I’m of the opinion that all of us were abused in some form or fashion and at one time or another as children. In my case, it was verbal and emotional. Fortunately, as long as I stayed out of my step-father’s sight I avoided being called troll/worthless/fat pig/bitch.
And for me “out of sight” usually meant “in the closet.”
I spent a LOT of time in my closet in high school. It’s where I ate dinner, did homework and, if there was nothing else to do, organized my lip balm collection. (I was a strange teenager.) Sometimes it would get too stuffy and lonesome in there so I’d break out and sit on my bed…only to have my light switch turned off on me or some other nonsense.
After all those years, you’d think I’d never want to sit in another closet again! But I have always loved cozy little nooks and thanks to some cheery touches, my sewing room closet is the coziest little nook I’ve ever seen:
And what’s a cozy little nook without a book?
One of the first things I did in this Sewing Room Makeover Challenge was remove the closet door from it’s hinges–a move I found to be very empowering.
Take that, oppression! No more sitting in the dark amongst coats and boxes!
Speaking of sitting in the dark…this poor IKEA lampshade sat in my attic for three years while I figured out where to put it. Now it’s enjoying a new life as the closet light fixture.
Though the book nook is one of my favorite additions to the sewing room, the rest of this frilly-as-hell space makes me equally giddy.
$10 shutter doors not only added balance the lingerie chest (see below) but it’s a great place for displaying cards and notes too precious to keep in a box.
Sewing rooms are notorious for clutter and I DESPISE clutter. This highboy has come in super handy for all my ribbon, elastic, fabric squares, yada, yada…..
Another life saver has been this little fellow:
My old pincushion was a too-small fuzzy strawberry which I’d always lose because the cats would burgle it and bat it around. I needed something more sturdy and burgle-proof.
A quick Google search led me to this this super simple pincushion tutorial. All you do is stuff some fluff into a piece of fabric, secure the ends with a rubber band and press it into a cup. Too simple.
Looking around, I noticed that my sewing room wasn’t frilly-as-hell enough so I pulled the old vanity chair I purchased three years ago for $5 out of the garage.
The fabric and stuffing were brittle, coated in dust and reeked of cat urine so a slipcover was OUT OF THE QUESTION.
However, the $250 reupholstery estimate was also OUT OF THE QUESTION.
So after another Google search, 4 looooong afternoons and a lot of Flintstones vitamins, I labored my way through my first upholstery
As a beaten and exhausted newbie, I have no tutorial to offer you but here is the gem I referred to. I can suggest, however, that you take frequent breaks and keep telling yourself that you have 30 years to finish. Also, get a massage when you’re done.
(Don’t worry, I’ll reset those wonky upholstery tacks…someday.)
The next space to tackle was this dumbwaiter, which I renamed stupidwaiter, because it was a waste of space.
You all had some great suggestions on how to utilize this area and in the end, I chose a simple shelf and a magnetic strip for my scissors and seam ripper (which I HATE rummaging in a drawer for).
Overall, my goals for this room were met.
- I utliized the dumbwaiter
- I boutique-ified the closet
- I dressed up the window
- I furnished the room
And since everyone loves before and afters, here they are:
Do you know how much sewing I’ve gotten done since I started this sewing room makeover?
It’s amazing what an inspirational space will do.
In the end, I never did replace Grandma’s old sewing table with a longer one, and I don’t think I will.
Besides, when I wasn’t in the closet, I was at Grandma’s house playing dominoes or go-fish. And that’s a memory I want to keep. 🙂