I had every intention of showing you an almost-finished craft & sewing space this week. I really did! The spirit was willing, but the procrastination was stronger. “Sarah: you titled this post ‘Progress’!” Well, the answer is that I actually did make progress in my $100 craft & sewing room makeover this week; it just all happened in the last 24 hours.

We’ve been enjoying the most wonderful week-long visit from two extremely dear friends, so I’ve been completely distracted by that. I won’t apologize, though, because no blog project is more important than spending time with the people you love! I will say that I need to light a fire under myself in the coming days, though. 🙂

If you’re just catching up, I’ve been making over my craft & sewing space on a $100 budget as part of the $100 Room Challenge, hosted by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry. Erin has gathered up a wonderfully talented and resourceful group of bloggers to participate in the challenge: be sure to check out everyone’s week 3 progress at the end of this post! You can catch up on my Week 1 and Week 2 posts, as well.

So here’s what I accomplished in between socializing, drinking coffee, laughing so hard my sides hurt, taking care of two super-cute babies, and cooking delicious food…

$100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Navy, Goldenrod, and Fuschia palette | Week 3

I painted the bookcase!! In record time, I might add. Instead of teal with a raw wood back and many gross water stains (from a disastrous flood a few years back), it is now navy blue with a crisp white back. Huzzah and three cheers!

Navy blue and white painted bookcase | $100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Navy, Goldenrod, and Fuschia palette | Week 3

I also finalized the organization of the plastic and wire drawers. They now house carefully-folded and colour-co-ordinated fabric, fabric scraps, felt, yarn, and patterns.

Felt and yarn organization | $100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Navy, Goldenrod, and Fuschia palette | Week 3 Fabric scrap organization | $100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Navy, Goldenrod, and Fuschia palette | Week 3

Well, maybe “carefully folded” is going a bit far, but at least it’s better than it was when it looked like this:

Craft & Sewing Room "BEFORE" | $100 Room Challenge | Flourish & Knot

I also finished painting the barstool that will become my sewing and crafting stool. I’ve painted the legs bright white using some leftover door and trim paint, and now I just have to replace some of the little screw-cover jobbies (what are they called??? I can’t walk into the hardware store and ask for “jobbies”…), dye the upholstery fabric, and upholster the top. No big deal.

Half-painted white and natural wood barstool | $100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Navy, Goldenrod, and Fuschia palette | Week 3

I’ve started working on the corkboard and gallery wall art, and I’ve made myself a few templates for a little DIY art I have planned. Here’s the starting point:

"Shear Genius" wall art in progress | $100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Navy, Goldenrod, and Fuschia palette | Week 3

Oh yeah, there will be sewing puns. Personally, I feel that a good pun is always appropriate. I mean, what’s the point of reading my entire yarn without a little humour? Every post needle’s a little laugh.

*Don’t applaud: just throw money!*

My to-do list is still pretty lengthy, but it is beginning to look better.

  • Paint the bookcase navy with some kind of contrasting colour (white?) or wallpaper on the back
  • Paint stool & replace screw-covers
  • Dye fabric for stool upholstery
  • Upholster a stool for the table
  • Make covers for the sewing machine and serger
  • Replace the broken pot light in the far corner
  • Window treatment – DIY cornice
  • Giant pegboard for all my sewing supplies and for a lot of craft stuff
  • Baskets for the rest of the supplies
  • Actually organize my fabric… but will need more than those four drawers. Hm.
  • Bring down a second, matching, smaller table/counter. This may be permanently set up with my sewing machine?
  • DIY art
  • Frame art and make gallery wall
  • Decorate corkboard
  • Add dowels and stuff to bookcase to hold spools of ribbon etc.

On second thought, my to-do list is GROWING and all hope of finishing this space in the next two weeks is lost.

Send help and wine.

 

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17 Comments on $100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | Week 3: Progress!

  1. Well, I see progress. Just having a list that you can go by is progress. I’m still at the pitch and throw stage, but am considering ordering, Mandalay bedcovers for wall drapes to cover my storage, we will see. I do think I will make a list though! Grins, and good luck

    • Thank you, Sandi! I do too, but it definitely feel a little far from completion at this stage. Good luck with the drapes HA!

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