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Thread: Craft/Sewing Room - The Before Pictures

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    Craft/Sewing Room - The Before Pictures

    I've decided to take the plunge. I'm tired of having quilting stuff in my kitchen, living room, and dining room. I don't like that I don't have room to do my scrapbooking and quilting at the same time, and that I have to put all my supplies for one craft away in the basement if I want to work on the other. It's a lot of hauling stuff up and down stairs and piles of stuff in my basement storage room. Part of my basement is a finished family room, and the other part is what is in these pictures.

    You can see my scrapbooking stuff in the second picture. Those white cubes are wooden and super heavy when filled with paper, and a real pain in the butt to carry up and down stairs. The third photo is where my new craft/sewing room is going to be. See all the boxes and bags? Fabric and batting. I'm putting up a new wall to separate the furnace and washer and dryer (and a smaller storage area, which you can see in the first photo) to create my new space.

    I've had 6 quotes from contractors to do this work. I've chosen my guy and signed a contract; work will start the first or second week of January. I'm so excited I think I'm going to pee my pants. The finished space will be approx. 12' x 13'. In the third photo where you can see the black shelves, there will be a wall of closets on the left hand wall, and across the back - where the black shelves are now - will be a solid wall of upper and lower kitchen counters with laminate counter tops and under-cabinet lighting. There will be a space in between to fit a chair.

    In the second picture showing the scrapbooking white storage, there will be a proper sewing table that I'm going to buy from the Sewing Machine Hospital, my local sewing machine shop and repair place. There will be a large cut-out in that wall to connect this new room with the family room on the other side of that wall. So I can see the tv when I'm sewing, and also so the light from the 8' windows at the top of the basement stairs will come into the new space.

    The space is super-messy in these pictures because I realized that I would have to do a major purge in order to clean out my storage room, and I was right in the middle of it when I remembered to take the "before" pictures. Last weekend I packed up 18 moving boxes of stuff to dontate to Goodwill. The space is a lot more empty now.

    I'll keep posting as the work progresses. Merry Christmas to me, Merry Christmas to me...:-)
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    Last edited by Canada Kate; 11-27-2011 at 07:04 PM.
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    Whoo Hoo !! Im soooooo happy for you!!

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    Wow, that's exciting. Can't wait to see the final product. You will be in heaven.
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    Wow..lucky you. I took over the family room in the basement. So much nicer to not have to put stuff away all the time. You will love it.

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    You will love your space once it is all done and you no longer have to lug on stuff. I have been checking out everyone's pictures on here of how they organized their spaces. My DH says yet I will get a room added onto the house. Actually would probably be cheaper to just redo the garage into my sewing workshop. I has a concrete floor and could have a heater hanging in the corner to heat the whole thing from a propane tank. Just would need tin on the roof and insulation in the walls. I have some paneling that we bought to put in our other house that could go on some of the walls and put shelving on the rest, also my pegboard that has been stored out there for years. Will probably have to wait til spring now.

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    can't wait to see the transformation. please send us the pictures when your sewing room is done. thanks for sharing. happy holidays.
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    Merry Christmas to you! I bet you can't wait!!!
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    OH MY,lots of work to do, but it's gonna be great when it's done.
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    Thats wonderful, you'll be so much more happier when it is all done. Excited for you.
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    You are brave!!! I just cleaned up mine and girl friend walked in and said "I didn't know this room had a rug!!! Go for it !!

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    What are the white cubes ? they look great and I would love to get them for my sewing magazines and flat objects.\
    Can you tell me where they can be obtained?
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    That should be a wonderful place for a sewing area. Will be waiting to see the final room remodel!
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    You must be super excited to be getting a nice sewing space! In the third photo down it looks like a sewing machine is not completely on the top shelf. If that is the case you might want to push it over further before you jostle the shelf and have a surprise. We'll all be waiting to see the room come together!

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    I can't wait to see your new room! I am so excited for you!

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    Wow! I don't think I could do laundry in an environment like that. I know you are going to love your new space.!
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    What a project !!! Seems you are highly motivated to see it completed. I can't wait to see the after.

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    Well, girl, you have your work cut out for you, but what a reward at the end! Please post your finished pics.

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    huge project you have taken on. Please post pictures re you progress.

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    Oh this is going to be wonderful. Are you going to make a photo album of the process?
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    Oh what fun! Do post pics for us to see your progress!
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    That is so exciting, I bet you just can't wait for the progress to at least begin. I would not be able to sleep if I were you.
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    Oh, this is going to be FABULOUS! Can't wait to see it. Merry Christmas to you, indeed!
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    I know you are excited about the room. congrats
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