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Thread: The reorganization Bug has bitten me!!

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    Exclamation The reorganization Bug has bitten me!!

    I sat down recently to FMQ a baby quilt and determined that my table set up was all wrong for the task. I was fighting the quilt and the short table and so I moved a few things around. Well... that has led to discussions with DH to re-organize my sewing space (which is approximately 9x20 part of my laundry room downstairs). I am going to post photos of the before and after so you will get to see the changes. I am excited as the room has never been messier and more cluttered than it is right now, and I can see the clean, tidy finished product so well in my head I am craving it like chocolate!

    So... my question is: while I am in the midst of moving the room around, should I go ahead and paint? I have some fairly dingy off-white walls (think utility room) and they are patchy and full of holes that could be spackled and made much prettier. Opinions please, do you think it is worth it to take this extra step??
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    I would paint it an ispiring color, like yellow....brightens your day every time you go in there!! Have fun setting it all back up!

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    Oh yes, spackle and paint. Get the full meal deal!

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    A nice goldie yellow is warm and inviting.

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    yes no time like the present! and with new paint you will be inspired!

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    Of course you should paint it - after all, you're worth it, right?!?!
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    Here's your chance to make the space bright and cheery! And even if you only paint it white, think of how clean it will look. Of course, you might need to add some beautiful wall hangings or organizational items on those walls. No matter what color, you will feel to inspired!

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    It is now or never , once you move everything back into place you won't want to move it again to paint. Now would be a good time to add more lights, more plugins, and anything else you think you need to add. Go for it and have fun!!!

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    Ditto to all the other replies, paint it a cheerful color, and then you will really enjoy quilting!!
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    I should quantify my post by saying that we are trying to do a no-cost remodel. Of course, if I paint, that will add a nominal cost that I can afford (and sounds like I should just go for it and do!) but I don't have any $ for furniture, new floors, etc. So in my limited case, we are talking moving some new storage shelves in from another room and rearranging quite a bit of shelving that is attached to the walls. So thanks for helping me make up my mind - I WILL paint! ;D

    And I will also begin squirreling away any leftover grocery money to pay for flooring and future remodels of a grander nature!
    Sheila N.

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    Just new paint makes everything change and smell new and etc. Go for it.

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    Even if you don't have a budget for new flooring, furniture or whatever, it is still satisfying and rewarding to reorganize. It gives you a breath of fresh air. Enjoy!

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    YES YES YES paint... I agree with the yellow, it will make your lil getaway area bright and cheery...

    Floor and furniture can wait... Who knows you may find something good at Goodwill for housing/storing fabric- so peek in there from time to time. I recall a post where a member got a Koala Table for $7 !!!!!

    Looking forward to before and after pics..

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    I agree with the advice to paint, and yellow is a great color. I am in the process of redoing what used to be a family room, on the west side of my house, and I painted it yellow. Now, everytime I walk past the door, it just makes me smile, because it is so cheery looking.

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    This picture shows the lighter yellow. The room is 12x20, so I painted the south wall a darker yellow, and I am so anxious for the trim board to be put back up, so I can get into the room. I understand your wanting to get it done and organized. Good luck with the remodel, you will love it.
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    Maybe you can find some mistake paint at your big box store that you like to save on the cost of painting. but for sure paint while you are rearranging.
    Maybe you could make a quilt and exchange it for flooring.

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    Yes Paint it will make you feel like a brand new room!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Mimm View Post
    I should quantify my post by saying that we are trying to do a no-cost remodel. Of course, if I paint, that will add a nominal cost that I can afford (and sounds like I should just go for it and do!) but I don't have any $ for furniture, new floors, etc. So in my limited case, we are talking moving some new storage shelves in from another room and rearranging quite a bit of shelving that is attached to the walls. So thanks for helping me make up my mind - I WILL paint! ;D

    And I will also begin squirreling away any leftover grocery money to pay for flooring and future remodels of a grander nature!
    Take a peek into the "oops" paints at Home Depot. If you are lucky you might find something you really like at a much reduced price.
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    Definately paint. It will make it really feel like a brand new space.

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    I would definitely paint. There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint to freshen up any room. Then I'd hang some of my quilts up to give the room some character. It's a lot of work to redo/rearrange a sewing area but the end results are well worth the time and effort. Can't wait to see your pictures.

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    No, you should not paint... YOUR HUBBY SHOULD!!!!
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    I would add a quick suggestion for your quick remodel- find the time to hang shelves or a design wall or something else that says "this is my new space". For me, it was some really inexpensive wood slats that I did in a wide repeating X pattern- it allows me to hang quilt blocks on them (or my pattern that I am working on, or finished projects) with just a tack. The quilt squares that are up there currently are all from an exchange block of the month, and easily allow me to tell the next person what colors I need to tie them all together for the finished quilt(s) when I get enough of them. I had to have all my stuff pulled away from the wall when I hung them, so there's the thought to take the time to make the most of your reorganization.
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    Add my vote to the "paint!" column. You will be dissatisfied if you move in all the new, well-organized things and have to look at the old, patched walls. Then (and this is experience speaking,) you will dismantle everything and paint so the whole room looks great. Save youself the extra step and paint while it's empty anyway.
    "Accomplishment is a consequence of effort" -- Michael Crichton

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    I would DEFINITELY paint it now because you will be sorry once you have it all reorganized & pretty!!
    I know (been there done that!!)
    Believe me......paint!!!

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    I asked myself the same question when I got ready to reorganize. To paint or not to paint. The walls were not that bad, I did not think anyway, until I really looked at them. Yes, they could use a repaint but it really was not that bad. I decided to not paint. I started to move things around and I thought..."Yes, paint!" I ran out right then to buy paint. By the time husband got home, I had a good start. Soooo glad I did it. now I am in the next step of my redo. So so happy that I choose to paint. It only set me back a day and a half but made me feel tons better. I even finished two BIG projects inbetween the first reorganization and now the second phase. OF course with two projects (did I mention they were big projects? and totally complete?...that complete part seldom happens) left a mess behind that DH does not understand. So now I am in clean up mode again to get ready for the next step.
    Good luck and have fun. It sure is MUCH more fun to sew in a bright and cheery room...and a bit more organized too. It is energizing. Did I mention TWO big projects DONE????? Did I mention SELDOM happens?????

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    What kind of floors do you have? If concrete you could paint them like a rug using paint for garage floors. Make a quilt on your floors! But definitely paint walls.
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