24 December 2014

Somewhere to call my own - - - "in fast forward"

Those of you who have followed my blog have watched my many attempts at making a sewing space that I could be comfortable in.
These attempts have been "make do" compromises and far from Perfect.

Today I am happily sitting in my 
"On Purpose - Renovated just for me - Nope - Not sharing with anyone else" - Sewing Room!

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It has been a lot of work - and mess.  Emptying the room has meant that everything in it including my sewing stash and paraphernalia has flowed out into the rest of the house.
(So what else is new?)

The decision to remove the old unsafe glass sliding doors - of course led to more mess.

At last after 30 years - they are finally gone.

And just a little bit of alteration needed to the doorway.
 - In 20mm Up 20 mm - 
Why do they make 'standard size' doors when no one's house has standard size doorways?

Removing the architraves resulted in the old paint stripping off the wall as well.
Following the "Right thing to do" code meant getting the paint scraper involved, and cleaning off all this old paint until it reached a natural stopping point.

(There is more to come off but we will leave that joy
 to the next owner of this house!)

I then filled cracks that had been hidden by the pelmet and skim coated everything else.

Sanding down the filling created even MORE dust.
Which has settled on just about everything!

Washing down the walls is never any fun, and a part of painting a room I rarely observe - but seeing there is a wood burning fire in this room - It was necessary.

(Urgh! Never realised it was THAT dirty!)

Now the Fun part...
I hope the colour choice works.

Oh dear ... It looked REALLY good on the paint chip.
(It doesn't look it here but it was WAY too bright!)

This time try a sample pot -
Still blue but with a TEAL base -
Much better - much more "ME".

And of course -
going shopping for cupboards
to keep my stash in.

(Where else but Ikea?)

And putting them together.

Along the way we worked out a bit of a sewing station - extending my machine table.
We made this from some cupboard doors that were left behind from another room renovation a few years ago.

New Bi-fold doors, so I can close off my mess from visitors.
More glass - only this time it is safety glass!

- Just one more thing to do is Paint them
and replace the architraves

But that can wait until after Christmas!

Moving in.

Everything has to be found and brought back into it's new place.

At last - a space of my own.
Our rarely used front Lounge Room, with it's large North facing windows - is now my sewing studio.

And the Wood fire? 
It is still there - behind the ironing station - All cleaned out and ready to fire up. Just incase we want to revert it back to a sitting room.

So there you have it - the last 3 months in 'fast forward'.
Now all I need is a really nice Clock
and TIME to play in here!


Thanks to my wonderful DH who recommended that I use the room.
Who is REALLY good at wrecking stuff (not so good at the fixing bit).
Who plied me with cups of tea and dinner out - so I could work.

PS: The one behind the camera & the paintbrush - that's me!


  1. Wow, what a beautiful space you have both created! I hope you will have many happy years of sewing there.

    Best wishes to you and the family for Christmas and the new year!

  2. O_O Oh wow that's a lot of progress! I know you tried to explain it to me when I last saw you, but I don't think I realised how much you'd already done at that point - AMAZING! It looks absolutely gorgeous! A proper sewing room! I might have to enlist your services to help decide on how to deck out mine once my house is finished ;)

    What were the names of the two blue paints that you tried out?

    1. Hmmm. Be careful what you wish for! ;)
      The Colours are from the Taubmans Paint Range 1st colour was "Danbury" and the second choice was "Mountain Stream".

  3. Wendy your new sewing room is gorgeous and I love the blue you ended up with.
    Your fabric cupboards look fabulous, wish I could have them in my new room.
    Cheer's Jenny