Well…it’s nearly finished. That’s right. I have a sewing room, and, except for minor details and personal touches, it’s finished!! We had a very small walk-in closet. I’m talking small for a walk-in: 45 inches wide by 6 ft. 4 inches deep. It wasn’t large enough to do much with, and it had some wire shelving that had been put up very poorly before we moved in. They hadn’t hooked the shelving into studs, so it wasn’t secure and kept pulling out of the drywall.
Here’s the ugly closet after we removed the shoddy shelving:
Charming, huh? Yeah, not so much.
So, we picked out paint, and we were going to do board and batten like we’re planning for the rest of the house (faux, of course, because it just doesn’t pay to sink a buttload of money into the place right now), but we decided against the vertical boards for the small space and went utilitarian with just the one horizontal board to use in the future for hanging tools and such.
Then we got BUSY: cutting boards for shelving and making sure those suckers were in the wall really well. Then more painting for the shelves. Then, since the room is teeny tiny, it’s nearly impossible to find a perfect fit for a sewing table, so I had to go to the drawing board and plan one. The room is so narrow that we had to prep the boards outside in the garage and assemble them inside the closet, and, finally, painted it a soft grey. It turned out pretty well.
With just the overhead light, which is quite dim, sewing is going to be an issue. So I installed a plug type slimline fluorescent under the shelf (the cord is an issue for me, so it’s going to be hidden soon) and got that lamp with a daylight bulb. It’s WAY bright when it’s on, therefore, very hard to get a decent picture, but I should have no trouble seeing stitches.
Don’t even ask for a picture with both the fluorescent light AND the lamp on. My camera cried when I asked it to take a picture with both lights turned on.
I still need to buy pretty trim to face out the front of the shelves and the table, but it’s definitely a vast improvement from the teeny, ugly closet it was a couple of weeks ago when we started tearing out all the stuff that had accumulated in there since we moved here.
Also, I should mention that comic book boards make the. best. mini bolts EVER.
Now that you’ve got the scoop on the ugly closet turned sewing room, I’m off to pretty it up, hide cords, and hunt down the owners of a gorgeous wooden swivel desk chair that’s posted on craigslist so I can buy it, sand it, and paint it grey to match my table.