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    Super Member AshleyR's Avatar
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    Just getting started

    I picked up this beautiful, heavy desk (with a little help from family and a friend) for free. It was sitting outside, waiting on someone to appreciate! Well, it weighs a ton! It took 3 of us to get it in the house! It was supposed to go into a different "no pets allowed" room, but there's no way that was going to happen without hiring someone else to move it! So, as you can see, there is one of my five step-kitties.

    I don't know if you can tell from the picture.. It's an L shaped desk. The right side is 2 inches higher than the left side, and it has a LOT of table top space. I had originally wanted to put my quilting machine on that side and cut an opening in it. But I realized that the left side is the perfect height for me and I can pull out the top drawer to help with the weight of the quilt. So the right side of the desk is my cutting/spread out area and for general sewing (see my "new" Janome in the back?!). My son's machine will be put on the right of the desk so everything is close by for both of us. Those big drawers will hold a quilt. So I can work on a quilt and then put it in the drawer to keep the cats off. All my tops, batting and backing and other fabrics are stored in the Pet Free Zone.

    Some things I want to do: This room needs more lighting and this corner is especially dark. I am hoping this weekend, we can move some wall lamps there but I may need some work lamps too. I want to cover both tops with contact paper. I wipe it good every time i use it and I don't want to get furniture polish-type stuff on my fabrics. And I just love contact paper and want to put a little personality on my Big Girl! I have also been thinking about making a big ironing board to fit on top of the cutting area, but I think I'll hold off on that. I can use my ironing board just fine and I can set it up in front of the cutting area and put the "spill over" on the table.

    So really, I thought I'd have to do more with this thing, but it's pretty much perfect just the way it is! The right side has a flat-ish drawer that slides just over your lap that has little compartments (originally for pens, paper clips, etc) that just make me smile! I can't wait to fill it with pins, bobbins, markers, etc!
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    What a lucky find! Congrats!!

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    Great find.

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    Very nice!

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    My best sew area had a BIG girl sewing desk too. It is hard to beat these BIG girls. Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!!!!

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    What a great find!
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    Have you checked under the desk? You should be able to take the two sides apart for easier moving and then reassemble them when you get them to where you want to set up your space.
    "I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them." ~ Author Unknown but I agree!

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    it does come apart and the larger end is stand-alone but the smaller side needs the other one because it only has one leg. I love it just the way it is!!!

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    Awesome table!
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    Really cool desk! I found mine on Craigs list back in the summer. It was from a school that was closing. It came from the library and I know what you mean when you say heavy! It fills my whole sewing room and I love it! Congrats on finding this one, you are going to love it too!
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    What a great find
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    score, what a nice sewing area.
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    Lucky find!!

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    Wow, if your space can tolerate it, you should pull it away from the wall. If you do this you can let the quilt fall over the back of sewing area so you dont have to fight all that fabric. If you don't want it to fall use your ironing board as an extension table to the left or to the top. If you really want it to be pet free and with the rest of your stuff, you will keep thinking how to accomplish that.
    Have fun.
    Just my 2 cents and probably not worth that much but I ALWAYS have an opinion!

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    Lucky you. Great find. Looks like you will put it to good use.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/BarbAndVivsQuilts?view_type=gallery

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    Great desk space to work on. I love the L shape. Sue

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    ​Great find! I love your sewing table...

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    I also have a BIG girl sewing desk and I love it! Tons of space on top for quilting and my husband is going to do a cutout so I can lower my machine down level also for quilting. Got it from someone that was moving. Waaaaaay cheaper than an "actual" sewing desk. Lucky you!!!
    Kelly

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    A great free desk. Great find. I would not put contact paper on such a wonderful desk, glass would be a better choice without messing up the finish on the desk.

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    One way to add more light to this area, just paint the walls white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuntryquilter View Post
    One way to add more light to this area, just paint the walls white.
    Believe it or not, the walls are just an off-white. Everything looks kind of yellow in the picture, I think the camera was doing the best it could with the light it had! You can tell that a lot of the light is coming off that little 40-watt lamp and the lights on the machines themselves.
    We didn't manage to put the lamps on the walls. I think that will help a lot. Also someone is donating another lamp to the cause!

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    great desk-I wish I had an L shaped-great for keeping lots of stuff handy
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Upnorthcrafter

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    I sat at a desk just llike this for over 20 years!! Don't want to see another one ever!!!!!!
    Have a Blessed Day

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    Maybe that's how I ended up with it?! Someone else got tired of looking at it after 20 years?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Busy Quilter View Post
    I sat at a desk just llike this for over 20 years!! Don't want to see another one ever!!!!!!

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    Great start
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