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Thread: My room is a blank slate....need your ideas!!

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    Looking GREAT!! I agree with some of the other posters, the paint color is lovely and I so envy you that large window! I have one teensy tiny suggestion...if not now for in the future...I would take the mica top off the cabinet base, replace it with a salvaged wood door, and put some locking casters on the bottom. That way when you have a large piece of fabric to cut/press, you wont be hampered by that attached backsplash. Just might be easier now before you fill it up to make that change. We have a RESTORE store here (run by Habitat for Humanity) and they always have plain, sometimes painted white already doors for little bits of money.

    This has been such fun, thanks for keeping us updated!

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    So I scored some major deals on Craigslist for a couple of cabinets for storage. The milk-painted green kitchen cabinets with the formica top was $50, and will be my cutting table and storage for cross .

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    I say take a look at pinterest, there are tons of great ideas for sewing rooms.
    I agree a tall cutting table is great.
    Plenty of storage.
    And purge once a year.

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    Yes -- very light green....the windows have the afternoon sun so it almost looks like a white green....matches my 1964 White/Green Featherweight! lol
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    Are your walls a light green color? Very pretty!

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    Hi qltgrose....I love your idea of the salvaged wood door. I will definitely keep that idea for the future! - Thanks, Julie
    Quote Originally Posted by qltgrose View Post
    Looking GREAT!! I agree with some of the other posters, the paint color is lovely and I so envy you that large window! I have one teensy tiny suggestion...if not now for in the future...I would take the mica top off the cabinet base, replace it with a salvaged wood door, and put some locking casters on the bottom. That way when you have a large piece of fabric to cut/press, you wont be hampered by that attached backsplash. Just might be easier now before you fill it up to make that change. We have a RESTORE store here (run by Habitat for Humanity) and they always have plain, sometimes painted white already doors for little bits of money.

    This has been such fun, thanks for keeping us updated!

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    Update on the room....last night I made a quick trip to Big Lots and bought 12 plastic shoe boxes with lids. Reorganized my cross-stitching thread that I've collected over the years. I think I have every color and more than 1 skein of most so it took 10 of those boxes. Now they are nicely organized numerically and tucked away in the green cabinet along with my out of print Love of Cross-stitch magazines and kits that I have yet to do. Remember....I've had all my cross-stitch packed up while my daughter and her two girls have been living with us for 8 years so I didn't want to risk the children stepping on needles. Now that they are at their own place, I can finally stretch out to where I can get to my cross-stitching! Still have pictures and quilts to hang and my tables are in route from Home Depot. I'm also going to have my DH bring a chair and ottoman down from the attic and throw a cover over it, shabby-chic style, so I have a place to crash when I need to change it up a little and do some stitching or knitting. It will definitely be my 'girlie-cave' when I'm done!!! More pics to come. - Julie

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    Just a few more pics.....

    Hi again.....a few more pics from last night. All but one of the under-bed storage boxes is gone. They hold all my cross stitch fabrics. Everything else is put away. yeah! The black/clear storage shelves will be history soon. Still finding ways to organize the little things like ribbon, buttons, zippers, interfacing, thread, etc. I found a nice shelf system on Craigslist for $100. Might pick it up if it's still available this weekend. I'm getting excited. Still wondering what kind/color of curtains for the windows??? hummmmm........ ideas??? Thanks, Julie
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    this room is coming together very nicely - I love your big windows, and you're so smart to have closed cabinets to keep your fabrics from fading in the sunlight - love the serene wall color

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    Updated pics -- still in progress though

    Here's some updated pics. Still have to get the ruler peg board up and the design wall too. My daughter has a white 5-shelf bookcase that is going to be in the corner next to the pressing table to store all the books, binders, pictures and more knick-knacks. Then I'll have alot more room for storage of fabric in the tall armoire with the pink fabric boxes. I'm hoping to have a club chair and ottoman next to the window where I can knit also, taking advantage of the wonderful natural light! Still debating on the kind of window covering to make....drapes, shears, cornice board, or valance. What color? Style? Fabric? Still coming together....
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    Love how this has all come together--thanks for sharing.
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    You have done a awesome job-looking good.
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    I would take photos from all angles of both rooms and print them out. Measure the space, (floor and wall). Then go to the mission organization and see what works best for you. You can use pencil to plan it. I would make that 8' table work. Just clean it up or paint. I have an 8' work bench to lay patterns out on. It's 8'x26" and has two small cabinets and small drawers (formerly kitchen cabinets found at garage sale). Take your photos and kind of lay it out like your kitchen. everything you know you're going to need on a frequent basis keep nearby. Imagine your machine - your stove/cooktop. Ironing/pressing station- kitchen sink. Dining area-cutting and design area. One extra full blank wall space for your design wall. The rest of the space above and around can be visible storage for material. The Mission Organization link has all kinds of ideas. I definitely would use clear storage containers. I have a couple file storage boxes that I have marked denim. I also have a box that only has my DH scraps from his clothes marked. Everything else is in clear storage or comic book boards. I got more than 100 for 9.95 at the local comic book store. Sturdy cardboard works well to wrap material around. I also pick up the material boards from the fabric centers at the different stores. I ask first. What ever works for you.

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    A while back I posted some before and after pics. My little room was a mess. But I finally got it emptied out and rearranged and am quite happy with it now. My only regret is I do not have a design wall - if I ever get my computer desk moved I will have the wall. The best investment that I have is my cutting table. It is on wheels-the two sides are on hinges and can drop down and I have drawer and door storage on both sides. As long as you have what you need and don't want to spend additional money you will figure it out - you may have to rearrange a few times. As far as my fabric goes I have 4 tall bookshelves. I invested in some comicbook boards and wrapped all of my fabric on them. Some of them are standing up and others lay flat. It will be your little piece of heaven. Good luck and post before and after pics. Good luck to you.
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    Looks like you've gotten lots of advise/suggestions. Here's my 2 cents worth. I'd make 1 room the storage room. Line the walls with shelves. Put a 6' cutting table in the center. You can lay a big board ironing board on op of the cutting table for large ironing projects. Put UV block on the window, comes in a sheet.

    The other room use for the act of quilting. Make it attractive, whatever that is to you, with plenty of ambiant light. Have plenty of task lights. Put UV block on the window. Put a small iron/cutting station next to you sewing center. Have plenty of design wall space. And drawers for your sewing tools, thread, notions. Ventilation: fan. Comfortable chair: an office chair that adjusts for height, tilt etc. If space a chair for company. I may think of more.

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    for rugs on wood floor I'm using large puzzle pieces, rubberized. soft cushioning on bare feet, easy to see pins and wipes up if spilled on, look in kids departments. each piece about one foot.

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    Looks great! As far as window treatments, I'm a real fan of super sheer chiffon kind of fabrics in a commentary color. I was thinking a super light sunshine-yellow. I love your 2nd hand finds! They're great!

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    Big sewing table is a must and I put mine against the wall so when I quilt it doesn't go over the edge and pull. Also have my ironing board next to machine so I can iron pcs as I go. Don't know if it will work but I posted a picture of my room if you can find back posts on my home page. I love having a room all too myself!

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