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Thread: Ideas for turning garage into a sewing room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KwiltyKahy View Post
    If you have a Habitat Restore in your area, check them out for cabinets, flooring etc. Also, in our area, we have several flea markets that carry building materials cheaper. Painting the floor seems like a good option. My friends had their garage floor epoxied but it was pretty pricey.
    Good luck with all your renovations.
    With the miserable weather we have been having, it is really hard to even walk in the area now. It is PACKED (and not even half of my treasures are in yet) and ICE COLD - so much for the previous owner says it stayed one consistant temperature year round - The dirty concrete is like standing on ice - the freeze goes right up the legs! Whenever I get everything hooked up, I will try to take a picture of what the room looks like now - - - - - maybe not! When the weather breaks, I will have to clean one portion of the floor at a time, 'cause I surely cannot clear the floor my moving all the treasures outside! Is there such a product as "cushioned vinyl flooring?" Thanks!

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    What about making the garage door a design wall. Heavy magnets could hang sheet of flannel for design wall. I have something similar. Painted walls and added shelving along one wall for fabrics over base of cabinets and counter top. Went to restore and found great kitchen cabinets and great counter top placed over cabinets. Spent very little money except for coated wire shelving which are adjustable the base cabinets are finished and counter so heavy did not have to be attached to cabinets. Placed 2 smaller cabinets in middle of room and topped with finished flush door for sewing table. Door knob hole makes perfect place for machine cord. It is amazing what re-stores have and very inexpensive. Good luck and post pictures
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    Yes to cushioned vinyl flooring. Some very pretty. I went to discount dealer and found padded low pile outdoor carpet. I did not glue it down. It vacuums very easily with broom vacuum and takes out lot of cold. Have some cushioned pads in front of long arm. Can be moved to cutting areas very easily
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    If would like to , put a wall with a door in front of garage door about 4 or 5 feet in. leaves big door, warmer, easier to remove. and adds a storage closet.
    Still can use garage door for 2nd access and fire escape. I like the front for moving stuff in and out .

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    Oh what fun you must be having. Don't get discouraged...you've already done a lot (moving, etc.). Do what needs to be done first to make it bearable and useful for you (maybe figuring out heat/air conditioning). The other things can come along as you find the deals and discounts. It is a work in progress. Please post pictures if you can so we can share in your joy!

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    I would go on Craigslist and check for cabinets that people are taking out. SOme are free. On the same site, go to "wanted" and let them know you are looking for items. Your sitting down table should be as high as your elbows, and your standing, cutting table should be at your elbows when you are standing. On one of your walls or on the side of a cabinet I would install a piece of peg board to hang up your rulers, etc. where they are handy. You would have to put pieces of boards here and there behind it so your hooks have room to go in. I have collected some of the white cheap cabinets over the years and I like them very much to put my fabric on. Fabric can slide on them and not get stuck on real wood or those wire shelves. Will be waiting to see the pics. Good luck.

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    In case it hasn't been mentioned, be sure to check the Habitat for Humanity Restore shop if you have one. They have great deals sometimes.

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    Original postings were 2014..........anyone know how this "story" has progressed so far.......

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    Ideas for turning...........

    Quote Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
    Oh what fun you must be having. Don't get discouraged...you've already done a lot (moving, etc.). Do what needs to be done first to make it bearable and useful for you (maybe figuring out heat/air conditioning). The other things can come along as you find the deals and discounts. It is a work in progress. Please post pictures if you can so we can share in your joy!
    Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I'm afraid my garage has been at a standstill for some time. With the winters, it actually froze the gallon of paint I've had in there and that's saying alot because I was using a space heater! It is soooooo packed with sewing and quilting stash that I can't even walk through it. There are racks along all walls crammed with fabric.
    I have come to the realization that I will just have to use it for sewing storage and move what I need accordingly to the inside of my home. With increasing health issues and family problems, the energy has burst from my enthusiasum bubble. On the good note tho, I have finaly sold my other house after 2 1/2 years which is one big relief. I may start slowly selling what I think I may not use in the spring.
    Thanks for your interest.

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    We put laminate flooring in our basement on a cement floor and it's wonderful! We got the cheapest laminate Home Depot had, but got the priciest underlayment, and I'm glad we did. It's got some give to it and makes walking on it really comfortable. You'll need to make sure your floor stays dry, but the flooring is relatively inexpensive and easy to install.

    You can also take down your garage door and "wall in" the hole it leaves behind. This will give you more wall space.

    Have fun fun with your project!
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