it.
I put all of my thread for the longarm in the tin cans of the shelving unit. It’s nice and close and made other space available for other things. I LOVE the shelf. It was at the same vintage market for $37. The frame above the cabinet is waiting for me to finish a wool applique piece.
I’m loving my sewing room. I shot a video of the whole room and explained a lot more. I think the video is easier to see and get a better feel for the room.
Here’s the video.
I’m hoping it might inspire a few of you like Lori Holt’s video inspired me. I’m so thankful she did the video. It was just what I needed to give me that kick to get going.
I’m going to be pro-active and guess some of the questions before you ask them. Here goes…
I did paint a lot of the wooden pieces to bring them together and not look quite so random. This is the paint I used. I was a little nervous about it as in the past I’ve only used Annie Sloan. I LOVED this….It’s MUCH cheaper too. It is Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Charcoal.
I used this over the top…Rustoleum Aged Glaze.
I know lots of people poo-poo chalk paint and think it’s not keeping in the integrity of the piece. Trust me, anything I painted was not compromised by the chalk paint. It was all furniture that was 70’s-ish or was an antique piece that someone else had already ruined the integrity of. For me, I felt the paint unified my room. This is the before picture of two of the dressers.
Yep, they needed paint.
I showed it in the video but not in the pictures. I bought this rolling cart. You can find it HERE.
I can’t say enough good things about these totes. These are what I have and happily, they work perfectly on closet shelving and in my big tin cabinet. They are sized at 18.13 x 14.13 x 10.75 inches. Find them HERE.
They are so easy to pick up and move. I pull them off the shelf, onto the island, dig for the fabric I want, and put them back. They are the perfect size for easy moving. They hold a great amount too..not too much and not too little. I looked and looked and couldn’t find anything that would work better for me. I have bought totes and totes and totes over the years. These by far are my favorite.
I also used these totes for some smaller storage. Find them HERE.
My closet ceiling slants so I didn’t have room on the top shelf for bigger totes. These were perfect.
I used these for hanging my quilts on the quilt rod. You can find them HERE.
I’m hoping that about does it.
I have a few more things I’m looking for but am pleasantly content with the sewing room. Long term if I could find a wooden cabinet for under the longarm, that would be great. If I could find a chair that I can adjust to sit higher, that would be awesome. I’d also like to buy these…
Interlocking floor mats to go in front of my long arm. Right now I have the gray ones. I highly recommend them for comfort on your feet and body when using a long arm. I just want these as the gray stands out and looks so cheap. You can find them HERE.
So…that’s it for now. I’m so happy. This was so long-awaited and I’m thrilled and blessed to have such a wonderful area to work in. If you have suggestions for a good sewing chair, I’d love to hear them!