Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sewing room update

Progress on my sewing room has been slow during the week since painting while the kids is awake is completely out of the question.  I get about an hour to work on it during quiet/nap time and then a little time after they're in bed.  I finished the first coat of primer (Kilz Premium, which is a latex, low VOC primer recommended for wood paneling) a couple of nights ago:

This is the darkest corner of the room--even in the middle of the day I needed a spot light to see what I was doing.

Both the door and window go into the sunroom.

My little supervisor/motivator.

It was already SO much brighter!  But by morning we were pretty sure a second coat was needed to keep the staining/bleed-through at bay.  I worked on it all yesterday afternoon (about 4 hours) and finished the second coat!  I am so excited to start putting color in the walls,  but first I am going to paint the trim.

Sooo much nicer!  Feels likes a whole new room already.

Starting to feel like my sewing room!  Eeee!

The last two photos were taken at night, with only one light on!  The first two photos were taken during the day, with two lights on (all with my camera phone).  Today we've been working on putting in a new ceiling fan, which turns out to need new brackets (which means going to Home Depot for the 6th time in a week and a half, sheesh!) and painting the trim.

So, like most things with kids, it is taking a lot longer than I wanted/hoped.  But so far the results are encouraging!  I can't wait to move all my sewing stuff in!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

New Sewing Room!

We are finally settling into the new house, and already feel like it is so much better suited to our family!  We down sized about 1000 square feet, so I am seriously loving that I still get to have a sewing room too.  I feel so blessed knowing that having a good place for my sewing was a priority in our house hunting.

The house was built in 1978--which means that there is at least one wood-paneled room.  Luckily our new house has had a lot of up dates already, but the wood room remains, and will be my sewing room, once it's painted:

Currently used mostly as a dance party room.

This photo shows my two favorite features right now: doorway on the left goes into the kitchen (at the last house I had to walk through EVERY hallway in the house and down the stairs to get to the kitchen from my sewing room--it sucked) and the wet bar!  Wet bar in a sewing room!  Currently home of the keurig too--so I have a coffee wet bar in my sewing room.   Awesome, right?!

The window looks into a finished sunroom, and there is one sky light.  Otherwise it is pretty dark, so we are planning on adding a solar tube over the fireplace and using light grey paint on the walls.  We will start painting this week, and I maybe finish this week too!  Ambitious with the kids "helping" and so many boxes left to unpack, but I'm hopeful.  

You know you've been away from quilting too long when you have weird dreams about it--last night I dreamt about finding a bunch of tiny frogs in my childhood livingroom--but they had Tula Pink fabric prints on their backs and were very pretty.  I tried to collect them in a container, but they got smaller and smaller and turned brown.  

We will have internet at the house later this week, I'm looking forward to catching up on my blog lists and sharing more photos of my sewing room progress!