Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sewing Room Renovation

Since moving to our 20 year old ranch house in need of love one year ago, I really have had very little time to do much sewing or quilting.  DIY and home decorating projects have taken up most of our free time and spare $$ too!  If you would like to see more of what we are working on head over to A Time for Home.

Since I don't have any sewing posts ready, I thought I would share the transformation of my sewing/quilting room.

This picture is of the house when it was on the market.  The renters were using this room as an extra bedroom.  Notice the horrible glossy gold curtains on the left of the picture.  You will see what they were covering in a later picture.  The paint on the walls was neutral, but they had done a terrible job painting.  The old bright royal blue paint was showing through in many areas.  And, how about that horrible blue/green Berber carpet?

Here is the room when we moved in to the house.  The only thing we did was remove the gold curtains covering the desk area and built in cabinets. We wanted to be able to use this room for guests when needed so we put a daybed that we owned in the room.

We rearranged the room and put the day bed on the back wall.  This arrangement seems to work better.  Scroll through the next several pictures and notice the green and wood paneling built in cabinet and desk area. 


Yikes!  What a mess and that green cabinet!  I do like the dowels that Tom hung for my batting.

Tom painted the entire room a light blue and painted the wood paneling and green cabinet a bright white.

I didn't want the make-shift desk area.  I thought I would have Tom install shelves for all of my fabric and supplies.  It turned out that whomever built the desk actually sheet rocked around the desk. 

It was a bear to remove and Tom had to repair the drywall.

Cleared out for painting.

Tom removed the carpet before painting.


We chose luxury vinyl tile that looks like wood for the new flooring.  It is nice to walk on and easy to clean.  Since this is a basement, it is better than putting real wood on the floors.

Finished floor and freshly painted walls!


Time to put everything back and organize.

We had a wire shelf that I ended up using for fabric storage because....

it occurred to me that the recessed area where the desk had been was perfect for my 6 needle embroidery machine.  It is so nice to have it out of the middle of the room and have my thread organized nearby.

I have a nice area for rulers, books and magazines.  I can even use this area for cutting fabric.

So how much did this project cost?  We did all the labor ourselves and didn't add any new furnishings.  So the costs were for the luxury vinyl tile floor, paint, and drywall repair supplies.

Here is the breakdown:

Traffic Master Allure Vinyl Plank Flooring -- $1.79/sq foot approximately $1100

Valspar Paint - color "Ghost Ship"  - approx $30/gallon after rebate-total $60

Sheetrock repair items--we had these items on hand from earlier progects--$0

So for less than $1200.00 I have a nice room to go and spend time creating.

Now if I can just make the time to sew....

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Karla said...

Great job! Love the rolls for your batting! Can you provide more info about the luxury vinyl tile? I am looking for something like this for my basement and I love what you have selected. Funny thing--the tile looks like the hardwood in my sewing room--a converted upstairs bedroom! Can you email me the brand name? Thank you and happy sewing! Karla

Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life said...

Wow, that's quite a transformation! It looks like a great space to enjoy some peaceful sewing time. I lost my sewing area when my husband started working from home (a good trade-off) but one day I hope to have another dedicated space!