Out With the Old -The Sewing Room Reno Begins

As you know, I have been renovating my sewing room since June of this year. I was sure that building my dream sewing room would be a speedy process. And, compared with the building of the pyramids,  it was speedy. Hopes and dreams did not correspond with reality. 2014 is right around the corner and the sewing room has just become habitable.

I’ve posted pictures of the sewing room before, like in the post about my sewing cabinets. I have something to confess, those pictures were deceptive. They made the sewing room look pleasant.  At best my sewing room has been acceptable. Oh, yes, the cabinets are nice. Yes, the room was painted a bright maize with complementary walls of orange and green. Yes, the room has nice high ceilings with beams and planks. The windows in the room are lovely, a big bay facing a wooded lot complete with woodland animals including foxes, bears and deer. Unfortunately, that was not enough. The sewing room was an overstuffed mess with a horrible carpet.

How can I describe the carpet? The problem wasn’t just the color  a disgusting brown, it was also the stains and dirt. The carpet was approximately 405 years old and had a firm hold on the dirt installed by both the original owner and 11 years of my day-to-day abuse. I am sure you could grow tomatoes in the dirt embedded in that carpet. I never entered the sewing room without shoes and the thought of disease had entered my mind.



Well, carpet begone! Finally, after years of tucking away pennies, dimes and quarters, new floors are mine!  I trotted down to the local flooring store and picked up boxes of flooring… wood flooring, to be exact. And new flooring opened the opportunity to update the whole sewing room.

In a serendipitous turn of events, someone on the local FreeCycle had kitchen cabinets to offer! Perfect! These cabinets would be used as the base of my cutting table adding much needed storage.

The Cabinets - Before!

The Cabinets – Before!

Being a cock-eyed optimist I hadn’t comprehended how long a renovation of this scope takes.  On TV renovators go from tattered old wrecks to picture perfect homes in less than 60 minutes. And that’s for a whole house. Surely my one room couldn’t be that hard.

So I started. Did you know that before you install new floors you have to move everything out of the room? Everything!  For me that meant moving two massive sewing cabinets manufactured in the 60′s when furniture was made of real wood, heavy wood.

“Everything” meant I had to displace 9 huge Rubbermaid tubs of quilting fabric. (If you’re wondering about my massive amounts of garment fabric, I keep that elsewhere in the home. The garment fabrics’ cubic footage rivals the inventory of a Costco.)

A View of the Shelves & Tubs Before

A View of the Shelves & Tubs Before

“Everything” included the 4 sewing machines and the cabinets that supported them, an antique wardrobe filled with every sewing notion ever made and shelves so stuffed with sewing goodies that you couldn’t see the shelving at all. “Everything” included the cutting table which had stacks of fabric and notions and …. well, use your imagination.. stored underneath. And, before you can move a wardrobe or shelves, you have to empty them!!  Soon I had boxes of stuff all over the house and in a variety of places outside under the trees.

So, not only was the sewing room in a turmoil, the rest of the house was as well.

But… not too worry. At least the sewing room reno had begun!

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  1. Posted December 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Garment fabric stash fit for Costco. I love it! Love it! Love it! Maybe that’s what I need to do – store the fabric elsewhere…that way it looks like I don’t have nearly enough. Personally, I choose to follow the Winchester method of fabric collection. As Sarah Winchester believed she could not die so long as she continued to build onto her house, I cannot pass away until I have sewn all my fabric. 8-)

    Here’s to a Happy New Year and a living to a long, long ripe old age full of sewing!

  2. Cathie Paski
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see the finished redo!!

  3. Arlette
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I have been very depressed after the death of my brother. I just knew that reading Bobbi’s blog would lift me up…and it didi!!! I always get a kick out of reading Bobbi’s stories.
    I have been to Bobbi’s house..and to that sewing room…What a trooper to start such a project!…but I bet she will find a fortune of wonderful samples of all her creations. Can’t wait to see the finish project, I bet it will be fantastic…The fun will be to figure out where to put everything, then remember where that “special” fabric went…:-))

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