Yessssss…finally. Reorganized my sewing room yesterday and it feels like I just won Extreme Home Makeover. Well, almost. If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you might remember that I redid my sewing room back in March, when I moved it upstairs to the office instead of in the cramped not-so-family-friendly basement, but this time I had to take things to a new level!
I was thinking IKEA would be the game-changer for this redo, but it turns out I only found 1 thing there that worked it’s way into the space- this neato wall cabinet of little bins for all my small notions. It’s the Trofast wall storage unit. Oh yeah, and my pre-cuts found a little home up their too. Decided to forgo rules and hang it right in front of a window to utilize space best. I love how the light still shines though!
Ironing/Cutting Table REDO!
I skipped the $200 IKEA cubbies & countertop idea and sprung for this $20 Craigslist find! Check out the transformation!
Started with a basic kitchen/bistro table with a nice medium sized rectangular top. The uglier and cheaper, the better, since it was just going to be covered anyway. Sturdy’s good though. This one’s solid wood.
Next, taped off the edge (just cause I hate messy paint jobs), and spray painted the bottom part white. Took like 10 minutes to paint and 20 minutes to dry- super quick.
Next, took 2 layers of 100% cotton batting & a piece of cotton dec weight fabric I picked up a thrift store awhile back (I knew it would come in handy someday!) and pulled it taught over the top, pinning it down under the edges with thumb tacks. Think of it as wrapping a present…which is pretty much the truth- a rad present for your sewing room!
Voila! Custom, super cute counter height ironing table! Ahhhh! I’m in love!
I’m gonna cut here too! No need for a separate surface- I can just slip the mat behind the table when I’ve gotta a bigger ironing job that requires the whole thing.
Fabric all IN VIEW, making my creative juices go crazy nuts…nothing hiding away in bins or baskets except for my small notions, scraps and my vintage sewing pattern collection (that’s for another post!). This setup is eye candy to the max for me. Thankfully I already had this bookcase in the basement so cost was $0.
Oh, one other thing I was going to share, in case this comes in handy for any of you. Did you by chance notice that beaded candle holder deal that I always have sitting behind my machine?? It’s not because I love candles. I mean, I do, but that’s not why it’s there.
I’ve discovered that this makes a fantastic holder for my huge cones of thread, since my machine is older and doesn’t accommodate them. See what I mean…
I just set it inside, and have the thread run behind the spool rod, and then into my normal threading loops. A glass jar would work great too, but I just happened to have this votive deal so figured I’d put it to good use.
So, how’d I do?? Ok for a crazy stay-at-home mom in a small house with a tiny budget? Well I’M in love with it and I know that’s all that counts! Have you redone your sewing space recently? I’d love to hear about your favorite features!