Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I promised a before/after post on my sewing/craft room a few weeks ago and never got around to it.  Apologies.  I know you were waiting with bated breath.  You can exhale now.

Here's the before, when we had just moved in back in March:



I created some cute bulletin boards.



I also created a peg board for my tools and sewed a table skirt made out of a canvas drop cloth:

Then it was time to paint!  After priming and painting the baseboards (below), 

I indulged myself in a little 7th grade style tagging:

and finished painting the walls with Martha Stewart's Cement Gray.  After the painting was done, it was time to hang stuff on the walls and move furniture in.  I'll eventually put in some bigger bench or seating area, but for now, this is the end result:

I sewed the pillows myself and in order to get the most bang for my buck, I made the backs of the pillows with remnants of the canvas drop cloth.

All my supplies are in one spot!  Even my wrapping paper!  Huzzah!

Here's the view from the room into the bathroom.  I love the gray and the navy together.  To the left is another closet that's storing paper, fabric and a bunch of other crap.

So!  What do we think?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Craft Room Stuff

I've always wanted a craft room and when we moved into the new house I was super duper excited that I finally got to have a room that I can use for sewing, jewelry making and other stuff...okay...scrapbooking...there, I said it.

In the old house, I usually tackled my projects in the breakfast nook.  I'm not exactly known for finishing craft projects in a timely manner (my attention span is about that of an 8 year old), which meant that I'd often leave beads, thread, pins, fabric and other crap on the table.  Chris loved this. 

So, now I've got my own craft room and I wanted it to look cute and be organized.  So I painted a pegboard with Martha Stewart's Persimmon Red (same as the bentwood chair).

One of those cheapie plastic folding tables serves as my sewing table, but since those tend to lack character, I figured I'd dress it up a bit with a table cloth and skirt.  I didn't want to spend a lot or use any really nice fabric, since this is bound to get messed up eventually.  Enter a canvas painters drop cloth.  Total:  $9 for two.  I cut and sewed a top and sides and then hemmed a front piece and attached it to the front with velcro so I could remove it easily. 

I think eventually I'll add some pretty trim to the bottom.

Since these pictures were taken, I've moved everything out of this room and into another room that's better suited.  This room will just be storage and it's going to be AWESOME when we're done organizing it.

Anywho, I'll post pics of the sewing/craft room tomorrow.  But for now, here's the color scheme, all taken from colors in the fabric:

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