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Craft/Sewing Room Inspiration
When I was searching for ideas, Sew Many Ways proved to be a gold mine.
(She says it's ok to use her pics so I hope I'm okay here!)
I love her organization, color, everything!
I love using "free" space. I used a black curtain rod instead.
I also like the idea of using (hanging?) little mini buckets to store pens, scissors, etc. which I've seen on pinterest--just file that info away for now.
(I hope to provide more pics in part two.)
A Real Need
Better organization for the table in my sewing room. Ideally, mounted on the wall ("free" space!) to open up more work-space on the table, but keeps the items I'll be needing within quick reach.
And I have a big blank wall in there, just waiting...
(temporarily on my fireplace hearth here)
The Story & A Transformation
When I saw this, it was love at first sight. Really. “I shall name you Robert and you shall come home with me.” Well, something like that but less cheesy. I didn’t even care how much it was—that says a lot because I ALWAYS care. (I’ll be more blunt--I’m pretty cheap. I didn’t get to be a SAHM of 4 for seventeen years by luck!) So, home came "Rob".
First order of biz, pull off that price sticker on the bottom. Rob is very heavy and beyond my hanging skilz so DH will be hanging this thing, and we wouldn’t want him passing out on the job. I know my sewing room has had at LEAST 100+ days with no injuries and that’s a pretty good record, what with all the sharp objects around.
Now, it’s not quite the look I want—too rustic—so I'm actually going to paint it. Brand new, not even on clearance, scratched or broken, and I'm painting it! Well, whatev. More on that later. We’ll focus on this next thrifty part: I found these cute little pastel-painted metal buckets last spring for—are you ready?--9 cents each. (The cashier and I both agreed that it couldn’t be right but all of the clearance items were ringing up that way so she said it must be and hey, who am I to argue with such logic?) My new organizer has 7 sweet hooks hanging from it. You thinking what I’m thinking? Uh huh—a little black paint. That helps make up for some of the $recklessness$ at the store, right? A more recent post on Sew Many Ways shows Karen doesn't hesitate to paint--unlike me--and the results are fantastic. (I really want to paint the legs of my table and chairs black just like Karen's--does that make me a creeper?--and they'd look awesome...but I'm a "play-it-safe" kind of person...for now).
Do you see that top shelf?
It's a very dry, kind of a grayish wood--hubs says it's poplar. The table tops in my sewing room are all pine with kind of a yellow-tint so this kinda clashes. My options:
1) Leave it, and the whole thing'll be up and running by tonight. Besides, it won't be all that visible when it has stuff sitting on it.
2) Try a light stain & polyurethane--not sure about the result but I'm sure it'll be a long time before I get to play with Rob.
3) Simply paint it black along with the metal part.
I have to tell you, I'm leaning toward #1.