From Nursery to Sewing Room (Part 1)

by Joanna @ Southern Daisy on February 28, 2011

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When we bought our house in June 2010, we had so many ideas of what we wanted to do with it.  But time went on, and we went to work, hung out with friends, and watched movies, but somehow we never really changed anything in the house.  Granted, there was the painting failure in the dining room, where we changed the color from lime green (yuck) to charcoal gray.  Now, I know you’re thinking, “Charcoal gray in a dining room?” but keep in mind that we don’t use our dining room for eating.  My white baby grand piano sits in there, and we thought the dark walls would contrast nicely with it.  And don’t get me wrong, they do….it’s just we used the wrong type of paint.  See, we have really slobbery dogs!  Pretty much all of our house is painted with matte finish paint, and it is a beast to keep clean.  You can’t just wipe drool off a matte finished wall without it leaving a huge streak, so when we went to Home Depot to buy paint, we asked the (seemingly) knowledgeable employee what we could use that would look good, but still be easy to clean.  Do you know what she recommended?  SEMI-GLOSS!!!!  Now, I’m no paint expert, but after taking her advice and painting our dining room in a semi-gloss finish, I can tell you with great certainty that semi-gloss is never the way to go on an interior wall!!!  Not only is it oddly shiny among walls that are completely dull, but you can see every single little imperfection in the wall as well as all your brush (roller) strokes.  Moral of the story….don’t paint walls with a semi-gloss finish.  I’m glad I’ve hit that home for ya.  Now that I’ve completely gotten off track, lets get back to the subject of this post, shall we?

My wonderful honey, Steve, got me exactly what I asked for last Christmas….a sewing machine that also embroiders (among many other things….including my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.  Did I mention that he was wonderful?)  Now, I have no idea how to sew.  Crochet, yes….sew, no.  So I wanted to learn how, and what better way than to learn by doing?  That’s always the best way in my opinion.  The only problem was, I didn’t have a room to set up my sewing supplies in.  (Yes I realized I just ended my sentence with a preposition, but I like to live on the wild side, so you’ll just have to grin and bear it.)  When we adopted Lazarus (kitty) in August, our other 2 female cats did not get along with him, so we would always lock him up in the room you see in the above picture when we were gone, or at night so he wouldn’t get attacked without us being able to break it up.  So up until now I’ve kept my sewing machine on the computer table all covered up and lonesome.  I couldn’t use it to learn on the computer table because #1 it is too small, and #2 the kitties would destroy anything I was working on and would annoy the crap out of me as I tried to work.  So there it sat, waiting for the day when it would get to fulfill it’s purpose in life.

Well the kitties are getting along much better now, and we’ve been able to leave Lazarus out all day and night, so now it’s time to put my sewing room into use!  That is after I de-nurseryize it.  I know you like my made up word.  Stick around, you might just learn some more new words.  The people who lived in this house before us had a baby boy, and this was his room.  Now, I’m not saying that I don’t like to look at little bears playing sports, but I wanted a different sort of look for my sewing room.  Maybe not so “baby boy.”  So here is my project to change the nursery into a sewing room!

As you can see, there is a boarder of sporty bears that lines the entire room….so first things first, that had to come down.

Unfortunately, once removed, it left a lovely darker shade of blue behind.  Fortunately I was already wanting to paint this room a different color.  Any suggestions would be appreciated!  I was thinking a light gray with an accent wall of some color where the window is.

At least my sewing/embroidery machine has a home now. :-)  Don’t mind the sheet I converted into a table cloth.  You do not want to see the ugly table underneath, so this will have to do for now.

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