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…
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!
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.
Well, maybe « carefully folded » is going a bit far, but at least it’s better than it was when it looked like this:
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.
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:
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?
- Frame art and make gallery wall
- 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.
Want to see what my friends are doing with $100? Get your $100 Room Challenge fix here!